I am always in awe of the women who write on this website.
Today may be my day to post, but it’s Laura and BJ’s day to shine. Both have won very important professional writing awards last week.
BJ Daniels, already a USA Today bestselling author, won not only one in the Series category, but she was honored with highest award by Kiss of Death, the Romantic Suspense chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for her novel, Justice at Cardwell Ranch, the second book in her very popular contemporary Harlequin Intrigue series in which tough cowboys and strong women take justice into their own hands to solve murders that affect their rural communities; and
Laura Griffin, a New York Times bestselling author, won RWA’s Rita award in the Romantic Suspense category for Scorched, Book 6 of her Tracers series, which follows a forensic anthropologist as she solves unusual murders in exotic settings.
If you have yet to pick up their books, take the time to check out just one from each of them. If like me you’re an avid reader who enjoys true-to-life characters caught in heart-pounding dilemmas, I know you’ll find BJ’s and Laura’s books hard to put down.
And like me, you’ll also get hooked on them.
I’m proud to say that about all my fellow MSW authors: they are top-notch writers–which makes perfect sense, since they are also a wonderful women, in so many ways.
Like all of us, Laura and BJ bring a lot of themselves — heart and soul, energy and effort — to the novel-writing process. To create one book out of thin air is not easy. To make a financially viable career from writing is tantamount to running a never-ending marathon. And to receive accolades from your peers for doing so is a sweetness akin to none other–
Except, perhaps, from the recognition we get from our readers.
For the most part, we write in a vacuum, toiling away day after day, in the hope of touching you with our words and our characters.
With our books.
It’s great when others let you know they appreciate your hard work.
Today, I hope to get the ball rolling at our community here at Murder She Writes.
Always in awe of you, ladies. Always.