I got “the call” today. Haunted Hearts is a RITA® Finalist in the Paranormal Romance category! This is big – like huge – and it hasn’t sunk in yet. The RITA’s are the biggest awards in romance writing, and Haunted Hearts made the cut.
This was the proverbial story that sat under my bed for the last decade. Longer than that, actually. My first draft dates back to 2001. The story went through many incarnations, based on feedback from several editors, until it was a tangled mess. I opened the file in 2018 to look at it again, and suddenly I could see the path to untangle everything. I took my story back and self-published it.
And, today, it was nominated for the highest honor in my book’s genre.