My RONE Awards Result!

I can’t believe I forgot to post this: the award I received at the InD’Scribe conference!

So you know how The Trouble With Dying finalled in InD’Tale’s RONE Awards (Suspense category) this year? Well, it didn’t win. <sobs> But . . . it got First Honourable Mention! OMG! As in, second! Yay! <shrieks> <happy dances>

It was exciting for my latest novel to receive such high praise. It was surreal to actually be at the event (in Palm Springs, USA) for its announcement.

Here it is!

2015 RONE Award

The Maggie Award – OMG!

A Heat Of The Moment Thing has finalled in The Maggie Award (Published) for 2014, in the Novel With Strong Romantic Elements category! Woot! Results coming in October . . .

(PS Don’t you think I deserve a placing, just because of the name? 😉 )

ABNA Update 2

A Heat Of The Moment Thing didn’t make the semi finals in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA)–but I feel privileged to have made it that far. (Chick Lit in the Romance category was always going to be a hard sell . . . ) (But what could I do? They didn’t have a Chick Lit category, and General Fiction sounded waaaay too scary!)

ABNA Update

A Heat Of The Moment Thing has made it to the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) – Romance category – for 2014! Squee! This is huge! (Well, it is for me! 😉 )

Write Or Die

Strictly Single Contest – entered. Manuscript request – sent. WIP finished – well, not quite.

But it’s getting there, thanks to a very cool online tool called Write or Die. It’s a hoot. ‘Gentle’ mode reminds you to keep typing if you stop for too long. ‘Strict’ mode shrieks some hideous noise at you (eg violin graunching, baby screaming). ‘Kamikaze’ starts deleting the words you’ve typed! I was so nervous (no; flat-out scared) I typed like a madwoman. And the words that spewed out were pretty mad, too. But – and here’s the thing – they were polishable. And post-polishing, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. It worked. So – no more perfectionism for me. (Okay, I lie. But I promise I’ll try.) Not until at least the second draft.

A very timely reminder that writing is the most important thing I can do to enhance my writing career.