DUDE, I'M A RITA FINALIST

More than ten years ago, I attended my first RWA National conference as a newbie writer, all wide-eyed and clueless but full of dreams. And one of those dreams was that someday I would write a book good enough to get one of the prized ribbons on my conference badge that said,  RITA NOMINEE.

Well, dreams do come true.

Yesterday morning, I got the call from RWA that my novella, WILD IN RIO, is a nominee for Best Romance Novella in the 2017 RITA Awards.

True story: I never answer my phone. Like, ever. My voicemail message should be, "You don't actually think I'm going to answer, do you? Send me a text like normal people." But yesterday morning, I was waiting for a call back from a windshield repair company about setting up a time to fix the gigantic crack running eye-level down the center of the driver's side of my GMC Acadia.

So, when an unfamiliar number appeared, I answered it.

Moral of the story: Always answer your phone on Rita day, kids.

Anyway... huge thank-you to Romance Writers of America (RWA) for this amazing honor ! I don't stand a chance in hell of winning against authors like Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, or Jennifer Probst. But it's true what they say: It's an honor just to be nominated.