Monday, May 13, 2013

Congratulations to the Winners

I was sad to miss the Whitney Gala this year.  Thanks goes out to those who tweeted the award ceremony announcements.  Congratulations to all of the winners.  Four of the adult category winners received their awards for books I was able to review for Meridian during the past year and I have to agree they are fantastic choices.  That's The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, My Loving Vigil Keeping by Carla Kelly, Code Word by Traci Hunter Abramson, and Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.  The other adult novel winner was Dan Wells for The Hollow City, which I haven't read. The funny thing is every category included a list of five finalists who could have easily been the winner because they were all exceptional, making picking just one a difficult task.  I'd like to extend my congratulations to them as well.  There were no losers!

I didn't get a chance to read most of the Young Adult and Middle Grade finalists, but here are the winners, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, and After Hello by Lisa Mangum.

During the convention there were awards given for first chapters too and I'd like to wish all of those winners, including my daughter Janice, speedy publications!  My daughters (there were two of them) attended the convention and sent me regular updates which I appreciated.

One more round of applause is directed toward Heather Moore and all those who assisted in making the Gala a huge success.

I'm looking forward to going to the gala next year!



Janice Sperry said...

Thanks Mom. I'm just glad that the first chapter contest didn't require a speech from the winners.

Stephanie Black said...

Wish I could have seen you there, Jennie! And congratulations, Janice!