Wednesday morning my husband burst into our bedroom. “You’ve got a phone call.”
“Who is it?” I was groggy. I’d been up till three AM writing on my next novel.
“She said something about your book and a golden heart.”
I’m dreaming…or so I thought until he picked up my hand and slapped the phone into my palm. I transferred the damn thing to my other hand and rubbed my smarting palm on the edge of the bed. “Hello?”
“Congratulations. You’re a finalist in the Golden Heart contest,” said the woman on the other end of the line.
She continued, but I couldn’t comprehend her words over the buzzing in my ears. My body shook. I pounded my chest to make my lungs suck in air before I passed out. I must have responded appropriately, because she congratulated me again and hung up. I ran from the room screaming and crying.
My husband hugged me and endured my strange behavior for a few minutes. “This is unbelievable. I so proud of you, honey.”
I nodded. Totally unbelievable.
Oh. My. God.
What if they made a mistake? Called the wrong person? I rushed to my computer and signed on to the Romance Writers of America’s website.
This is what I read. I’ve highlighted the most important part.
Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the Golden Heart® Awards. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts with finalists in seven categories chosen from more than 1,200 manuscript entries each year.
Finalists in the category of Romantic Suspense
“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads
“Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal
“In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding
“Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre
“See Her No More” by Sharon Wray
Did you hear me scream again?
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