Rancho Santa Fe author named finalist in unique contest


Women’s fiction novelist Sarka-Jonae Miller, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, has been named a finalist in the “MARSocial Author of the Year Competition,” a unique contest that’s being dubbed “The Author’s X-Factor.” The competition began with 168 authors competing for a chance to have their book turned into a movie.

Each author was asked to submit a 500- to 1,000-word excerpt of their book and then to promote that excerpt on social media, as well as tweet the excerpts of their fellow authors. Miller submitted an excerpt of her #3 Amazon best-selling novel “Between Boyfriends.” She was named the ninth finalist on Jan. 6, 2014. The winner will be announced along with 20 runners-up on Feb. 1.

The competition is being run by MARSocial and KeeranVaani Creations International Film Producers. The producers will choose the winning book and might make it into a feature film.

Authors and readers all over the world have joined together to help spread the word about the competition. One book excerpt has been retweeted more than 11,000 times:

The organizers say on the group’s website that the goal of the competition is to get the entrants as much exposure as possible using social media. The producers are hoping to raise money to finance their current project, the movie “Disturbed.” The goal is to make “Disturbed” and then the adaptation of the winner from the MARS Author of the Year competition.

Miller’s excerpt can be viewed at

Between Boyfriends (published by Booktrope) is currently available for purchase on and at Barnes & Noble:

Miller’s publisher is releasing the “Between Boyfriends” sequel, “Between the Sheets,” on Valentine’s Day. Look for a story on Miller in the next issue of this newspaper. Previous stories can be found at