November 21, 2005 | Hot Damn
Today has been one of the most shocking days of my life. Early this morning I opened the emails to find one from Jeanne Laws, a Brazen Vixen and a terrific writer. Her one word was “Woo-hooooooo!”. As I scrolled down the list I saw Jeanne had won as a finalist in the Spicy/Sensual category of the distinguished CONNections 2005 contest. What a great credit for Jeanne and well deserved. But as I scrolled further I saw I HAD WON FINALIST in TWO categories, Spicy/Sensual and the very cool CONNections Award, for the best first meeting between the hero and heroine.
My daughter had the good fortune to stop by and I couldn’t help but tell her. She threw her arms around me as she shouted her congrats and I finally knew she believed in my ability. That was one of the sweetest moments of my life.
Later Lorraine Yetke sent me the formal announcement and said the manuscript had been sent to Raelene Gorlinsky at Ellora’s Cave for final judging. Be still my impatient heart. Another copy of the entry had been sent to Melissa Endlich at Harlequinn for the best meeting. I’m in awe at all this good fortune.
It’s now late in the afternoon and I still can’t work. My mind is in total shock. All my buds have called or emailed their congratulations and it still doesn’t seem real. There’s been a gazillion contests with scores so small I had to use a magnifying glass to read them. Now this – what a high. What a great life.
And guess what? I’M A WRITER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mega congratulations to all the finalists. You’re all fine writers.