I’m so happy to finally be able to announce that Been Searching for You won the Long Contemporary Category in the 2017 Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice contest, sponsored by the Ancient City RWA chapter. Camelot’s Queen also took third place in the Strong Romantic Elements category.
I’ve known about this since before Christmas and keeping it a secret was just killing me! So soon, this little trophy on the right will join the others in my curio cabinet.
This is the first RWA contest that Been Searching for You has won (it has finalled in several others) and this one was a reader-driven contest, so it means even more because of that. That novel sits somewhere between traditional romance and women’s fiction and it doesn’t follow a lot of the traditional genre conventions, so a lot of romance readers don’t really know what to do with it. It matters so much to me that these readers understood and loved it, so it was finally recognized by an RWA chapter.
Yes, this is the official symbol of the Stiletto contest.
Been Searching for You is a finalist in the Stiletto contest, sponsored by the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of RWA! Here’s the full finalist list. We’ll find out who the winners are at the RWA national conference in Orlando in July. So happy I will be there to attend the party and receive my award!
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is on fire! It’s now also a finalist in the Fab Five contest in the Single Title Romance category – its third award this year. This one is sponsored by the Wisconsin chapter of RWA. As with the Cleveland Rocks contest, final placement will be announced in June. I’m very excited about the agents and editors who will see it for both contests.
Ah! You guys! He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is the winner of the Great Expectations (North Texas RWA) contest for Single Title Romance! I can’t believe it!
I’m going to go have a celebratory drink. Here’s to much more success to come and hopefully soon, a book contract!