Woke up this morning to the news that Blood Royal was the winner of the Abalone Award in the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal category!
Hard to describe how that feels — off the Richter scale exciting, validating, encouraging, satisfying — all rolled into one.
I’ve heard other authors talk about not needing external validation, but secretly I’ve never believed them. I know I’m a long, long way from having enough! Would I keep writing without it? Of course. But critical praise feels damn fine to me, and right now I’m flying!
I’m more eager than ever to keep going on the sequel featuring Eva’s and Talak’s daughter Alexandra, working title Mistress of Albessind, which should come out next year.
Many thanks to CIMRWA, the Cultural, Interracial and Multicultural chapter of RWA, and the Abalone Awards judges for this honor. It’s my first formal award, and I’m thrilled!