Grandmother Becomes 2005 Prism Finalist at Romance Writers of America

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The Dark Plain by Sloan St. James (isbn 0-9728450-4-6) is a 2005 PRISM Finalist. The Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Special Interest Chapter of the Romance Writers of America mission is to promote excellence in romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal fiction industry. This year ceremonies will be held in Reno, NV on July 27th.

Baycrest Books' The Dark Plain by Sloan St. James (ISBN 0-9728450-4-6), a 2005 Prism Finalist

"Sin stained his soul, but her love blocked his journey into Hell."

2005 Prism Finalist Sloan St. James takes you on a romantic journey and more in 'The Dark Plain' (ISBN 0-9728450-4-6) a beautiful tale of suspense and imagination. Bridget Petrella, Editor-in-Chief of UPBEAT Entertainment News says, "Sloan St. James weaves a wonderfully provocative novel of love and passion that dares to ask, 'but a moment of true love... is that not worth a lifetime?' This grandmother turned novelist is a gifted writer with wisdom and imagination. She has moved into that literary shadow land somewhere between Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury, and deservedly so."

'The Dark Plain', which beat out several thousand other entries to become a 2005 Prism Finalist is the work of First-time Novelist Sloan St. James, a grandmother who, a little over two years ago, was at one of those proverbial crossroads in her life. Having been the victim of "her own age"-- and not "fitting" the dreaded "target demographic mold", St. James faced the decision of whether to continue her life's dream of becoming a published novelist...or spend the rest of her life always wondering, "What if?"

Not one to ever back down from a challenge, St. James approached Baycrest Books Publisher Nadine Meeker who was more than just a bit awed with St. James' work.

"'The Dark Plain' impressed me because it was so outside the box of the typical romance – told from a battered yet resilient hero’s perspective instead of the heroine,” explains Meeker. “I knew women, but also men, could relate to this character. Booksellers and readers alike have gone out of their way to come to us and say this novel is positively captivating. I couldn’t be more happy for Sloan and it proves that ageism in the publishing industry hurts everyone. If we had discredited her, this book wouldn’t exist and the book reading public truly would have lost a treasure. Sloan has done a fantastic job and ‘The Dark Plain’ more than deserves of this honor."

The author herself says this story is one that came from the heart. "When I typed the last sentence on that novel, I got this feeling that I’d finally written something that would outlive me," St. James says, "This was before I’d even mailed it off to anybody. However, to make it into a Prism Award Finalist, being a new writer, all I can say is ‘Wow. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.’"

The Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Special Interest Chapter of the Romance Writers of America give the Prism Awards out each year. The mission of the chapter is to promote excellence in romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal fiction, to help writers become published in the genre, to provide current information and continuing support to the writers in the romantic, futuristic, fantasy, time travel and paranormal industry. This year ceremonies will be held in Reno, NV on July 27th.

For an author interview, contact Sloan St.James. P.O. Box 2062, Orland Park, IL 60462 773.266.9444 | sloan@sloanstjames.com

For more information on the Prism finalist visit http://www.romance-ffp.com/prism_contest/prism_2005.htm

For Baycrest Books information visit http://www.baycrestbooks.com

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