Almost here! 12 days until the Golden Heart!

12One week from today, the road trip begins. Atlanta, here we come!

Preparations are beginning to accelerate…

Today, I meet with Joan Kayse to pick up her books for the Self-Published Author Signing event. So glad that Sandy Loyd and I are able to bring The Patrician and The Patrician’s Fortune for her – and save her the shipping costs. Plus, we will have lunch together and go SQUEEEE!!!!

Yes. Must build in celebratory events. 😉

Beyond that, I have reviewed my one line pitches and am happy with them. Will work on the longer pitches later today.

Which, by the way, is glorious and sunny and a celebration all its own!

(This countdown is already going waaaaaay faster than I anticipated…)

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10 Responses to Almost here! 12 days until the Golden Heart!

  1. Don Mulcare says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for sharing the fun. I’m excited for and with you How about sharing a “pitch line” or two.

    Looking forward to Day 11.

    God bless,


  2. Leslie Lynch says:

    Hi, Don! I’m taking them straight off my website, under Sneak Peeks. Not sure if I can improve on them, but if I can, I will. 🙂

    For Hijacked (RWA® 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist):
    A young woman flees from her past. An undercover DEA agent flees for his life. When their lives collide, will the encounter bring disaster? Or healing?

    And for Unholy Bonds:
    A rapist and his victim discover peace can be attained only through recognizing each other’s humanity.

    Thanks for sharing the fun with me! 😀

    • Leslie Lynch says:

      Hmm. Now that I look at the pitch for Unholy Bonds again, I think I’ll change it up a bit:

      She’s finally done the right thing, and the man who raped her is behind bars, where he can’t hurt anyone else. But the closure she’d sought is elusive. She – and her rapist – discover that peace comes only when they acknowledge each other’s humanity.

  3. Don Mulcare says:

    There’s a recent news article (below) about rape in prison. Bars may not prevent “him” from hurting anyone else. Maybe the peace between the original victim and the rapist could change “him” so that when he goes behind bars, he has changed enough to never rape again.

    Calif. considers condoms for inmates (From the AP & Boston Globe: 8 July 2103)

    SACRAMENTO— California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.

    Setting up a difficult conversation, one state lawmaker says it is time to give inmates a way to practice safe sex to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population.

    The proposal from Oakland Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta comes despite a law prohibiting any sex between inmates, which creates a conflict that concerns both supporters and opponents of the legislation.

    ‘‘It’s a felony for prisoners to have sex while they’re in prison, so I don’t think it’s good government for the state to encourage inmates to break the law,’’ said Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue of Marysville.

    Bonta’s proposal would require the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation to make condoms available in five prisons by 2015 and to expand the program to all state prisons no later than 2020.

    The bill passed the Assembly and is awaiting consideration in the state Senate. If it becomes law, California would become the second state to provide condoms to all prisoners. The other is Vermont, which has an inmate population of 2,200.

    Currently, condoms are contraband in California prisons, though the state has tried a distribution program on the past on a temporary and limited basis.

    Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a 2007 bill that would have allowed nonprofit and health organizations to provide condoms to state prisoners. But in his veto message, the Republican governor instructed the correction department to test a condom distribution program in one prison.

    The Vermont Department of Correction has been making condoms available throughout its prison system since 1992. The state’s inmates can request one condom at a time from a nurse.

  4. Leslie Lynch says:

    Hmm. Good point. Especially since rape isn’t about sex (especially the relationship and intimacy aspects), but about power. I’ll look at it some more, and ponder the best words. I had read about this debate, but hadn’t connected it to the villain in my book. The change in this book comes through Restorative Justice, and the villain does make this change, albeit late and not through the route one might expect.

    As usual, thanks for a new way to look at an issue, Don! 🙂

    • Leslie Lynch says:

      So if I delete the words ‘where he can’t hurt anyone else’, it works just fine. 🙂

    • Don Mulcare says:

      Hi Leslie,

      If the rapist change his heart, he would less likely hurt anyone. Ironically, even a changed heart can’t prevent the rapist from his own victimization. We live in a sad world. The rapist may move to a more spiritual plane, seeking forgiveness while forgiving those who injure him. There is hope for him as well as us.

      I’m glad you did the Blog interview, using the same questions. You certainly expanded your fans’ view of your work. You have a powerful message to tell. It will touch both victims and rapists.

      When you consider the company you’re keeping in the GH finals, you and they all display substantial talent. I see you all as winners, but I do have a favorite.

      Wishing you a very happy ending.

      God Bless,


      • Leslie Lynch says:


        “You have a powerful message to tell. It will touch both victims and rapists.” That’s my goal with Unholy Bonds – plus increased understanding of those who’ve never actively dealt with the issue.

        Thanks for a great conversation, Don!


        • Don Mulcare says:

          Your approach is the only way to true peace and reconciliation for all involved and may prevent future attacks.

          You have a calling to establish peace upon the earth!

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