I mentioned yesterday that I have some big news I'm not allowed to share for another couple weeks.
Someone let the cat out of the bag early, so I figure since the news is already floating around, I might as well share it here. I haven't been given the official OK or anything, but it's always better to seek forgiveness later than ask permission now, right?
So here's the news: Making Waves has been nominated for "best contemporary romance" in the RT Book Reviews 2011 Reviewers' Choice Awards.
What does that mean? Well, as you might guess from the name, RT Book Reviews is a publication featuring mutation research and genetic toxicology.
Obviously they review books. About 3,000 books a year, or 250 a month. And one of those books happened to be Making Waves, in 4.5 star review that declared, "This delightfully witty debut will have readers laughing out loud."
Getting that review back in July totally made my month, but the news that I've now been nominated for best contemporary romance among ALL THOSE FREAKIN' BOOKS?!?! Totally made my year. In her letter to the Sourcebooks publicist, the publisher of RT Book Reviews explained, "Our ace reviewers and editors have scoured 12 months’ worth of reviews to compile the best of the best for the annual RT Book Reviews Career Achievement and Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the Reviewers’ Choice nominees, our star team selected only those novels that deeply resonated with them."
I'm a big fan of anything resonating deeply. Like really, REALLY deeply. Wait, what?
Anyway, I'm thrilled to be nominated. I'll find out in April whether I won, and there's a big awards presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention that I'm kinda hoping someone offers to fly me to because my only experience in Chicago is getting stuck at the O'Hare airport and eating a lot of really bad pizza, and I'd kind of like to eat some good pizza and maybe even see where Sourcebooks is located, since their headquarters is somewhere near Chicago and I'm pretty sure I should celebrate this nomination by dancing naked on my editor's desk.
Wait, how should I celebrate? Tell me! Leave a comment with your best celebratory suggestion, and I'll choose one winner to receive a signed copy of Making Waves.
I'm not promising to actually celebrate in the manner you suggest, but I'll give it some serious thought. Deep thought. Really, REALLY deep thought.