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If you are a Margie grad and have news of contest wins, book sales, or awards please email Margie’s assistant Jenn and share your CHEERS!


2015 Cheers!


Cheers to three talented Margie-Grads, Lana Pattinson, Preslaysa Williams, and Jessica Trapp for finalling in the Windy City RWA contest!!

Cheers to Multi-Margie-Grad Lisa Tapp. Her book 'Running Nowhere,' her contribution in the boxed set, Unforgettable Hero's II, just recieved a 4-star review from RT! This is what they had to say..."This story has all the elements of a well-designed thriller." - RT

Cheers to 2-Time Immersion-Grad Darcy Crowder her novel Winter's End WON the Tampa Area Romance Writer's (TARA) contest - in Women's Fiction!

Cheers to immersion-grad Alison McMahan for taking 2nd Place in the Heart of Excellence Reader's Choice for her YA, The Saffron Cross.


CHEERS for immesion-grad Madeline Martin! For her 5 star review of Possesion of a Highlander from Romance Reviews!


CHEERS for Justine Covington!  Soon-to-be immersion-grad for her Regency historical, Three Proposals: Winner, Golden Rose 2015 (including full request from Robin Hazeltine at Entangled), First Place Finalist and Final Round Qualifier in OCCRWA Orange Rose 2015, Third Place in Romance Through the Ages contest, Finalist in Linda Howard Award of Excellence 2015, Finalist in Beau Monde Royal Ascot 2014


CHEERS for Christina Delay!  3-time immersion-grad for the following contest finals. 2nd place - Golden Rose 2015 for her Women's Fiction novel, Twelve Years. Finalist - The Rebecca Contest for her Young Adult novel, Nocturne. Finalist - The Lonestar Contest for her Young Adult novel, Nocturne

CHEERS for Dorothy Adamek!  two-time Immersion-grad.  But she'll be a four-time Immersion-grad by August 28th! Dottie WON the 2013 RWAmerica TBL competition with the first chapters of my soon to be released, Carry Me Home. Last year, with a different entry, she won the 2014 Historical Category of the Tampa based TARA award. 


Cheers for 3-time Immersion-Grad, Abbie Roads for her three book deal to Sourcebooks. First book is out Summer 2016. Plus, all her contest finals for those same books, including, The Golden Pen, Daphne Du Maurier, The Beacon, a 2014 Golden Heart finalist, and about 15 others. Abbie is the contest queen.

Cheers for Immersion-Grad, RITA Winner, Laura Drake!  Twice in a Blue Moon, was released in July, 2015.
Cheers for Immersion-Grad Heidi Ulrich, writing as Megan Ryder!  On July 8th, Heidi announced she'd signed a three book contract with Tule Publishing Group for her baseball series!
Cheers for 4-time Immersion-Grad Megan Menard for being a finalist in the Oregon Christian Writer's Contest. Megan is a finalist for the Frasier Award too! 
Cheers for Dana Summers! -- Immersion-Grad -- Finalist in the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Awards and for winning the Freddie, Sleuthfest's Contest!
Cheers to 4-time Immersion-Grad Kimberly Belle!  Her second novel, The Ones We Trust, MIRA, was released July 27. BookPage selected The Ones We Trust as one of the Summer's Hottest Thrillers!
Cheers to 3-time Immersion-Grad Marcus Smith, writing as M.K. Smith -- Aug. 4th, debut novel release, Serena's Fall!
Cheers to Immersion Grad Alice Yu for placing second in the On The Far Side Contest!

Cheers to Immersion-Grad Sheila Grice -- for finaling in the Orange Rose Contest!


Cheers for Sandy Williams -- Immersion-Grad -- her fourth book, Shades of Treason, was released July 1, 2015.

Cheers for Robin Olson - 2-time Immersion-Grad, finaled in the Mainstream category of the Colorado Gold Contest.

Cheers for Sherry Nelson - 2-time Immersion-Grad, finaled in the Mystery category of the Colorado Gold Contest.
Cheers for Madeline Martin! -- Immersion-Grad. Deception of a Highlander -- Debut novel, released in April. 2015 and it has been sold to Japan. Possession of a Highlander  -- Book 2 releases August 11, 2015.
Cheers to Jenn Windrow - 3-time immersion-Grad for winning the RWA's Golden Pen and for selling her novel, Struck By Eros to Muse It Up Publsihing, released Summer of 2016. She's also finaled in The Beacon, Realizing the Dream, and won the RWA's FF&P.

Cheers for Claire Fishback - Margie-Grad, finaled in the Mystery category of the Colorado Gold Contest.
Cheers for Immersion-Grad Dana Waganer -- for WINNING the Chocolate Rose Contest.
Cheers for Melissa McClone -- 2-time Immersion-Grad --  -- His Proposal, Their Forever -- released on July 1st.
Cheers to Jennifer Savalli -- 2- time Immersion-Grad for her April release of Must Love Ghosts.

2014 Cheers


Congrats Fae Rowen! Keeping Athena, Science fiction romance, finaled in the Fool for Love contest and the On the Far Side contest. And Prism, YA science fiction, finaled in the Sheila and finaled in On the Far Side contest.   


CHEERS for the Quarter Finalists

of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest:

amazon breakthrough

Amy Caldwell (writing as Liv Rancourt) 

Abbie Roads

Dana Summers



Way to go Greg Henry! Greg stole two of the three finalist spots in the CTRWA Write Stuff Contest for the Young Adult category with Living with the Undead and Prisoner's Poison.


Congrats Immersion Grad, Jennifer Windrow! Evil's Unlikely Assassin placed in the top three of the On the Far Side Contest of the Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter of RWA.


RITA and GOLDEN HEART finalists!


Best First Book:

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Contemporary Romance

Rescued by a Stranger by Lizbeth Selvig

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Historical Romance

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson

Paranormal Romance

The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox

Romantic Suspense

The Killing Game by Toni Anderson



Paranormal Romance

“Fit to Die” by Pintip Dunn

Romantic Suspense

“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads

 "See Her No More" by Sharon Wray

“Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Bryce

 Young Adult Romance

“Carlie in Crisis” by Pintip Dunn


Breaking News:

Anna Stewart headshotCongrats Anna J. Stewart! Anna's debut novel, ASKING FOR TROUBLE, will be released by Berkley Intermix in February 2015. The Lantano Valley contemporary romance series will continue with  HERE COMES TROUBLE and THE TROUBLE WITH NATHAN soon after.  Anna's novella THE CHRISTMAS WISH will be released by Harlequin Heartwarming  in December, 2014.  CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY, also features stories from Anna Adams and fellow Margie grad Melinda Curtis.   

julie gloverImmersion Grad Julie Glover:  SHARING HUNTER: Won First in Utah RWA Great Beginnings Contest, YA/NA category!

Suzanne Purvis finaled in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award!suzanne purvis



jen windrowJenn Windrow finaled in her second contest in 2 months -- latest  from the Houston Writer's Guild!



Kimberly Belle's debut novel,  THE LAST BREATH, MIRA, will be released this fall!

Rhay Christou's debut novel, I DO NOT, Spencer Hill, will be released in 2016!


Jaye WellsJaye Wells, Two Time Immersion Grad Dirty Magic


Kirkus Reviews -- selected DIRTY MAGIC a best bet SFF read for January, 2014 http://


The Magical Enforcement Agency is tasked with keeping "dirty" magic off the streets in Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells. That's all well and good, until patrol cop Kate Prospero learns that the lead suspect in an important case is the man she walked way from 10 years ago.



1554626 606601552721585 1156827245 nMelissa McClone won the 2013 Snowglobe award for Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas




Marina AdairMarina Adair  sold over 50,000 copies of KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE! Marina's publisher sent her a box of treats to celebrate!Kissing Under the Mistletoe






rushMargie is on New York Times Bestselling Author, Joan Swan's, Acknowledgment page for Rush!

"To Margie Lawson, whose expertise of language and emotion have done more for mRush acknoly writing than any other single source, all the while making me laugh until I cried."





Romily Bernard Writer's Digest



Romily Bernard appearing in Writer's Digest this month

with her September release of Find Me.



Katie McGarry elevator door at RWA Atlanta


Way to go, Margie-Grad Katie McGarry


for the elevator door wrap of your book cover at RWA National in Atlanta!


Check out Katie McGarry's YA's by Harlequin Teen:


Debut YA: Pushing the Limits, 2012


Dare You To, 2013


Stellar stories! Stellar writing!



Julie Kibler and book cover in Milan ItalyKudos to Margie-Grad Julie Kibler!


Calling Me Home book signing in Milan, Italy!


heck out the picture of Julie Kibler, and a poster of her book cover, in Milan!


Julie is a multi-Margie-grad, and attended an Immersion Master Class at Margie's home in Colorado. Read about the amazing success of her debut novel, Calling Me Home, on the Pubbed Margie-Grad Blog!


Calling Me Home sold at auction to St. Martin's Press, and has been optioned by Warner Bros. for film. Calling Me Home is being touted as the next The Help.  

Julie Kibler Calling Me Home Cover



Enjoy this review:


“If Julie Kibler's novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own; this novel uncovers a painful past that tells us so much about who we are, where we're going, and the people who are traveling with us."


~ Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home


Contest/Award CHEERS!

Kristin Meachem

Kristin Meachem(Immersion Grad) Won the Mainstream Category at the 2013 Colorado Gold Contest for Ten Seconds.


dottieDorothy Adamek. (Immersion Grad) Won the Faith, Hope and Love,
Touched by Love contest for unpublished writers in 2013. Not only did she win the historical category, she won the overall contest with her entry, The Everlasting



Tracy BroganTracy Brogan. Bestselling author, two time Golden Heart Finalist, First Place Winner in the Golden Quill, and 2013 Rita Finalist for Crazy Little Thing.

First Place in the Golden Quill and First Place Historical in the Greater Detroit Book Sellers Best Contest for Highland Surrender. 




Robin Kaye Robin Kaye (Immersion Grad) Golden Heart Winner, 2007, First Place Launching a Star Contest and Holt Medallion 2009 for Best Romantic Comedy forRomeo, Romeo. Holt Medallion 2010 for Best Romantic Comedy Too Hot Too Handle. Finalist Bookseller's Best Contemporary Romance 2013 for Back To You: Bad Boys of Red Hook.




Christina DelayChristina Delay (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner of the Writers Type First Chapter Monthly Contest for Nocturne.



Kimberle SwaakKimberle Swaak (2x Immersion Grad) 2012 Finalist, Georgia Romance Writers Unpubbed Maggie, 2011 Finalist, West Houston RWA’s Emily, 2nd place, SpacecoasT Authors of Romance Launching a Star Contest, 2011, 2nd place, First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest, 201, 3rd place, Chick Lit Writers of the World Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest, 2011 for Trust Me.



 Melanie Milburne. (RUBY Winner) Finalist Booksellers Best Award for Enemies at the Altar

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2013 Australian Romance Readers Association nomination for Most Popular Category Romance Novel and 2012 Romantic Times Top Pick for Deserving of His Diamonds


2012 Finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia R*BY Award for The Wedding Charade. 




Kristina McMorrisKristina McMorris 2013 RITA Nominee and Coffee Time Romance's Best Book of the Year for Bridge of Scarlett Leaves. 

New York Times Bestseller List six straight weeks, hitting #9, for A Winter Wonderland.

2011 Semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction for Letters From Home, which also sold foreign rights to the U.K., China, and Poland.

Recently signed a two-book contract with Kensington for 2013.


JulieKibler Headshot2013Julie Kibler A February 2013 IndieNext pick for her debut novel, Calling Me Home

A winter/spring 2013 SIBA Okra pick. First print run--100,000 copies! And a Warner Bros. has picked up film rights. 

Lara ChapmanLara Chapman (2X Immersion Grad) 2012 RITA Nominee for Flawless.

2012 International Reading Association Young Adult List.



AnnaDaisiesAnna Stewart 2012 Finalist in The Golden Heart in Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for The Devil She Knows.






Margaret Carroll! RITA Finalist. A DARK LOVE. Bertlesmann/Random House 

Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009 list. Third printing in Germany in 2012.

Rita finalist.


Allison Brennan picAllison Brennan. Multiple Award Winning NYT Bestselling Author. 


Shirley Jump



Shirley Jump NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author.




CJ LyonsCJ Lyons NYT Bestselling Author. BLIND FAITH, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #2






Jaye WellsJaye Wells (Immersion Grad) USA Today Bestselling Author.

Best Urban Fantasy 2012 for Blue-Blooded Vamp by RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards.


Joan Swan




Joan Swan (Immersion Grad) 2012 Grave Tells Best Book Award for Blaze and Debut Author Award. 

Renee Ryan



Renee Ryan 2012 Daphne Du Maurier Award For Excellence In Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Division for Courting the Enemy.




Roxanne RustandRoxanne Rustand 2011 Winner RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Best Love Inspired Suspense for MURDER AT GRANITE FALLS. 

2011 RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Nominee Best Love Inspired Suspense for DUTY TO PROTECT.





Lyn Cote 2012 Winner Holt Short Inspirational Category for Daddy in the Making.

2011 Winner Carol Award in Short Historical for Her Healing Ways. 


tmarchTracy March (Immersion Grad) GIRL THREE. Entangled Publishing.

First Place—2010 Fire and Ice Contest Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements Chicago-North RWA. 

First Place—2010 Sheila Contest Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements Valley Forge RWA.

Second Place—2010 Orange Rose Contest. Orange County RWA.


abbieroadsAbbie Roads (Immersion Grad) Finalist 2013 Daphne Du Mauier Award Single Title, Linda Howard Award For Excellence, the Laurie Contest, and Touch of Magic for Dangerous Dreams. 



Suzanne Turner (Immersion Grad) 

Gateway to the Best Grand Prize Winner, 

The Winter Rose Grand Prize Winner, 

The Marlene First Place,

 Great Expectations Second Place and a 

Bride Second Place for The Lost Chord.




Jennifer Goodnight (Immersion Grad) Finalist 2013 Daphne Du Mauier Award Paranormal for Killer Instincts. Finaled in the Music City Romance Writers Pitch Contest.


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Lori Freeland (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner ACFW First Impressions, Promising Beginnings, and the Laurie Contest. Second place Winter Rose, Great Expectations, The First Smooch Contest, and finalist in Cleveland Rocks Romance and the Laurie Awards for Awakening.


Kimberly MeyerKimberly Meyer (Immersion Grad) Won an audition with Entangled Publishing's Liz Pelletier to write an "on spec" paranormal YA romance. 






Elizabeth Essex (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner Readers Crown and Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Historical with Almost a Scandal




Tracey Devlyn  (Immersion Grad) 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Historical and Finalist in the Historical of The Golden Quill with her debut A Lady’s Revenge.



Vannetta Chapman


Vanetta Chapman 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Inspirational Single Title with Material Witness


Julie RoweJulie Rowe 2013 Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Novella with Saving the Rifleman. Finlist in Contemporary Series with North of Heartbreak.





Adrienne GiordanoAdrienne Giordano (Immersion Grad) 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Novella with Negotiating Point.

2013 Finalist in the C Awards in the Romantic Suspense category forRisking Trust


Perini RobinRobin Perini 2013 Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Romantic Suspense Series with Cowboy in the Crossfire




kim lawKim Law for SUGAR SPRINGS

2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist

2013 RITA finalist for Best Contemporary Single Title.



darynda jonesDarynda Jones NYT Bestselling Author. Golden Heart Winner. 2012 RITA winner for Best First Book First Grave on the Right. St. Martin's Press. 

2012- Daphne du Maurier: Paranormal Romantic Mystery/Suspense

2012- a RITA® : Best First Book

2012 – 3 Bookie Awards

2011-HOLT Medallion: Best First Book and Best Paranormal



Fiona LoweFiona Lowe 2012 RITA winner for Contempory Single Title Romance Boomerang Bride.



romily bernardRomily Bernard 2012 GOLDEN HEART winner for YA Romance Wired. Releasing as Find Me in 2013. Harper Teen.




Contract CHEERS!


Susannah ScottSusannah Scott (3X Immersion Grad) Luck of the Dragon with Entangled Publishing, coming out 2013.


Lara ChapmanLara Chapman (2X Immersion Grad) 
THE XYZS OF BEING WICKED, in which a bookish tween girl heads off to a school for girls with witch heritage, only to discover that her gifts are much darker--and more powerful--than anticipated, to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, in a two-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary (world).



Laura DrakeLaura Drake! (Immersion Grad)

First contract: January, 2012 three book deal with Grand Central

Second contract: May 2012 - one book contract with Harlequin - Superromance

Third contract: Three book series with Superromance!


Julie KiblerJulie Kibler Foreign Rights for Calling Me Home. New Zealand/Australia, UK, Germany, Finland as well as multiple foreign language rights.










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