Thursday, September 25, 2008

A bright spot

... in an otherwise sticky day.

I wasn't going to blog at all today because today is difficult (related to the first crisis of the summer holidays) and it's hard to concentrate, but I was loafing with the local paper ten minutes ago, while I was waiting for the kettle to boil, and came across the headline BOOK AWARD FINALISTS.

Uh-huh. Sounds interesting, I thought, so I read a bit further. The story was about the shortlist for the inaugural East Anglian Book Awards. (Sponsored by the EDP - and Jarrolds, at whose store I'm doing a booksigning in November.)

Then I remembered that my eds at Breedon and Halsgrove both said something about entering me for the awards.

So I skimmed down the book jackets.


Looked again.

And I saw...

I'm so very pleased and honoured to be shortlisted. I own some of the others on the shortlist and have thoroughly enjoyed them (and one of my mates has been shortlisted, so I'm very chuffed for her). And this is extra-special for me because it's close to home - actually, no, it IS home. And it's wonderful to have some good news to share on what otherwise is a rather difficult day.


Shirley said...

That's brilliant. Well done!

Sending hugs and hoping day goes ok.

Julie Cohen said...

Congratulations! That is fabulous.

And big hugs to you and yours.

Lori x said...

Congratulations Kate, a bit of good news in a bad day is always nice!

I am going to buy this book for my husbands Grandma for Christmas (as she's Norfolk born and bred) so I'm pleased for you.


Pat Posner said...

Oh, that's great news, Kate.

Hope things get better soon!
Big hugs to all.

Melissa Marsh said...

Wonderful news, Kate! Congrats!!!

Jan Jones said...

Only you could have been surprised by the shortlisting, Kate!

(((hugs))) for the other stuff.

Kate Hardy said...

Shirley - thank you. (It was fairly rough but it's over now. Time to move on.)

Kate Hardy said...

Julie - thank you!

Kate Hardy said...

Lori - many thanks (and that's so kind of you to think of my book as a Christmas present - I hope your husband's gran really enjoys it).

Kate Hardy said...

Pat - thank you! There is a light at the end of the tunnel... And congrats on your own news. :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Melissa - thanks :o) I'm so chuffed.

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - LOL. I guess I don't take anything for granted.

Thanks for the hugs. How many days do I have to wait now until the postie delivers a copy of your book from Hale?