Tuesday, March 25, 2008

(Edited) RITA & Golden Heart calls went out today . . .

. . . 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!

15 comments:

Susan Adrian said...

Wow, congrats Kelly!!!

Amanda Brice said...

Congrats Kelly! I also finaled in the GH YA category. I look forward to meeting you in San Fran!

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks Susan!! :)

Hi Amanda! And congrats on the final, too! (Btw, I love the title of your YA.)

Emma Petersen said...

WOOT! Congrats Kelly!

HelenKay said...

Congratulations!!! Two categories - that's incredible! Good luck.

Mike Scherer said...

Congrats, Kelly. Well deserved.
Unfortunately I didn't make the finals.

Huh? Oh? Yeah, I forget... I didn't enter. Shoot ;-)

As always, best of luck.

Regards,
Mike

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

A huge congrats, Kelly. That's awesome! :D

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks Emma, Helen, Mike and Yolanda!!

Now back to dirty diapers and school work. LOL.

jax said...

Double final! YAY! I'm going to have to enter the RITA for next year... :) Maybe you will too!

Kelly Gay said...

That would be AWESOME, wouldn't it?

Definitely, you should enter next year -- you never know!!

Kelli Estes said...

Hoooray, Kelly! Congratulations!! I can't wait to cheer for you in San Francisco!

Sarah L. Catherine said...

Congrats, Kelly!! I just sent you an email to join our Yahoo loop for GH finalists! (Hopefully it was the right email address!) :)

Hope you're feeling better!

S. E. Ward said...

W00T! Congratulations! =) I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks so much, Kelli, Sarah and S.E. !!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congrats, Kelly! I'm doubly delighted for you. Here's to lots of requests for completes, a call and a contract. No. You're a double finalist, so make that calls and contracts. I'll add a content baby for good measure, so you'll have more time to write, revise and publicize.