Turns out, I was-- The Haunting of Hillwood Farm WON the very prestigious RONE Award in the Paranormal-Short category! This is a very big deal in the writing world, as the judging goes through three tough phases. First, a book has to earn either a 4.5 or 5 star review from InD'Tale Magazine. They review hundreds of books so this is no easy task, and I was so excited when my ghost mystery/romantic suspense was given a Crowned Heart of Excellence Review by InD'Tale Magazine and thus nominated for their RONE Award.
Once the nominated titles for each category were announced, the second phase involved voting. Readers visiting the site voted for nominated titles to move to the next round to become finalists, and I'm so grateful that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm gained the votes to become one of the six Finalists.
But even being one of six Finalists in the category did not make me think my title would win by any means. The third phase was a panel of judges reading each book in the category and rating them. To get the highest rating among six great books definitely felt like a long shot.
But my author friend sent me the video of the awards presentation, and yes, my book did get the highest rating, along with another title in the category for a very unusual tie! I am over the moon. For me, the old cliche is true...I really did feel it's an honor just to be nominated, and to make it to the finals is incredible, so I would like to again take this opportunity to voice my appreciation for everyone who voted for The Haunting of Hillwood Farm...HUGE THANKS!
To win feels like a dream...I write my stories to entertain readers and give them (hopefully) a pull-you-in-on-page-one/can't-put-it-down book to help escape the everyday stresses of life. There's not much I enjoy more myself than finding a book that does that for me. Writing isn't easy, so every time I hear from a reader who enjoyed one of my books, I'm thrilled. To have won an award through so many phases of judging will have me celebrating for quite some time!
I get to change "FINALIST" to "WINNER"!
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