August 2009-- On August 25th Kelly Ann accepted an offer from Tina James, Steeple Hill, for "Kitty's Fire." Here's the announcement by Kelly Mortimer that went out on Publishers Marketplace--
Kelly Ann Riley's debut KITTY'S FIRE, in which an L.A. firefighter returns to her hometown to prove her father didn't start the fire that killed him and two others, and an ex-FBI agent goes undercover as the new fire chief to prove her wrong; but neither expect the sparks that fly between them, to Tina James of Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.
"The Promise" a romantic supsense set in the Alaskan Gold Rush finals in the Inspirational Category of the Daphne du Maurier Award Contest (Kiss of Death RWA Chapter)
January-March 2009: Kelly Ann is working on an exciting new historical romantic suspense series set during the Alaskan Gold Rush. More details to come....
Kelly Ann's award-winning critique partner and friend, Caroline (Cee) Dunsheath signs with the fabulous Mortimer Literary Agency. (Mortimer Literary Agency)
"A Cowboy's Prayer" places 3rd in the Romantic Suspense Category in the ACFW's Genesis Contest.
Kelly Ann journeyed to Minneapolis, Minn. to attend the ACFW conference. She mingled with wonderful writers, agents and editors. A highlight of the trip was shopping at the Mall of America which was conveniently located near the hotel.
July 2008: Kelly Ann attended the fabulous National RWA Conference in San Francisco. She enjoyed the editor appointments, visiting with her agent and friends, and learning how to improve writing skills at the workshops.
"Kitty's Fire," which was nominated for a Golden Heart, made the Awards Ceremony extra exciting this year.
June 2008 "Undercover Marriage" wins 2nd place in the Dixie First Chapter Contest and receives Honorable Mention in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Contest.
"Tread Softly: A Want Ad Mystery" wins 1st place Romantic Suspense in the Sheila Contest--Valley Forge Romance Writers.
"Undercover Marriage" finals in the Inspirational Category of the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Winners will be announced at the National RWA Conference in July 08.
April 2008 "A Cowboy's Prayer" finals in ACFW's Genesis Contest in Romantic Suspense.
March 2008 "Kitty's Fire" finals in RWA's Golden Heart Contest in the Contemporary Series Romantic Suspense/Adventure Category.
"Tread Softly" finals in the Sheila Contest (Valley Forge Romance Writers)
While attending RWA's National Conference in Dallas, TX, Kelly Ann met and signed with Kelly Mortimer of the Mortimer Literary Agency. She had been corresponding with Kelly for several months about her writing projects. Kelly Mortimer is a terrific agent and a fun, inspiring person to work with.
"Kitty's Fire" Wins in the Dixie First Chapter Contest.
"Kitty's Fire" wins first place in the Inspirational Category and the full manuscript is requested by an editor at Steeple Hill.
Tread Softly: A Want Ad Mystery finals in Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest, Romantic Suspense Category.
The Daphne du Maurier Award Contest opens January 15th
On January 15th the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence Contest will begin. Kelly is the co-coordinator for the published division. Novels with a 2006 copyright that meet the contest criteria can be entered. Deadline for entries is March 15th. There is also an unpublished division. For more information visit the Mystery Suspense Chapter of the RWA's web site at www.rwamysterysuspense.org and/or contact Kelly at PubbedDaphne@aol.com for information for the published side of the contest.
"Kitty's Fire" wins 3rd place in the ACFW Genesis Contest
In September, Kelly Ann attended the American Christian Fiction Writer's conference in Dallas, TX, where she got to meet with other writers, agents and editors. The theme of the conference was New Beginnings. An extra special highlight of the trip was the announcement of the 2006 Genesis Contest winners. "Kitty's Fire" won 3rd place in the Romantic Suspense Category.
"Cargo to Die For: A Want Ad Mystery" wins 2nd place in Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence Contest
July 25-30 Kelly Ann traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the national conference of the Romance Writers of America. The conference offered wonderful workshops and networking with other writers and publishing professionals.
On Thursday, July 27th, Kelly Ann attended KOD's Death by Chocolate party. As Co-Coordinator of the published Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence contest, she had the privilege of announcing winners and handing out awards to the published contestants. She also received an award in the unpublished side of the contest for "Cargo To Die For: A Want Ad Mystery," "Cargo To Die For" won 2nd place in the Inspirational category.
Kelly Ann Riley
Inspirational Writer of Contemporary and Historical Romantic Suspense and Mystery