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It’s the beginning of the end!

Out of nearly fifty entries, five have emerged victorious. These victors of Round One AND Round Two of the NaNo-Virtuosos Competition ’2013 are ready to face their final and most grueling challenge yet – the last stretch of voting to determine which competitor will walk away with the grand prize of this exciting competition:

A publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press!

And so that the victor has a beautiful medium on which to read their own published title – they will receive their very own Google Nexus 7 tablet with 32 gb RAM and HSPA+.

A Winner is Crowned!

Congratulations, Brandice Snowden! Your story, The Paladin Returns (Book 1 of the Veil Prophecy), has made it through all three rounds, including the grueling panelist round.

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Brandice Snowden: NaNo-Virtuosos Winner of 2013!

Please see below for the full results of this round:

NaNo-Virtuosos '2013 Round Three Results

Even though we have just one winner, all five titles above stand out from the crowd on their own merits, and our acquisitions team would certainly be looking forward to receiving submissions from them – we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the competition, and hope you’ll be joining us for NaNo-Virtuosos ’2014!

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Please click on a genre to view the entries therein:

Catalyst  (The Undoing Chronicles, Book 1), by Rebekah Loper

The prophecy said her death would be the catalyst for the Undoing. It didn’t mean Sachi wanted to die, but the Kashtophim slaughtered her entire race. Death seemed to be the only thing left. A chance encounter in the streets of the capital city with the head judge, Taphim, changed everything she knew about the Kashtophim. Haunted by the blood on his hands, Taphim was desperate to save Sachi. Sachi believed he was only delaying the inevitable; she never expected they would find redemption in each other’s arms. 

Then Taphim’s power hungry son, Zanis, discovered their affair, captures Sachi, and uses her to blackmail his father. Taphim must execute Sachi with his own hands and appoint Zanis his successor, or Zanis will expose the affair, along with evidence that would incriminate Taphim’s wife, Zareja, for treason. 

Trapped in a living nightmare he never could have imagined, Taphim finds an ally he never expected – Zareja. But it may be too late to save Sachi.

Salvation, by James Wymore

A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.

The Girl Who Cried at Midnight, by J.D. Tucker

Steph Linder is on the hunt for another killer in this exciting sequel to The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight. Now in training to become a policewoman in 1981 Georgia, Steph is helping her mentor, Detective Garfield Clark, catch a serial killer terrorizing Atlanta called ‘The Mother Goose Maniac.’ So far he’s kidnapped and killed three teenagers by implanting explosives into their chest, dressing them up like nursery rhyme characters, and releasing them on the outskirts of small towns only to detonate the charges at midnight. Steph, Clark, and associates have only days to save the killer’s newest victim, who is part of a grand scheme to right a wrong handed to him by an enept doctor and a politician.

The Paladin Returns (Book 1 of the Veil Prophecy), by Brandice Snowden

In research lab the prophecy from across time has been spoken once again. The veils are opening and humanity faces their greatest trial once again. The fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of one woman.

Marie Leveau, a talented witch, is blackmailed into working for a covert government agency that protects the masses from things that go bump in the night. But all isn’t as it seems. Danger is on the horizon that could cost the mortal world its very existence.

But is the danger from without or within? Marie must pull together a team from different worlds (literally) to save our realm. Can she turn the unlikely mix of people into the team needed to shoulder the fate of the world? Can she overcome her own limitations to be the leader she is needed to be?

The Last Life (Book One of the (Im)mortality Trilogy), by Holly Goodman

Mankind is given the opportunity to live forever after a medical breakthrough, but it isn’t long before the immortals realize there are far-reaching consequences to cheating death and the “Mortality Cure” is outlawed world-wide. When some people refuse to return to mortality, a secret faction splits off from humanity and sparks a war that may last until the end of time.

Hundreds of years after the Mortality Cure is banned, Sable and her rebellious best friends Olen and Laris live blissfully unaware of the growing tension and perilous nature of their world. When her friends don’t show for the Village’s annual festival and no one in the Village will tell her where they’ve gone, Sable becomes convinced that something is terribly wrong and sets off to find them.

Secrets, betrayals and death come from every direction as Sable tries to navigate the world outside her home and learns the value of trust, alliances, and the last life.