Tuesday, May 4, 2010

When It Rains, It Pours

The blog has sort of a double meaning today. My heart goes out to all of those in the mid-east states who are suffering with torrential rains and unprecedented flooding, and I pray for all those who are displaced and grieving the loss of homes, jobs or loved ones. I sincerely hope recovery is swift.

Many of us in the romance writing world have been particularly glued to the news because our annual national convention was slated to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville at the end of July. I am very saddened that this no longer seems possible for many reasons, not the least of which because of the financial resources that will now be leaving the Nashville area when they need it most. I know we were all hoping that the Gaylord would be able to assess the damage and say, “Hey, we’ll be ready for you in July!” Sadly, that is not the case.

Regardless of where the RWA® board ultimately finds for us to move to, I know many of our hearts will be in Nashville this year.

As to the double meaning of this blog, I am experiencing a pouring down of wonderful news. I learned today that Sweet Enemy is a finalist in the Kiss of Death Chapter’s Daphne contest in the historical category. I am astounded and gratified (and a little bit embarrassed) at this recent rash of contest success and am very excited about the final judge, who is an agent I would be thrilled to work with. I hope she loves Sweet Enemy as much as I do.

Wishing you all a wonderful week...


  1. Heather,

    I share you sentiments for those how are experencing the might of Mother Nature and hope of a swift recovery in their area.

    As to your "rain shower", way to go! I'm so excited for you. No need to be embarrassed, your moment has arrived, bask in you own personal ray of sunshine. You are a fabulous writer and you'v worked hard for it.


    Luv ya,


  2. Do you think that a large enough site can be found and booked at this late date? Or will the convention need to be put off for a short time? Congratulations for your continued achievements. Dan and I hope you know how much you mean to us....now get busy writing!!

  3. Heather--what fabulous news on Sweet Enemy! It's only a matter of time (heck--of seconds!) until you land that agent and sell in a multi-book deal!

    And I'm with you on the sadness. The Gaylord Opryland looked wonderful, and seeing that historic and majestic city under water is just heartbreaking. I hope we can go back there soon.

  4. Great news on finaling in the Daphne contest! RWA will have it's conference somewhere and it'll be fine...just lots of last-minute changes for everyone!

  5. Heather, you never cease to amaze me.

  6. Congrats, Heather.

    I agree with your sentiments about Nashville. My heart goes out to those poor people suffering the after effects of their disaster.

  7. YAY, Heather. You are doing great. Congrats.

  8. Enjoy it while it lasts! I just hope it lasts FOREVER!!!

  9. Woohoo! I'm telling you, I just can't wait to see that book on the shelves :)

    As for Nashville, my heart goes out to the whole community. I hope they get back on their feet really soon.

  10. Woo-hoo for contest success.

    Thoughts and prayers to the Nashville area and all of the flooding victims. I couldn't possibly imagine.