I've waited what feels like a long time to post this news on my blog.
This week at the annual ACFW Conference, JoAnne Simmons, of Barbour-Heartsong Presents, offered me a contract for my historical romance, The Bartered Bride.
The scheduled release date is November, 2009. Fourteen months from now. I'm Snoopy dancing still. So many wonderful friends have already congratulated me, and my family is so excited. I can't stop grinning every time I think about it.
In other conference news, here is a list of the results for the 2008 Genesis Contest:
Chick lit, mom lit, lady lit Category:
1st: Erica Vetsch, Pam On Rye
2nd: Lynda Schab, Mind Over Madi
3rd: Tiffany Kinerson, Stand On My Own Two Hands
Contemporary Fiction Category:
1st: Dan Case, The Voice
2nd: Christina Berry, Undiscovered
3rd: Jim Rubart, Book of Days
Contemporary Romance Category:
1st: Annalisa Daughety, Love is a Battlefield
2nd: Kathleen Haynes, The Quarterback Club
3rd: Cara Slaughter, Joanna's Treasure
Historical Fiction category:
1st: Mona Hodgson, A Thimble's Worth
2nd: Rachel Moore, A Trail of Waves
3rd: Lori Benton, Trouble The Water
Historical Romance category:
1st: Patty Smith Hall, Flights of Freedom
2nd: Karen Witemeyer, Cloud by Day
3rd: Erica Vetsch, Marriage Masquerade
1st: Jane Thornton, Menace
2nd Donna Alice Patton, Wrestling Demons
3rd: Janice Olson, Don't Look Back
Romantic Suspense category:
1st: Jenness Walker, Deja Vu
2nd: Dani Pettrey, Quest
3rd (tie): Kelly Ann Riley, A Cowboy's Prayer
3rd (tie): Jane Thornton, Be Anxious
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory category:
1st: Chawna Schroeder, Metamorphosis
2nd: Lynda K. Arndt, The Song of Blood and Stone
3rd: Valerie Comer, The Girl Who Cried Squid
Women's Fiction category:
1st: Heather Goodman, 50 Things To Do Before I Turn 30
2nd: Cynthia Ruchti, They Almost Always Come Home
3rd: Kristian Tolle, When Autumn Comes
Young Adult category:
1st: Carla Stewart, An Unexpected Journey Woohoo! Way to go Carla!
2nd: Stefanie Morris, The Dragon of Delarest
As you can see, it was a wonderful conference, one I will never forget.
I owe thanks to some people that have helped me to come this far:
To Peter, my beloved, who said the sweetest thing to me the other night. He said he knew when I told him four years ago that I wanted to try to become a published author, that it wasn't a matter of IF I could do it, but a matter of WHEN it would happen. He is the most wonderful man on the planet, and far better than I deserve.
To Kaye and Georgiana, thank you for all your encouragement and critiques.
To CJ, for friendship, encouragement, laughter, enthusiasm, and always believing I could do this.
To Heather and James. Heather, I can't imagine doing this without you as my sounding board and brainstorming partner. I don't know what I will do when you go to college...but I bet we have big phone bills. And James, thank you for keeping me smiling, for choking hugs, and a ready humor.
And lastly to my agent, Les Stobbe, for taking a green-as-a-gecko writer under his wing four years ago and sticking with me through too many rejections to count, a few close calls that ended in disappointment, and for being loyal.