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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Special Honor

Last month, while I was sweating through my current WIP, the phone rang.

Being cheap, I don't have caller ID. Being focused on my work, I'm not one of those people who jumps on a call, just having to answer it. I like my down time on weekends away from my EDJ and endless phone calls.

So, I let the phone ring and ring and ring.

I was tempted to unplug it, but after the tenth ring voicemail came on.

So, there I was refocused on my WIP when the phone clicked and a soft Southern voice came over the line, saying the call was for Tina Donahue.

Hmmm, I thought. Not a telemarketer as I'd guessed because I live in Southern California and no one has a Southern accent here. Faintly curious, I started to listen. That's when I heard 'RWA', 'competition', 'HOLT Medallion'.

I'll admit, I froze for a second, not understanding. As the woman continued to leave her voice mail, I finally picked up the phone.

Wow, was I glad I did.

My erotic romance Deep, Dark, Delicious had won an Award of Merit in the HOLT Medallion contest in its category - one of the top five entries!!!

To say I was stunned and thrilled is putting it mildly. The Holt Medallion is an extremely prestigious contest and I'm honored that my work was chosen by its judges.

For those of you who have yet to read Deep, Dark, Delicious here's the blurb:

A wickedly sensual feast…

Eden DeCarlo may have narrowly lost Miami’s best chef competition and the prize money she desperately needs, but she has caught the eye of dangerously virile Rafael Zayas, one of the judges and a wealthy restaurateur. Despite her vow not to let any man derail her life, Eden’s captivated by Rafe’s imposing masculinity, then challenged by the business deal he offers. He’ll invest in her new venture if, for one month, she can satisfy his culinary expectations and the sexual attraction they both feel.

Dominant and unashamed, Rafe knows what he wants when it comes to carnal pleasure and will spare no seduction to have Eden in all the ways he demands—naked, wanting, submissive.

Within thirty days, he will teach her the delights of yielding to passion, relinquishing all control to him and fulfilling her deepest, darkest and most delicious desires.

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Amber Skyze said...

Congrats Tina! Wonderful news.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Amber - definitely made my day, week and even month! :)

Nina Pierce said...

Congratulations, Tina. The Holt Medallion is a wonderful award. Squeeing for you here in the northeast! (Sorry, no snoopy dance ... it's too darn hot. LOL!)

Kenzie Michaels said...

Congratulations Tina!!! What an honor:)

Sandy said...

Kudos, Tina. That's a huge award to win.

I loved your excerpt.

Paris said...

Congratulations, Tina! Wow, the Holt Medallion--I'm thrilled for you:)

Harlie Reader said...

Tina, this was a wonderful book and congratulations on the honor.

Harlie Reader said...

I bet now you might think about caller id. LOL!

Tina Donahue said...

Nina - thanks! Know what you mean about it being too hot to dance. I'm in Palm Springs and it's going to be 108 today with high humidity (for us) - ugh.

Thanks, Kenzie - appreciate your support!

Sandy - thanks for your kind comments!

Hey, Paris - thanks so much!

Harlie - I'm so glad you liked the book! LOL on the caller ID thing. I am sooooo cheap. :)

Karen said...

Congratulations, Tina! Simply awesome~~

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Karen!! :)

Katalina Leon said...

Congratulations Tina, what a wonderful honor, your work is so deserving!
In the future you might want to spring for the "Winning calls of merit awards" phone ID. These are the phone calls you don't want to miss! lol

Liz said...

way to go! sounds like a great book too!

Fiona McGier said...

Wow! Congrats to you on an honor well-deserved, Tina. Hope you find a unique way to celebrate!

Tina Donahue said...

LOL, Kat - I should definitely try that!

Thanks, Liz!! :)

Hey, Fiona - I did - I gorged on dark chocolate. I would've anyway, but at least this time I didn't feel guilty. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Simply wonderful...I just downloaded it and will be reading it later today... Love your writing, Jean

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Jean - thanks so much! Once you're finished, please let me know what you think.

Marianne Stephens said...

Wonderful...a Holt Medallion winner!
Many congrats to a talented author!

Linda Andrews said...

Congrats on the wonderful news!

Krystal said...

Congrats! This looks like a wonderful book :)

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