I entered "To Love Without Hope". It was entered last year and made it past the first round, but was cut from the second round. I've done two full revisions since, added 6,000 words, new subplots, and edited my 300 word pitch, so I really hope that it does better this year. I'm praying that it does very well this year.
The first round is judged on a 300 pitch of your book, and the 1,000 from each category that move on to the second round will be released on February 23, 2012. Waiting is the worst part, but I'm patient.
Here is my pitch for the contest:
The faded image on the missing poster haunts every waking thought of Sophie Olson’s life. Jordan Michaels disappeared two months ago without a trace. His body was never found.
Nineteen-year-old Sophie is no stranger to pain. She believes that no one should know the truth about her and is content to lie. Everything is okay. Sophie has lived her entire life with a neglectful father, but it’s nothing compared to the horror that begins one April night at the hands of a sinister and eerie man named Everett. Her best friend Matt tries to protect her and is taken into the darkness with her.
Sophie quickly finds herself face to face with the boy from the poster. Jordan is broken and beaten. The chains on their wrists clink on the stone floor, the very depiction of the slaves they have become to their new master. Sophie begins to believe Everett’s lies; there is no hope of escape from the basement, only death for them. Despite it all, Sophie starts to fall in love with Jordan and Matt and it’s a deeper love than she could ever imagine. But will love be enough to save her?
Inspired by a true story, TO LOVE WITHOUT HOPE is a 56,000 word journey of broken faith in God and a love that will break our hearts and heal them. This life-changing story tells the tale of unbearable pain, lost hope, and the fight to overcome.
*crosses fingers* I wish anyone else in the contest, good luck! :)