Something awesome happened yesterday, March 26th!


K&T author Sharon Wray was nominated for her seventh and eighth Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. SEVEN AND EIGHT! Sharon has been a romantic suspense finalist every year since 2010. EVERY YEAR! An amazing and well-deserved accomplishment. And we couldn’t be prouder!

The Golden Heart is the gold standard of excellence for unpublished manuscripts in the romance genre. It means that your colleagues—other romance writers—have judged your manuscript to be one of the best of the best in unpublished romance fiction.

Golden Heart Pin

Sharon now has eight of these Golden Heart pins!

Being nominated is a heady, pulse-pounding, exciting experience. But the best part is meeting your fellow nominees. And that’s why I consider myself so lucky to have been nominated for the Golden Heart in 2011 because that’s when I first met Sharon.

After eight Golden Heart nominations, it goes without saying that Sharon is an extremely talented writer. But that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Spend a little time with Sharon and you will soon discover that all that writing talent resides in a person who is as generous and thoughtful and kind as she is talented.

Sharon Wray

Sharon Wray

Congratulations, Sharon! We will be cheering you on at the Romance Writers of America conference in New York City this summer when the winners are announced!


About Krista Hall

Author of RWA Golden Heart ® Award for BROKEN PLACES

Posted on March 27, 2015, in Sharon Wray and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Krista! I was totally shocked to see this and so choked up. Thank you. I was so busy yesterday with meetings and kid stuff that I’ve barely had time to think about it or go online. Which means I’m about 400 emails behind. LOL.

    I am so glad you’re going to New York and one of the highlights will be our K&T get together.
    Thank you!

    • Sharon, I’m so excited that all the KaTs will be in NYC too! A first! Good luck with those 400 emails!

      Your manuscripts sound amazing! I love the titles:

      Every Unworthy Thing
      Hope Craves an Execution

      So desperately want to read both 🙂

      • Thanks, Krista. I love the titles too. It took me FOREVER to come up with them. But I also know that they will probably change by the time they’re published. But that’s just how these things work, I guess. 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Sharon! The KaTs love you. RAWR! Puppies! Workshop! Twins!

  3. Yay, Sharon!! So excited for you. Can’t wait to cheer you on in New York! ;-D

  4. Sharon, you now will have so many finalist pins pinned to your chest that you won’t be able to stand up straight! This is your year sweetie! So proud of you!

    • LOL! You’re probably right!

      • You guys are too funny. At the 2012 GH ceremony (where Diana won her Golden Heart), Virginia Kantra came up to me to chat. I motioned to her badge which was COVERED with Golden Hearts and gold and silver Rita pins. There were so many that you could barely read her name tag.

        I mentioned it, and she just smiled and said she wore every one of her Golden Hearts with pride because each one meant a year where she didn’t give up and year where she met wonderful women who became some of her greatest friends.
        And I feel the same way. 🙂

        • I love this story! I hadn’t taken my hearts out of their little plastic bags until yesterday when I needed a photo for this post. They were surprisingly solid in my hand. Until that moment, I’m not sure I fully appreciated how beautiful they are: shiny with hopes and dreams.

    • Thank you, Diana. I have terrible scoliosis so I don’t stand up straight anyway. LOL.

  5. Sharon, I get choked up every time I think of you getting ‘the call’ yesterday on both of your manuscripts!! A crystalized memory in my heart was of you and me sitting together at the Awards last year, and how we instinctively held hands as our names were announced as finalists. Just think you get to go through it all AGAIN!!

    Tell us a bit about both of the stories- the titles sound completely new to me? RS? YA? A combo?

    CONGRATULATIONS, I couldn’t be happier or prouder to know you!

    • Thank you so much, Sarah. I really appreciate all the love and support from this group. We all know what it feels like to have successes and non-successes (I hate the word failure) and I love how we support each other through both. Success and non-success days are both emotionally exhausting so it’s wonderful to have friends to lean on for both.

      I was thinking about last year’s conference too, yesterday. Sitting next to you (with you in your fabulous dress that I am so jealous of and I want except I could never fit into) was one of the highlights of our San Antonio trip.

      These manuscripts are both single title RS. I wrote original versions a few years ago, but have since completely changed the overall story arc and rewritten, then revised, both manuscripts.

      Both are part of my RS series about a group of disgraced ex-Green Berets seeking truth and redemption.

      Every Unworthy Thing:
      When Maddie, a Charleston, SC socialite, is targeted by an arms dealer in search of a 17th Century secret hidden in tunnels under her city, her last hope to save her family is Alex,an ex-con and ex-Army Ranger, and the baddest boy she’s ever met. Alex, besides being forsaken by his family and damned by the price on his head, has a secret — he used to work for the arms dealer. And when he’s given the opportunity to do so again, he must choose between a life of unlimited money and power and the prim and proper woman who’s stolen his heart.

      Hope Craves an Execution:
      When Sarah, a strong-willed historian, attempts to solve the last unbreakable Revolutionary War cipher, she draws the attention of a ruthless arms dealer. Now her life, and the secret hidden within the cipher, is at the mercy of ex-Green Beret who suffers from seizures, memory loss, and regret. A soldier determined to do anything to save his men and take down the arms dealer who destroyed his life, even if it means betraying the woman he loves.

  6. KRISTA: You’re a doll for generating this post so quickly! Thank you.

  7. HUGE CONGRATS, SHARON!!! I am so happy for you!! I’m pretty sure you now hold the GH record and LOVE what you said about each pin meaning you didn’t give up.

    I can’t wait to read these books and your other GH mss. But more than anything I can’t wait to see you in NY and give you a huge hug.

    • Thank you so much, Rachel. I can’t wait to see you in New York as well!

      I heard an urban legend that someone had nine golden hearts before selling. I don’t want to beat that!

  8. Reblogged this on Sharon Wray and commented:

    This was written by a dear friend of mine Krista Hall, one of my Golden Heart and Kiss & Thrill sisters. Thank you, Krista! I really appreciate this post!

  9. Congratulations Sharon!! You are amazing! I’m so thrilled for you 🙂

  10. i agree that Sharon is a lovely, warm person. I wish her only the best and know that soon she will be a major force in the publishing world

  11. RAWR! Brussel sprouts! Puppies and hugs! You are one amazing chick! We love you! Congrats!!

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