Some of you might remember that my co-blogger Alicia and reader Ian were in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels Award competition. In the first round, readers voted and posted comments. I forget how many thousands of entries there were in the first round, but I'm delighted to report that both Ian and Alicia made the cut! If I remember right, this puts them in the top 2% of all entrants.
They are both now in the final 100. (Amazon doesn't have a list of finalists anywhere that I could find, so this link goes to an indie site.)
Their work will be reviewed by a team of Penguin editors, who will winnow the field down to the top 10. I hear they'll announce the finalists Monday, so let's all keep our fingers crossed for two of our own!
I couldn't find much on the amazon site about the current state of the contest, but for those of you interested in more about the top books, there's a new website for the top 100. Ian's book is one of the launchpage books over there right now.
Good luck, Alicia and Ian!