Now I know why people say that!! Last night, we were having our typical hanging out with friends Saturday night. I'm trying harder to not let my phone stay glued to my hand when we have people over or when we're out because...well, manners and all that. But after several fun little signals that I was being messaged, I decided, "hmm...I should see what's up".
Kara and I message almost daily so it wasn't just that I was being sent a message...it was the rapid fire dinging. Something was up. Opening my phone, I saw this:
So of course, I put manners aside and asked what was up. It turns out, we were nominated for an award! I had seen the nominations were up for Ind'taled's RONE awards. But I had no idea that DANGEROUS LOVE, which Kara and I had released last year, had been nominated in the suspense category. Honestly, I never even thought to check, even though I knew it had been reviewed (so nicely) by the magazine.
It's a long journey to get a book published. Longer than I'd considered. And some days are harder than others so we forget what the original goal was when we're trying to reach the next one. When we started, Kara and I wanted to create a book that people would fall into and enjoy. Knowing it has been nominated for this (something that we didn't know would even happen), surpasses that goal in ways we never imagined.
Fair warning, we'll likely be posting a lot in the next little while as the next round of the award process is public voting. (Voting for our category takes place April 25- May 1st) There are some amazing titles in every category so we have some great competition. But regardless, whatever the outcome, that moment of realizing OUR book was included? Amazing. Definitely an honor just to be nominated.