First, I’ll tell you I didn’t win for “Deadly Gamble”. As I told you, the competition was fierce. The award went to Annie Solomen for a book called “Blackout”, and I’m sure she deserves it to the max. My sincere congratulations to her and to her proud publishers.
What I did receive was the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a wonderful, thrilling experience–a Powerpoint show, me at two on a horse with my cowboy daddy, etc. Lots of kind words and a standing ovation–or two. Champagne afterwards, with the lovely people who help make all this stuff possible. And the shining RITA statue, now gracing a table in my hotel room. (You can bet she’s going home in my carry-on, if not my hot little hand!) Jen and I have renamed her Estelle.
Today, I slept in, as you know if you checked earlier to see if the blog was up. It was glorious! No more fancy author clothes–it’s back to my regular Wal-mart jeans and a souvenir t-shirt. Room service, rest, maybe a movie or two on TV. But a little journaling first, because I’ve got some insights to explore.
I’ll keep you posted.