Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 RITA® Finalist: Dancing with the Duke's Heir (in the anthology Scandal at the Christmas Ball)

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: