Winners Announced!

The Hot Books, Cold Nights romance writing contest got XOXO After Dark and Archway Publishing into bed together and gave us some great pieces of writing.

We're happy to announce the winners of Hot Books, Cold Nights and wish them the best as they become published authors!


Grand Prize: Margay Leah Justice for Strip Me.

First Runner-Up: Holland Rae for In My Sights.

Second Runner-Up: Lexy Stanton for Over the Edge.

Abby Zidle, Editor-in-Chief at XOXO After Dark and Associate Director of Marketing and Senior Editor at Pocket and Gallery Books, had this to say about the winning manuscript: “Congratulations to Margay Leah Justice for her submission, Strip Me, a sharp and sexy book about two men whose unlikely romance surprises even themselves." Justice’s manuscript will be published by Pocket Star, the digital-first imprint of Simon & Schuster.

As for the runners-up, Rae’s submission, titled In My Sights, is about two members of a special ops team who most overcome their own demons to find happiness and peace together. Stanton’s submission, titled Over the Edge, is about a woman who must escape a web of corporate espionage with the help of the security expert posing as her fiancé.

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Congratulations to our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Margay Leah Justice and her steamy story, Strip Me.

First Runner-Up: Holland Rae with In My Sights.

Second Runner-Up: Lexy Stanton with Over the Edge.