Please let me RE-introduce myself : ) Audra Harders here and, thanks to the patience and kindness of my fellow scribes who have not given me up for lost, I am the FIFTH Scribe.
Suffice it to say, life does not slow down, or even stay even keel, just because you’ve sold a book. For all the wonderful news and announcements I’ve missed over these many months, a huge congratulations and kudos to well-placed efforts.
I’m not even going to think about recapping the last year, so let’s start with current events. Did anyone make it to New York for the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference? Unfortunately, I did not. I’m over it now, but a month ago? I could drop a perfect pout in the blink of an eye.
The attraction of the RWA Conference?
Conference hosted in New York City
My Love Inspired debut book, Rocky Mountain Hero, was eligible for the Literacy signing
Timing with day job actually made it feasible to attend this year
…Did I mention the conference was in NEW YORK CITY???
The only element missing from my equation of blissful dream was …
I did manage to stay informed through friends who did attend. As attendees rushed all around to fit in as many workshops as possible, so too did awards ceremonies hosted by various Chapters demand a fair chunk of time. As Donnell mentioned, the Daphne du Maurier Awards were presented at the annual Kiss of Death, Death By Chocolate party. Being an inspirational writer, I was tickled when a good friend, Anita Mae Draper was awarded an Honorable Mention for unpublished Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense, and Renee Ryan walked away with the honors for published Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense. The Daphne du Maurier contest has a stellar reputation and to be counted among the finalists earns a huge honor. Congratulations, ladies!
Of course, the big night for contest awards shone brightly as the Golden Heart and RITA awards were announced. Rumor has it there were some mighty classy acceptance speeches given. I must give a shout out to Pam Hillman who finaled in the Inspirational category of the Golden Heart with Stealing Jake. Unfortunately, Pam didn’t win the award, she did better than that. Tyndale House bought Stealing Jake, bestowing Pam with the honor of published author status. Nice trade off, right? By the way, Stealing Jake is available now!!
Another shout out goes to Mary Connealy as Doctor in Petticoats finaled in the Inspirational category of the RITA. If you’re looking for romantic comedy at its finest, check out ALL of Mary’s books published by Barbour Publishing. Mary has recently changed publishers and her Bethany House release, Out Of Control, will be available August 2012.
As you probably have guessed, my life revolves around the Inspirational romance world. Forgive me my long absence, but I’m back now and promise to update the Five Scribe followers with all things inspirationally romantic from now on!
See you again real soon!
Audra Harders writes “rugged stories with heart” featuring cowboys who haven’t a clue about relationships rescued by ladies who think they have all the answers. In real life, she’s married to her own patient hero, has two teenagers about the leave the nest, and is surrounded by everything conducive to writing about farming, ranching and cowboys at her day job in the county Extension office. She began writing right after her son was born and sold her first book to Steeple Hill Love Inspired mere months before that same son graduated from high school. Surviving those years in between remind her God does have her plan for her life…and that He has a tremendous sense of humor. You can visit her at her website and her blog. Don’t be shy!