Thursday, May 14, 2015

Help Out a Writing Contest Veteran: INCONCEIVABLE

I'm starting a new series of posts as we wait for Query Kombat time to arrive. They are called Help Out a Veteran, because all the authors will be veterans of one of my contests!

I think everyone who enters Query Kombat or any contest becomes part of the writing community, almost like a giant family. And we should support each other. Do what we can for each other. It's what families do! Thus this series.

If you have participated in one of my contests and have a book coming out or already published, please get in contact. I'd love to host you for one of these posts! You don't need a cover yet, or any links to Amazon. All you need is a Goodreads page for your upcoming book. 

Missy Belote and her Women's Fiction INCONCEIVABLE was a pick on my Pitchslam team of October, 2014. See her entry here. Soon after it got picked up by Curiosity Quills.  

(Cover coming)

A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be a one-off, but a force stronger than fate—her newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. She and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”

Coming from Curiosity Thrills
Goodreads Page

Now it's time for your part. Head over to Goodreads and add this to your want to read list. Follow Missy on twitter. 

Support a contest veteran and writer like yourself! Someday it could be you in this spot.

Missy Shelton Belote is ready to write regardless of where life takes her, whether it’s a hillside farm in Poland, a stationary bike at the local gym, or a Trans-Pacific flight. She primarily writes romance, women’s fiction, poetry, and the occasional short story using as inspiration the places she’s visited, the people she’s met, and the cultures she’s encountered. Her travel adventures took her overseas to adopt her three children–one each from Vietnam, Ethiopia, and China. Missy and her husband, Brad, joyfully chose adoption after experiencing the heartache of infertility.

As a fiction writer, Missy loves the freedom that comes with creating characters and weaving together their narratives. Food ends up playing a role in many of Missy’s stories. With an eclectic taste that ranges from ostrich steak to Pirate’s Booty, Missy is a foodie extraordinaire. She enjoys a local greasy spoon or roadside restaurant in Thailand as much as fine restaurants in Europe.

Missy is delighted to have her debut novel, INCONCEIVABLE, included in the starting line-up for Curiosity Thrills, the new romance imprint from Curiosity Quills Press. @Missyin10ec| Blog


  1. Thanks, Michelle, for all you do to pay it forward and support fellow writers. I was on vacation at the beach when you picked me for Team Mutant Charm in Pitchslam. I think everyone in the hotel heard me scream! It really opened doors and put me on the path to publication!

  2. Congratulations, Missy! Your book sounds amazing. I've added on Goodreads.

  3. Thank you so much, Jenny! I wrote the kind of book I wanted to read. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it!