Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A new website is out there promoting books by authors who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I heard about if from a fellow author, Joyce DiPastena, and, guess what?!?!?!, I am included in it! So exciting. I almost feel like a real author.

Check it out, it's a great resource if you're looking for some good books. (I am listed under Historical Fiction.)

The Home Page: www.ldsbookcorner.com
The Page About ME: http://www.ldsbookcorner.com/pages/authors/smeden.html
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Well. Have I gotten myself into a fix. But a good fix. The kind of fix I really like.

As a finalist for a Whitney Award, I am also automatically included in the voting academy. Love it!! That means I know, for certain, that my book will receive at least one vote. Wahoo!! That also means that I have a lot of reading to do. There are 30 separate titles under consideration for Whitneys (spread out over 8 categories). I am frantically gathering copies of as many as I can get my hands on from friends, family, the library. And I am reading like a maniac.

I am not one who would feel very honest voting in a category if I haven't read all the books that are finalists. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving it. An excuse to do a whole lot of reading... it's every author's dream come true, especially because I know these books are gonna be great! So I'm not sure how much sleeping I'll be doing over the next six weeks or so.

I am still working on Harry Wendover's book and enjoying it. I have a book signing in March I'm gearing up for. Two birthdays in the family. Spring Break for the kids. A house that I'm trying to keep from falling apart. You name it. It's on the list. But I get to read. I have an excellent excuse!
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Monday, February 9, 2009

I just found out this morning that my novel, Seeking Persephone, is a finalist for the 2008 Whitney Awards "Best Romance" category. Let's just say I've been hyper all morning.

And, true to form, only moments after freaking out over my name being on the list, I shifted into full tourist mode and started flipping out over the names of the other authors and the possibility that any one of them might attend the awards gala. Anita Stansfield, Kerry Blair, Orson Scott Card, Stephenie Meyer, Brandon Mull. There is a very good possibility that I might meet one of them.

I probably should put out this friendly warning to Mr. Card - I will probably slip into a catatonic state of shock if I actually get to sit within visual range of the creator of "Ender's Game" - one of my absolute favorite books of all time. So the glassy-eyed, mute, most-likely-drooling redhead at the awards banquet who is probably making you a little nervous: that's just me. I'm not dangerous. I'm only a HUGE fan in a teeny, tiny body!

Having said all that. WAHOO!!!! Feeling good today. Fingers crossed that at least one member of the voting committee votes for my book - probably the only one on the whole list they've never heard of. PSSST... It's a really good book!
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