Sunday, February 1, 2015

FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES ~ The Winners

Rooglewood Press is proud to announce the winners of our second annual creative writing contest . . .


Rediscover the

ENCHANTMENT 

A ship bearing the souls of sinful sailors drifts upon a ghostly sea. An abbey looms as the final defense between mortals and ghouls of the underworld. In the stillness of a throne room, statues stand forever frozen in a moment of terror. Monsters and men stalk their prey deep in the jungle’s shadows. A rose blooms in the dead of winter, sheltered in the ruins of an ancient Scottish castle.

And only true love can free the Beast from his prison. 

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Esprit de la Rose 
By Kaycee Browning 

To steal from the Fee is to suffer their wrath! So Cecilia learns when these fabled beings charge her father with the theft of a certain mirror and sentence him to torment. But when she is taken as substitute, Cecilia discovers that the punishment meted out by the Fee is far stranger than she could ever have imagined. Trapped aboard a ghost ship with a crew of condemned souls and aided only by charismatic Captain Pepin, can this pirate’s daughter unlock the secret to the Fee’s dark omens?
  

Wither 
By Savannah Jezowski 

As penalty for the merchant’s theft of a single rose, the Beast of Briarstone Abbey demands his youngest daughter, sweet and innocent Sookie. But Lilybet Haverly will never allow her sister to face such a dreadful fate! Armed only with a butcher knife and her own determination, Bet climbs the wall and plunges into the Neverway, where the dead walk and ghouls hunt human flesh. She will find this Briarstone Abbey—and the Beast who lives there—whatever the cost.
  

Stone Curse 
By Jenelle Schmidt 

Years ago a terrible curse swept over the revelers at Thorndale Castle, turning them to stone and transforming Prince Barend himself into a hideous beast. But Karyna, a former lady-in-waiting, will not abandon either her father, who stands in the throne room among the other statues, or the prince. Indeed, she sets out alone on a dangerous quest to find the one responsible for this dreadful spell. If she can but discover the reason why the stone curse was cast, perhaps she can also discover the solution.
  

Rosara and the Jungle King 
By Dorian Tsukioka 

Maor has determined to take her as his third wife, by force if necessary. But Rosara would rather risk her life alone in the jungle than submit to any man’s brutality. When a beautiful jaguar tells her that it knows where to find one of the karawara, she resolves to seek out this jungle spirit and request its aid. The jaguar warns Rosara, however, that gifts from the karawara are never without a price . . .
  

The Wulver’s Rose 
By Hayden Wand 

A life is a high price to pay for stealing a rose. Nevertheless, Bonnie honors her father’s agreement and travels to the remote, ruinous castle wherein dwells the legendary creature known as a wulver—half man, half wolf. Though he is monstrous to behold, this beast is oddly gentle, tenderly caring for his beautiful rosebush, which blooms out of season. Is there more to the wulver than meets the eye? Is he somehow connected to the frightened child who visits Bonnie in her dreams?

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Congratulations to the winners! You have written five wonderful adventures, each a perfect picture of the beloved fairy tale but simultaneously so unique. Together, your stories, styles, and individual voices will create a beautiful collection.

Tremendous thanks to all of you writers who participated in this contest. The Rooglewood Press judges and I had quite a time of it, narrowing down to five winners. As always, there were many talented writers who submitted stories we very much enjoyed but which didn't quite fit in the collection as a whole. Your talent is not measured by the results of a single contest, so be of good cheer! And write on . . . .

In the meanwhile, do take a moment to congratulate these five authors who have worked so hard and who will continue working hard as we move forward in preparing Five Enchanted Roses for publication.

Would you like to see how the cover will look?


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35 comments:

Becky said...

Congratulations to the newest authors of Rooglewood Press!

Savannah Jezowski said...

I am so honored to be a part of this collection. The stories chosen sound as if they go together so well! I can't wait to read them. A special thanks to the Rooglewood team for all their hard work!!!

Joy said...

Oh, congratulations on all the winners! These stories sound so wonderful, I am so looking forward to reading them! :)

Allison Ruvidich said...

Congratulations, guys!!

Emma Clifton said...

Congratulations to the winners! These stories look so intriguing!

Therru Ghibli said...

Congratulations winners! These stories sound fantastic and I can't wait to read them!!

Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I can not wait to read the anthology, and I'm sure it will be fantastic.

Joy said...

Congratulations everyone!! The stories all sound nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to read them!

Rachel said...

Congrats to all you writers. It was fun finding out who won but I can't even imagine what it was like for you because you entered and then saw your name among the winners. Looking forward to reading your stories.

ghost ryter said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read all your stories!

Hayden said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe this! :D

Thanks to all of those who put this together. I can't wait to read the other stories!

Rachel Heffington said...

How fun that I know three of the authors! Congratulations to all of you, but especially Hayden, Kaycee, and Jenelle!

Jenelle Leanne said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe this is real! I am so honored and excited and just thrilled beyond belief! Congrats to everyone and I cannot wait to read all of these stories!

Sarah said...

Congratulations to the winners! This sounds like 'twill be a lovely collection; I can hardly wait to read it!

Rebeka B. said...

Yay!!! These all sound amazing--I can't wait for the anthology--and the audiobook. I can already tell some of these stories are going to leave delicious chills on my spine. :D

Vonnie R said...

Congratulations to the winners! I can't wait to read this one!

Christine Smith said...

Congratulations to you all. I'm thrilled for each of you! These stories sound absolutely DELICIOUS! I'll be counting down the days until I can get my hands on them. What an amazing collection this will be!

Hannah said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so excited to read this collection! And I'm thrilled to see you here, Savannah, now I can read your awesome story!!!

Shantelle H. said...

Congratulations to the winners!! The stories sound amazing! Looks like its going to be a great collection! :)

Savannah Jezowski said...

Thank you, Hannah, I had to read the announcement half a dozen times before I believed it lol :)

Merenwen Inglorion said...

Congratulations, all you winners! Your works sound amazing; can't wait to read them! :D

When is the book going to be released? (During the fall, perhaps? All of the entries sound decidedly spooky. :) )

God bless,
-Merenwen

Meredith said...

Congratulations to all the authors and to everyone who submitted stories. These tales sound so intriguing. God bless you all.

Kaycee said...

Oh my goodness, I am beyond excited! I can't believe it! :D

Thank you so much for creating this amazing contest. Congratulations to all of the winners! All of the stories sound incredible. I can NOT wait to read the collection!

Katie Lohr said...

Congratulations! This is exciting :).

Michele Harper said...

Oh, how wonderful! Each story sounds superb--I simply cannot wait to read this book! The cover may be even more gorgeous than the last--and I didn't think that was possible! Congrats, you guys! :)

Michelle Dyck said...

Huge congrats to the winners!! This looks positively thrilling! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, so I'm looking forward to your reimaginings. ^_^

Hannah said...

Now that it's no longer morning, I'm able to read these story summaries with better understanding! Wow, they sound cool!

The American Anglophile said...

Congrats to all the winners!! I can't wait get my hands on a copy! And that cover is GORGEOUS!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations guys! This looks like a wonderful and spooky collection! I am going to love reading this!
Jemma

Sara said...

*squeal* Oh, these all sound fantastic! Congratulations to all five of you - I can't wait to read your stories!

Dorian Tsukioka said...

Wowza! What a surprise this morning to see my name on there. So excited and grateful.

And looking forward to reading the book along with everyone else! Can't wait!!

Rachel Rossano said...

Oh! I can't wait to read them! They all look so good.

Hannah Carter said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!! This looks like an absolutely exciting collection of stories!! I can't wait to read them all!! :)

Camryn L said...

Congratulations, everyone! :D This looks like an exciting collection! I wanted to read each story right away after reading the summaries. They all are so intriguing! I can't wait til this collection comes out! :D

In Christ,
Camryn

wisdomcreates said...

By the way, congratulations on your last anthology "Five Glass Slippers" -- international best-seller!!! Awesome work!