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.