I was so thrilled to be a finalist even more thrilled to win I decided to add the winner's medallion to the cover!
(Actually what I meant to say is more like "my heart is filled with humility and gratitude" but it still was a thrill.)
The Book Awards honor the best in New Mexico and Arizona books, as judged by booksellers, librarians, teachers, and marketing experts. The New Mexico Book Co-op is a collaborative partnership with over 1,400 local authors and publishers and is New Mexico and Arizona's largest non-profit featuring New Mexico and Arizona books. The mission of the Co-op is to showcase and help authors and publishers promote and sell books. Every state and region needs an organization like this!
I'm especially honored that Heads in the Clouds was chosen because its setting is very much like the place I live. I used wonderful northern Arizona locations like Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and the Prescott Rodeo. The novel's aviation community may be similar to my own, but not one of the interesting characters are based on my neighbors (well, maybe one or two).
|with Paul Rhetts New Mexico Co-op Founder|
It was exciting to be with such dedicated book people who where genuinely proud of
|Some of the winning books|