Friday, March 26, 2010

Christo is a RITA finalist!

Hi from New York!

We've been having a fabulous time, and it isn't even wedding day yet. That's Saturday.

In the meantime, though, we've been wandering the city, getting reacquainted with old haunts, seeking out a few new ones, and generally enjoying ourselves.

Nancy the Cat Slayer (not!) has joined me for this trip as The Prof is proffing and can't possibly leave his classes (he did retire, but no one told him that!). NTCS is a good traveling companion and we manage to find fun things to do regularly.

Yesterday we went to the Brooklyn Museum which was wonderful. I'll tell you about it later, but I have more exciting news to share that I got when we returned.

I had an email from Anne Gracie congratulating Christo on his RITA nomination!

Turns out the RITA finalists we announced yesterday and ONE-NIGHT MISTRESS. . . CONVENIENT WIFE is one of them.

Christo is pleased. Natalie is pleased. I'm thrilled and delighted and honored. Not to mention amazed.

This year there are FOUR (count 'em) Presents and Presents Extra nominees. Besides Christo's book, Jane Porter, Jennie Lucas and Kelly Hunter all have finalists in the contemporary series category! It was a huge category -- over 250 entries, I've heard. So the competition was fierce. And to have so many books from the line is great news.

I'm going to celebrate with Christo today by taking him to the Pierpont Morgan Libary and checking it out. Never been there. I've heard it's wonderful. Natalie is up for the chocolate tour. But it's drizzling and promising worse, so I'm not sure we'll make that.

Back home on Wednesday!

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Blogger Caroline Storer said...

Huge congrats Anne on the RITA nomination. Caroline x

26 March, 2010  
Blogger Kate Hardy said...

Fantastic news, Anne - congrats!

26 March, 2010  
Blogger Bronwyn Jameson said...

Congratulations, Anne (and Christo.) Always thrilled to see your books recognised, and from 250+ entries? Sweet.


26 March, 2010  
Blogger Rachael Johns said...

Hugests Congtats! Am so excited for you and totally not surprised. I LOVED Christos and Natalie :)

26 March, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Hi Caroline, Kate, Bron and Rach,

Thanks so much for the good wishes. It means a lot. I'm very pleased to be among the finalists this year. It always seems to me that I have no idea what makes a "RITA finalist." But I'm happy that the judges agreed that Christo is one (and Natalie, too, of course!).

26 March, 2010  
Blogger Pat Cochran said...

Congratulations to Anne, Natalie
and Christo on being selected as RITA finalists! (It takes all of
you, you know!) Good luck in the

Pat Cochran

27 March, 2010  
Blogger Lacey Devlin said...

Congratulations Anne!!! That's such great news :)

27 March, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Pat, thanks! You're right, of course. They couldn't do it without me, and I certainly couldn't do it without them!

Lacey, thanks very much! I'm very pleased!

28 March, 2010  
Blogger lidia said...


Congratulations! I am sure that Christos and Natalie are thrilled with the good news.

28 March, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Many thanks! Christo and Nat are indeed thrilled. Me, too.

28 March, 2010  

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