For those of our readers who don't know, Betty Magdalen was our first bona fide follower here on TUJD. By bona fide, I mean the first person who wasn't either A. Related to the Founding Bettys or B. Best friends with one or the other Founding Betty.
We're thrilled to share a recent email from her:
Hi, Founding Bettys:
I wanted to share with all my friends at TUJD the great news: My romance, Blackjack & Moonlight, is a Golden Heart finalist in the single title contemporary category. It’s got S*E*X in it, so not worthy of The Great Betty, but I’m proud of it. (Betty JoDee’s got a copy of the entire book...and I don’t believe I ever heard how she liked it....)
Here’s the blurb:
Jack “Blackjack” McIntyre is Philadelphia’s newest federal judge...and its sexiest. He goes out to rule on a routine motion when he sees Elise Carroll, a lawyer with “moonlight” hair. He’s instantly attracted to her, but he can’t date a lawyer appearing in his court, so he recuses himself, announcing that he’s “in love with counsel for defendant.” That’s a complication Elise doesn’t need as she’s trying to make partner at her firm, but she offers him to sleep with him instead. Her theory: men leave after they get what they want, and they all want sex. He refuses. They end up trading dates: candlelight & romance one weekend, hot & sweaty the next. But it takes a lot more to get either one of them to budge: he wants to marry her, and she doesn’t believe in “happy ever afters.”
The Golden Heart is a contest for unpublished authors. There are eight nominees in my category. The winner is announced at the big awards dinner at RWA National, which this year is in Anaheim, California at the end of July. And both Betty Ross and Betty Henry will be there with me. Yay! Good thing, too – I gather the process of being a finalist is exhausting.
I will definitely let you know if I manage to win.
Yours with a map of Brighton hastily hidden behind my back,
Here's a link to Betty Magdalen's blog.