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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's official!

The FedEx truck just left me with my official notification from RWA that Surrender is a RITA Finalist. Included was my lovely, gorgeous, wonderful RITA Finalist pin — a tiny silver pin version of the gold RITA statuette. I think I'm going to wear this every day of my life from now on. :-)

I hadn't been planning on going to this year's RWA conference. I wanted to save the money. But, now that Surrender is a Finalist, wild horses couldn't keep me away. I'll be attending even if I have to walk the entire way to Dallas.

So who's coming to Dallas?

The conference itself is open only to those who register. However, on the evening of Wednesday, July 11, RWA hosts a big even that's open to the public — the annual literacy signing. Anyone who want to attend is welcome. Most of the authors who participate in the conferece join the signing.

Leiha, Su, author Gennita Low and Lina strike a pose at last year's literacy signing.

Ask any of the RBL Party Crew who came last year and they'll tell you how they were able to buy autographed books and talk with their favorite authors. It's a one-of-a-kind event in the romance world — almost 300 authors together under one roof. The crowd is usually enormous, and the first year I did it, I was overwhelmed and somewhat in shock. Some readers show up with suitcases!

Mich, Linda T, and Su share a moment with the extraordinary Nora Roberts at the literacy signing.

I'll post more information about the literacy signing a the conference draws near.

Debbie, I hope you can drive down and make it.

I'll be arriving at the conference some time on Wednesday and staying through Sunday morning, so those who can't make the Wednesday signing can perhaps set something up Saturday morning.

Author CJ Barry/Samantha Graves will be signing copies of her new romantic suspense book, Sight Unseen this year — when she's not drinking wine with me.

The awards ceremony is Saturday night, and win or not, I want to celebrate.

Almost done with Chapter 22... Six days and still so much writing to do!


Ronlyn said...

WOO HOO!!! so exciting!!
Well, since my due date is July 12th, I don't think I'll be able to make it down to Dallas this year, but I'll send you with all sort of warm fuzzy thoughts! :)

Sending more second chakra your way to help with the writing. You're doing a GREAT job!

Alison said...

I'm coming! At least those are the plans as of today!

Debbie H said...

I will definitely be there on the 11th. It's a 4 hr drive for me and if I were to sweet talk my inlaws, I could spend the night with them, unless, of course, I am up until the wee hours, then I would just drive back home. I won't even have to reschedule my surgery for it! I will bring SURRENDER for your signature and a camera for pics!

Whoo, Hoo I can hardly wait!!

Sam said...

BIG BIG CONGRATULATIONS, PAMELA!! I can't wait to drink wine with you in Dallas and cheer you on when you WIN that Rita!


Congrats, Pamela! Being nominated is such an honor, but, really, I can't think of another book that deserves it more.

Wish I could be there in Dallas. I will definately be there the next time RWA hits the east coast. Ladies, if you've never been, go to the RWA conference if you can. I had a blast when it was in NYC.

Aimee said...

I'm SOOOOOOO proud of you chic, of course, I knew it all along, it's a fabulous book!


Rosie said...

Girl, I'm to happy for you. That has got to be such awesome news to get!!! But a great book needs to be recognized and they have taken notice of you!! Hugs!!!

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Jude said...

Congrats on finaling!

Hope you get set aside the jitters and have tons of fun at National too! I look forward to your posts. :) I have added your blog to the blogroll for Blogging National.

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