Time to Vote in the 2020 RONE Awards!

Please consider voting for WAKING THE DEAD in the 2020 RONE Awards (Paranormal – Long category)! I’ve earned the 4.5 star review, but I need YOUR help to get into the final round! It’s an easy process – really!

      1. If you’ve never voted before (and therefore need to create an account), I made a cheatsheet for the process, which is the hardest part: http://bit.ly/RoneVoteInstructions
      2. Once you have an account (or if you voted previously, and already have one), vote here: https://indtale.com/rone-awards-week-six-may-18-24
      3. And as a thank you for voting (even if it’s not for my book… :)), you can enter my RONE 2020 Amazon $20 Giveaway here: https://bit.ly/RONEVoteGiveaway

Thanks so much for considering!!  :)

WAKING THE DEAD is a 2020 RONE Nominee

Waking the Dead Cover

I’m so excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has been nominated for InD’tale Magazine’s 2020 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards, in the Paranormal – Long category! (This is the same category that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won last year – talk about pressure!!!) Unfortunately ;), this means I’ll be begging for votes in the Reader Voting Round, which runs May 18 through May 24.

But right now, I’m just happy dancing and drinking virtual champagne while self-quarantining. (Side note: The silver lining in all this madness is that I have FINISHED the first draft of DAMNING THE DEAD! I’m editing it now, and will turn it in to my editor as soon as I can. Fingers crossed that it may come out later this year!!!)

PUBLISH OR PERISH Wins 1st Place in the Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Thanks so much to all who voted for PUBLISH OR PERISH in the above award! Due to your amazing efforts, it won First Place for its category under the Romantic Suspense umbrella. So THANK YOU so much – I really appreciate it!!

Also, WAKING THE DEAD took 3rd place in its category, while The Dead Series came in 2nd in its Paranormal Series subcategory. So thank you for all your efforts – I wouldn’t be here without your help!!

P.S. Stay tuned for a big announcement, about a project very near and dear to my heart, coming soon…!  :)

N.N. Light Book Awards – Double Winner!

I’m so THRILLED to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has won the N.N. Light Book Award for Best Urban Fantasy of 2019! I saw the email as I scrolled up my inbox this morning, and two emails later I discovered…PUBLISH OR PERISH also won, for Best Romantic Suspense!!

To say I’m honored is a severe understatement. Like DEBRIEFING THE DEAD, PUBLISH OR PERISH is a book that I shopped around for years to agents and editors, who gave me oodles of form rejections. Which just proves once again that what agents think they can sell, or editors think is publishable, isn’t necessarily what readers think is just a good book. :)

Okay, I have to take my tiara off now and get to work. But WHAT a way to start the last week before Winter Break – I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present!!!!!

Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy of 2019


I really have no words anymore, to describe how I’m feeling. Last fall, I entered the RITA® Awards on a whim. Then I thought, “It’s doubtful I’ll final in this, so why not enter a few more published book awards, just to see what happens? Maybe I’ll final in one or two, which would be really nice.”

Dudes. I entered my book in six prestigious literary contests. It finalled in five of them (including the RITAs!) and WON four awards. And ICYMI, this is the book that was rejected over 100 times by agents and editors, until The Wild Rose Press snapped it up!

To say I feel blessed is a massive understatement. But I don’t have any other words, so that’s what I’ll say: I’m so blessed to have traveled this journey, arduous and uphill though it was. I don’t expect it will ever get easier, but I’ve reached at least one summit, and I have to say, the view is pretty damn awesome.

Click for the full list of RPLA winners, or for more about DEBRIEFING THE DEAD.

(P.S. AFAIK, this book is not part of any more literary competitions, so if you’re tired of hearing about it winning all the time  ;), rest assured, I think awards season is over!!  :))

2019 RONE Award for Best Paranormal: Long

And the winner is… DEBRIEFING THE DEAD! I was so stunned, I made Mr. Author re-watch the awards show clip with me – twice.  :)  The entire awards ceremony can be streamed here, but if you just want to see my category (the LAST one!), it starts here.

Seriously – I know I keep saying this, but I’m still stunned. This has been such an AMAZING year. I never want to take any of it for granted, and I especially want to thank everyone who’s read it, and taken the time to rate/review it. The more that happens, the more readers will see it. And clearly, it’s a good book. (LOL!!!!)

Plus, the ebook is on SALE all month, for 99 cents, on Amazon, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Great timing!!!  :)

Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Oops…DEBRIEFING THE DEAD did it again!

Does that sound flip? I don’t mean it to be – really! I’m just so much in shock right now. (Again.) (Maybe, after all this, I should stop feeling shocked that people love this book as much as I do.  :))

This book. THIS book is…

I have no words. As an author, that tells you something of my state of mind.

Over ONE HUNDRED rejections for this book (at least 124, after which I stopped counting). And now it’s a double-winner in the HOLT Medallion contest (Best Paranormal AND Best First Book), Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Finalist, Booksellers Best Patti Shenberger Award Finalist for Best First Book, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award Finalist, AND this – a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist.

This has been such a crazy journey so far. Tomorrow, we leave for New York, and in about nine days, I’ll know the results of both the Booksellers Best award (on Wednesday 7/24) and the RITAs (Friday 7/26). Both the RONEs and the RPLA banquet are in October. Eek!

Has anyone seen my fingernails?? I think I chewed them all off already…..

HOLT Medallion Winner for Best Paranormal and Best First Book

Can you stand even MORE good news?? I am in shock – and feel SO honored and blessed to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a Double Winner in the HOLT Medallion Contest, for Best Paranormal and Best First Book! I can’t even begin to describe how I feel, so I’m just going to say I cried. And still feel like crying. Tears of joy and pride, of course – especially because this award is 100% judged by readers. I am SO happy right now!

In fact…. I’m so happy, I’m celebrating with another big giveaway!! I’ll be officially hosting it on the OSRBC Facebook Page, but for those who don’t use Facebook, you can follow the link below and enter to win a Grand Prize Pack of autographed print* copies of both books in The Dead Series (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD and WAKING THE DEAD), or digital copies of both books (second place) or choice of one book (third place).

Ready? Enter here and good luck!

* NOTE: Print copies available only to U.S. residents. In the event an international winner is chosen for the Grand Prize, digital copies will be substituted for the print ones. For further rules and regulations, please see the contest entry page.

Booksellers Best Patti Shenberger Best First Book Award Nominee

GDRWA-BBA FinalistI am so happy to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a finalist in the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers Best Award, for their Patti Shenberger Best First Book Award. This is such an honor! The judges are all booksellers and librarians — two of my favorite categories of people!  :)

Seriously, though — I’ve grown up around books, libraries, and bookstores my whole life. My earliest memories are going to the Berkeley Public Library as a very young child, and getting to choose a stack of books to bring home to read. When I was in 1st grade, I remember the day I was allowed to go to the older grades section of our class library and choose any book — I had told my teacher the Dick and Jane books were boring, and I think she was a bit surprised when I came back with a Nancy Drew mystery. Even more so when I proved I could read it.

Later, I biked to the library by myself in the summer. Or biked to the mall, to go to the bookstore. As an adult, my father-in-law owned a bookstore for many-many years, up until his death in 2008. (Yes, that’s the ONLY reason I married my husband.  ;)) I used to stop by on my way home from college classes, and browse his shelves for used French novels (en français, bien sûr!).

So, when I say it’s an honor to final in a contest where the judges are booksellers and librarians, I mean — it. Is. An. HONOR. And then to be told I made it into the TOP THREE — I cried. I’m not gonna lie.

This book was SUCH a labor of love. It’s the one I wrote after trying unsuccessfully to interest an agent or editor with a medieval time travel (which is now under the figurative bed in a figurative box, and will stay there — not even remotely figuratively) and two romantic mystery/suspense novels (which I will be publishing later this year). It’s the one where I said, “I’m going to write this one for me. I’m going to write the book I would like to read. I hope it gets published some day, but either way, I’m doing this how I want. Period.”

It was a risk, and again, I’m not going to lie: It was rejected a lot, before The Wild Rose Press took a chance on it. But I think the gamble paid off in the long run.  ;)  And if people who READ FOR A LIVING like it, well, that’s enough for me.