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And the 2017 Winners Are…

Congratulations to the 2017 California Dreamin’ Hooker Contest Winners!

First Place:

The Everlast Spring by D.K. Dailey

Second Place:

Kate’s Hero by Susan B James

Third Place:

Miss Bryson Heads for a Fall by Celeste de Sales

Honorable Mentions:

Dark of Night by Frances Amati

Emerald Drone by Alan Chaput


Now let’s meet our winners.

D.K. Dailey


D.K. Dailey – D.K. Dailey is an American writer seeking publication. She works as an advertising and marketing professional, and looks forward to the day when writing will pay the bills. As a writer of color living in Northern California, she’s immersed in a tapestry of culture and history that consistently inspire her, and has helped her pen thirteen books and counting.

Follow D.K. on twitter @dk_dailey and check out her website dkdailey.com


Susan B James – Susan writes second chance romances with a touch of magic as Susan B. James and children’s books as Susan J. Berger.

In her debut romance, Time and Forever , two women in their sixties inadvertently travel back to London in 1969. Maybe This Time , the companion book, debuts July 12 th, 2017.

Susan’s other career is acting. Last year, among other things, she killed Kathy Bates on American Horror Story. This week she plays the victim on Major Crimes. Karma.

Follow Susan on twitter @susanhberger  and Facebook www.facebook.com/Susan James/ and Instagram www.instagram.com/bergersusanjames/ and her blogs (children) www.thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com and (adult books) www.susanbjames.blogspot.com


Celeste de Sales – Celeste de Sales is an author currently polishing her first novel. She is a member of the Beau Monde chapter of Romance Writers of America. On the weekends she works the graveyard shift of a hospital taking x-rays leaving her week free to write about dashing Dukes, irresistible Earls, and other members of the haute ton.

Visit her on Facebook www.facebook.com/celestedesales/ and her website www.celestedesales.com


Francis Amati – Francis Amati, a native Californian, writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She has enjoyed curling up with a good book all of her life. Mother of three grown children and “Nonna” to five darling grandchildren, her family is close knit and inspires many of her characters. An avid traveler with various hobbies, Frances currently resides in Huntington Beach, California with her Irish Wolfhounds who encourage much of the love and romance in her life.

Follow her on Twitter @FrancesAmati and on Facebook www.facebook.com/FCAmati/


Alan Chaput – Al writes Southern suspense. He has finaled in the Romantic Suspense, Single Title Contemporary, Women’s Fiction and Mainstream categories of numerous RWA contests and has placed first in a half dozen. A member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America, he has presented writing workshops at three RWA National Conferences. He and his wife live in Coastal Carolina.

Follow him on Twitter @alanchaput and Facebook www.facebook.com/alchaput/ and Instagram www.instagram.com/alan_chaput and Pintrest www.pintrest.com/alanchaput and Goodreads www.goodreads.com/user/show/22658428-alan and his website www.alchaput.com


For more information on the Hooker contest, please click here.

For a complete list of current and past winners, please click here.