I did it! I finaled in the Golden Heart®. For those who don’t know, the Golden Heart is the highest award for unpublished manuscripts through the Romance Writers of America®. Hundreds of entries compete in each category and by some miracle, my MS MEANT TO BE finaled in the Contemporary Single Title category.
The whirlwind begins now and I have no idea how I’m going to handle it. The winners will be announced July 28th at the RWA National Conference in Anaheim, CA. I’ve been shaking and laughing and dancing and trying to hold off a heart attack since getting the call just after 9am. Also a miracle, I haven’t cried. Yet. This is not the day to give myself that kind of headache.
I could try to thank everyone who helped me get to this point, but I’m not sure Blogger has enough memory space for that. I MUST thank my fellow pirates – Hellie, 2nd Chance (Maureen), Sin, Hal, Marn, Donna, Leslie, and Scape (Sabrina). And to those who have been with me from day one when I thought I’d “dabble” in writing for fun. LOL! Janga, Manda, Santa, Julianne, Tiff, Maggie, Sara, Lindsey, PJ, Kim, Ely, Kris and most of all, Eloisa.
To other amazingly generous writers who have given their time to help me improve my writing: Loucinda McGary, Vicky Dreiling, Dee S. Knight and Bria Quinlan. You are shining examples of why the Romance community is the absolute best.
Just in case I don’t get to thank you all in July, know that I love you and could never have done this without you. MWAH!!!
Congratulations to all my fellow finalists and to the RITA finalists who have paved the way for all of us!

24 thoughts on “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!”

  1. Maureen says:

    And you weren’t gonna come to Anaheim… BWAH HA HA! So, when will the plane be arriving? 😉

  2. PJ says:

    It’s okay that you haven’t cried yet, Terri. I’m crying for you! lol!

    I had just resigned myself to the fact that I couldn’t go to Anaheim and then you finaled…and Nicki Salcedo finaled…and Mary Danielson…and Jennifer McQuiston. Not to mention Eloisa, Tessa, Teresa, Christina, Courtney, Kaki, Joanna and all the other wonderful friends who are RITA finalists!

    Congratulations, again! I’m so very, very happy for you!

    ~PJ (off to check airline fares…)

  3. Diana says:


    When are you coming to Anaheim? This just cements my trip there.


  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Mo – No idea! Too much to think about right now!

    PJ – You are TOO sweet. With all this excitement and reason to celebrate, you must find a way to be there. I need you to take my picture in my dress. And I promise not to wear slippers this time. LOL!

  5. TerriOsburn says:

    Di – July 24 to 29 is when I should be there. YOU MUST COME!!!

  6. SOOO PROUD OF YOU, Terri!

    Honestly, you did it all. Encouraging you was the easy part. Putting in all the hard work was ALL YOU, m’dear! Enjoy the wild & crazy ride of being a Golden Heart finalist!

    I’ll be cheering and screaming for you in Anaheim!


  7. TerriOsburn says:

    Every bit of feedback from writers like yourself taught me what I needed to get here. Can’t repay that kind of generosity.

    Thanks, lady!

  8. WAHOO! So proud of you and hope I’m there to cheer you on that night. 🙂

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    I hope you can make it, Sabrina! Thanks for the support and your faith in me. Means a lot!

  10. irisheyes says:

    OMG, TERRI!!! This is soooo awesome. I was just over at The Romance Dish reading today’s blog and scrolling down the list when I saw YOUR NAME!! Screamed Oh My God! and had the DS coming in to see what had happened! How exciting! I’m teary eyed.

    Big congrats and hugs. Enjoy this. You deserve it!

  11. Terri, congrats — I hope you’ve had a wonderful day celebrating this. Wish I could be cheering you on in Anaheim, but you can be sure I’ll be leading the East Coast contingent with whoops and hollers. 🙂

  12. TerriOsburn says:

    Thank you, Irish! You can imagine how surprised I was when I got the call. LOL!

    Thanks, Donna! I’ll take a nationwide cheering crowd. Sounds good to me. 🙂

  13. Stephanie J says:

    I’m so happy for you, Terri! I knew this day would come! I can’t wait to see you and cheer you on. Plus, you know, I get to say, “Yah I know her. We’re friends.” 🙂

  14. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Steph! Can’t wait to see you again. After missing 2011, I’m having Mary & Steph withdrawals. LOL! And I’m still floating. Making celebratory cupcakes! (And already sick from eating the batter.)

  15. Congratulations again, Terri!! What wonderful, wonderful news. Nationals wasn’t the same without you last year and – holy cow! – what a way to stage a comeback, lady. I’m so thrilled for you and your lovely green ribbon!

  16. So, so happy for you! I thought about you and Mary all day yesterday. It’s all the sweeter than you’re in this together. This is just the beginning of fabulous stuff to come! Congratulations!

  17. TerriOsburn says:

    So excited to share this with you, Mary. I realized on the way to work this morning that I’ll get to bring Maureen and you’ll get to bring Steph so we can all sit together during the awards. That’s so perfect!!!

    I haven’t even thought ahead to the ribbon. And someone said if we post on the RWA forums, there’s some banner under our pictures that says 2012 GH finalist. Haven’t tried it yet but that’s cool!

  18. TerriOsburn says:

    Thank you, Maggie. You all are way ahead of me but this feels like a big step in catching up. LOL! Okay, I’d NEVER catch up to you, but it’s a good target to set!

  19. MsHellion says:

    Reading this makes me think: Man it is hard to write a thank you note to everyone who has helped you. *LOL* You’re bound to forget someone! *LOL* Holy crap!!

    This is so awesome!

  20. TerriOsburn says:

    I know, right?! I’m sure I forgot someone. I’ve already edited this blog twice.

  21. Hvitveis says:

    Congratulations! (from a former EJBoard member and Pirate-lurker)

  22. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Hvitveis! I remember that handle. LOL! Can you believe all this started with that amazing bulletin board?

    So happy you stopped by and do come out of lurkdom more often! We need to see your flowery face more often. 🙂

  23. Elyssa Papa says:

    So awesome, Terri! Congrats again! And no thanks are needed on my end–I’m just so happy and thrilled for you . . . and to think it all started with Bon Bons. 🙂 Keeping fingers crossed for you–the excerpt sounds like the type of story I love to read.

  24. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks again, Ely. You all were there in the beginning when I kept saying, “I could never write a book.” Thank goodness you all were pushy!

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