“How sweet it is,” doesn’t begin to describe how it felt to hear my name called for Best Short Story. The story, HARRY’S LOSS OF GRACE, is the second short in the prequel trilogy for the Grace Marsden series. So many readers, after reading the first book, asked if there was something that preceded The Rosary Bride. They had questions about Harry and Grace. I guess my smidgen of back story was enough to pique their interest. After the final book in the series, I thought about writing a series of short stories to fill in the blanks of their early years together.
HARRY’S LOSS OF GRACE was nominated for a LOVEY, a Readers’ Choice award, presented at the Love is Murder Mystery Conference held this past weekend. I am honored and humbled to be the recipient as all the short stories in the category were well crafted and engaging. With the fun and excitement of the conference behind me, I return to the solitary task of writing the final installment of this trilogy. It is an inspiration to look at the LOVEY while I conquer writer’s block and dangling participles.
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