Somebody Pinch Me!

BREAKING NEWS: Just got word that I finaled in the TARA Contest with all three of my entries!

Erica Ridley: Dorinda and the DemonDorinda and the Demon

Dorinda Lockhart, perhaps America’s first honest politician, needs to win the impending mayoral election so she can prevent the incumbent from ruining her home town with his anti-feminist attitude and ridiculous ordinances. Unfortunately, her longtime campaign manager collided with a bus, and now Dorinda’s on her own against a rival with age, gender, and a devilish case of good fortune on his side.

Gabriel Nash, an upwardly mobile demon, hates being a mere Hades contractor and is after a promotion with better perks, such as a few lackeys of his own to control. He just has to head up to Earth’s surface and corrupt some do-gooder female politician so the Devil’s pick–a megalomaniac who bartered his soul–stays in office.

As soon as the prim politician’s soul tips far enough out of balance, demonkind will be able to knock her out of the race… permanently. Gabe’s never met anyone so passionate about being a “good” person. As her new campaign manager, he can show her one hell of a good time and tempt the curvy candidate to sample his wicked ways.

Dorinda turns to Gabe for advice–but ends up with an unfamiliar passion that lays bare more than just her body. As a woman whose entire life has hinged on her unfailing self-control, she cannot transcend from the mere physical to true intimacy without risking her dreams, her self-image, and her heart. Is it a fall from grace if her sexy adviser is the only one who knows the true nature of her soul?

Erica Ridley: Trevor and the Tooth Fairy
Trevor and the Tooth Fairy

Trevor Masterson, a no-nonsense anthropologist, can’t wait for his latest discovery to save his job from impending budget cuts, but before he has the partial skeleton in his possession for 24 hours, a sexy blonde with glitter wings sneaks into his tent at midnight, claims she’s some sort of magical being and tries to fly off with his discovery.

Daisy le Fey, an apprentice tooth fairy, yearns to wow her superiors so that she can make fairy and earn a pair of real wings, but her very first solo assignment turns into an unmitigated disaster when the supposedly sleeping child turns out to be a sexy (half-naked!) man who refuses to hand over the tooth.

Desperate to avoid ruining her would-be career on her first night out, Daisy has no choice but to break regulation and stay to fight for possession of the tooth. And if she uses her fledgling magical powers for unsanctioned purposes, what’s a mishap here and there? So what if her wand misses Trevor’s tent and turns his assistant into a pumpkin. It could happen to anyone.

Determined to save his job at all costs, Trevor focuses on keeping his dig — and his life — pixie-free. Just because chaos erupts every time Daisy bats her lashes sure doesn’t mean she’s telling the truth. After all, there’s no such thing as magic… right?

Erica Ridley: Touched

Touched is a Regency-set historical with a Dead Zone twist. The story opens when our reluctant superheroine is plucked from her comfortable lesser-gentry world and tossed into the soap opera-like drama of the haute ton. Skeletons leap from closets at a country house-party as the aristocrats turn on each other when one of them turns up dead…

Evangeline Pemberton is a twenty-year-old recent orphan with a scandalous past and an even more shocking talent — she can glimpse both the future and the secrets of anyone with whom she has skin-to-skin contact. In her hunt for the man who destroyed her mother, the last thing Evangeline needs to get mixed up with is murder… or the dark, brooding recluse suspected of the crime.

Gavin Lioncroft is Society’s wealthiest and most infamous black sheep, who hasn’t been accused of murder… since his father died. With both a secret of his own and a sister to protect, the last thing Gavin needs is a nosy little minx who believes she’s psychic — or a houseful of lying, manipulative representatives of the beau monde, hell-bent on saving their reputations by destroying the last remaining shreds of his.

Somebody, anybody, everybody squee! 🙂
I can’t believe it! My head is spinning! (And, quite possibly, expanding! *g)
A huge SQUEEEEEEE goes out to my CP Kel for finaling with Recipe For Temptation. Go Kel!


  1. Vicki - Reply

    Okay while was saying congrats in a quiet sort of way you were posting this. 🙂

    I’m so excited for you. I knew about the historical since I was the coordinator for it but all three of them. You go girl!!!

    It couldn’t have happened to a better writer/author.

    Great things are coming…you just wait and see. 🙂

    I’m jumping up and down for you. Sending lots and lots of cyber hugs, chocolate, and wine your way.

  2. ERiCA - Reply

    Thanks, Vicki!! I so, so, so couldn’t believe it!

    *wiggles like an excited puppy*

  3. Isabel - Reply

    WOW! Congrats, Erica! *joins in happy dance* You rock all over the place!


  4. Heather - Reply

    Holy moly! This is awesome, Erica. All of your hard work and dedication is paying off … and something tells me this is only the beginning.

  5. B.E. Sanderson - Reply

    Woohoo! Way to go, Erica! That’s incredible news.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer gal.


  6. Bill Clark - Reply

    Why am I not surprised? No sooner do I cede the literary future of America to you and Diana than all this happens…clearly a case of post hoc, ergo propter hoc, so I will claim my full share of credit for your glory. 😉

    Seriously, I am *thrilled* for you and for all those who now may be able to read the collected works of Miss Erica as agents line up in droves to sign you up. Having only read TATTF (you *will* dedicate it to me, won’t you? Pretty please?), I can hardly wait to read the others. When you catch your breath I trust you will find time to send out ARCs to your adoring faithful.

    Oh, and SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  7. Gina Black - Reply

    That’s a triple SQUEE SQUEEE SQUEEEE!! (Gina shakes head to see if that will make her ears stop ringinginginginging)

  8. Ericka Scott - Reply

    I am soooo doing the happy dance for you this morning!!!!


  9. beverley - Reply

    Super, Ober Congrats. Give yourself a hug pat on the back. Very sqeeee worthy news. 🙂

  10. Robin L. Rotham - Reply

    Wow, Erica! I was just going over my contest digest and saw your name…and saw your name…and saw your name!!! Woo-hoo! You go, girl! Good luck!

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried - Reply

    Have I said congrats yet? I could have sworn I did, but if not, here’s a big, fat congrats for you. Really exciting news.

  12. Kerry Blaisdell - Reply

    Wow, huge congrats!!! I just double-finalled in the Golden Claddagh myself — must be something in the water! I fully expect to see you published SOON. *:?)

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