Many of you already know this, but I got some thrilling news over this long Memorial Day Weekend: According to Jane is a double finalist in the Booksellers' Best Awards (squee!!!), a contest where the judges are booksellers and librarians from around the country. I can't express how honored and delighted I was to find out that my debut novel was a finalist in the Single Title/Mainstream category (along with Toni Blake's One Reckless Summer, Robin Kaye's Breakfast in Bed, Susan Mallery's Hot on Her Heels, and Karen White's The Lost Hours), as well as in the Best First Book category (with Red Garnier's The Satin Sash, Ann Hinnenkamp's Dyad Dreams, and Glynna Kaye's Dreaming of Home). It's wonderful to be in such excellent company!!
Also, in another delightful but unexpected piece of news, my first book was mentioned in this Suite 101 article last week on "Novels Inspired by Jane Austen." LOTS of terrific Austenesque books mentioned in Kristyn Hammond's article, and it was very nice to be included ;).
Finally, I LOVE Fresh Fiction (!!) and, since I've had a couple of excellent contest experiences with them, I decided I wanted to host monthly contests on their website over this next year. Over the summer, they give authors the opportunity to run not only a contest for each month but, also, to take part in some special promotions for readers. So, I've got a "Pack Your Beach Tote" giveaway that just started this past week (it goes until June 14th) AND, beginning tomorrow, I'll have my June contest up for the entire month, which will include the first ARC giveaway for Friday Mornings at Nine! (No, I haven't gotten the ARCs yet, but they should be here in a few weeks...) My Fresh Fiction Author Page will have updated contest details every month, so please check it out. I've been having a weekend of ice cream sundaes in celebration (take a peek at The Official Website of the Ice Cream Sundae--LOL), so I hope you'll join me and enjoy one or two this week as well! p.s. What are your favorite toppings???