Amazon is sponsoring a contest--I knew nothing about until a friend of mine (cough Julie Wright cough) admitted she entered it on the sly, not wanting to tell anyone unless she didn't make it. Whatever! So she, and 4,999 or so writers entered this contest back in Novemeber and the semi-finalists were annouced today--same day as the Whitney award, weird. And she made the sem-finals!!!!! (yes, this is deserving of exclamation marks as well)
I'm not a bit surprised, the story is awesome and I think she absolutely has a shot to win this thing. However, the voting is based in part on reviews left on a 5,000 word short of the book which can be downloaded or sent to your e-mail address via Amazon. IF you're interested in reading Julie's, or any other semi finals, go to this website http://www.amazon.com/b?node=332264011
Once there, about the middle of the page you can see the genre links. Click on Romance.
You'll be shown the first page of the semi-finalist shorts. Julie's is toward the bottom of the first page, first one on the right, titled "The Day my Subconscious Betrayed me" by clicking on the link you can get the excerpt sent to you in a variety of ways.
After you've had a chance to read through it, go back and leave a review. The winner of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award gets a publishing contract through Penguin--Fabulous!