Friday, February 5, 2010
And here it is, the big news: the Whitney Award Finalists are in
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Okay, here's the story (seven hours later): The Whitney Award Finalists have been announced this morning. Check out the link.
I'm particularly excited for several of my authors who made it into the running: Stephanie Black, Gregg Luke, Betsy Brannon Green, David Farland, and Julie Wright. And I'm also thrilled to see one of the best novels of the year in the running: The Chosen One, by my dear friend Carol Lynch Williams. I wish Carol were one of the authors I work with. I read an advance copy of The Chosen One and believe it to be one of the more meaningful books of the year--about a girl growing up in a polygamist compound who gets "assigned" to be her lecherous uncle's new bride. It's a very thought-provoking and engaging story. I'm also excited to see John Brown's Servant to a Dark God as a finalist. I read an advance copy of his debut novel and really enjoyed it. I reviewed it on my blog here. And Jeanette Rallinson's on the list, too. She is a class act, for sure.
Anyway, I'd like to start an anonymous poll going of who the winner will be in each category. Please send me your votes, and we'll post them as a total on the blog.
And to all the authors on this finalist tally, congratulations and best of luck to you! I'll see you all at the Whitney's banquet.