And the Nominees Are…

Tuesday started off as a normal work day for me. I drank multiple cups of coffee in preparation for the weekly, two-hour, staff meeting. In the back of my mind I realized it was also the day calls would be made to the nominees in Romance Writers of America’s RITA and Golden Heart finalists, but I had more important things on my mind. Such as surviving the staff meeting.

Well, not ten minutes into the meeting I get a call from a California number. I assume it’s a telemarketer, but the awareness of the calls happening made me risk it. As I step out of my meeting prepared to say “No, I don’t want to buy whatever you’re selling” I get a pleasant surprise instead.

My book, A Malibu Kind of Romance, was nominated! After making sure this was correct and that a mistake hadn’t been made, I commenced with the squealing, thank yous, and oh wow babbling.

Yep, I had to go back to the staff meeting. Yep, it was two hours…but I had a smile on my face for the remainder of the time.

To say I’m honored would be an understatement. I’m honored, surprised, confused, still wondering if they called the right Synithia Williams, but overall I’m excited and humbled. I know the nomination can be a crap shoot and falls a lot on luck, but I’ll take this little bit of luck 🙂

The RITA, the highest award of distinction in the romance publishing industry, recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. For the full list of nominees and for more information visit the RWA website.


malibu-amr-coverRhythm of their hearts 

Slick lines and sweet nothings have zero effect on ambitious real estate developer Julie Dominick. Her love rules have thankfully saved her from dealing with messy relationship complications. But since R & B superstar Dante Wilson hired her to open his new Malibu nightclub, he’s determined to add some pleasure to their business dealings. And Julie’s strategy to protect her heart may not stand up to his seductive appeal.

Growing up in a music dynasty, Dante enjoys all the female attention that comes with his fame. For the first time, he knows what it feels like to be brushed off by someone he’s falling for. When his usual moves fall flat, he has to show Julie the real man behind all the glitz and glamour. Will it be enough to convince Julie that it’s better to break the rules rather than risk losing love’s passionate melody?