About a year ago, I read the first review for The Shape of Mercy, many weeks before it actually hit bookstore shelves. It was from Publishers Weekly and I was breathless with amazement that the book earned a starred review. I am still looking for my socks.
One of the descriptors the reviewer used was “achingly romantic.” My book was described as achingly romantic. I found that intriguing and remarkable. I never set out to write anything anyone would describe as romantic, let alone achingly so. It was a pleasant surprise.
Romantic love is mysterious and powerful. It brings out our loveliest strengths and lowliest weaknesses. It is the basis and reward for countless stories, and it’s kind of cool to be numbered among those who have crafted a love story.
It is hard for me to muster the air for horn-tooting, but I am thrilled that The Shape of Mercy has been nominated for a Rita Award by the Romance Writers of America. I am named in a non-inspirational category, which is amazing in itself to me and I am wowed beyond words. The category is “Novel With Strong Romantic Elements,” and I share the field with the notable Nora Roberts. You can read the full list right here. The winner will be announced in July.
I’ve often said in interviews and such that The Shape of Mercy isn’t a story about the Salem Witch Trials, it’s a story about the power of love.
Love is romantic. It is deep. It is complicated. It is is simple. It is strong.
It tells a story. So there you go.
Stay tuned. July will be here before you know it. . .