This is the first time I've been a finalist in a writing contest of this nature and to have it be for such a prestigious award as The Emily is icing on my well-frosted chocolate cake (did you really think it would be any other flavor?). Winners are announced in a big hoopla ceremony in Houston on February 11, 2012 and it looks like I'm going to have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in person.
Look, a list!
From West Houston RWA
- Dawn’s Light by Jo Anne Banker
- Mistress By Blackmail by Caro LaFever
- The Seduction by Mary Oldham
Contemporary Single Title
- The Last MacKlenna by Katherine Logan
- Hope’s Gentle Touch by Laura Hodges Poole
- Teach Me by Ella Sheridan
Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal
- When Angels Soared by Lana Dahlen
- Seeker: Aiodhan by Sandy James
- The Vessel by Mary SeRine
- The Enemy Spy by Jinhee Jun
- Scandal in Spades by Wendy La Capra
- Lady’s Knight by Kayla Westra
Novel With Romantic Elements
- Princess of Bosque Bend by Jeanell Bolton
- Princess Redlander by Jeanell Bolton
- Missing You by Tracy Brogan
- Trust Me by kimberle swaak
- Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Hoffman
- Catch Me by Kiersten Hallie Krum
- Deception by Jennifer Beane
- Forget Tomorrow by P.H. Dunn
- Invisible by Abby Gaines
- Dust to Dust by Virginia Munoz
In addition to The Emily, I've also entered CATCH ME in the romantic suspense category for the Golden Heart, the RWA national contest for unpublished writers. Finalists are announced mid-March with winners being crowned during a ceremony at the RWA National Conference in the end of July.
Looks like I'm off and running, finally seeing years, nay decades (or maybe it just feels that way), of work, emotion, setbacks, spurts, self-sabotage, blood, sweat, and tears come to tangible fruition. Seeing the title of my book on that finalist list for The Emily, the first time I've ever seen it listed anywhere I didn't put it myself, is a giddy experience. A week later, I'm still flying high.
Gonna be one hell of a start to 2012!!!