I got an early present yesterday, from The Romance Studio. My erotic novella, Private Property, was nominated for three different CAPA awards (that’s the Cupid and Psyche Awards). The story itself is up for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance, and I’m personally nominated as Favorite Erotic Author. The third nomination is for Private Property’s cover. It’s been nominated in the Ariana Overton Award for Best Cover Art category.> Kudos to Natalie Winters, it sure is a classy cover!

I’m not sure how the nomination or voting process works, but from what I gather, the reviewers over at The Romance Studio nominated me, and they will determine the winners amongst themselves from the list of nominees.

I’ll be honest in admitting that I doubt I have a hope in heck of winning any of the categories – not up against such fantastic authors as Lauren Dane, Lorelei James, Maya Banks and Jaci Burton. But it really is a thrill just to be nominated. Yes, I know, I can see you rolling your eyes at that one, but this is the first time I’ve ever been nominated, so I’m going to savor them as the validation that I CAN write despite the number of times I mutter “this is crap” as I’m writing those first drafts.

The entire list of nominated books is here.  You may recognize quite a few of the names as authors who have been my guests over the past year. Congratulations to Inez Kelley for Jinxed, Ann Lory for her Bait and Switch, Ava Gray (who visited here as Ann Aguirre) for Skin Game, Maya Banks for her Sweet Seduction, Jaci Burton for her Unraveled, Lorelei James for — takes a deep breath — Raw, Rough and Ready, Miss Firecracker and Shoulda Been A Cowboy, fellow TRW member Morgan Ashbury’s Wanton Wager, Cat Johnson’s Unridden, Eliza Gayle’s Purgatory, Shelley Munro for her Fringe Benefits, and to Deidre Knight (and upcoming guest blogger) for her Red Kiss. Congrats also to my fellow Snippet Saturday authors – Lauren Dane, Anya Bast, Moira Rogers who I’d love to have as guests one day.

I really wanted to congratulate each Samhain author who was nominated, but frankly, there are quite a few of us and since the list is already up over on The Romance Studio, and it’s almost time for me to go pick up Curly from work as I write this, I’m wimping out and asking you to go over there and take a look for yourself.

Since it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m going to be spending today trying out some new sugarless recipes (I know, what’s the point?) I’ll leave you with a video that never fails to make me laugh out loud.

I’m not sure if it’s the lyrics themselves or if the noises they use to bleep out the swear or even that Australian accent that tickles my fancy, but it’s become a Christmas staple around the Braemel household. This is the censored version, but you know what they’re saying despite the strange noises. In fact, at times I think it’s funnier than the real words.

Hey, Santa! Thanks for the Early Prezzy!
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4 thoughts on “Hey, Santa! Thanks for the Early Prezzy!

  • December 24, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Merry Christmas and congrats on the nomination. I bey you win!

  • December 24, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Congrats Lea.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  • December 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Congrats on the nominations, Leah. Merry Christmas.

  • December 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    What a perfect Christmas present, Leah, congratulations. Loved Private Property, and it's very deserving of a win.

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