Thursday, June 05, 2008

Finalist ~ Petticoat Ranch

At the RWA National Conference in San Francisco in July they will announce the winner of the IRCC--Inspirational Readers Choice Contest.
The Eighth Annual Faith, Hope and Love, RWA Chapter’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest For authors with novels and novellas published in 2007.

Petticoat Ranch
Nominated in the Long Historical category.
No, I will NOT be attending. You will note there are four finalists in my category...this leaves open the possibility for my to come in fourth in a contest with only three finalist spots. Which is better than coming in fifth in a contest with only three finalist spots I suppose.

FHL 2008 Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest finalists:
Long Contemporary:
Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)
Too Good To Be True by Trish Perry (Harvest House)
Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House)
Long Historical: (3rd Place Tie)
Remembered by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House)
Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy (Barbour)
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen (Bethany House)
Sarah, My Beloved by Sharlene MacLaren (Whitaker House)
Women's Fiction:
Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd (Waterbrook)
The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang (Tyndale House)
Remember to Forget by Deborah Raney (Howard)
Short Contemporary:
Simple Gifts by Lori Copeland (Zondervan)
Forever Christmas by Christine Lynxwiler (Barbour)
Mom in the Middle by Mae Nunn (Steeple Hill)
Short Historical:
Bluebonnet Belle by Lori Copeland (Steeple Hill)
The Lumberjack's Lady by Susan Page Davis (Barbour)
The Bounty Hunter and the Bride by Vicki McDonough (Barbour)
Romantic Suspense:
Buried Secrets by Margaret Daley (Steeple Hill)
Nowhere to Hide by Debby Giusti (Steeple Hill)
Ransomed Dreams by Amy Wallace (Multnomah)
Unwrapping Christmas by Lori Copeland (Zondervan)
The Spinster and the Lawyer by Jeri Odell (Barbour)
Moonlight and Mistletoe by Carrie Turansky (Barbour


Susan Page Davis said...

Hey, Mary! I can't go to San Francisco, either, but I wish you success! I loved Petticoat Ranch!!

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Dear Mary,
Alas, we are finalists in the same category!!! Isn't that fun? I'm counting on tying for 3rd place with someone--and I will be HONORED when it happens! At least we will get some kind of certificate, right?

Nope, I can't attend the dinner, either. I'll be in Orlando at the ICRS just a couple of weeks prior and the ACFW in September. Can't quite justify one night in San Francisco to accept a third place award. (grins)

At any rate, best, best, best wishes to you and God's richest blessings!


Ausjenny said...

congrats on being a finalist. thats so exciting.

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Ladies. I'd love to go to San Francisco, Susan. but it is NOT TO BE.
Mabye sometime. I've heard the RWA Conference is absolutely excellent and I want to go someday.

Mary Connealy said...

It is fun, isn't it. :)

I'm not ONE BIT worried about how I'll do in the finals.
I'm claiming the nomination as a victory and not even imagining doing any more.

Well, I do hope they don't make a special exception for me and place me FIFTH in a category with four people, but other than that, I'm good with just being among the finalists.

And I'm going to ICRS, too. I'll see you there? Or is it huge? Maybe I won't see anyone? I've never gone to that before either.

Mary Connealy said...

Jenny, thanks for stopping by. It is exciting. And my next book comes out next month so it's a good time to get some attention, huh?

I'm thrilled about it.

cooper said...

Hey Mary,

I've heard San Fransisco is lovely in July AND 25% odds? You've been married to a farmer too long to not be a gambler :)
Anyway, congrats on the finalist spot. Wow, I know somebody famous!


Mary Connealy said...

I am not near as famous as you, Karen. But what the heck, let's go ahead and say we're both famous. Since no one knows us, it won't hurt a thing. :)