This is the second time I've been a finalist for the Linda Howard Award - the first was with Boundless as the Sea.
I'm thrilled that this caps what has been a super productive summer so far...
1) Completing Soul Mates, getting a synopsis and a query letter together and actually putting myself out there.
2) Getting a new website together as a statement of intent!
3) Completely revising Merely Players - which I completed originally in 2011. The original version was a finalist for RWA's The Catherine award, and I'm hoping that the revised manuscript is much improved. So I've submitted that to a contest too!
4) And reading lots of books - fact and fiction - to hone my practice and oil the creative wheels. The one pictured above (reflecting the glorious sunshine of Rhodes island, Greece), Self Editing for Fiction Writers is really clear and practical - highly recommended.
I'm pretty knackered at the end of all that - on top of a full time job - but the email from the lovely Jill at the Linda Howard Award just made it all worthwhile!