any excuse to happy dance

I had something else planned for today, but then I got a bit of news that I just have to share!

I’ve just learned that I am a DOUBLE FINALIST in Phoenix Desert Rose RWA’s “Golden Quill” competition—for INHERITING HIS SECRET CHRISTMAS BABY in the Short Contemporary category & THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in the Single Title/Mainstream category.

Whoo-hoo! :getdown

This is the second contest final for INHERITING HIS SECRET CHRISTMAS BABY, which is really kind of awesome.  I mean, really…how cool is it that my first new book with Harlequin/Silhouette Desire is getting so much positive attention?  Not to mention the fact that it’s a continuity story, with the potential to confuse readers with “pop-up” characters they might not be familiar with if they haven’t read the other books in the series.  That is truly kind of a marvel.

Then we have the very first contest final for THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  But I’m super-psyched about it because it’s such a hard book to categorize.  Not only is it a three-in-one, but it’s “vampire lite,” so I’m never sure whether it should be entered in Paranormal or Single Title.  If I enter it in Paranormal, will it be compared to all of the dark, serious, suspenseful vampire novels out there by authors like J.R. Ward & Lara Adrian?  But if I enter it in Single Title, will judges think it’s in the wrong category & wonder why the heck it isn’t in Paranormal instead? :knock

So this is a real boon for me, & I’m delighted.  And this time, at least, I seem to have picked the right category for my funny, sexy holiday vampires. :inbed


9 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Donna says:

    Congratulations! :claphat You deserve it. THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is great no matter what catagory. All the best

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Donna, I *really* appreciate that! :cupcake

      And congrats on grabbing up the Halo this morning! You are *such* a good girl. :angelme

  2. Leigh Duncan says:

    Maga congrats on your Double Final, Heidi! I’m lifting a glass of cyber champagne in your honor!

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Leigh!

      And congratulations to you, too! Everyone…Leigh is also a Golden Quill finalist for her very first Harlequin American,The Officer’s Girl. :claphat

  3. Anne says:


    Congratulations, Heidi!

  4. Pamela Cayne says:

    Well of course–these are *awesome* stories and should be winning gazillions of awards! Congrats!!! :bigwow

  5. Laura J. says:

    :bigwow :flag :getdown

    Not surprised considering they are both such excellent books. :cool It’s great to see them and you getting recognition and maybe, just maybe, there’ll be more vict…uh I mean guests here in the Dungeon. :mwah

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