Always an honor to be nominated…

February 20, 2009

I’m afraid that Charlaine and I did not win the PEARL for Wolfsbane and Mistletoe after all, and none of our three nominated stories won, either.  

I won’t pretend I’m not disappointed–I’m not that good an actress. But honestly, it was a delight to be a PEARL finalist, even if only for a day. It also introduced me to the ParaNormal Romance group and a lot of writers I wasn’t very familiar with. That’s one heck of a consolation prize.

Here are the winners, by the way. Congratulations to all!



Winners:  After Dark  by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Squires, J. R. Ward, and Dianna Love and Blood Lite edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Honorable Mention:  The Magical Christmas Cat  by Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones


Winner:  Dark Light by Jayne Castle

Honorable Mention:  Heart Fate by Robin D. Owens



Winner:  Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Honorable Mentions:  Rogue by Rachel Vincent and Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden


New author

Winner:  Ann Aguirre

Honorable Mention:  Jocelynn Drake 


Magical Fantasy

Winner:  Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Honorable Mention:  The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

Sci-Fi Fantasy

Winner:  Shades Of Dark by Linnea Sinclair

Honorable Mention:  Dragonborn by Jade Lee



Winner:  Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward

Honorable Mention:  Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley

Time Travel

Winner:  Viking Unchained by Sandra Hill

Honorable Mention:  Twist by Colby Hodge

Novella/Short Story

Winner:  “Story of Son” by J.R. Ward in Dead After Dark

Honorable Mention:  “Kung Fu Shoes” by Jade Lee in These Boots Were Made For Stomping

Best Overall

Winner:  Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Honorable Mention:  One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


A PEARL Without Price…

February 19, 2009

There is much joy in Mudville. After the snow from last night was followed by warmer weather today, I can assure you that Mudville is the right name for my town right now, or at least for my yard. But I digress…

I found out today that Wolfsbane and Mistletoe has been nominated for a PEARL Award for Best Paranormal Anthology of 2008. To add even more joy, three of the stories in Wolfsbane were nominated for PEARL Awards for Best Short Story/Novella:  “The Star of David” by Patricia Briggs, “Christmas Past” by Keri Arthur, and “Gift Wrap” by my esteemed co-editor Charlaine Harris.

I’d heard of the PEARL Awards, but in case you haven’t, they’re given by the ParaNormal Romance Groups, an online group of paranormal romance fans and authors. The full slate of nominees is listed here.

I had to be sure to blog quickly about this. You see, even though I only found out today, the nominations were actually announced February 1, with the PNR Groups voting through February 14. The winners will be announced at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight. So I figured I should bask in the glow right away.

Whether we win or lose, Charlaine and I are delighted to have been nominated. We’re very proud of this book–I hope people enjoy reading it as much as Charlaine and I enjoyed putting it together. Thanks very much to the PNR Group for this nomination!

Many Bloody Returns hits the NYT Best Seller List!

February 16, 2009

Friday the 13th was uncommonly lucky for me this year. I found out that the trade paperback release Many Bloody Returns debuted at #29 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Trade Paperbacks. I’d have blogged about it sooner, but I’ve just been too darned excited.

I’m very proud of my grandbook.

Many thanks to everybody who bought a copy!

My New Grandbook!

February 3, 2009

Lately, I’ve been seeing more of my books coming out in new editions. Many Bloody Returns in German, Without Mercy in large print, and even as I write this, the trade paperback edition of Many Bloody Returns is hitting the shelves.

With this glut of new books to hold and savor, I’ve realized something. If a my books are like my children, then the new editions of my books are like my grandchildren.

You see, I’ve always heard that being a grandparent is particularly awesome because you get a baby to lay claim to and play with, but you don’t have to go through labor or change diapers. It’s the same thing with a new edition. I get to put this lovely new book on my shelf, but I don’t have to actually write another book or go through editing. Okay, maybe there’s a little work involved, like a fresh set of galleys to look at, but that’s no worse than babysitting, and certainly nothing compared to the original work of gestation.

So please allow me to announce the arrival of my new grandbook, the trade paperback of Many Bloody Returns.  I spotted the first copy at a Barnes & Noble in Saugus, MA, and of course, I took a picture. It’s what grandparents do.