I am thrilled and delighted to announce that Thirty-Three Days has reached the final 18 books in the judging for the 2019 RONE Awards in the Thriller/Suspense category. RONE stands for Reward of Novel Excellence and is conducted by InD’Tale Magazine.The first of three final rounds have completed and I am eagerly waiting news to see if TTD has progressed through to the last six books…..watch this space for an announcement either way.
For someone who left school at age fifteen, I cannot even begin to describe how proud I am to reach the finals of a U.S. literary award as prestigious as the RONE’s. It is a dream come true, and is further proof to my oft pushed philosophy that you are never to old, or too anything to achieve your goals and to never give up on your dreams. Honestly if anyone told me a few years ago that one day in the future I’d be a finalist in a U.S. literary award contest, I’d have probably died from a hysterical laughter induced heart attack.
As of today, Thirty-Three Days has received 14 x 5 star reviews on Amazon, and more on sites like Goodreads, Book-bub, iTunes and other places. Everyone who has read it, or listened to it on audio, has been very complimentary of the story, which is very humbling. The movie trailer made by Stardance media with no promotion at all has reached 69 views mostly from complete strangers, on you Tube and while none of those numbers are earth-shattering, they mean an awful lot to me. Thirty-Three Days has won two competitions for it’s book cover, for which I will be eternally grateful to Kim Mendoza for designing and I still think of it a work of art.
I don’t write for the money – which is just as well – there isn’t any. I write because I have stories I desperately want to tell. When people read those books and tell me by email, or placing a review they enjoyed the roller-coaster I took them on; that makes it all worthwhile. I am so grateful for readers who willingly place a review for others to say how much they enjoyed a book I’ve written.
Here is the most recent Amazon review to show what I mean:
April 6, 2019
I may not win this RONE, quite frankly I’d be ‘gobsmacked’ if I did, and I may not have another finalist in any literary competition in my lifetime, but I am a finalist with this book, and I am as proud as punch to be so.