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Congratulations NaNoWriMo 2011!

At last, this crazy marathon writing experience has come to its final chapter. Was your mission accomplished? Did you scribble your 50,000th word at 11:59 p.m. last night?

Even if you didn't quite finish- be proud- you have exhibited a feat of willpower and creativity that few people will ever experience. (And don't forget, you'll always have another chance next year.)

As a big thank you to all our writers, we want to invite all our community members to participate in the epilogue to NaNoWriMo 2011: "A Novel Competition".

When: December 1st through December 8th.

Where: The comments section of this post

What to do: Submit a brief plot summary or “book jacket copy” about their novel, maximum 250 words, in this contest entry's comments.

Who wins: LJ Editors will select the top five finalists from the entries. Guest judge Mark Coker (you may remember Mark from his recent LJ interview) from Smashwords will choose one grand prize winner from the finalist pool.


1 Grand Prize winner
Amazon Kindle
Blurb.com $20 gift certificate

4 Finalists prizes
Blurb.com $20 gift certificate

(Blurb.com is a website where authors can publish hardcover or paper copies of their books.)

For some, the anticipation of this contest might feel like Waiting for Godot. For others, these words could be no more than "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" but a chance to win some prizes. Either way, we look forward to reading your submissions! Good luck, writers!


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Dec. 1st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
"This is when Love Actually and a beer factory had a baby"

Oktoberfest is a novel about the yearly event in München and evolves around a couple of people. There's Luca and Martine, who like each other but can't even be seen talking together because Luca's father despises Martines boss.
Paul and Ineke, ex-partners, refuse to give up on 'their' Oktoberfest, but can't stand to share. But all those frustrations might be there for a reason ..
Other visitors are terminally ill Max and his grandfather, Ryan the clueless American tourist and 'Depro' Lotte. Every year she can be found at the same table in the same tent, but she's never happy and no-one knows what she's doing there.
Dec. 1st, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Bright City Bites
Everyone has a story. Some of them are exciting, some are pretty average, some are more than a little boring and some take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

This story? Is all of those rolled up into one. This is the story of two housemates, one human and one vampire. They lead a fairly normal life. Zander Bancroft, the human, goes to work, comes home, fixes a meal, vegs out on the couch, exactly what you'd expect a twenty-something to do.

Joseph has his little routine as well: feed, sleep, try to pass for human. Above all else, never take a human life.

Then there are the ghosts. They're everywhere, always watching, always waiting to speak with Zander, to get a message to their loved ones or, in the case of a murdered victim, the police. Zander's father called him a ghostwalker, one foot in each world.

Living near the Land of the Mouse (aka Walt Disney World) isn't easy while talking to ghosts the rest of the world can't see, but Zander copes.

Then matters are complicated by the sudden arrival of Joseph's long-hated maker, Alessandro. He's come to stir up some mischief, and he isn't leaving until he's had his fun.
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Moonstrike! A Thunderbirds fan fiction. A “Tracy sister” story.

It is the 2060s, and a line of rogue asteroids has entered our solar system, headed for the moon's surface and the colonies that have been planted there. On Earth, a group of eco-terrorists calling themselves Tellus Prime is at work, blocking any attempt to rescue the colonists through misinformation, sabotage, and even murder.

The only people with the resources and nerve to save the colonies are Jeff Tracy and his five sons - Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon, and Alan - through their secret endeavor, International Rescue. It will take all the ingenuity International Rescue can muster to do the job, and they in turn will rely on the support of the family's corporation, Tracy Ventures, and of its CEO, Jeff Tracy's only daughter, Rhea.

Their involvement will put Tracy Ventures firmly in Tellus Prime's cross-hairs, while a terrible tragedy stands to cripple both the family and International Rescue. Will they rise above the catastrophe and save the lunar colonies? Or will they abandon the project, allowing the terrorists to triumph and leaving the colonists to their fate? What will this do to International Rescue's reputation and future? Will Tellus Prime be able to bring down Tracy Ventures? Watch as the Tracy family deals with betrayal, hardship, and the microscope of a skeptical and watching planet, all while trying to put the pieces of their lives back together.
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
As the dust settled after the cataclysmic final battle of the Great Wars three years ago, the people of Quin discovered that they had won the war but lost their Saviour. Meanwhile a broken, battle-scarred young warrior calling herself Cailyn arrived in the great port city of Taranthas with little more than a change of clothes and more secrets than anyone could have imagined. Now tensions are rising and Quin is searching desperately for its missing Saviour. But Cailyn gave up that title years ago and all she wants to do is protect those she has come to call family from the conflict that threatens to tear them apart, all while keeping the biggest secret of them all.
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Conspiracy's Doorstep
Zy’Lin and Zy’Soln were twins living a comfortable, but obscure existence as the adoptive children of Anzel and Etta Eiger. That is until they were framed for the murder of the Eiger’s daughter, Ashla. Chased across space by the authorities, they went in search of information that would clear their names. Along the way they found themselves wanted not only for their perceived crime, but for their powerful psychic powers. Now they must search out the elusive and all-powerful group known as The Syndicate in order to clear themselves and find out about their mysterious origins. Assistance comes in the form of family members they never knew existed, and Griel Marsil, an unwitting officer of the Protectorate who wants to use the twins’ powers for good. Misfortune and pain plague the twins on their journey, but together they find they can overcome the worst evil the universe has ever known; God.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Essence of Luck
Elaine always thought she was just lucky, until she had the misfortune to get stuck with Essence Luck after he was confined to a physical presence. Luck, having so little experience interacting with the physical world is endlessly in trouble and its up to Elaine to make sure Luck doesn't get himself killed.

The stakes get higher when Elaine and Luck discover that the other Essences have been similarly trapped and the world is overrun by walking corpses controlled by Essence Entropy as it makes its attempt to devour the world. With the help of the other Essences, Elaine and Luck must defeat Entropy, or lose everything.
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)

Mara Alexander knows two things for sure:
her family doesn't exist any more,
and demons and zombies are real.

With her older sister a zombie, and her little sister missing, Mara has to piece together the clues her mother left for her... before the demons do. Because if the demons figure out how and why zombies exist, the whole world is in Big Trouble.

With Blood - the King of the Demons - haunting her every move, and her sole ally seeming more intent on shooting her than helping, Mara only has five days to solve the clues or she will become a zombie herself...
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Avenging Faith
When the King of Seldonia grows weary of waiting for a peaceful surrender from the nearby land of Aldyn, a bloody battle ensues. The lives of Aldyn's entire royal family are lost, and the remaining people and land submit to Seldonia's rule. A few years pass, and in an effort to gain even more territory, the king prepares to marry his eldest son, Benjamin, off to Princess Lorelei of Paerlin.

What no one realizes is that Faith Beaudette, the youngest princess to the throne of Aldyn, not only survived the battle but has been waiting quietly in the shadows for years, training, biding her time, and planning for revenge. When she hears rumors of the engagement, she kidnaps Princess Lorelei and assumes her identity. It is the perfect opportunity to get inside the Kingdom of Seldonia, close enough to kill the king and avenge her family's murders.

But getting closer to the king means getting closer to the prince, and you know what they say about loving thy enemy...
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Bubblegum Pop
Juliet Darling is a washed up teen pop-idol with a drug addiction. Rehab is a wake up call, and Juliet becomes determined to clean up her act. On a whim, she decides to start a band, enlisting the help of three members of her therapy group: wannabe rock star Carla, street-smart Diarmid, and charming playboy Sterling.

Unbeknownst to her eager and ambitious new bandmates, however, Juliet is only using the band as a stepping stone on the road to rebuilding her career. Planning on ditching them as soon as something better comes along, Juliet's best laid plans go astray when the band becomes an accidental overnight sensation.
Dec. 1st, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'd buy the book if I read this on its jacket...
Throughout the history of the land of Kartyl, thirteen magical, ornately-carved "Tiles of Destiny" have always found their way into the hands of those who needed their power, shaping their futures for the betterment of all. But when a man is murdered upon discovering a fourteenth, blank tile, his young daughter Jan sets out on a quest in search of answers and vengeance. What she finds is a grand conspiracy threatening to destroy all of Kartyl, and the only hope is to find the holders of all the other tiles scattered across the land and unite them against an unseen foe. One by one, their enchanted fates collide and clash, and she is tested to her limits keeping the group together as they are all inexorably drawn towards a place of ancient danger – one where all those who have sought it have never been heard from again, a lost city known only as The Reach. It is only there that Jan's coming-of-age trial-by-fire can end, her torments lifted, and her homeland saved... but at what price?

Legend of The Reach is a fantasy adventure novel by Adam R. Wood that challenges the reader to consider what free will really means, and dares to answer the question:

What value could a life possibly have if its destiny is truly blank?
Dec. 1st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Silent Killers
In the year 2058, and the United States government, as it has been known in history, has completely fallen since its creation in the 1700s. In the chaos that immediately resulted from this, organized crime grew on a scale that no one’s seen since Prohibition. In 2060, a new regime appears to establish order and regain the people’s trust once more. However, the rebuilding government has one major obstacle standing in their way: the organized crime syndicates. The government couldn’t go into an all out war with them, so its Office of Special Higher Intelligence and Tactics came up with a plan. They would recruit agents from its Undercover Division of Elite Defense and infiltrate the leading syndicates, get close to the leaders and take them out; cutting off the head of the army, so to speak.

How far are the agents willing to go to remain undercover to be able to take out their targets?

How many are the syndicates willing to crush just to maintain their claims?

And who are you able to trust?
Dec. 1st, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)

When then decades-ongoing lesser conflicts with the neighboring Transtygian Alliance suddenly escalate to war, one of the Axanor Empire’s best pilots goes to Academy to select a replacement for a recently-promoted wingmate. Although he can choose anyone from the four wings of flight school graduates, he’s had the chance to review performance and personnel records and create a short list of pilots to watch in their final practical exam.

Overdrive of Atlantis isn’t on that list; though every name on it is from his training wing. While his piloting skills are unequaled among his classmates, his records show him as a loner rather than a team player. In the end though, Overdrive will be selected for the very trait he was believed to be lacking.

You see, Overdrive’s mixed heritage is an open secret and people tend to think he acts as though he’s trying to prove he’s better than it. But heritage is more than blood, it includes culture and history.

This is the tale of a lone wolf who defines the term in a very literal way, as told by those around him. Together, Overdrive and the various packs he becomes part of must learn to understand and trust each other, because when your lives depend on each other, trust isn’t optional.

Dec. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Who would have guessed that George Lucas would be his generation’s Nostradamus? I certainly never would have thought that even though I ate up his movies on the holovid from the time I could manage the controls on my own. And now I am living that dream...so come follow me on my adventures. The people, places, and races are different than anything Mr. Lucas came up with (probably due to budget constraints) but the Force is real...and yes, we call it that so stupid Earthlings like me can grasp the concept. Besides, calling it something like kdkohgmixxst would only be confusing and really, really hard to spit out.

From Earth to the stars, find out how my journey progresses, watch me make epic blunders and embarrass myself on a galactic scale, and, most of all, sit down, strap in, and enjoy the journey through the eyes of a simple Earthling.
Dec. 1st, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Wrong Kind of Different
Cassandra Lewis has always been different. Everyone is. But sometimes she wishes she was the right kind of different. It would be nice to have friends, to go to parties or the mall, to spend time with people who were alive. A new school gives her a new start in a place where nobody knows who she is, or saw her talking to herself when she was five. She finally makes friends who have no idea about her special ability.
Cassie's new friends invite her to a birthday party on a large yacht. The plan is that the yacht will leave the dock at 7pm, sail around the bay and return at 1am. However, something goes strangely wrong and the boat they all end up on is not as 'lively' as they had planned.
The boat they end up on is the Neutiquam Erro and it vanished one hundred years ago. Nobody on board was ever seen again and nobody knew what had happened or why. Until now.
Cassie is the only one on board that knows exactly what happened and what has to be done to break the curse. She has to convince the others that she isn't crazy, ghosts are real AND she has to get them to work together to break the one hundred year old curse and all before the night ends. And to think her teachers called her an underachiever! This just might be the hardest thing she has ever tried to do and the punishment for failure is forever.
Dec. 1st, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
The Further Amazing Adventures of Scribe
Now that Scribe is sixteen years old, his apprenticeship is almost over. The Grand Library's final initiation rite is to create his own quill pen – using the most impressive feather he can find! His search for wondrous and amazing feathered creatures takes him from the sleepy academic town of Brokenshire to the bustling trade city of Casandora. After being hired by a legendary adventurer obsessed with keeping records of his progress (in the belief that he returns to the last place he did so whenever he dies, apparently), the would-be librarian embarks on a quest find a lost continent. He finds more on his travels than just feathers, especially when he finds himself involved in a major court case against the Bureaucracy of Hell. In order to save his soul and stop the world from literally falling apart around him, he must embrace his greater destiny and accept the aid of his allies (a priestess of the Goddess of Defeat, a dragon who makes suspiciously accurate clocks and the crew of a merchant airship) even when they seem to be making the whole thing worse.
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