Thursday, July 05, 2007

Awards update

It just occurred to me that most people who read this blog never venture out to my home page or the news page, because they (quite reasonably) expect me to post news here.

So let the bragging begin!

Eyes of Crow has won a couple of awards and been nominated for several more.

  • Winner, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Fantasy
  • Winner, Write Touch Readers' Choice Award, Best Paranormal
  • Finalist, Rita Award, Best First Book and Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
  • Finalist, Award of Excellence, Best Paranormal
  • Finalist, PRISM Award, Best Fantasy
  • Finalist, Golden Quill Award, Best Paranormal

  • I accepted the Reviewers' Choice Award at the Romantic Times Booklovers' Convention in Houston in April. I managed to give an acceptance speech without passing out.

    Speaking of the RT Convention (yes, I'm terrible at giving convention reports--there's a reason for that, which I'll explain one day), here's a shot of me on the Urban Fantasy panel with people vastly more famous than I am. (Scroll down to the bottom photo on this page.)

    Left to right are authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Armintrout, Jim Butcher, Miriam Kress (a superb agent). Flanking me are gorgeous gals Vicki Pettersson (with the red hair) and Marjorie M. Liu. Luckily, sitting down you can't tell how much shorter than Vicki and Marjorie I am. If they were sequoias, I'd be a dwarf pine.

    Not pictured are Charlaine Harris and Keri Arthur. Yep, I was the "WTF?" entry on the panel. (Or for you Arrested Development fans, the "Her?" entry) Still marveling at that one. At next year's RT I'll be on an urban fantasy panel with (catching breath) Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.

    Here's a shot of the two awards I've won so far. They like each other.

    I used this picture because as proud as I am of having won awards, I'm equally as proud that I haven't killed these pansies that my mom planted for me on March 31.

    I should mention two things about the Write Touch Readers Choice award. 1) I shared first place with the wonderful Patti O'Shea's Eternal Nights. Yay, Patti! 2) It was judged by regular readers, not writers or reviewers, which makes it particularly sweet.

    If I can snag either the PRISM or the Rita next week, I'll feel like Eyes of Crow hit the trifecta--awards judged by readers, reviewers, and fellow authors.

    Of the remaining two contests, the Award of Excellence has already been decided (won by Shana Abe's The Dream Thief), and the Golden Quill was won by Jana Oliver's Sojourn (yaaay!)

    Also, my publisher nominated Eyes of Crow for NBC's Quill Award for Best Debut Novel. It didn't make the final ballot, but it was still an honor to be singled out by the Powers That Be.


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    Congratulations, Jeri! That's fantastic! It's good to know the awards get along together and that they are not allergic to flowers.

    Posted by: Blogger Dave S. at 7/05/2007 9:22 AM

    Congrats and good luck, Jeri!

    Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 7/06/2007 1:39 AM

    Congrats Jeri! You deserve those awards :) (love the Arrested Development reference by the way)

    Posted by: Blogger selkiewriter at 7/06/2007 11:50 AM

    Congrats! I'm glad they like each other. I expect they'll have company soon.

    Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 7/06/2007 5:16 PM

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