Monday, June 8, 2015

Finalist! The Big One!

Woke up to some fantastic news I needed: The Big One, my Prepper Romance with Decadent Publishing, is a finalist for a Passionate Plume for Best Novella with the RWA Passionate Ink chapter! Wahoo!

This marks the second contest where the book has finaled. It’s also up for a Bookie Award through Authors After Dark readers, and it was Dawn’s Staff Pick at ARe!

Keep your fingers crossed! There are lots of familiar names on the list. Major congratulations go out to my fellow nominees, especially my OCC/RWA chapter mate Ophelia Bell for After You, and writing friend Dena Garson for the Future/Fantasy/Sci-Fi nom for Mystic's Touch.

Here’s a look at The Big One:

The last thing marketing assistant Kayla Morgan expects to do on a Friday morning is give a tour of her emergency shelter to a flighty rock star. When her boss orders her to play nice, she acquiesces.

Sebastian Cox, lead singer of The U.K. Underground, finds the American bird with the bunker in her backyard more than wacky, but the band’s looking for a location to shoot their latest video.

When an earthquake strikes, the unlikely couple gets trapped and finds a few ways to keep themselves busy. Once reality sets in, will their differences leave them on shaky ground?

Available via Amazon, ARe, Barnes & Noble and other eRetailers.

Here are the full contest finalists!

(Listed alphabetically by title within category)

After You                                                                 Ophelia Bell
Bold Move                                                               Isabelle Drake
The Big One                                                            Louisa Bacio
The Break-in                                                            Aidee Ladnier
Winterball                                                                Holley Trent

Friends with Benefits                                               Anne Lang
If It Drives                                                                L.A. Witt/ Aleksandr Voinov
Slow Satisfaction                                                      Cecilia Tan
Starstruck                                                                  L.A. Witt
Three Nights with a Rockstar                                    Shari Slade/Amber Lin

Futuristic/Fantasy/ Sci-Fi
Charlotte and the Pirate                                              Patricia Green
Eddie, My Love                                                         Patricia Green
Morningstar                                                                Robyn Bachar
Mystic's Touch                                                           Dena Garson
Unexpected                                                                J.J. Lore

Dark Duke                                                                       Sabrina York
Defiant                                                                             Sabrina York
Disobedience by Design                                                  Regina Kammer
Punishing Miss Primrose                                                 Em Brown
The Blacksmith's Bride                                                   Patricia Green

Paranormal/Time Travel
Ariel's Super Power of Love:
The Erotic Wonders of a Super Heroic Woman                Liz Adams
Familiar Places                                                                  Cameron Quintain
Hero Rising                                                                       Anna Alexander
Passion of Sleepy Hollow                                                 Lexi Post
Sated: A Dark Romance                                                   Charity Parkerson

*** Winners will be announced at the Passionate Ink party to be held during RWA National Conference in New York. Join us at the Passionate Ink Speakeasy Friday, July 24, 2015 for an evening of sass, sin, fun and food!

Louisa Bacio


  1. Congrats! You definitely deserve kudos!!!

  2. Congratulations!!!! Doing a big Snoopy dance this morning for both of us!

  3. Congratulations, Louisa! And Ophelia, too. OCC Rocks!

  4. Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Louisa! And best of luck in the next round! :)

    1. I'm actually going to be at NYC, so *fingers crossed!*