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FREE Novel extracts available for Review for ABNA - For a limited time only!!!


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Initial post: Jan 27, 2008 3:56:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2008 6:07:50 PM PST
Amazon is currently in the process of selecting the first ever winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). They have selected 835 entries and made them available for free download to it's customers to rate and review in the following genres: General Literature, Mystery Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, to help them choose the winner.

Here is the main link to all the categories: http://www.amazon.com/b?node=332264011.

These stories are only available for a limited time so hurry to get your vote in for your favorite.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 4:48:12 PM PST
Hello. My name is Melissa Conway.

Although I entered my novel, Operation Escape Goat, under General Literature, it is technically a somewhat chick-litish romantic comedy. Because I don't follow traditional romance novel criteria, such as a cute meet between the hero and heroine within the first few pages, I felt it might do better in General Lit.

The free excerpt, with my first 5,000 words, introduces the reader to Cricket Cole, a woman in denial about the state of her marriage. Her husband Cody makes a living off of social security disability and spends his days playing video games, while Cricket runs an in-home daycare center, takes care of the bills, the chores, their daughter, everything. Non-confrontational to the core, Cricket hardly admits to herself anymore how much she wants out, because the last time it came up in an argument, Cody hinted that he'd do something desperate if she left him. Enter Danny Harper, a single parent who needs daycare in a hurry. Danny is the kind of Gorgeous Cricket doesn't need to have around tempting her. In a fit of margarita-inspired spontaneity, Cricket hires Debbie, an aspiring actress who advertises herself as a Gal Friday willing to do almost anything for a buck, for an unusual acting job - that of Home Wrecker. If Debbie can tempt Cody into wanting to cheat on Cricket, then Cricket won't be the bad guy when they divorce...

It's hard for me to express how much this contest means to me. I've been writing for over a decade now, really trying to break through that impossible barrier to "real" publication. I have three other books, self-published and available on Amazon (see my Profile for details), and now that I'm one of over 800 semi-finalists - my dream is closer than it's ever been. Thank you so much to anyone who stops by to read and review my excerpt, below.

Operation Escape Goat
by Melissa Conway
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001200CMS

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 5:03:45 PM PST
Gae Polisner says:
from manuscript review by Publishers Weekly:

"The mid-life crisis of a contemporary high-powered attorney turned stay-at-home mom is the backbone of this novel. Rachel Glass abandoned her career after she gave birth to her son Aden , but regrets over that, and numerous other, life-decisions, still consume her. Those feelings are brought to the fore when she learns of the untimely death of her former best friend, Joanie Hill."

The Jetty is a lyrical exploration of the universal vicissitudes of friendship, marriage and motherhood, and the struggle to hold onto life's slippery elusives: youth, desirability, and permanency... I hope you will give it a look and let me know what you think.

Gae Polisner, author, The Jetty http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011ZCAYC

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 5:45:58 PM PST
Hi. I'm Courtney Huse Wika. My manuscript is titled "This is What Women Know of Love," and it explores the complex and intricate relationships between mothers and daughters. I hope you'll stop by and check out the free excerpt (or even leave a review?) Thanks!

I've included a brief review and synopsis from Publisher's Weekly below.

manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization
Grief and resentment dismantle the closest of bonds in this plaintive novella. In a bracing present tense, five-year-old Sylvie narrates how she and her mother, Stella, a school bus driver, are shunned after surviving an accident with a drunk driver that killed five children in rural South Dakota. Swallowed by guilt, Stella willfully hides in the new skin of five distinct personalities-each with her own wardrobe, wig and carefully orchestrated social life. Although mother and daughter move to the big city, Sioux Falls, they cannot escape the trauma; Sylvie grows up embarrassed by her mother's unsteadiness and tormented by neighborhood kids. Just as she discovers her first true friends- the reclusive "witch" next door and her grandson, a black-clad, femme outcast - Sylvie must re-reckon with the long-ago tragedy.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001200CNW

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 5:52:06 PM PST
Yu-han Chao says:
from manuscript review by Publishers Weekly:

"Born to improper parents, this cock-eyed Chinese Lolita Queen of smut narrates a fresh and wild ride through her own adolescence. Like Nabokov's masterpiece, which she covets later in her life there are phases that are equal parts amusing and heart wrenching. Beautiful imagery and descriptive language work to push the plot towards the unexpected; in a series of blog entries the Yellow Empress wills an "X-rated reality" all her own."

"A Bowl of the Real Thing" by Yu-Han Chao
(http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00121WD6K)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2008 6:24:07 PM PST
Ann Keeling says:
My story is mom-lit. I thank anyone in advance for taking the time to review my entry.

Moon Mamas
New to town, Kate Hammond joins the Moon Mamas, a group of mothers who meet without their children on each full moon. Faith, intent on taking the women beyond discussions of diapers, organizes. Georgia, who offers Miwok Indian traditions to the group, leads. Neurotic Rhonda, who ate for three and couldn't stop once the twins were born, jokes. And Cinder, a wanna-be artist with a suicide wish, invokes empathy even as she threatens the safety of the group. Eager for their friendships, Kate struggles with concealing a dark secret from her past. When she turns to the community's beloved babysitter for advice, she gets it Lydie reveals seventy years of wisdom with compassion and a thick Russian accent. She encourages Kate to carefully face the secret that, if revealed to the wrong people, will ruin the lives of two brothers. Lydie's death unleashes a series of events in which the groups confidences are breached and infidelities surface, changing the lives of all its members.

Moon Mamas
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122I1K6

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2008 11:16:04 AM PST
Hi!
I'm one of the semi finalists in the ABNA Breakthrough Novel Awards contest, and would love a review. The book is called The Rock Island Line and is set in Rock Island Illinois, beginning in 1924. It is based on the story of my Grandmother, Lillian , and the rest of our family. The novel was great fun to create with her, and it has been REALLY fun to have it come so far in the contest!

We could use some more reviews, though, and would appreciate you taking a look, and offering a reivew if you're able.

Here's some of what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it:The title of this fictional, but historically rooted African American family saga comes from an old blues song and the eponymous railroad line that inspired it. Set in the town of Rock Island, Illinois, beginning in 1924, the Moore family story is told from the perspective of Lilly, a "willful" daughter living a more or less idyllic life in the hard-working but prosperous Moore household. As she grows up with her best friend and American Indian neighbor Lois, Lilly vacillates between a longing to see the world and a growing appreciation of the meaning of home, especially as she watches her beloved "Aunt" Maggie (a border taken in and employed by her family) and Uncle Pearl driven away by the Moore family's resistance to their romance. As she grows older, Lilly also slowly realizes the illicit and sometimes violent roots of the events and histories that she had taken for granted as a child, including Maggie's rise to wealth through the Prohibition-era bootleg trade; a murder that solidified her grandparents' uprooting from Pike County; and her own unsuspected origins.

Thanks so much for checking out my link,
Michelle Dobbs
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122I1LU

For more information on the project, visit my website http://mmdobbs68.googlepages.com/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2008 7:22:51 AM PST
Hi, I'm one of the semi-finalists, too. And thanks to whoever started this forum. What a fabulous way to let readers of women's fiction know our entries are out there.

Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about my entry, The Miseducation of April Hillson.

Orphaned at age 17, April is thrust into the world of high society. By the time she's 18, the ward of Philadelphia blueblood Richard Hillson has become his wife. Twenty-two years later, April is evaluating the years leading up to her divorce and isolation from the only world she has ever known. Alternating between flashbacks is her present-day struggle to rebuild her life after years of being a society matron. This witty rags-to-riches tale is filled with well-defined characters: Victoria Billingsgate Hillson, the controlling family matriarch; Richard, the shallow billionaire husband; Roxie, the stripper/waitress turned horticulture student who befriends April and finds her a job; Dan, the cop with a heart of gold; and various society wives straight out of the film The Women. The novel culminates in double crosses and upper-class backstabbing.

Thanks!
Maureen
The Miseducation of April Hillson
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122GTIC

www.maureenmcgowan.com

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2008 11:35:59 AM PST
My comic novel, "Adelaide Einstein", is 'hen-lit':

Adelaide Binchley has a teenaged daughter, a borderline delinquent son, an unsympathetic husband, a best friend with a big secret, and a little too much time on her hands. So, she does what any fortysomething mom would do: she goes back to college to study Physics.

To find it, you can do a title search on Adelaide Einstein, or paste this link into your browser window: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00124COKM
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