I'm in good company with Love Inspired. Several of my sister writers were nominated in the inspirational category of the RITAs. This award is to RWA (Romance Writers of America) what Oscar is to movies. But we don't need Hollywood around here to know we have stars amongst us. Linda Goodnight got a double nomination. Irene Hannon is nominated for a book from another publisher, but we are thrilled for her because she remains a part of the Love Inspired family. Both of these fine ladies have won RITAs in the past. We expect them to bring home another one! Linda's titles are "Finding Her Way Home" and "The Wedding Garden." Irene's title is "In Harm's Way" (Revell). Anna Schmidt is also nominated for "A Convenient Wife" and Kelly Ann Riley's "Firestorm" is nominated for Best First Book. Whew. Hope I covered everybody. The e-mails and Facebook messages and Tweets were flying through the airwaves last Friday.
Okay, so what about the rest of us? While we might have a twinge of regret that our books didn't make it this time, we don't get all sad about it. Because we believe what's good for one is good for all. These women are talented, smart and best of all, great friends who walk the walk in their faith. We love each other around here and we support each other. We believe in what we do and we know that we're all winners because we're writing the kind of books we love! What more could a girl ask for? I suggest all of you fabulous nominees go out and buy new shoes to wear when you go up to accept your awards. We'll all be cheering you on!!!!