Beaverton, OR. August 5, 2013 – Melinda Gregory's "All In" was selected as the winner from a narrow list of finalists who submitted manuscripts for Ellechor Publishing's Avant-Garde Writing Contest.

The Avant-Garde Manuscript Contest is for unpublished fiction of a Christian and/or Inspirational nature. Avant-Garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.

“All In” is a contemporary Christian romance, loosely based on the book of Ruth, which tells the love story of Katie and Nick. Katie's dreams include the lights and stages of New York City--not being stuck in the snowiest place on the planet, Buffalo, New York. It was only supposed to be a pit stop on her odyssey to Broadway, not a place to meet the nice-guy-with-a-snowplow Nick Sears, and certainly not a place where she'd find herself taking on the role of Ruth in a local church play. Yet, Nick pursues her, slow and steady, a genuine nice guy who's determined not to finish last in the race for her heart. Will Katie move on to the Big Apple. . . or will she decide to go all in with the man from Buffalo?

This book takes on topics other Christian fiction might shy away from or gloss over. Its different take on the usual boy meets girl story is told through the heroine's eyes in the first person format. Though the characters are adults, Katie is a heroine younger women can relate to. It's a story moms can feel okay sharing with their daughters, which is huge in today's "50 Shades" market.

Melinda Gregory, the author of the forthcoming novel, is a Chiefs’ fan who makes her home in the middle of Bills’ territory.  She’s been married to her own nice guy for over a dozen years and is the mother of mischievous twin girls.  When not working at one of her two jobs, you can find her writing (read: checking Facebook), curled up with a great book, or knee-deep in laundry. “All In” is her first novel.

"All In" is for the romantics out there, for readers who love to see the good guy finish first and get the girl. It will resonate with young women and those who've been through the loss of someone close to them.

As the Grand Prize winner of Avant-Garde writing contest, Melinda will receive a traditional book publishing contract courtesy of Ellechor Publishing House.

“All In” will be released in November 2014.



About Ellechor Publishing House


Ellechor Publishing House is producer of both Christian fiction and nonfiction literature. We provide our readers with top quality publications by focusing not only on the product, but on the providers as well. Beyond just book publishing, we ensure that our writers have the support they need to develop, so they can provide quality manuscripts. We accomplish this via many unique and effective programs, as well as creative publishing options and extensive distribution.

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