“Best First” Contest Winners!!

The “Best First” Contest winners have been chosen!

First, let’s give a standing ovation to the judge, author Reid Lance Rosenthal. For one, he had to pick only a few winners out of a whopping THIRTY-FOUR entries.  And second, he managed to do so while fighting to save his ranch from the massive Arapaho fire.

Well done, Reid. Well done.

Here’s the criteria he used to determine his choices…

Did the sentence invoke curiosity?

Did the sentence create a palpable visual image?

Did the sentence conjure suspense?

Did the sentence make me want to read more?

Was the sentence properly written and constructed?

First, let’s give a round of applause to the three Honorable mentions. (No particular order)

Artemis Grey       Evernow         YA Dystopian

Life is so much easier without underwear.

 Talynn Lynn       Found: Dead or Alive                   YA Paranormal Suspense

My grave knocked on the door last night, but I refused to answer.

 Sarah Fiete          Brink of Life                      YA Science Fiction

Leroy Splinter was eight years old the first time he was arrested.

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And now, here’s the Second Runner-Up. This winner gets book one of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West.  

Talynn Lynn        Hope’s Redemption           Historical Fiction

Alura stood with Molly, Natalie, and Mary in the dwindling line of the captives.

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And now, the First Runner-Up, recipient of a package of writing goodies AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

Rick Lippincott           The Sicilian Connection          Mystery/Detective

The small 12 footer was tossed about the waves like a yellow rubber duck in a tub full of sumo wrestlers.

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And now, the Grand Prize Winner. This person will receive a critique of the first page of their novel from Reid, AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

 Talynn Lynn              Only One Time      YA Paranormal Suspense

A man’s hand reached out from the smoky plated glass mirror and caressed River on the cheek.

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Winners, please contact me via email with your mailing address so I can get your prizes out to you right away.

Thanks to everyone for participating, and be sure to check back soon for details about my next fun contest, and to meet the author judge!

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16 thoughts on ““Best First” Contest Winners!!

  1. Congrats to everyone!!! What an awesome contest and great experience! Thanks so much Christi for hosting the contest, and thank you so much Reid for judging! Here’s hoping that you’ve seen the last of any fire for a looooong time! Well, unless it’s the campfire sort 🙂

  2. Oh! Wow! I am just thrilled beyond belief! I’m emailing you now, Christi. Thank yo sooo much for hosting this amazing contest and, Reid, I can’t wait to read your books. Thank you both!!!

    • Talynn,

      I’ve had the opportunity to check out both the books you’ll be receiving as prizes and must say that you’re in for a real treat!

      Congratulations!

      Christi

    • Talyn–everyone did a great job on this, and Christi was exemplary in both concept and organization. Your lead off lines were–obviously –quite exceptional in a field that was extraordinarily good across the board. enjoy the books–take care–I am sure Christi will get us lined up on the critique 🙂 big congrats

    • Talynn, I’m posting a comment from Reid here since he’s having trouble with commenting…

      Talynn–everyone did a great job on this, and Christi was exemplary in both concept and organization. Your lead off lines were–obviously –quite exceptional in a field that was extraordinarily good across the board. enjoy the books–take care–I am sure Christi will coordinate critique portion of your win between us! big congrats.

      Reid

  3. Wha a stellar group of winners !!! I love each one of these. Big thanks to Reid and my wishes that all is well at home. Thanks to you Christi for such an engaging contest 🙂

    Congrats to all … they most certainly fit each facet of Reid’s criteria and Tylann Lynn … good work. Each of these winners grabbed me and made me want to read more !!

    • Florence,

      I agree, the sentences are amazing! Be sure to check back next month for my next fun contest. This time, the author-judge is a mom of twins so you know we’ll cook up something great together for a contest 🙂

      Christi

      • What a fun contest and what talented writers all.

        Thank you Christi for hosting a great blog and offering up a means to test what we have created.

        I will email you later this evening with my particulars.

        Rick

        • Rick,

          Thanks for participating, and congratulations on your win! FYI, you’ve won my favorite prize of them all…a package of “writing goodies” from me! Everytime I put one together I have to force myself not to keep some of it because it’s full of such useful stuff 🙂

          Christi

        • I am posting a comment for Reid as he’s having trouble commenting…

          Rick–congrats!! Yes, Christi cooked up quite the contest, and I think a terrific, enjoyable exercise for al of us. It certainly helped the judge with some ideas! 🙂

        • Rick, I’m posting Reid’s comment to you since he’s having trouble with commenting…

          Rick–congrats!! Yes, Christi cooked up quite the contest, and I think a terrific, enjoyable exercise for al of us. It certainly helped the judge with some ideas! 🙂
          Reid

    • Florence, I’m posting a reply to your comment for Reid as he’s having trouble commenting…

      Florence–you are so right! Really a great collection of opening grab ya’s! Lots of fun! And yep, things are sorting out a bit on the fires, but time tells all tales. Your concern is much appreicated–have a great weekend!
      Reid

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