We put out the call, and you responded in droves. Hundreds of people registered for the Hot Books, Cold Nights writing contest with XOXO and Archway Publishing, and we’ve now selected our winner! We are delighted to congratulate Margay Leah Justice, author of STRIP ME, a sexy, sharp romance between two (gorgeous) men who fall for each other in a way that surprises even themselves. We loved Justice’s dynamic, contemporary voice and fell hard for her two heroes…and we’re betting you will too. Justice wins a publishing contract with Pocket Star, the digital-first imprint of Simon & Schuster, so start warming up your e-readers!


We’d also like to congratulate the two other finalists in our contest. Holland Rae, the first runner-up, is the author of IN MY SIGHTS, a compelling, action-packed romantic suspense novel starring two members of an elite special ops team. Second runner-up Lexy Stanton, author of OVER THE EDGE, also chose a romantic suspense angle for her fast-paced story of a woman caught up in corporate espionage and a fake engagement. Both runners up have won publishing packages from Archway.

Thanks to everyone who participated–we look forward to bringing you STRIP ME!