big news!

PhotobucketThis is quite exciting for me.  And I actually awoke to the news first thing Saturday morning, so I’ve been giddily awaiting the moment when I could officially share! :whichone

Okay, drum roll, please…

I am a Double Finalist for Orange County RWA’s “Book Buyer’s Best” Award!!!

Oh, yeah. :getdown :getdown :getdown

INHERITING HIS SECRET CHRISTMAS BABY is a Finalist in the Category Romance category


KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP is a Finalist in the Single Title category.

:chick :chick :chick

Can I just say how truly delighted I am by these nominations?  And for the one from Colorado Romance Writers’ for in their “Award of Excellence” competition, as well.

Not only because…well, let’s face it, it’s just plain awesome!  But also because A.) the judges of these two contest are booksellers & reader-readers (as opposed to readers who are also writers, etc.), & B.) it’s truly gratifying to see KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP get so much positive attention after the lukewarm reception it received when it was first released.

Oh, yes, it’s true, & some of you probably remember the hullabaloo back then.  Because the heroine of the story, Grace Fisher, was a tad…bitchy in the beginning.  She thought Zack Hoolihan, the hero (& also her fiance in the first two “Chicks with Sticks” books) had cheated on her with a puck bunny, & went a little mental.  She destroyed his Hummer & did a bit of damage to his apartment.  But some readers & reviewers didn’t appreciate the level of her vexation.  Apparently, it’s okay for Carrie Underwood to sing about it, but not for me to write about it. :humpf

And that’s okay; really, it is.  As my father used to say, “You can’t please everyone.”  He was also fond of, “There’s no accounting for taste.” :devang   So I know not everyone is going to love every one of my books or every single thing about every one of my books.  I’ve got favorite authors who occasionally do something in a story that rubs me the wrong way, too.

But I happen to love Grace & Zack, & I love their love story.  So it’s really gratifying to have so many folks discovering them anew & loving them, too.

Thank you so much, Colorado Romance Writers, Orange County Chapter of RWA, & all of the judges who read entries for both contests! :bees


16 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Jane says:

    Congrats on being a double finalist, Heidi. :getdown :cupcake :bees

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Jane!

      And congratulations to you for grabbing the Golden Halo this morning! You are such a Good Girl. :angelme Well, try your best, anyway. :whichone

  2. Donna says:

    That is awesome. Good luck.

  3. Jessica Lemmon says:


    I’m impressed you kept that under your horns & halo until now. Nicely done! :whistledev

    • Heidi says:

      It was SO not easy, Jess. :argh But I kept myself occupied by working on my next bestselling, award-winning (or -nominated, at least) romance epic. *he he* :whistledev

  4. Hollie says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :brava
    but it’s not surprising at all!!
    and I would have reacted the same way as Grace! in fact…I have even been known to kick the windshield out of a truck before… :whistledev
    but that was long ago…when I was young..and stupid..and really really angry!! :mad anyway….
    I’m glad that you are getting the recognition that you so rightly deserve!!! :vday :vday

    • Heidi says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Hollie. You’re so sweet. :cupcake

      And, yeah, I think there must be a mentality a few of us share. You know the one—you break my heart, I break your truck. :whip

  5. Jolene A says:

    :vday Yay, congrats Heidi!! Soo Happy for you :vday

  6. Leni says:

    Congratulations :getdown
    Good Luck and enjoy

  7. Melissa S says:

    Congrats on the Double Dip:) I am sure you are on cloud nine! I hope the high lasts a long time for you!
    Congrats again:)

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Melissa! Yes, yes, I’m still feeling very floaty. And the high should last right up until I step on my first new hairball or get my first new set of revisions on a different book. :ROFL But, hey, we take our happies where we can get them. :cool

  8. Anne says:

    Congratulations, Heidi!

  9. Mary Kirkland says:

    Congrats to you! That’s just awesome.

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