Here Comes A Mystery: Book Cover Winners

It was indeed an international contest.

The East Texas Writers Guild is proud to announce the top three winners in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest for mysteries.

Linda Pirtle, president of ETWG, pointed out that entries were submitted from across the United States from California to New Jersey, as well as from Great Britain, Australia, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. It was indeed an international contest.”

Entries were judged by a team of artists and designers in the Dallas area.

Here are the top three winners for Mysteries:


First Place

Passion Patrol: Love Bleeds Blue

Emma Calin, London, England

A London girl cop. A political crisis in Paris. A spark to fire the passion of love. One moment of courage to catch the destiny of history.

When single mother Sergeant Sophia Castellana stumbles into a terrorist shooting, things are not as they seem. The love of a far younger man and the infatuation of a charismatic French woman seduce her into a blur of inappropriate love and infinite danger.

Power and celebrity beckon, betrayal and violence threaten every move as events unfold in the city of Paris. Her brute courage and loving woman’s heart confront ruthless enemies who offer no second chances. She knows the streets, she knows her power as a lover. Can she, dare she seize the prizes before her? Will a world offer her the choice?

Love Bleeds Blue, another stand-alone story in the Passion Patrol series of suspense romance novels. Steamy Emma Calin holds nothing back to bring you her juicy mix of cops crime and passion, with a large side order of French satire sauce.

Find out about the sexy side of power and all the flavours of love in the mix of politics.

Second Place

Mist on the Trinity River

Carol Braswell, Arp, Texas

After Sherrif Christopher Wallace found Grace Richardson last year and exposed the polygamy leaders as murders, he thought Weber, Texas would get back to normal. Little did he know, the worst was yet to come.

When three young women are found floating in the Trinity River in the same week,, he suspects a serial killer is at large. As if that isn’t enough, the banker’s son and his girlfriend are murdered and found in the raging river that same week.

Chris believes the same person is to blame.He has to step up his game plan. How can this be happening in such a small town?

He has no clue. He just knows he must find the murder.

Third Place

Sweet Retaliation

Mimi Barbour, Vancouver Island

Cassidy Santino, watches a bullet rip the life from her brother and can do nothing to stop the vicious mob murder. She’s overflowing with the need for revenge against the four killers. The problem is changing from a naïve, over-protected Librarian to a woman who can dwell in the same Vegas nightclub that’s a hangout for the gang members.

Her skills as a boxer, learned from years of fun sparring with her brother, helps somewhat. Now if only she can get that sweet living fantasy, Detective Trace McGuire, to back off from his protective shadowing so she can put her plans into action.

Detective Trace McGuire’s sick mom is breaking his heart and filling his spare time, he sure as hell doesn’t need another responsibility in his crazy busy world. Weirdly, Cassidy Santino has wormed her way into his head and won’t be shook loose.

He knows as the new bartender at the Lipstick Club, she’s become invested in the seedy place and fears the underworld will eat her alive.

Then he sees her fight and wonders if they’ll survive her

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