Friday, April 10, 2009

More Rita Talk

I thought since Linda told her Rita story, I'd share mine as well. (And how fun that I was scheduled to blog right after her!)

After too many years of waiting by the phone and the computer on Rita day and stressing out, I decided this year I would take a different approach and get out of the house for the day. I knew RWA had my cell phone number and if they didn't call, at least I'd be out doing something fun.

I'm an avid skier and after a dry few weeks when the skiing had been lousy, we were finally blessed with really good snow. So I took the day and off and drove to a nearby ski area to hit the slopes.

As I drove in snow on I-70 west of Denver, my cell phone rang (Spring, from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.) And I knew. It had to be The Call. But no way could I answer the phone safely with the weather and traffic, so I promised myself once I reached the ski area, I'd return the call.

The parking lot attendants at the ski area were directing me to my parking place when the phone rang again. With the engine still running, I grabbed for the phone. "Hello, Cindi, this is Lorraine Heath."

Now, Lorraine and I have known each other for many years, so I jabber away with "Lorraine! So good to hear from you. How are you?"

I'm sure on the other end of the phone she was grinning. She finally managed to get a word in edgewise and tell me that The Right Mr. Wrong had been nominated for a Rita.

The Right Mr. Wrong is my 30th published romance, and this is my first Rita nomination, so needless to say, I'm excited. It's only my second book for Harlequin American, so I'm really proud to represent the line (along with the lovely Linda Warren!)

The RWA awards ceremony takes place July 18 in Washington D.C. On my birthday. Wouldn't that gold statue be a nice birthday present?


Gillian Layne said...

What a great story! The best of luck to you, and to everyone. I wouldn't want to be a judge. There are a bunch of wonderful books nominated this year. :)

Cindi Myers said...

There are a lot of wonderful books, Gillian. It would definitely be hard to choose!

Estella said...

Congratulations, Cindi!

Sara said...

Oh, Cindi, Congratulations! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

penney said...

Congratulations Cindi! Yes that would be a wonderful birthday present!

Linda Warren said...

30 books? It's about time. Yay for you!

Would you believe my birthday is in July , too? July 2. It has to be extra special for your birthday to be on Rita night.

Congratulations! And the best of luck.

Lee McKenzie said...

Cindi, congratulations! Having Rita night coincide with your birthday will make that much more special.

shelley galloway said...

Congratulations, Cindi!

I loved reading how you went skiing instead of waiting by that phone! I'm so glad Lorraine Heath found you anyway! I'm such a fan of Lorraine's I think I would have dropped the phone!

Anyway, I'm so excited to cheer for both you and our wonderful Linda Warren. You're both fine authors and represent our series so well.