Shades of Gray received a North American Book Dealers Exchange (NABE) Book Achievement Award for Best Book in the Category of Romance for Fall 2011. For 27 years, the NABE has presented Pinnacle Book Awards quarterly to outstanding books by its members.
A few weeks ago, I announced that I was a finalist in the 2011 Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest. I was thrilled to learn that my recently released novel, Shades of Gray, and my upcoming novel, The Ex Lottery, each won first place in their respective categories in the 2011 Stiletto Contest.
The seventh annual writing contest was sponsored by Chick Lit Writers of the World, an online chapter of Romance Writers of America. The contest offered wonderful detailed feedback and support from authors, agents, and publishers. Being new to the romance-writing field, I entered the contest for the feedback; winning was an unexpected bonus. I want to extend a special thank you to the judges—editor Toni Plummer of St. Martin’s, agent Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency, E-Publisher Kelli Collins of Ellora’s Cave, editor Esi Sogah of Avon, agent Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management, and E-Publisher Amanda Bergeron of Avon Impulse. For the full list of winners by category, click here.