A LAMENTATION OF SWANS Wins Gold!

I’m so excited to announce that my unpublished historical mystery, A Lamentation of Swans, won Gold for Best Unpublished Mystery in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards! Not only that, but the book was named First Runner Up for Unpublished Book of the Year – a category which includes ALL fiction novels submitted, regardless of genre! To say I’m honored and excited is a severe understatement!! :)

Now I just need to publish it, so you all can read it, too. LOL!!!

Hope everyone’s having a lovely fall! Stay tuned – I have more Big News coming SOON. ;)

PUBLISH OR PERISH Takes 2nd Place

Um…WOW! Right after I finally posted about WAKING THE DEAD’s recent awards, I found out PUBLISH OR PERISH earned Second Place for Novel Length Suspense in the International Digital Awards!!!

This means so much to me – of course I love all my book babies. But this was the first romance I wrote that I really thought had a chance at traditional publishing. And when that never materialized, it became the first book I self-published. (So far, it’s the ONLY one, but I’m working on more! LOL!)

Anyway – it’s been a labor of love, literally, from the start. So to have it also earning awards is really special. :) Now, back to whatever it was I’m supposed to be doing today (besides remembering the importance of the day itself… :)). Again, hope you’re all able to appreciate Veteran’s Day, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

WAKING THE DEAD Wins Big!

I am SO late announcing this here! Life has been crazy – I can’t believe Awards Month has come and gone, and now it’s mid-November already. *sigh* But better late than never, right?

So, without further ado, I am super excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD won the Gold Medal for Best Published Fantasy in Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award! I am so honored by this award, as DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won it last year.

WOW. Just…wow. :)


And…I’m even later announcing that WAKING THE DEAD also earned First Runner Up in InD’tale Magazine’s Reward Of Novel Excellence Award for Best Paranormal (Long) – which DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won last year!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the public voting rounds, and thank you to everyone who continues to buy, review, and recommend it! I appreciate your support!

Have a wonderful, peaceful Veteran’s Day, wherever you are. And stay safe!!

We Did It!

Thank you all SO much for your support! And sorry for the delayed update – it turns out teaching high school math to middle school students, 100% online, is EXACTLY as hard and time-consuming as it sounds.  :(

Anyway! I’m not here to complain about the day job, but to share wonderful news: On September 9, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD officially became a bestseller, in several categories, and in three countries: the US, Canada, and the UK. (I made it to #2 in Australia, also for several days!  :)) And it stayed in the top 10, in all those countries, for five to six days!

So, thank you ALL for your support during this big push! I couldn’t have done it without you!!

Next up: Awards month! In all the other excitement, I almost forgot (#lying  ;)) that WAKING THE DEAD is still nominated for two awards, both of which will be announced in October. First up is InD’tale Magazine’s RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards on October 10, followed by the Royal Palm Literary Awards on October 17.

Eep!!!  :)

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

I’m speechless! DEBRIEFING THE DEAD earned a Bronze Medal award in the 2020 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards!!!2020 Reader's Favorite - Debriefing the Dead

 

And… PUBLISH OR PERISH earned an Honorable Mention in the Romance – Suspense category!!!2020 Readers Favorite - Romance - Suspense

 

I’m a little overwhelmed right now, but I had to share.  :)  Much needed good news, in these unprecedented times!

Now, off to more “virtual teaching” – overwhelming in a much less pleasant way!!!  :)

Happy September!

WAKING THE DEAD is a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Waking the Dead CoverI’m SO excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD is following in its Big Sister’s (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD‘s) footsteps  – not only did it make it to the 2020 RONE Finals for Best Paranormal: Long, but I just learned it’s also a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist for Best Published Fantasy!

Sadly, BOTH those awards ceremonies are in October.  Maybe by then, my fingernails will have grown back (from all the nail biting  ;)) and I’ll be able to hobble down the Virtual Red Carpets with no cast, and no boot, completely under my own steam! (I had foot surgery a couple of weeks ago – 2020 is the year that Just. Won’t. Quit!!!!!  :))

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Hope your summers are going well!

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…!  :)