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No longer a finalist

You might have seen a flurry of excited posts from Australian authors whose books have been nominated for the annual ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Awards. 

My book, THE LAIRD’S BRIDE was also nominated, and I was also thrilled, but I didn’t post anywhere about it. Read on to see why.

As well as being thrilled to be a finalist, I was also a little worried, as I wasn’t sure it was eligible. You see that story started life as a 12,000 word short story in the Mammoth Book of Scottish romance. But it was really too short, and a lot of readers said so.

Then last year I expanded it to 40,000 words and self published it. The first third is pretty much unchanged, and the rest is new. Because it was so much longer, I registered a new copyright date — June 2023.

Because of that, I wasn’t sure it could be claimed as a new book.

So I wrote to the ARRA committee, explaining the situation, and they discussed it and have decided to withdraw the book. Which is what I expected.
So I’m still pleased at having been nominated, but also relieved as I would hate to be accused of cheating.

So thank you to the ARRA members who nominated my book — and the very best of good luck to all the other finalists. You can see the list here.

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Constance
Constance
1 month ago

The Laird’s Bride is a winner whether it receives established awards or not! And its highly professional author is, too! As they say where I grew up, Anne, you done good!

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Constance

Thanks, Constance. Yes, I wouldn’t have felt right about it otherwise.

Margot
Margot
1 month ago

I enjoyed the story and I guess like many, never read the novella, so for us it was new. But you were right to let them know and let them make the decision. Always nice to see books and authors that I have enjoyed being nominated and being recognized.

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Margot

Thanks, Margot, and yes, it’s lovely to see so many people being nominated. And the nominations come from readers, which makes them even more special.

Patricia
Patricia
1 month ago

In addition to being an amazing (and my favorite author) you re an admirable author and person. I have it paid for as soon as it comes out. God bless YOU – pat