Last week was pretty exciting for me. A year ago, I launched my debut young adult series with Full Fusion. On Wednesday, I found out that it is a finalist in the GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, Young Adult category. Booksellers read the entries and decide which ones they think are the best. It’s a huge honor!
THEN, on Friday, I got word that Full Fusion is a finalist in the Readers Crown awards given by RomCon. These finalists are selected based on reader ratings throughout the year.
Peer recognition, which is the basis of many awards not just in publishing but in film and TV making and in the music industry, is a big deal. But it’s gratifying in a whole different way for readers and booksellers to mark my work as quality. So I’m incredibly grateful.
Congratulations and good luck to all the other wonderful authors in the competition! Click the links above to see what other books are finalists. Winners for both will be announced this summer.
I am so excited! On Thursday night, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers held their annual event, The Gathering, at the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio, Texas. They held the Prism awards ceremony, and Sunroper won in the Light Paranormal category! (The list of all winners should be posted here soon.)
To celebrate, here are six paragraphs from Sunroper.
Marley wrapped both hands around the mug to absorb the heat. There was only one way to answer that question. “I’m fine.”
“No, you’re not.”
He said it with such compassion and lack of judgment that she blinked back tears, tilting her head to stare at the shadowed ceiling as if it had the power to keep the emotion at bay.
“It’s okay to be sorry he’s gone.”
It was the perfect summation of everything she’d been analyzing a few minutes ago, and it broke her. She leaned to set the almost-empty mug on the nightstand and covered her face with her hands, suppressed sobs racking her body.
Gage’s fingers wrapped around her upper arms. He pulled her into his lap, settling her effortlessly and cradling her against his chest. He even rocked her. Marley’s sob turned into a giggle, a sound she hadn’t made in years.
Yesterday I was surprised and delighted to receive notice that the third book in my Goddesses Rising series, Sunroper, is a finalist in the 2014 Prism Awards Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy category!
The Prism awards are sponsored each year by Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers, a special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America. The Prism is their published works contest and includes the following categories: Dark Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Futuristic, Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Novella, Adult.
I am so very honored and excited to have finaled in this contest. When I first wrote Sunroper, I knew what I wanted the story to be, but I didn’t even come close to achieving it. Kerri-Leigh Grady offered preliminary thoughts on the book’s issues, and Danielle Poiesz, as she had done with Heavy Metal, provided me with a detailed map for reversing all the bad stuff and achieving that vision. She helped me with the hardest part of starting the third book in a series: the backstory! Finding the balance between boring people who’d just read the previous books and educating those who haven’t read them at all is nigh impossible. First I underwrote, and then I overwrote, and then Danielle wielded her sword (aka red pen) and got it just right. After that, she explained how I’d missed the mark on motivation, emotional intensity, and story logic. I literally rewrote half the book, and she encouraged me every step of the way. She never lost her cool, calm, optimistic demeanor, even when deadlines got crazy and despite the shocking start. I mean, I imagined her storming around her office tearing her hair out after she read it the first time. LOL But somehow, she saw my vision and infused it with the ingredients necessary to manifest it.
We readers like to imagine our favorite authors spinning a perfect story right from the get-go, because we only get to see the finished product that dazzles us. But this nomination is proof that a partnership with editors like Danielle can create true magic. My gratitude to her and to the rest of the team at Entangled Publishing knows no bounds.
The full list of finalists can be found here. Winners will be announced at The Gathering in San Antonio in July.
I am *so excited* to announce that my romantic adventure, Acceptable Risks, has won the Romantic Suspense category of the 2013 EPIC eBook Awards! I had some fantastic competition, so my first-ever win finds me humbled. Congratulations to all the winners in all categories! Read the full list here.
When security expert Jason Templeton’s team is ambushed while protecting a weapons manufacturer vital to U.S. interests, he risks his life to save the man’s daughter…and loses. Unbeknownst to Jason, his mentor had been funding experimental medical procedures after losing his young wife. Using the untested drugs, Jason is brought back to life, stronger and faster than before, but also vulnerable in new ways. He’s determined to find the traitor in their midst, who is after the miracle drug.
That means protecting the brilliant scientist Lark Madrassa. Their attraction and compatibility are undeniable, but Jason tries to deny his growing feelings for her, thinking he is too damaged. When Lark’s father is kidnapped they have to rely on each other in a dangerous plot to uncover the double agent. Before, Jason always accepted the risks—but what about when the life of the woman he loves is on the line?
by Natalie J. Damschroder
Romantic Adventure/Romantic Suspense
Carina Press, 2012
ISBN 13: 9781426893636
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Click the image above to see all the finalists in all categories. Winners will be announced at EPICon-2013 in Vancouver, Washington, in March 2013.