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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Surrender is a RITA finalist!



There's some truth to the idea that things happen when you least expect them. For me, that means things could be happening all the time because I'm pretty oblivous. I did not know that today was the day Romance Writers of America was announcing finalists for the 2007 RITA Awards.

I can't tell you how excited I was when I got the call. My parents were here for a brief visit. We were logged on to my Skype, chatting with my baby sister in Sweden when the phone rang. I answered it, expecting it to be one of my sons. Instead, it was RWA calling to say that I was a finalist for Surrender. I almost fainted. My mother thought something was terribly wrong — doubly so when I burst into tears. Then I got off the phone, screamed and jumped up and down. I told my parents (my dad had no clue what that meant), and my mom and I were hugging, when we heard a little voice coming from my computer. "WHAT'S GOING ON?"

My sister lives in Stockholm and is unnaturally, even preternaturally beautiful. Strangely, she does not think so. To punish her for being an idiot on that score, I'll post here baby picture here:



Here she looks a bit like a shrunken-head version of my dad. But trust me. She grew up to be gorgeous. But enough about her...

So, my historical Surrender is a RITA Finalist in the Long Historical category, and I'll be going to Dallas to the RWA convention there. I'm blown away and so excited! I'm in with some very serious historical authors, which is a little intimidating. But I love Iain MacKinnon and his Rangers. So keep your fingers crossed!

The RWA conferences is where I got together with the RBL Party Crew last year. This year, I hope to spend quality wine, er, quality time with Bonnie Vanak, CJ Barry/Samantha Graves, and Gennita Low. I hope that author Norah Wilson will be able to come down from the Great White North and join us! And, as always, I hope to see as many friends and readers as I can during the big literacy signing on Wednesday night.

In the meantime, all this excitement means I haven't written a word today! I finished Chapter 21 last night and was pretty pleased with it. Eight chapters and seven days to go!

12 comments:

Oh! Oh! *Jumping up and down with you!* Congratulations Pamela! WOOHOO That's fantastic news.

SURRENDER was an amazing book and I loved it so much! It deserved to be a finalist! I wish you all the luck!

Now about Morgan and Connor's stories hmmm....

Bo said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

If any book & author deserves it,it is SURRENDER!!! See,I'm not the only one who appreciates a barbaric Scots Ranger...they'd just better keep their hands off!!! *G*

I saw that!!! And while not really plugged into the RITA's, as a fan Surrender and all of your writing and as a fan of the setting of Surrender I was thrilled for you to see it as a finalist!!

Congrats and here's a fingers crossed message that it wins. Then I can say I read and loved a RITA winning book :)

Karen said...

Awesome news! No one deserves it more than you.

It was a great book and totally deserves to win.

Congratulations, chickee! I'll save some quality wine, I mean TIME, for you at RWA ;-). So good to see you happy and excited!

Ronlyn said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How wonderful!!! What a wonderful suprise, I'm so thrilled for you. You'll have a WONDERFUL time at RWA. Surrender was the first book of yours that I read, it will always be special to me. :)

and, I have one of those terminally beautiful sisters. She's 5'10 (I'm 5'1...HOW did that happen?? I accuse her of stealing all my height.) and leggy and gorgeous. Sometimes I just want to hit her for it. ;)

Anyway, I should get *some* work done while I'm at the office....

Contratulations again!

Libby Loo said...

YAAAAAY! I'm so happy for you, Pamela. I still have fantasies about Iain in his war paint (somebody get me a medic!!!) I'm going to be sending you Winner Mojo *G*

XOXOXO

Rosie said...

Woohoo!!! HUGH congrats PC!! I am so absolutely positively happy for you. I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you, sweetie!!

Hugs!!

Michelle said...

It was pretty scary waiting to find out what all the wailing and crying was about. I'm glad it turned out to be something good and I'm glad Skype made it possible for us to share the moment. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

No comment on the rest of the post ;-)

Kristi said...

I am SOOOO darn proud of you!!! I am sending all of my best vibes for You to win because that book ROCKS.. Love that big, barbaric Scot! I bet I couldn't hurt him, but I'd try my best! SORRY BO! Again, great minds... xoxo, K

Debbie H said...

Whoo, Hoo!! I am so happy for you! You deserve this so much. I will definitely be there. I can drive down for the day and finally get to meet you!! If I could talk my sister into it, we might make that our girl's get together trip. I am so proud of you! You know how I felt about SURRENDER (drag me to the whipping post). That was such an emotional book for me and those Scots (fanning self)*BEG* I will send winning vibes your way.

Congrats! (doing happy dance)

Thanks, everyone! Your good wishes mean so incredibly much to me!

And the "Michelle" who posted -- that's my baby sis. I call her Mikki, but her real name is Michelle. I call her lots of stuff, come to think of it. ;-)

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