Today’s guest is one of my fave authors…Kimberly Killion!
Kimberly has been a guest a couple of times here on the blog and in fact was a guest long before her book, Her One Desire was released…a book I loved and am happy to say was recently nominated for a RITA!
I invited Kimberly here today to tell you a bit about it…
The Cinderella story continues…
That’s right…this Cinderella has yet to have a bad time at the ball. The said ball that I’m referring to is what romance authors call ‘national’. It’s where we go to learn, smooze, network, and meet up with old friends. My experiences with National go a little something like this:
2007 National: Dallas – Sold my first book to Hilary Sares of Kensington Publishing.
2008 National: San Francisco – Got to sign that book and wear a special ‘First Sale’ ribbon.
2009 National: Washington DC…
This year is going to be the icing on the cake for me. You see that book I sold in 07 has been nominated for a RITA! What’s a RITA you ask? It’s the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction. Think of the Oscars. RITA awards are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year, and I’m beside myself to be nominated next to fabulous authors like Sherry Thomas and Anthea Lawson.
A little about ‘the Call’…
I went to work early. Had my cell phone in hand…hopeful…but it never rang. 9:00 am came and past, then 10, 11, 12. By 2:00, I had given up and headed home. It’s 4:00 pm by now and I went to check my messages. I’m fairly confident the only message I will find on my machine is the one from my dentist reminding me about an appointment for the following day. Yes, the dentist had called, but when the phone beeped the next message, I nearly passed out. Kelly St. John, in a sweet southern drawl, called me to let me know that I had been nominated for a RITA in the Best First Book category!
Checked the website again…I still wasn’t listed.
I quickly listened to the message 3 more times and managed to write down Kelly’s phone number after which I called her and told her there must be a mistake because I wasn’t on the list. She insisted she was in the right. In fact, she said she’d judged HER ONE DESIRE herself and loved it. She said she would send in an email to RWA and that the error would be corrected asap.
Hmmm…I was still skeptical, so I checked the RWA website just a couple minutes later and there I was. The first listing in fact. It was so cool…
I cried again.
Then what did I do…
I quickly spread my news all over cyberspace.
Life has been a whirlwind of emails ever since. And I wouldn’t trade my Cinderella story for the world. 🙂
I want to thank Jennifer for having me back on the blog…thank you, Jennifer! And here’s a question for your readers…
What’s your Cinderella story? Was it when you meet Prince Charming? Was it when you finally stood up to the evil stepmother?
Congratulations Kimberly!!! I am very happy for you!
Readers, you can learn more about Kimberly and her books on her website: http://www.kimberlykillion.com
In the meantime, go ahead and answer Kimberly’s questions or leave a comment.
Kimberly has kindly donated a great prize to one lucky winner: a signed copy of the RITA-nominated, Her One Desire and a signed coverflat of her upcoming release, Highland Dragon.
I announce the winner on Saturday, April 18 so be sure to return to see if you won!