Yesterday it happened! I got THE CALL while I was madly typing away on a book due Sunday. Carolyn Jewel called to tell me "Dancing with the Duke's Heir" was a finalist for best novella. Shocked doesn't even begin to cover it, not because I didn't think it was a good story--I think it's a great story, that's why I entered it--but because who knows how these things go? A lot of good stories are entered every year and quite a few them don't quite make the cut, so there's always a lot of hope and luck behind the entries we all send off.
It's great to have it happen this year-- the conference is in Denver, just a short flight from my home, so I can afford to go, my agent will be there, and this novella is my 40th release for Harlequin, so it's a special story in that regard, too. And also, I think the Brockmore series as a whole is a really classy collaboration/continuity effort that I was proud to do with Marguerite Kaye. So, I love that a piece of that continuity has a chance to get some recognition.
Thanks to all of you in the writing community who turned out online yesterday with so many thoughtful congratulations and well-wishes. They are much appreciated.
As a small thank you to all those who have supported me, I have posted an excerpt from the story here: https://www.overdrive.com/media/3272817/scandal-at-the-christmas-ball