viking4As promised, here are the official results for the 4th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest, sponsored by the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Odin’s End placed third in its category – Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. YAY! The results will be published in the local New Orleans paper. This thrills me to no end, because I never thought my name would appear in a newspaper in anything other than the obituaries or Most Wanted listings.

Much love to my many critiquers (who suffer in noble silence and put up with me), and to the Dallas Area Romance Authors. Y’all rock!!!


The Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, Inc. congratulates the winners of its 4th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest:


 First Place                     Defending Hope by Dianne K Burns

Second Place                The Road to Love by Anne Wolfe

Third Place                   Murder on Ocean Drive by Gloria Ferguson

Honorable Mention      Light the Fire by Mary Manners

 Short Contemporary:

 First Place                     No Bull by Dee S. Knight

Second Place                The Perfect Holiday Mix by Wendy S. Marcus

Third Place                   Beauty and the Feast by Chana Alexander

Honorable Mention      A Thread of Shells by Lucy J. Dixon

 Single Title Contemporary:

 First Place                    Marryin’ the Librarian by Wendy Qualls

First Place (tie)            Murder, Curlers, and Canes by Arlene McFarlane

Second Place                Chasing Miracles by Linda Chubbuck

Third Place                   Courting Disaster by Ellie Kirkland

Honorable Mention      Worth Fighting For by La-Tessa Montgomery     

 Novel With Romantic Elements:

 First Place                    The Choice by Pamela Kopfler

Second Place                Tragic Choices—Far Off Voices by Margot Pleasants

Third Place                   Odin’s End by Dawna Rand

Honorable Mention      Wild Rodeo Nights by Sandy Sullivan


 First Place                     A Mad Passion by Laura Hirneisen

Second Place                The True Confessions of a Lady Novelist by Emily Becher

Third Place                   A Frenchman’s Secrets by Rhoda Fort

Honorable Mention      Thief by Night by Connie Queen


 First Place                    Rocky Mountain Howl by Kinsey W. Holley

Second Place                Intergalactic Brides Series: The Triple Bride by Dee S. Knight

Third Place                   Demon Soul by Christine Ashworth

Honorable Mention      A Vision of Death by Gretchen Stull, writing as Evelyn Grady

 Romantic Suspense:

 First Place                    From Baghdad With Love by Gail Zerrade

Second Place                The Light of Truth by Shelley M. Masog

Third Place                   Anytime Darlin’ by Julia Barrett

Honorable Mention      Saving Sarah by Robena Grant

 Winner of the Highest Overall Score resulted in a tie:

 No Bull by Dee S. Knight  

From Baghdad With Love by Gail Zerrade