March 2013 e-Newsletter

Boroughs Publishing Group News


What's in a Name?

Boroughs 2013 Novella Contest

Has the title of a song ever inspired you to write? We’re betting it has…and that you can take that title and make it your own.

We invite you to submit your 25,000-40,000 word, completed novella based on the title of a song – any song – that you adopt as the title of your story to: no later than May 31st 2013.

Your submission MUST include a two paragraph synopsis of your story. The first round of voting will begin on June 10th 2013 and will be based upon your two paragraph synopsis so make it snap, crackle and pop.

First Round of Voting: By noon, PST, Monday, June 10th 2013 story titles and your synopsis will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website. Those that receive the top 25% of the vote in their sub-genre will be selected as SEMI-FINALISTS to go on to the…

Second Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, June 24th 2013 the story’s first 300 words (approximately 1 page) will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website for votes along with the title and the synopsis. In this phase, our Editors will weigh in and the top three vote-getting stories in each sub-genre will be selected as FINALISTS to go on to the…

Third Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, July 8th 2013, votes will be tallied one last time. The first 1,000 words (approximately 3-4 pages) of the story will be posted ANONYMOUSLY for consideration, along with the title and synopsis. The Winner of the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest will be announced at our Open House during the RWA national convention in Atlanta, Georgia (July 17th – 20th 2013) and we will have the results publicized on our website, FB page, Twitter feed and on Pinterest.


Beginning Monday, June 10th 2013, and for each phase of the contest, you and everyone you know should visit find the link to the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest, then cast your votes for stories that tickle your fancy and make you want more. You may vote for every story you like.


ALL FINALISTS will be offered:

  • A contract to have their story published and sold by Boroughs Publishing Group
  • A full editorial process to make their story shine

THE FINALIST with the most popular website votes will be offered:

  • A critique by an editor of a full-length manuscript submission to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months

THE WINNER, chosen from our FINALISTS by our editorial staff, will receive:

  • cover art specifically tailored to the story
  • a blog tour promoting your novella
  • A critique by our Editor-in-Chief of a full-length manuscript submissions to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months
  • 75% of the winning story’s net royalties

Sign up for contest results through our newsletter or check back whenever you like for results.

Fabulous New Releases:

Together in Starlight Against the Wind Willing to Learn
Cassie & Bennett Act II in the Starlight Series
Bennett Saville is sexy. At the peak of his career, the English star of stage and screen is everything a woman desires. Yet shadows persist even in the spotlight. At home he and Cassie face lust, greed and ghosts from their pasts - and that’s off stage. There is also “The Val.” The aged London theatre holds a mystery four centuries old, cast in starlight and waiting to be revealed. learn more
Book Two - Agents of the Crown
A night in London’s most exclusive bordello, Sir Martin Powell is enchanted by the auburn-haired courtesan he calls “Kitten”, who is, in truth, Katherine, Lady Egerton, a dowager baroness and the daughter of an earl. She as elusive as she is alluring and flees a fate worse than death. But Martin has known darkness, too, and he alone can touch her heart—as she has touched his. To the English Midlands they will steal, into the rising winds of revolution. learn more
A Trésorier du Coeur novel
Meredith McKenna is neither graceful nor a beauty. She knows who she is and, more importantly, what she deserves. Not one to wish on a star or hang her hopes on a fairy tale like true love, her practical nature won her the hand of a prince. That’s how she ended up at Trésorier du Coeur, a school for seduction; an ancient tradition of her fiancé’s family where she must select a man to be her “tutor.” Anders Collier is the most insubordinate and infuriating of the lot. But behind those ice-blue eyes lurks a white-hot secret. learn more

More wonderful Lunchbox Romances:

Fangs for the Memories Three Wishes Dragons' Mate
Fangs for the Memories
From an advertisement in the The Soulburg Herald: SHARP HAPPENINGS - Looking for a night to remember? Contact us, the world’s only vampire escort service. Our fees are modest. Get your first bite of heaven.

An escort service run by vampires, Sharp Happenings promises one unforgettable night. Gabrielle Evans is about to get more. learn more
Three Wishes
“Please, little fairies, I need all the luck you can lend me today. I’m inviting you back to play. Please come back home and show me what to do.”

Abigail O'Malley wants to find true love... which is about as easy as catching a leprechaun. learn more
Dragons' Mate
Two Dragons, one woman, one Dragons’ mate. Annie’s dragons shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome - and true love. learn more

Lunchbox Romance

Delicious Short Romances Consumable During the Lunch Hour


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Boroughs About Town
(& Country)

Santa Ana, California

Excellent breakout classes, busy pitch sessions, hundreds of authors, generous editors, great keynote speakers and a heavily attended book signing event made this conference an incredible experience and whopping good time. Congratulations to RWASD, LARA, EVA and OCCRWA. The committee did an awesome job of making the conference a great success.

California Dreamin' - Photo 1 California Dreamin' - Photo 2

Authors Joan Bird, Jami Davenport & EmKay Connor enjoying a good laugh at our authors’ party with Editor-in-Chief, Chris Keeslar.

The elusive Bartholomew B. Bunny made an appearance at our table, joining us for Sunday’s luncheon.

California Dreamin' - Photo 3 California Dreamin' - Photo 4 California Dreamin' - Photo 5

Authors Lyn Austin, Jackie Leigh Allen & Teresa Carpenter shared a schmooze.

Editor, Jill Limber having a great time with authors Allie K. Adams & Jami Davenport.

Look at that smile on author Terry Irene Blain.


A short monthly piece to show what's happening in the editor-in-chief's brain...and in his office. Besides reading. Lots of reading.

Knowing When to Stop

Chris KeeslarA colleague related a great quote to me recently, “Keep the company of those who seek the truth. Run away from those who have found it.” In the spirit of that wisdom, this month I bring you a question instead of an answer: How much is enough?

I’ll explain. I was deep in conversation with a friend last week about the “serial novel,” about Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas and the many long-dead authors who wrote them. We were also discussing the fact that it’s coming back as a literary style, how the ebook’s instant accessibility on the Web make this an appealing format for authors and readers alike. (We at Boroughs have a couple of serial works on the way: “Romantisodes,” we’re calling them, Montana John’s by Allie K. Adams and 101 Nights by Kellyann Zuzulo.)

Yes, small, easily digestible pieces of a larger literary work—that you can more cheaply abandon if it’s not working for you, or that you can happily await new episodes of like dessert—make total sense in today’s world. But at what point is the author/reader contract broken by dividing up the story?

For most of us, it’s television that’s the best recent example of this methodology. I never read any of those old serial novels in their original form, so I can’t speak to whether or not they were well crafted individually or if each simply cut off at the end of a chapter, but I have always taken the view that every discretely sold work should have separate closure; great storytelling is about a journey, about the author making a promise and then seeing it through to its conclusion. My friend is a scientist, and so I used the following analogy: A well-written “work” is when the author gives you an entire formula and the enjoyment comes from solving for the variables. In other words, a reader gets to make personal judgments about the actions of characters through a series of events. A cliffhanger happens when the author leaves out a piece of the formula and so there’s no way to solve for X. So, if that is actually the case, from what can the reader/viewer take enjoyment?

There’s no denying that cliffhangers are prominent these days. If you take some of the shows I watch—at the moment Game of Thrones, Dexter and True Blood—they love to end episodes (and even seasons!) with cliffhangers. I don’t (usually) feel manipulated enough to stop watching. But, why? And regarding a serial novel—or episodes in any grander story line—at what point do you feel pleasantly tantalized, and at what point do you feel the author has broken his or her promise? At what point is one’s needs not being met by the writers?

Think about it. Just how do you want to fulfill your promise to your reader?


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Paula Millhouse

Paula Millhouse

Fairy Doors

During a recent day-trip with my family I ran across a quaint little shop in the North Georgia mountains where the owner offered for sale tiny little doors, eight to ten inches high. Fairy doors. Along with these came every imaginable fairy charm offering for your garden, yard and home: miniature benches, chairs, garden tools, houses… You name it, they were there. The idea the shop owner peddled was: If you place fairy doors out on your property, fairies will come through them to visit. If they are pleased with your offerings, they’ll hang out and protect your property.

So, how cool is that?

Initially, I found myself entranced. Then the Muse in me reared his head and snapped: “Hey! What if you invite those guys in and they have mischief planned?” Heavy sigh. This is often how the writer’s mind works: think worst-case scenario. I left the fairy charms at the store.

Magically, however, sometime in the next week a story idea popped. What if a girl, as a last resort for dealing with overwhelming negative odds, put out a fairy door and fairy charms, and her One True Love found his way back to her only because she had the faith to ask the Universe for him and his help? My fantasy romance short story Three Wishes evolved from there. Set in Savannah, Georgia, it’s a true fairy tale where love reigns supreme and wishes finally do come true. And it couldn’t have come at a better time than St. Patrick’s Day.

Hm. I think I should probably head back and pick up those charms.