Tuesday, March 09, 2010

2009 Divas - Launching A Star Contest Winners

The overall winning entry in the 2009  Launching A Star contest is Lake
Effect, a Single Title entry by Gabrielle Luthy  of St. Kilda, Australia. In
addition to receiving a star-shaped paperweight for  her first place win in
the Single Title category, Gabrielle will have a star  named after her through
the International Registry of Stars.

General Paranormal Category
Final Judges: Meredith Giordan,  Berkley Publishing, Laurie McLean,
Larsen-Pomada Agency, with additional thanks  to Heather Osborne, of TOR Publishing

First Place: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong
Second Place: The Gambit by Cheryl  Draycott 
Third Place: Life'll Kill You by Lori Sjoberg 
Finalist: Requiem for the Undead by Sharon Houdek 
Finalist: The Fallen by Nicole Tedesco 
Finalist:  Guardian by Lynn Rush 

Historical Category
Final Judges:  Talia Platz, NAL, and Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Agency

First Place:  The Deceit of Desire by Louisa Cornell 
Second Place: Love  and the Murdering Marquis by Patricia A. Patton  
Third  Place: Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow 
Finalist: Dangerous  Desires by Sharon Calvin 
Finalist: Diana by Ellen Wehle  

Single Title Category
Final Judges: Selina McLenmore,  Grand Central, and Becca Stumpf, Prospect

First Place: The Lake  Effect by Gabrielle Luthy
Second Place:  Learning How to Stay by Gabrielle Luthy 
Third Place: Peaches and Schemes by Betty Cordell 
Finalist: And He Cooks Too by Barbara Kroon 
Finalist:  Tropical Turquoise by Cathy Swormstedt 

Series  Contemporary Category
Final Judges: Susan Litman, Harlequin, and Michelle  Grajkowski, 3 Seas
Literary Agency

First Place: Texas Two Step by Cynthia D'Alba 
Second Place: Falling for the Farmer by Jennifer Bates  
Third Place: Flipping Grapes by Jeanne  M. Dickson 
Finalist: His Dark Past by Rebecca Sampson 
Finalist: Visions by Marge Knudsen 

Young Adult Category
Final Judges: Kristen Daly, HarperCollins  Children's Books, and Elaine
Spencer, The Knight Agency

First Place:  Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers 
Second Place: The Seer by  Heather Burch 
Third Place: Life's Too Short by Ally Cowee 
Finalist: Forces of Nature by Denise Cychosz 
Finalist: Innocent Darkness:A Steampunk Fairytale by Suzanne Lazear 

Romantic Suspense Category
Final Judges: Sara  Goodman, St. Martin's Press, and Kimberly Whalen,
Trident Media

First  Place: Under Currents by Elaine Meece
Second Place: The  Gavel's Echo by Anne-Marie Carroll
Third Place: Trust No One by  Diane Layne
Finalist: Buried Deep by Jean Mason
Finalist: Verdict by Jean Mason

Fantasy/Futuristic  Category
Final Judges: Meredith Giordan, Berkley Publishing, and Deidre  Knight, The
Knight Agency

First Place: Oversea by Beatriz Chantrill Williams
Second Place: Rampant Perfection by Laurie Cooper 
Third Place: I, Lucifer by Linda Nightingale
Finalist: Just In Time by Nancy Litzau
Finalist:  Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowan

Novella Category
Final  Judges: Lindsey Faber, Samhain, and Roberta Brown, Brown Literary 

First Place: Worth The Risk by Robin Bielman
Second Place: Jona Briggs's Space Odyssey by Annabelle Corrick Beach
Third Place: Kestrel by Meredith Simmons

Inspirational Category
Final Judges: Natalie Hanemann, Thomas  Nelson, and Rachel Gardner,
WordServe Literary

First Place: Violets &  Violins by Keli Gwyn 
Second Place: Mighty Man of Valor  by Kathleen L. Maher
Third Place: Mail Order Annie by  Cathy Richmond
Finalist: Angel with Steel Wings by Anne Greene 
Finalist: Dysfunction Junction by April. A. Erwin

Contest Diva Leaders:
Advancement from one final upward is highlighted in blue:
Fourteen Finals:
Nancy Evertz
Eleven Finals:
Diane O'Brien Kelly
Ten Finals:
Kelly Fitzpatrick
Nine Finals:
Christine E. Johnson - SOLD!
Eight Finals:
Anne-Marie Carroll
Constance Gillam
Deborah Gross
Seven Finals:
Yvonne Harris
Donna Meier
Cat Schield
Tracy St. Hilaire
Gail Zerrade
Six Finals:
Louisa Cornell
Kelly Fitzpatrick
Barbara Longley
Gabrielle Luthy
Elizabeth Pina - SOLD!
Elaine M. Powell
Kathleen Bittner Roth
S. G. Shellabarger
Robin Weaver
Laura Williams
Five Finals:
Deborah Blake
Jeanell Bolton
Jeannie Lin
Jean Mason
Susan Newman
Allison Pang
Patricia Patton
Cathy Perkins
Beth Watson
Four Finals:
Linda Bond
Tina Joyce Butts
Sharon Calvin
Deanna Carlyle
Meredith Clark
Jeanne Dickson
Katie Graykowski
Keli Gwyn
Jessica B. Hunt
Julie Johnstone
Angi Platt - SOLD!
Cathryn Pritchard
Michal Scott
Tatia Talbot
Sandra van den Bogerd
Sharon Wray
Three Finals:
Sara Avellino
Elizabeth Bemis
Melanie Card
Sheryl Carpenter
Jennifer Conner
Denise Cychosz
Wenda Dottridge
Martha Ferris
Sherry Foley
Kate Freiman
Susanne Frost
Abby Gaines
Alison Henderson
Lisa Kessler
Maggi Landry
Kim Law
D'Ann Linscott-Dunham
Heidi Luchterhand
Virginia McCullough
Gina Rosavin
Laurie Thompson
Ellen Wehle
Gina Welborn
Beatriz Williams
Two Finals:
Drue Allen
Maree Anderson
Robyn Anders
Rylee Andrews
Sheila Athens
Stefani Catenzaro Baltar
Joyce Barton
Jennifer Beane
Mary A. Behre
Jenny Bernard
Robin Bielman
Ann Bleakley
Kara Bonnevie
Kelley Bowen
Jennifer Bray-Weber
Susan Breeden
Kelsey Browning
Dianne K. Burns
Marie Campbell
Kathleen Cherry
Zita Christian
Robin Constantine
Ally Cowee 
Beth Davis
Laurie DeMarino
Lisa Desrochers 
Tracey Devlyn
Kate Diamond
Alleyne Dickens
Ella Drake
Cat Dubie
Lee Rhuday Duncan
Kendra Elliot
C. J. Ellison
Tracy Falenwolfe
Sharon Fisher
Louise D. Foster
Bethany Cunningham Gabbert
Grace R. Green
Lottie Green
Anna Hackett
Jennette Heikes
Ashley Henderson
Celesta Hofmann
Sharon Houdek 
Bev Irwin
Christine Johnson - SOLD!
Suzanne Kalb
Joan Kayse
Jeffe Kennedy
Sandra Kerns
Barbara Kroon 
Sara LaBudda
Corrina Lavitt
Suzanne Lazear 
Alison Leake
Barbara Cool Lee
Sherri Lee
Mary Lindsey
Kate MacArthur
Kate MacEachern
Jennifer Mackin
Sarah Marshall
Carolyn Martin
Sylvia McDaniel
Dora Mekouar
Jamie Michele
Judy Mills
Jean B. Newlin
Laurel O'Donnell
Mary Oldham
Tara Owens
Kathleen Irene Paterka
Alison Pritchard
Jodi Redford
Shellee Roberts
Cate Rowan
Lateia Sandifer
Pamela Scheibe
Catherine Marie Scott
Arianna Skye
Dina Sleiman
Susan Speers
Lori Dillon Stacy
Jennifer Stroka
Quinn Tellier
Holly Watson
Ami Weaver
Kayla Westra
Hailey Williams
Teri Wilson
Kevin Wolf
Amanda Berry
Christine E. Johnson
Elizabeth Pina
Angi Platt
Arianna Skye
Liz Talley
Penny Watson

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