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Monday, October 16, 2006

American Title III Contest – Voting is Open!!

Posted by Kate

"Crotchless panties?"

Yes, that's the first line of my book, THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES. And it’s time to vote for that first line!

Huh? Excuse me? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Okay, well…in case you haven't heard, here are the details!

My manuscript, THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES, was chosen among hundreds of entries to be a finalist in the American Title III contest sponsored by Romantic Times Book Review magazine (“RT”) and Dorchester Publishing.

What’s the big deal, you ask? A publishing contract with Dorchester, that’s what!

The contest works like the television show, American Idol. There are ten finalists and our books are “on stage.” So each month for the next five months, RT will post a portion of our books on their website, then three delightful judges will comment (ala Randy, Paula and Simon), and the final decision is in your hands!

Two finalists are eliminated each month. Scary? Oh yes, my friends!

If I receive enough votes, I move to the next round and we all vote again! Here’s the Voting Schedule:

- Best First Line (voting October 16 – 29)
- Best Hero/Heroine Description (voting November 13 – 26)
- Best Story Summary (voting December 18 – 31)
- Best Dialogue Scene (voting January 22 – February 4)
- Best Romantic Scene (voting February 19 –March 4)

Voting is done by e-mail – ONE VOTE PER PERSON. That’s why it’s important to tell everyone you know to VOTE!

So you’re ready to vote, right? Okay! There are two ways you can do it:

--The Easy Way: Click, Type in the Subject line THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES, then Hit “SEND!”

-- The Other Way: Go to, find the link to American Title Contest, read all the entries, then vote for your favorite!

That's it. It's easy! So go vote!

Meanwhile, here's a partial view of what comes after the infamous first line of THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES...

“Crotchless panties?”


“And he fell asleep?”


“Oh, my God.”

“Exactly.” Graciella Sinclair glanced miserably from one girlfriend to the other, then stared into her lemon-drop martini. “That’s when I broke up with him.”

“It’s about damn time.” Annabel Blake, tall and dazzling as usual in a sexy black cocktail dress, gave Gracie a tight hug. “Hubert’s a jerk and he doesn’t deserve you.”

“She’s right, Gracie,” Callie McAllister said. She dabbed her fingers on a cocktail napkin, having just polished off a lobster-stuffed blini she’d nabbed from a passing waiter’s tray. “You’re better off without him.”

“I know you’re both absolutely right,” Gracie said, then frowned. “But I can’t help thinking something’s wrong with me. I mean, when a man doesn’t...”

“There is nothing wrong with you, Gracie,” Annabel stated firmly. “Well, except for your taste in men.”

Oops, that's all I can show you for now! Thanks so much for your support!

It's funny, it’s sexy, it’s suspenseful! Vote for THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES in the American Title Contest at


At 7:58 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Done! Read'em all. Some real competition there--but yours was still the best, Kate.

Er...may I have your autograph?

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Kate. Voted for you this morning.


At 8:53 AM, Blogger Dana Diamond said...

Kate, that's a great first line. Definitely the best. I already voted (with my first e-mail account, anyway). ;)

I'm crossing all my fingers and toes for you.

:) d

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

Can't wait for this all to play out. I've voted. So, um, is it one vote per person, or one vote per computer??? ;)

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Oh, cool! And love the rest of the story that you shared here, Kate.

Off to vote for you!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Woo Hoo Kate!!! Already voted and am now spreading the word to everyone else I can think of!!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Thanks for voting, you lovely people! I'm so excited, I'm spinning out of control.

Deeeep soooothing breath.......ahhooooooommmmm....

So okay, it's One Vote Per Person. If six people share one computer, each person gets to vote.

We don't want to make Natalie, the ever-patient Web Manager at RT, unhappy! She's the one who counts the votes! *g*

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Sorry, let me make sure I said that right....if six people share one computer, they can each vote as long as they have their own e-mail address.

Did that make sense? Where are my pain pills?

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Well it was "sleepless in Seattle" so I was right on the website first thing this a.m. plus sending out emails. Best of luck....keep us posted! Plus my Dear Ms. Susan sent me a reminder....thanks Susan!

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I voted Kate! It's a great first line, it certainly got my attention.

Breathe Kate! We all believe in you!

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Marilyn, you're so sweet! Thanks for voting!

Hey, Jen! I'm taking deep...calming...breaths.......thanks!

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