I love a good contest!
If we’re talking Downunder, the biggest and best is the Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as the RuBY. Past recipients include favourites Trish Morey, Marion Lennox, Anne Oliver, as well as our own fabulous Ruby Cats, Sharon Archer and Tracie Sommers. This year’s finalist announcements went out at 12.05 Tuesday am. The LoveCats have not one, not two, but – wait for it, folks - THREE nominees!
We are both pleased and very proud.
First up in the Short Sweet Category is the wonderful Michelle Douglas with The Cattleman, the Baby and Me.
Next in the Short Sexy Category is the talented Natalie Anderson with Hot Boss, Boardroom Mistress.
And last, but by no means least, is a former RITA finalist, Emily May, in the Long Romance Category with The Unmasking of a Lady.
Winners are announced at the Romance Writers of Australia prestigious Awards Dinner, where the crème de la crème clasp their hands and hold their collective breath as the run of stellar announcements are made. Guests this year include classic Presents author Jane Porter, super agent Kristin Nelson, New York Times bestselling author, Susan Wiggs, and that’s only a taste!
The RuBY Awards themselves are, in a word, spectacular. I dream of setting one atop of my mantel. Hmm… Guess I’d better get a mantel first!
Do you love awards ceremonies? Have you attended any? If you could win an award, what would it be and who would you thank?