Sharon and Sarah Final in the Golden Heart (and a Thursday winner)!

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Every year around this time, thousands of romance writers are sitting by their phones waiting for “the call.” Not the one from an editor or agent, but from one of the members of the board of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) telling them their manuscript or book finaled in either the Golden Heart® (unpublished) or the RITA® (published) Awards.

These prestigious contests are sort of like the Oscars of romance, complete with a ceremony emceed by an author-celebrity, lots of fancy gowns, and a golden statue for the RITA winners. The only thing missing is the E! reporter.

I can tell you from experience that there is no day so nervewracking as finalist announcement day. (Okay, except the actual awards ceremony.) I’ve been through it twice (2010 and 2011) so far. You think you will distract yourself with writing, but find that you’re constantly checking the RWA web page, Facebook, and Twitter to see if your category is done. And every time the phone rings your heart skips a beat.

Several of us at Kiss and Thrill suffered through the suspense again today, and I’m happy to announce that Sarah Andre and Sharon Wray are both Golden Heart finalists in the Romantic Suspense category!!

We’re so proud and excited and can’t wait to cheer them on this summer in San Antonio!

And now on to today’s winner…


You’ve won the digital copy of Avery Flynn’s newest release: High-Heeled Wonder.

Please click on the Contact Us key and let us know where to send it.

Thank you ALL for stopping by and adding to our eyesore-fashion list!


Congratulations also to the 2014 RITA Romantic Suspense nominees:


Carolyn Crane: OFF THE EDGE

(Frequent K&T guest!) Julie Ann Walker: THRILL RIDE

Erica Spindler: JUSTICE FOR SARA

On Tuesday, April 1st, Sarah is posting the first sentence of each of their books! Please stop by and read the lines, see their covers and check out their bios. She’s invited each of the nominees to visit, so please come and congratulate them!

About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan.

Posted on March 27, 2014, in Announcements, Sarah Andre, Sharon Wray, Thursday Winner and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. So excited for Sarah and Sharon! Tell us what you were doing when you got The Call yesterday!

    Congratulations to all the Golden Heart and Rita finalists!

  2. Congratulations Sarah and Sharon! Can’t wait to cheer you on in San Antonio! Will we get to see the “Cinderella” dress again Sarah? 😀

    • Naw. Truth is, I never got it hemmed, so it was 2 inches too long and I kept tripping. While walking up to the podium to give Krista’s acceptance speech I was more nervous about taking a header on the stairs than I was speaking to a ballroom packed with 2000 romance writers. No joke.

      Besides, as beautiful as the dress is, IMO it’s age inappropriate. I will donate it to a charity that provides dresses to high school seniors for prom.

      I have 2 other dresses in mind, but have a feeling my friend Lark Howard (queen of the fashionistas) will be dragging me to a mall in June. (Kicking and screaming all the way, it’s just how I roll.)

  3. Thank you so much, ladies. And I can’t wait to meet the RS Rita finalists next week. 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Sarah and Sharon!!

  5. Thanks you guys! I was actually in the middle of texting back my friend Lark Howard (Lucky 13) that I hadn’t heard a peep when the landline rang. Out of state area code…RWA or another charity call? (I get 5 a day on ave.)

    I answered and the woman’s name slipped right by me while I waited to hear “RWA” or “American Heart Association.” Well she said RWA and I creatively blurted out: “OMG.” And burst into tears.

    While she gave me the rundown on what to expect in the coming months (which I already knew) I was texting Lark “I’m getting the call right NOW!”

    Mustered up the courage to ask her to repeat her name (how tacky!) Leslie Kelly.

    Stayed up on Cloud 9 all day where champagne and chocolate fountains flowed, and everywhere I gazed there were rainbows and sunshine and angels singing.

    And now back to my WIP. 😦

    • I love your story, Sarah. I’m sure you’re not the only one who misses the caller’s name. The only reason I knew mine was because she had to leave a voice mail because I was in the middle of a doctor’s appointment with my son. Cloud 9 sounds nice. Maybe you can work on your WIP there. 😉

  6. And why isn’t the award ceremony covered by an E! reporter?

  7. Huge congrats Sharon and Sarah!!! So happy for you!! Way to represent for Kiss and Thrill!!!

  8. So happy for the two of you!! I can’t think of two more deserving authors. Congratulations.


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