Snarky Winners and GH Nods

We here at Kiss and Thrill would like to take a teensy moment to congratulate 2 of our own: Sharon Wray and Krista Hall!

Sharon Wray

Sharon Wray

Sharon and Krista have finaled in the Romantic Suspense genre of the uber-prestigious 2013 RWA Golden Heart® writing contest! Sharon is actually a double-finalist. Yes, thank you, we think she’s awesome too! Let’s hear the gossip:

How many Golden Heart® nominations have you received over the years? SHARON: This year the two finals are numbers four and five. (It seems so strange to write that.) KRISTA: I have three GH noms as Krista Reynolds: 2007 Single Title for Enemy Hearts, 2011 RS for Borderlands, and 2013 for Broken PlacesI plan to use Krista Hall as my writing name.

And the manuscript name?  SHARON: The title entries were Juliet’s Rogue and Rogue’s Redemption. KRISTA: Broken Places.

Krista 2012

Krista Hall

Can you give us a ‘peek’ into the exact moment you got ‘the call’? SHARON:  The entire family was on day 11 of the flu. I have to admit I was waiting/hoping for a call, but when the phone rang I was in the middle of taking my daughter’s temperature while making another cup of tea. I tried to answer as calmly as I could but my hand shook so much I spilled my tea on the counter, then I started coughing. Luckily, Leslie Kelly (the RWA Board Member who called) was really sweet about it. But when she told me I was a double finalist, I started to cry. Learning that two of my manuscripts (which combined had been rejected close to a hundred times) were finalists sent me over the emotional edge. Again, Leslie was really nice but I ended the phone call as quickly as I could so she wouldn’t think I was out of my mind. 

KRISTA: The Call came while I was in the shower. I never heard the phone ring–not the landline, nor my cell. I got dressed and headed to work, which means I walked downstairs to my office/laundry room. I was trying to forget that RWA would be announcing the nominees that morning, but my work emails weren’t keeping my mind on, well, work. Since it was Tuesday, I clicked over to our Kiss and Thrill loop saw that Sharon had two nominations. Yay, Sharon! I figured this wasn’t my year for a GH nomination. Again. I posted my snarky slogan on the super hilarious blog post you and Darynda Jones wrote and felt cheered up enough to go back to my work emails. A few minutes later, I decided to check my phone for messages. The first message was from an 817 number. Thought it was probably another poll or canned political message. It was Diane Kelly! With good news! I called her back–it wouldn’t feel real until I talked to her 🙂  (QUICK PLUG: Diane Kelly is our guest next Tues!)

 Will you be attending the RWA Awards at the Convention this July? SHARON: I am going to Atlanta! Just not sure yet who’s watching the kids or how I’m going to get there or how I’m going to pay for it. (Can the hotel sleep eight women in one room?)  But I am definitely going! KRISTA: I don’t know if I’m going to Atlanta. Still trying to decide.

 Where are you in the process of getting your work published? SHARON: I am in the process of revising Juliet’s Rogue for my agent. Once it’s done and we both love it, then it will go out on submission with all sorts of praying and crossing of fingers. KRISTA: I’m finalizing edits on Broken Places while Bob Mayer’s voice is still in my head. WRW hosted him for a 2 day workshop on Saturday and Sunday. After 10 hours of Bob Mayer, he sticks in your head like super glue! [I DON’T GET IT?] [REALLY? WHY?] [WHAT’S THE PAYOFF FOR THE READER?] It’s a good thing, right? Then I plan to query agents. But mostly, I’m trying to stay focused on the writing. I have the last third of Broken Places’ sequel to finish and another one to start. My goal is to have my trilogy completed by the end of the year.

When you stand at the podium and accept the coveted Golden Heart® AWARD, what secret sign will you give K&T readers as code that you just said ‘hi.’ SHARON: I will tuck a strand of hair behind my ear–casually and with a cryptic smile, of course! KRISTA: I’ll use a code word: “WORKSHOP.” 🙂

Congratulations again, Sharon and Krista, best of luck!

AND NOW: THE WINNER OF THE SNARKY T-SHIRT SAYING CONTEST…freefireworks

Surprise! Darynda Jones could not narrow it down to 1 winner, so we have 5 winners and a GRAND PRIZE WINNER! Each of you has 10 days to respond and claim the Darynda Jones novel of your choice. (Please use the Contact Us tab at the top and let us know how to send it to you.)

SNARKY SAYING WINNERS:

  • LAURA BAIRD: Your Choice, but personally, I’d go for the light.
  • ANGELA TRENHOLM: My nagging is a sign I still care. My silence is a sign that I’m plotting your death.
  • STACY SCUDDER: No, I can’t go to the gym. I’m in the fitness protection program.
  • MICHELLE GORE: If this coffee were a person, I’d get naked and make love to it.
  • RACHEL KROGEN: Be nice to your sister. One day you may need an alibi.

AND OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER: (pay attn winners, it involves you too!)

JENNIFER BRAY-WEBER: Never let someone drive you crazy. It’s nearby and the walk is good for you.

Congratulations, Jenn! Not only do you win your Darynda Jones book-of-choice, but also a $25 Amazon gift card AND Darynda wants to buy each of the winners above one of YOUR NOVELS!

Each of the 5 winners: please choose the Jennifer Bray-Weber book of choice too! Titles and descriptions can be found at

http://www.jbrayweber.com/jennifers-books

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN to Laura, Angela, Stacy, Michelle, Rachel and Jenn!

Next Tuesday, April 2nd, in honor of (groan) TAX MONTH Diana Belchase welcomes romance writer and CPA, Diane Kelly!small_MG_5109ars2-300x200

Diane Kelly writes romantic mysteries featuring feisty heroines, quirky sidekicks, and sexy leading men, with humor that leaves readers laughing out loud.

Diane’s manuscript for Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart award. Her manuscripts have received more than two dozen RWA chapter awards as well. Diane’s fiction, tax, and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writer’s Digest Yearbook, Romance Writers Report, Byline Magazine, and various other publications. See you all then!

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on March 28, 2013, in Krista Hall, Sarah Andre, Sharon Wray, Thursday Winner and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. WOW, this is almost as exciting as Tuesday’s blog! Congratulations to all the winners and A HUGE THANK YOU to the generous and hysterical Darynda!

  2. So excited for you Sharon and Krista! Can’t wait to cheer for you in Atlanta.

    And congrats to all of our Darynda winners! 🙂

  3. So proud of Sharon and Krista! I’m totally buzzed for our K&T finalists!!!

    Thank you Darynda for such a great Tuesday post and all these wonderful prizes! I hope our Darynda fans will press the follow button so they can try to win more prizes in the future. Congratulations winners!

  4. Congrats again Sharon and Krista! Loved reading about your call stories and plans. WORKSHOP!!!

  5. Huge congrats to Sharon and Krista!! So glad to see you both getting the recognition you deserve!

    LMAO: Workshop!!

    I loved all the snarky comments, I have no idea how Darynda managed to narrow it down, but the ones she chose definitely made me laugh out loud. Thanks Darynda, for a hilarious guest blog!

  6. Sharon and Krista, I am so proud of you both! Thanks so much for sharing your stories. All anyone has to do is read your interview and look at your smiles to know there is no one nicer or more deserving! Everything’s crossed!!

    Wow, Sarah and Darynda that was some awesome blog yesterday! Congrats to the winners!

  7. Tuesday’s post was so much fun! I loved reading all the snarky slogan’s from Sarah, Darynda, and everyone who stopped by. Congrats to all the winners today! And thanks so much for all the K&T support for the GH nom. You all are so fab! Congrats to all the RITA and GH finalists.

  8. Congrats, Sharon and Krista, and good luck. But this is truly one of those nominations, when you get it, even if you don’t win, you pretty much win. 🙂

  9. First, HUGE congratulations to Krista and Sharon. I’m so thrilled for y’all and wish yo the BEST OF LUCK!

    I also want to add, that I am honored Darynda chose my snark as the grand prize winner. Especially knowing that there were so many great ones to choose from. And her generosity for letting the other winners choose one of MY books as an additional prize is astounding.

    Jenn!

  10. Congrats, Sharon and Krista!!! And thanks so much for having me. The snarky t-shirt contest was absolutely brilliant! Had so much fun!

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