The Morning a Gnat Bellyflopped into my Coffee

I won’t lie. I knew exactly what day it was. Tuesday, March 21. A normal day to many, but for approximately 2000 romance authors, it was OMG TODAY THEY MAKE RITA CALLS DAY.

But I’m under tight deadlines and I have a daily word count I must hit (or TheMasterelse I’ll end up working when we go to Whistler, Canada for spring break), so I placed my phone by my laptop, focused, and started to write.

That’s when the gnat flew straight into my coffee. I thought about letting it sit there, I wasn’t even sure I wanted more coffee. But I could easily picture myself reaching for a sip without even thinking and then I’d be the old lady who swallowed a fly. I made myself a new cup and joked with my crit partner, Elle Mason, about bellyflopping gnats being my good luck charm.

When the phone rang around 9:45, I wouldn’t let myself get too excited. My phone rang on RITA call day last year and it was a telemarketer. Let me just say, when you answer the phone expecting to hear about your book and instead it’s a dude trying to sell you a timeshare….major let down.

But this wasn’t a telemarketer. It was Courtney Milan, historical romance author and RWA board member, calling to tell me THE MASTER was a finalist in the erotic romance category!

I still have trouble believing it.

You can see all the finalist here. The awards ceremony will be in Orlando on July 27th.

THE MASTER

Yesterd195_bbsmallwinnerjpegay the 2016 Best Book Awards for 2016 were announced and I’m beyond thrilled to share that THE  MASTER was selected as the winner for Fiction:Romance!

You can read about it here.

 

 

 

She’s ready to try TheMasteragain. . . .

 

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can’t deny how much a strong Master turns her on. Determined to overcome her fears and rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who can help her feel safe again as a sub. They know the very experienced Cole is exactly the kind of man who can push all of Sasha’s buttons—and she soon wants to go much faster than she had planned. . . .
Cole knows that Sasha is not the kind of submissive he needs. He wants someone who will serve him 24-7, not a part-time partner. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time. . . .

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons—and realize their scorching relationship might be too dangerous to last