Kansas City Romance Author is Finalist for National Award

Romance Writers of America? is pleased to announce that local author J.K. O’Hanlon’s manuscript, “Objection Overruled,” has been named as a finalist in the contemporary single title category of the 2013 Golden Heart? awards.

Winners of the awards will be announced July 20, 2013 at an awards ceremony to be held at RWA’s 33rd annual national conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

RWA’s Golden Heart award recognizes excellence in unpublished romance fiction manuscripts. “Objection Overruled” will remain an unpublished manuscript for only a few weeks after the awards ceremony since it’s scheduled to be published by Loose Id as an ebook in August 2013. A former Kansas City corporate attorney, O’Hanlon traded law for a publishing career in 2012. Utilizing her background in law, she created heroine litigator Jackie North in “Objection Overruled.” Set in Baltimore, North’s most important case of her career is taking down the financial scammer who has defrauded seniors of their savings. Her financial security is tied to this case, but so is her romantic future as she struggles with a steamy love affair with a witness from the opposing side. O’Hanlon is working on a series of ebooks in the hot genre of contemporary romantic fiction; “Objection Overruled” is just the first. Under her own publishing imprint, evenSo Press, O’Hanlon’s first book “3 Ingredient Cocktails,” was published in early 2013 and more “Thirsty Jane” cocktail books are planned.
In the 2013 Golden Heart contest, over 600 manuscripts were entered in six categories and narrowed to about 45 finalists. Finalist manuscripts advance to the final round of the competition, which is judged by romance fiction editors.

Romance Writers of America advances the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. The association has more than 10,000 members in the United States and abroad. For more information about RWA, the Golden Heart Award, or romance fiction, please visit the Romance Writers of America Web site: www.rwa.org. .

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