Finalist for IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award

I just got some wonderful news. RIPPED is a finalist for a national book award, in the mystery/suspense category. This is the 25th anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Awards, which was created by the Independent Book Publishers Association. The awards ceremony is in New York City on May 29th. Exciting!

Many thanks to Nan Fornal, Jon Albertson and Annie Card at New Book Partners, for nominating my book for this honor. I had nearly completed the first draft of the sequel to RIPPED when I got the news. The timing couldn’t have been better. Do you ever have days when you wonder why you are doing what you are doing?

Well, to have a committee of publishing professionals say my book is good, in fact among the top three of up to 100 entries–that helps carry me through some of the self-doubt that creeps in occasionally.

Maybe now my family will understand why it took me so long to finish the book, why I kept climbing the stairs to the peak of the house to lock myself in my study to rewrite again and again. Sometimes it just takes as long as it takes. I couldn’t have done it any other way. I have so much to be thankful for– my family and friends and mentors… thank you all.
-Shelly

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