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Captivating Opening Comp Winners!

This year’s contest was just as hot as last year’s, and it took some mighty rumination between Stef and bestselling author Russell Blake to arrive at the final three contenders.

One thing they both agreed on was the deserved outright winner – Lisa Souza – whose novel Beauty and the Bridesmaid is a paradigm of how to immerse the reader from the outset. As Russell observed: “I was placed within the story right from the first page.”

Beauty and the Bridesmaid is a darkly comic tale of transformation and choices, frenemies and friendships, the heroic saga of a nice woman who only wants to look in the mirror and feel beautiful, but may find the price higher than she bargained.

Worthy  joint runners up are Marilyn Chapman with Baggy Pants and Bootees
and Gerhard Gehrke with A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth.

Both authors receive a prize of a monthly “Set and Forget” tweet promo package from #1 book tweeters @TweetYourBooks and a bonus prize of inclusion in their bookstore for a whole year on – well done, guys!

And for those authors who didn’t quite make the final cut – we thank you for participating in this closely run contest and enjoyed many, many of your openings!


  1. Wow - thanks guys - I'm thrilled!

    1. I really enjoyed your period(s) atmosphere, Marilyn - to arrange your monthly promo, contact Collette at Tweet Your Books email: - she can also help with tweet composition if you're not used to parping your own horn!

  2. Wow - thanks, Steph! I could soon get used to it....:)

  3. What an honor! Thank you so much for the kind words. And congratulations to Marilyn Chapman and Gerhard Gerhke.

    1. It was an absolute pleasure to read your not-so-little beauty, Lisa!

      I'm looking forward to the forthcoming feature we will be posting on here.

      And yes, congrats to Marilyn and Gerhard -- you can see just how hot the contest was!