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message 1: by Russell (new)

Russell | 3 comments Mod
Is anyone else a semifinalist in this competition? There seems to be a ton of them, so I'm not holding my breath.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Russell,
I know how you feel.
I am a semi-finalist in this competition also. My manuscript is entitield STORM GIRL. And I am not holding my breath either, because the competition will be fierce, but I guess we made it thus far, which is an achievement in itself.
If anyone wants to drop in and view my entry the direct link is
Does anyone know how many semi-finalists there are? and If and when we will get the prizes promsied to us?
Regards Margaret

message 3: by Russell (new)

Russell | 3 comments Mod
I heard there were about 800 semifinalists, Margaret, out of around 9000 applicants. So congrats on making it this far. My understanding was that the prizes were for people posting reviews, not for the participants. I'll check out your excerpt. R

message 4: by Nattalia (last edited Jan 27, 2008 11:04AM) (new)

Nattalia (wwwgoodreadscomprofilennealls) Thanks for starting this group, Russell...

I have just reviewed Russell's book and found it to be excellent. I will be doing my best to review as many other entrants as possible. And I invite anyone who enjoys contemporary westerns to review my novel, Best in the Whole Wide World. I certainly would appreciate your insightful feedback. Please navigate directly to: or go to for a little background information about the book.

Hope to see you in the finals! ~Natalie Neal

message 5: by Russell (new)

Russell | 3 comments Mod
Thanks a lot, Natalie...I'll get to yours today too. I appreciate the review.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Good evening fellow semi-finalists.
Hope everyone is well, and have received lots of reviews. I have only received nine, most of the reviews were good, but the scores were low only 2s.
I recently had a new website designed if anyone would like to cheer themselves up(in case they are scoring badly, like me) and take a peak.

Also, and this is blatant self promotion, but my latest novel Cardinal Sin, which is an historical romance set against the background of transportation to Australia when it was a penal colony in the 1830s, is out now from Whiskeycreek Press. Forgive my crassness please.
Well that is about it from down-under. Are there any other Aussies in this group?
Regards Margaret Tanner

message 7: by Nattalia (new)

Nattalia (wwwgoodreadscomprofilennealls) Russell...
Looks like Amazon closed the contest two days early. It will be interesting to hear why the contest administrators chose not to accept reviews after late Friday evening. Best wishes for success to all our semi-finalists. ~Natalie

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Natalie,
You must have read my mind.
I went in to check out how my reviews were going and eveyrhing had virtually disappeared. Strange isn't it? I wish you success also.
Margaret Tanner

message 9: by Nattalia (last edited Mar 03, 2008 12:07PM) (new)

Nattalia (wwwgoodreadscomprofilennealls) Here is the list of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists! Contest administrators narrowed a pool of more than 800 manuscripts to these top ten:

The Hellraiser of the Hollywood Hills by Jennifer Colt; Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson; Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan; The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer; The Butterflies of Grand Canyon by Margaret Erhart; Ring of Lies by Karen Laugel; Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm; Motherless Children by Randall Luce; The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita; Wrecking Civilization Before Lunch by John Ring

For more information navigate to:

I hope everyone reads and enjoys these entries. Each one is well-deserving of high praise.

~Natalie Neal

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Natalie,
Thanks for the information on the finalists. I am sure they are all very deserving candidates and I wish them all the best.
I would have liked to have seen my name there, but I am pretty happy to have done as well as I did. I wonder if we get anything for being a semi-finalist.
Margaret Tanner

message 11: by Nattalia (last edited Mar 13, 2008 01:30PM) (new)

Nattalia (wwwgoodreadscomprofilennealls) Hi Margaret...
I just got a "thank you" from Amazon for participating, and an offer to give me a really good deal on self-publishing my manuscript with BookSurge, their in-house publishing service. Mmmm.

I think I'll pass on that.

Good luck with your novels. You and I both know there is a strong market for romance out there. We'll just keep writing and polishing and sending queries until the job gets done.

Best in the whole wide world to you,

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Natalie,
Thank you so much for the good wishes. I wish you every success too.
I received the same "thank you" from Amazon, but I am not interested in self publishing.
Best wishes

message 13: by Nattalia (last edited Apr 14, 2008 04:55PM) (new)

Nattalia (wwwgoodreadscomprofilennealls) And the winner is...

Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm is the winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Amazon says: Praised by Elizabeth Gilbert as "a story of real psychological complexity" and hailed by Publishers' Weekly as "the next Dennis Lehane," this debut mystery unfolds against the gritty backdrop of Staten Island as an estranged son struggles to find his father's killer and make peace with a terrible past.

Congratulations, Bill!

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