. . . and I finaled in both the Young Adult category for BLIGHTED and the paranormal category for BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS! We arrived home from a 9 hour drive last night and I'd totally forgotten about GH calls going out today. I'm sick, too, and my voice is really scratchy so I know I must have sounded like a witchy old hag on the phone. The lovely Trish Milburn made the call, and I was so excited to talk to her! I finaled in 2005 along with Trish, and got to know her through our finalist loop and then at Nationals, so it was awesomely cool to get the news from her. I had to keep looking at her number on my phone later, just to make sure it was real, and I hadn't imagined the whole thing. The second call came in at almost 6 p.m. A total surprise. I didn't know they did multiple finals calls separately. Sherry Davis told me B&B finaled, and I was so shocked, I forgot to remove the bottle I was feeding to the baby, and he ended up sucking air for much of the conversation. (Oh, the gas that came later!) I was so out of it, I had to ask her to repeat what book it was and the category b/c I couldn't even remember what I had entered. After I hung up with her, the phone rang again. It was her number. I thought she realized she made a huge mistake, like mixed me up with a Kelly Gray or something and was calling to tell me. But she just wanted to ask me how I wanted my name to appear. Whew.
The official list is out tomorrow on RWA's site. But Judi Fennell has a running list going right now.
And congrats to everyone who finaled!
Edited to say: Melissa Marr's WICKED LOVELY is nominated for a RITA. This is one of my favorite books. Yay! Congratulations!