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.

HOLT MEDALLION FINALIST

Once again, I am so honored and humbled to announce that Debriefing the Dead is a finalist in the Virginia Romance Writers HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) Medallion Contest! It made the cut in the Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy category, and also for Best First Book!

One year and five days ago, on May 7, 2018 this book was “born,” after years of hard labor. Now, it’s a finalist/semifinalist in four prestigious literary contests. What an amazing Mother’s Day present!!  🙂

Royal Palm Literary Award Semifinalist

I’m very proud and honored to announce that Debriefing the Dead has been selected as a semifinalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition. And it’s still on sale for $0.99 through May 3! (Couldn’t resist….  ;)) But in all seriousness, I’m thrilled to be in the next round of such a prestigious literary competition.

Between this, the RITAs, and the RONEs, I’m nervously sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next rounds!!

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD Nominated for a RONE Award

On top of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Final, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD was nominated yesterday for InD’tale Magazine’s 2019 RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) Awards, in the Paranormal: Long category. This means the book moves to the second round of the competition, which is where readers vote for their favorite books. You can bet I’ll be begging on social media for all your votes!! (My round is May 13-19, so you have a few weeks yet.  :))

But wait – there’s MORE great news: To celebrate, it appears that Amazon has decided to start my $0.99 sale a day EARLY. That’s right – you can now read the multi-nominated e-book for LESS THAN A DOLLAR. Hurry – get it now, before WAKING THE DEAD releases on May 27!

Debriefing the Dead is a 2019 RITA® Award Finalist

I am so humbled and honored to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One of The Dead Series) has been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s highest honor in published fiction, the RITA® Award. For anyone not familiar with it, this is our equivalent of an Oscar nomination. I can’t even take it all in yet!

And I’m in the same category (Paranormal Romance) with incredible authors, such as Suzanne Brockmann and J.R. Ward. Again — I keep squinting at the finalist list, thinking somehow my name isn’t really on it. But it is. Wow. Pop some champagne with me, ‘cuz I’m CELEBRATING. Squee!!!!!

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD Nominated for Another Award

After being a finalist in last month’s N.N. Light’s Book Awards, I’m so excited to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD has been nominated for another award — The Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards! Please consider giving me your vote — DEAD is in the very first category (GHOSTS/HORROR/DARK FANTASY), and voting is open until 1/29/19. You can only vote once (this is not a daily thing!), and you do need to be logged in to a Google account. But you do NOT have to join/be a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild. Any votes, and any help spreading the word is much appreciated!

Link: http://bit.ly/PRGRCA18Vote

Thank you all, and have a wonderful MLK Holiday!

Awards & Giveaways

As usual, I’ve got several different giveaways to share with you (one of which ends TODAY), plus a great free cookbook download from my publisher (The Wild Rose Press), as well as N.N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Holiday Shopping Guide (which my book is in, of course!).

To read all about any of the above, including the other giveaways going on now, check out the latest edition of my Very Occasional Mailing List. And if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest with me or my books, please subscribe — I’m clearly better at sending those out (very occasionally!) than I am about updating here (uh… almost never?? 🙂 *sigh*).

And speaking of N.N. Light’s Book Heaven, I have some very exciting news: DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a finalist in the Paranormal Romance category of their 2018 Book Awards!! My book was chosen as a finalist from all the 5-star reviews, and the winners in all categories will be announced on Tuesday December 18, 2018. I’m so excited and honored! Woot!  🙂