I’m absolutely elated to share that my recent novels have received some lovely honors. Shooting Stars, the first book in the Tess Lee and Jack Miller serial, is especially near to my heart. I wrote this series as a grand love letter to love—the healing power of love in all forms. The series is meant to be a ray of light for all those with visible or invisible wounds. I’m overjoyed that Shooting Stars has received such a warm welcome. The 2021 American Fiction Awards were recently announced, and it was an Honored Finalist in 3 Categories: Inspirational, Romantic Suspense, and Romance—General. The 2021 International Book Awards also awarded it Honored Finalist in 2 categories: Fiction—Inspirational and Fiction—Romance. To my great surprise, it also won the 2021 Independent Press Award for Distinguished Favorite—Contemporary Novel. That’s a first for me and means more than I could say. Finally, the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Awards were just announced, and it took home Honorable Mention for Fiction—Drama. Another first for me. I’m truly touched for this incredible recognition, especially for the lead book in a series that came straight from my heart.
It’s an embarrassment of riches because my novel, Film, which received numerous awards in 2020, also won the 2021 Independent Press Award for Distinguished Favorite—Chick-Lit. Likewise, Candy Floss Collection (3 novels), which received several honors in 2020 was selected by the 2021 International Book Awards as an Honored Finalist in Fiction—Anthologies.
I certainly don’t write to receive this kind of recognition. I simply write what will hold my hand and hope that my work may do the same for others. If my story-worlds and characters bring comfort, warmth, or inspiration to some readers, that’s what truly means the world to me. These awards are icing on the cake. I’m truly humbled and grateful.
As for what’s next, I’m enjoying being out in the world again, traveling, and drawing inspiration from different places and people. I’m continuing to write daily and have half a dozen finished books that will be rolling out, one at a time, over the next couple years, as well as new projects I’m working on. Thank you boundlessly for your support.
Love and light,