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

 

 

 

Donation Total Update!

Just wanted to share with you guys how awesome you are! For the month of August, you raised over $150 to help stop human trafficking. Because I like round numbers, I’m going to make the donation an even $200.

You guys are the best!

I’m working on a post for tomorrow on my thoughts on how my experiment went.