You know, writers dream of getting The Call. That's the call from an editor or agent telling us they want to buy our book. The call where we find out we've made our first sale. But getting a call from RWA about the RITA is also a dream come true for me.
So let me tell you a little about my RITA call. It's hilarious!
The phone rang, and caller ID said it was from Nebraska. Well, I thought it was my good friend Mary Connealy and was worried something was wrong! (We normally email or text unless we're at a conference.)
When I answered, the caller identified herself as Cindy Kirk. And I thought, Oh, how cool! She's going to invite me to one of her wonderful brainstorming retreats!! (I've been a bit envious of a group that she and some other writers have formed where they plot out all their books for the year). But she didn't invite me. When she asked if I knew what that day was, I honestly had to tell her no.
Then it hit me (OMGosh!!) that it was the end of March and could be the day RITA calls go out. I yelled, NO WAY! And she said yes, A House Full of Hope was a RITA finalist. I screamed in her poor ears. Then laughed--I would imagine a bit like a maniac. Then cried.
Poor Cindy! :)
It's been so much fun to celebrate with friends. And I'm honored to have my book listed alongside the other authors. You can click here to see a full list. I'm especially excited that the RWA national conference is in Atlanta this year so my husband will be able to attend the awards ceremony with me!
Thanks for letting me share the fun with you. Also! My new release, Georgia Sweethearts, has been spotted in Walmart and on shelves! And of course it's available online. So please check it out! You can visit my website for an excerpt and to find links to various sites that carry the book.
Thanks for your support!
P.S. I hope you had a blessed Easter! He is risen!