Every year, the Maryland Romance Writers hold their annual "Reveal Your Inner Vixen" Awards. Last year, my novel Earthman's Bride ( published by Lyrical Press this year) placed first in the Futuristic/Alternate category. This year, Tony-Paul de Vissage decided to try his luck. Entering an excerpt from his horror novel, The Shadow Lord, I think he was more surprised than anyone else when it placed third in the Erotic Romance category.

His response? "I placed third in the erotic romance category! How about that? Pretty good for someone with only two short stories and a soon-to-be-released novel under his belt, Non?"

Sorry I can't post the excerpt here. (It's pretty steamy.) And apparently the judges thought so, too.


  1. Judy // October 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM  

    Congratulations to you both!

  2. Mary Marvella // October 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

    He's doing well! So, you taught him everything he knows?

  3. Toni V.S. // October 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

    Well, Mary, he's taught me a thing or two, too! But as far as writing goes...yeah!

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel // October 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

    Congrats Tony-Paul! How else could a handsome Frenchman be but sexy? Toni's gonna have to reign you in if you keep on. Can't wait to read your story!

  5. Pamela Varnado // October 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

    Congratulations on your success. Contests are a great way to get feedback on your work.

  6. Joanne // October 31, 2009 at 6:30 PM  

    Congratulations, Toni! The "Inner Vixen" contest is supposed to be excellent.