Congratulations Peggy Urry!
You won our *special* half-way gift card and swag! I will contact you via email and get those items to you asap.
In the mean time, here's a message from Rebecca Lamoreaux, our Conference Co-Chair, to keep the rest of us going:
My admiration goes out to all of you today. To each and every one of you who have pushed through thick and thin to reach your goals.
The reason I am saluting you today is because of the inspiration you are to the rest of us, who have for years gone through the things that you have already done. Your books, and your joy at having your books, gives hope to the rest of us that one day our books will join yours on the bookshelves in stores and in the world of Kindle and Nook.
So here's to you and your books - to the endless time and effort of editing, critiquing, rewriting, and sometimes killing off your babies. Here's to knowing when you have to cut out your favorite scene, and knowing how your characters will react in any situation. Here's to the many queries and the frustration of rejections, to slogging through writing a synopsis, and to the joy of seeing your book in print.
Thank you for showing us that our dreams can become realities, and for writing books that entertain us to no end!
And here's to many, many others in our critique groups, Facebook groups, and blogging groups who have helped us out, inspired us, and cheered us on. Thanks for showing us it can be done!