Posted on 07/20/15
I’ll never forget the first time I went to an RWA National conference. I’d been to the NJRW conferences before, and I was told NJRW is like National only smaller. Expecting National to be a big deal, I rode into NYC on the bus from PA with knots in my stomach. After all, all the Big Names would be here. My favorite authors, not to mention a boatload of my best friends. New York was the place to be in June 2011.
The nerves I felt then were nothing compared to now.
This time I’m a Golden Heart finalist. I’ve gotten several emails from RWA about rehearsals, receptions, where to be and when. I have 2 dressy-dresses lined up and two gorgeous pairs of shoes. My agenda for 4 days is on an app on my phone. I have a last-minute shopping list because since the layoff, I’ve worn makeup 5 times and every time I thought, “I’m out of powder. I need some more” but I keep forgetting to get some.
It’s almost go time. Saturday night at 8, the big awards party begins, hosted by Lisa Kleypas. To say I’m nervous…might not be accurate. Anxious is more like it. Last night around 8 I thought, “Well, a week from now it’ll all be over, I’ll be home again, and we’ll know who the winner is.” But it’s the Monday before and we don’t know. And my heart is in my throat just thinking about it.
I love Michele Arris and Elle Mason like the sisters they’ve come to be, so quite honestly, yes, I’ll be disappointed for me if I don’t win, but I’ll also be excited for them if they do. We each have a 1 in 3 chance of winning, and yes, the Erotic category is a threesome. The irony isn’t lost on me. But I’m also proud that we’re the first finalists in the Golden Heart Erotic romance category. Hopefully we pave the way for more finalists next year.
I won’t be among them. I published Heated Competition in June so my time as a pre-pub is over. Next year I’ll try for the Rita awards but the competition there is fierce, and deservedly so. Those authors have been through the publishing mill, either independently or traditionally. They have readers and followers and fans. That’s the next rung in my ladder.
Here we go. Pics to follow. Meanwhile here’s one from my album. I’m sorry she won’t be there this year but it was so nice meeting Diana Gabaldon and fangirling for my mom. She’s SUCH a terrific person!