I’m a big fan of books about human relationships; I am a bigger fan of writing books about human relationships. It’s all the many kinds of connections we have with the people whose lives intertwine with ours that give rise to the phenomenon known as Story.
I don’t consider myself a romance writer, but I do love a story that showcases the dweam within a dweam. (from the Princess Bride, of course. If you’ve no idea what the dweam within a dweam is, you’ve simply got to see this movie. Best romance movie ever with the best comic lines ever). Romance is the sweetest of all human relationships, right up there with being someone’s mommy.
So when I set out to write Blue Heart Blessed (seems like a long time ago now), it was the dweam I was going for. And the comic relief. I liked the way it turned out. Of all the books I’ve written I’ve had the most fun with this one.
So I was pretty jazzed to hear yesterday that Blue Heart Blessed is one of three finalists in the Long Contemorary Category for the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest for the Faith, Hope and Love chapter of the Romance Writers of America. (yeah, that’s a lotta words. sorry) The winner will be announced at the RWA national conference in DC in July. (The Shape of Mercy is up for a RITA award with the RWA, but in a non-inspirational category).
If you haven’t read Blue Heart Blessed, it’s about about a single gal on the eve of her 30th birthday still smarting over being stood up at the altar the year before. To wean herself away from the wedding she still dreams about, she opens a used wedding dress boutique in Minneapolis’ Uptown and tries to sell the one-of-a- kindwedding gown that she’d designed especially for herself. Only trouble is, everytime someone wants to buy it, she says it’s not for sale. Poor thing.
You can probably already guess (since it did final in a romance category) that something happens in the romance department while Daisy attempts to loosen her hold on a past she can’t change. And there is a fun cast of supporting characters to add levity to all that heartache and introspection.
Anyway, it’s great to have affirmation. Here’s the list of other nominees. I share my nomination with two good friends and I will honestly be pleased with whatever happens in July. It really is an honor just to be nominated. Have a great weekend!
Along Came a Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler (Barbour)
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner (Harvest)
When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall (Waterbrook)
Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker (Summerside Press)
A Time to Heal by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill)
Hidden by Shelley Shepherd Gray (Avon Inspire)
Long Historical (3rd Place Tie)
A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman (Revell)
Courting Emma by Sharlene MacLaren (Whitaker House)
A Promise to Believe In by Tracie Peterson (Bethany House)
My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Bethany House)
Hideaway Home by Hannah Alexander (Steeple Hill)
Family of the Heart by Dorothy Clark (Steeple Hill)
Promises, Promises by Amber Miller (Barbour)
Waiting For Daybreak by Kathryn Cushman (Bethany House)
Where Do I Go by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)
Lying On Sunday by Sharon K. Souza (NavPress)
Shadows at the Window by Linda Hall (Steeple Hill)
Double Jeopardy by Terri Reed (Steeple Hill)
Healing Promises by Amy Wallace (Multnomah)
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis (Barbour)
Stuck On You by Rhonda Gibson (Barbour)
Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn (Faith Words)