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The Marann won the 2013 Prism award, Futuristic category! This is given by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of the Romance Writers of America (one of its largest chapters).

I was stunned. They gave me a mic, and I don’t even know what I said. I think I said ‘thank you.’ I hope I did! Because — I can’t believe it. When they called the third place finish, and it wasn’t me, I could only think, “I didn’t come in last!” and I expected to hear my name next. But it was not me, and I’m afraid my higher faculties shut down at that point and I made the same noise I make when I think another car is about to hit our vehicle. I think I said, “Oh my God!”

It’s all a blur, really.

The past 9 months are a fairy tale, from uploading The Marann to Amazon, to seeing it hit #2 in Space Opera and top 500 in the Kindle store, to landing a book contract, to winning an award.

Don’t pinch me. I don’t want the dream to end!

Hot-lanta!

Tomorrow the husband and I are driving to Atlanta, Georgia for the RWA Nationals.

There’s a workshop that I really want to attend in every single time slot, and in some cases, two. So this should be fun, educational, and exhausting.

Thursday evening, I’ll find out if The Marann won the Prism award in the futuristic category. One of the books it’s up against was written by a RITA-award-winning author, so my hopes aren’t high — I made too many newbie mistakes to compete with that. Still, losing could well cast a pall over the weekend. If registering for the convention hadn’t been as expensive as it was, I might chicken out and not go.

But I did pay that much money, and I will be going, though the DH (that’s Dear Husband) will likely have to drag me, shaking and pale, to the awards ceremony.

If you’re a member of the FF&P chapter — I’ll be at the Gathering afterward, too. Hope to see you there!