Morning! Yes, it is--4am Eastern time, to be exact, and WTF am I doing awake at this hour, anyway?! I'm really not sure, but the coffee is brewing and I figured I'd better check in here at the blog before the entire month of April is gone and I have nothing to show for it.
First, I have to send out my congrats to this year's RITA Finalists
! Lots of great books made it into the finals, from authors I love: JR Ward
, Elizabeth Boyle
, Terri Brisbin
, Julia London
, Jen Holling
, Teresa Medeiros
--truly, too many to name. WTG, guys! Alas, neither of my two 2005 releases made it, but that just means I can skip RWA National again this year and not feel the slightest bit of angst. I hear the conference hotel
is sold out already anyway, FWIW.
Thank you to everyone who cast their votes for me in All About Romance's "Favorite Books by Favorite Authors"
poll. Interesting to see that Black Lion's Bride
came out on top. It happens to be one of the books I'm most proud of, so it's great to know that my readers give it high marks. Based on many factors, not the least of which being the book's timeliness and subject matter (medieval Crusader hero and Islamic assassin heroine, released just a few months after 9/11), Black Lion's Bride
was not one of my better selling novels. Gee, go figure. Walmart didn't carry it (after they did stock the prequel, White Lion's Lady
), and I am only recently coming to understand how much that can really hurt a book's numbers
. Ouch! And, I guess . . . c'est la vie.
Everything is good on the homefront and in all other areas, I'm pleased to report. I hope to post some recent photos and more news soon! Meanwhile, I'm off to grab a cup of my favorite new brew
and get the day started. Have a good Thursday, all!