Virtuous Souls shortlisted for Chanticleer Cygnus Award

Hello everyone,

I’m back, and as of today I have over 200 Twitter followers and it’s been less than a month. I’m enjoying Twitter more than I thought I would, although I’m still not sure what to say. It is surprisingly supportive to gather virtually with other writers. I even had some guy ask me if I was single (woo hoo!). See, even at 55, love is still possible. My husband was not amused.

But, I’m happy that my numbers have grown. Deep down I was afraid nobody would want to follow me (boo hoo!). Now I am reassured, there are plenty of advertisers out there!

Seriously, my initial suspicion was right, people follow you if you follow them back. But now it’s a bit different, people can cheat. I’ve gotten tons of sales people telling me they can send out my Twitter requests to 500,000 people asking for followers (for a small fee). Hey, that’s not fair! Once again, people with money have the upper hand. I’ll take the long road, thank you very much.

Today, however, I’m focusing on my book. I’m submitting to publishers, so stay tuned. I’m staying optimistic. I think it will take some time before I hear back because my book is so unique (smile). It’s about a group of soldiers who die during a mission and are transported in the afterlife to a planet where they must past five tests of virtue to ascend to immortal status. The book follows two timelines, one before they die and one after. It’s set in the 1980’s and is a romance. A young woman is allowed to join an elite military unit (as part of research on women in combat). Ultimately, we discover she’s special, in more ways than one. The book is primarily a fun and sexy story, chock full of action, where two people find true love. But, it also raises questions about what it means to be virtuous and unapologetically tackles controversies surrounding sexism, religious radicalization and war.

Since I last talked to you I found out my book made the shortlist for the Chanticleer Review team’s Cygnus award for science fiction — WOO HOO!   I was very excited and honored, but also surprised because my book is still a manuscript.  It’s nice to know there are people in the business who’ve read my manuscript and like it.  It’s great to get some positive feedback!

We’ll just have to see what happens! Wish me luck!

Pam LePage


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