XOXO After Dark and Archway Publishing Announce Winners of Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest

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NEW YORK February 15, 2018

XOXO After Dark and Archway Publishing are thrilled to announce the winners of the Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest. The contest has been running since November 2017. Abby Zidle, Editor-in-Chief at XOXO After Dark and Associate Director of Marketing and Senior Editor at Pocket and Gallery Books named the winners today.

“Congratulations to Margay Leah Justice for her submission, Strip Me, a sharp and racy book about two men whose unlikely romance surprises even themselves,” said Zidle. Justice’s manuscript will be published by Pocket Star, the digital-first imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Holland Rae and Lexy Stanton are the two runners up (first and second, respectively). Rae’s submission, titled In My Sights, is about two members of a special ops team who most overcome their own demons to find happiness and peace together. Stanton’s submission, titled Over the Edge, is about a woman who must escape a web of corporate espionage with the help of the security expert posing as her fiancé. Rae, as first runner up, will receive a Bookseller publishing package (valued at $5,299) and Stanton, second-runner up will receive a Designer publishing package (worth $3,999) from Archway Publishing to turn their manuscripts into published books. All winners will be invited to a special Book Expo America author reception.

For more information on the finalists and winners of the Hot Books, Cold Nights contest please visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com/HBCN.aspx. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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