Feb 05

Dear readers: thank you

Dear readers,

Wow, y’all. Just…wow. It’s been eight days since I got “the call” and a full week since the announcement went out, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around this.

Front Page Fatality is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

See? Wow. I can’t think of a more fitting word. Except maybe these: thank you.

Thank you. And you, and you, and all of you who loved Nichelle and thought the book worthy of this amazing honor.

I have so very much to be thankful for, and my fabulous readers—every single one of you—are high on that list before I close my eyes every night. I write and rewrite scenes, study craft, and pick other authors’ brains every day in an effort to write better books for you. I appreciate your loyalty and kind words more than you could ever know.

But this? I never would have thought it possible. You guys made it so. And I have a celebration story for you.

Last week, my family was at Disney World, which is my very favorite place on the planet. I spend months planning Disney trips, I’m always first out of bed on departure day, and I am never ready to come home. I LOVE it there.

We were celebrating birthdays: almost all of them, really. We’ve taken each of the monkeys for their third birthday, so technically, this was baby K’s third birthday trip. But we left the day after hubby’s birthday, so we celebrated with him, too. And my oldest monkey will be ten this Friday, so she got some b-day love while we were gone.

All that plus Disney was enough to equal a pretty fabulous week.

And then y’all stepped in.

Tuesday afternoon, I was just sitting down in the gorgeous dining room at Be Our Guest restaurant, inside Belle’s castle in the new Fantasyland. I’d been reading about the food for months, and the restaurant itself is top-notch Disney. The ornate, floor-to-cieling windows even give the illusion of a snowy evening in the middle of a sunny Florida day.

I excused myself from the table for a phone call, thinking I’d made a mistake on my Agatha forms, or something hadn’t gone through.

Because the sweet woman on the phone who identified herself as the chair of the Agatha committee just could NOT be calling to tell me I was a nominee. I apologized for the noise in the restaurant and told her where I was.

And then she said “I’m calling to congratulate you on your nomination for Best First Novel for Front Page Fatality.”

My jaw actually dropped. Involuntarily. I was speechless for a good thirty seconds (and if you’ve ever met me, you know that’s saying something).

“Are you SURE?” I blurted. “You’re kidding, right?”

“No, I’m not.” she said. “I have the list right here.”

I asked her if she was reading it right about a dozen more times. She laughed and said she was. Then she told me about panel assignments and opening night while I walked around the restaurant nodding and trying to hold it together.

I’m pretty sure I managed a “thank you so much, I’ll see you in May,” before I hung up.

And then, I. Lost. It.

My mother-in-law and oldest daughter jumped up and came running when I started bawling, and I’m pretty sure my whole family was afraid someone had died. It took me several tries to get the words “Front Page is up for an Agatha” out of my mouth.

And I have you to thank. If I could hand write each of you a note, I totally would. But if I do that, my new book will never get finished. So consider yourself hugged (or find me at Malice and get a real hug, plus maybe a few tears) and accept my gratitude. Y’all just blow me away.

If it’s possible that getting such news could be made better, it was made better by timing. To be in the castle themed for the princess who loves books, in my favorite place in the world, surrounded by people I love: I only have two words.

Fairy tale.

My hubby even got me the perfect memento for that: a Cinderella slipper charm for my bracelet. And I will think of y’all every time I look at it.






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  1. Linda Kanthe

    LynDee, you deserve this nomination and the award itself. Your books are well written with believable characters. Your plots are the kind I truly look for when buying a novel, with laugh out loud or sad emotions and everywhere in between. The story draws me in and I truly can not put down your books if given the chance not to. My kindle is on the counter when I cook dinner and the second thing in the morning until I finish a story. (first thing in the am is to brew coffee and start sipping)
    And one other thing I want to mention is that I have never contacted an author before you. You are assessable and down to earth. Thanks for that.
    My one and only complaint, alas there are always complaints, is that your books aren’t 600 or more pages and I go through them too fast. Ok, that was not really a complaint. My thing is that if the novel is well written and an easy read I can zip through in no time and want to know what is going on with the characters now. Patience is not a virtue I possess.
    Thank you.
    Linda Kanthe

    1. LynDee

      Aw, Linda, thank you so much! I’m going to tear up again reading your sweet words.

      I promise, the folks at the publishing house and I work as fast as we can to get y’all books quickly and still have them be as good as they possibly can. I think the greatest compliments an author can get are all in your comment: I couldn’t put it down, it made me laugh out loud, I wish it were longer. Thank you for making my day brighter with that! 🙂

      And I’m so flattered to be the first author you’ve contacted! I LOVE hearing from readers—y’all are the reason I strive to be a better writer, and coming up with new stories for you brings me such joy.

      You guys rock.

  2. Julie Gallo

    I am SO happy and excited for you, LynDee! You deserve all of the success coming your way! Congratulations!!



    1. LynDee

      Thank you so much, Julie! The fact that you’ve hung in there with Nichelle and me from the beginning means the world to me. <3

  3. Debbie Krenzer

    Congratulations!! So happy for you!!

    1. LynDee

      Thank you, Debbie! I think I’m still in a teensy bit of shock. 🙂

  4. Kourtney

    Congrats Lyndee! I just finished your first book last night and it’s clear why you are a nominee–fantastic read. And now I can say, I knew you back at Killer Nashville and I’ve got the picture at Ryman to prove it! 🙂

    1. LynDee

      Kourtney, THANK YOU! I have such respect for your talent and intellect, and am so glad Ris talked me into going to Killer Nashville. I love that you enjoyed hanging out with Nichelle! Hope to see you again soon. Hugs.

  5. Cecelia Kelsey

    I just finished your second book and loved it! Congratulations!

    1. LynDee

      Thank you, Cecelia! I’m so glad you had fun tracking down political corruption with Nichelle. I have advance copies of #3 on my dining room table right now—I can’t wait for y’all to read this book. Two more months!

  6. Barbara Tobey

    Never would have guessed that was your first novel. First of that series, maybe. Congratulations, you deserve to win, even though it is nice just to be nominated.

    1. LynDee

      Thank you so much, Barbara! It was actually the first one I ever finished, though it did go through many drafts between first and what y’all have. Too many to count. I just couldn’t give up on it. And now I’m really glad I didn’t. 🙂

  7. Marsha Bachmeier

    YAY! Well deserved! Good luck in May! 🙂 Oh, and keep them books comin’! =)

    1. LynDee

      Thank you so much! The next one is in the final stages and launching in just a few weeks (YAY!) and I’m working away on #4! 🙂

  8. Pamela Walker

    LynDee: This post shows exactly by u are now an official Agatha Christie nominee. What a beautiful, heartfelt letter to everyone who appreciates, loves, and supports ALL u do! And both Avery and I genuinely bought someone had died because u were on the phone, white as a sheet and physically trembling all over. We were so thrilled to be with u when u received the news! We are just so very proud of you! You reached for the brass ring, which was just to write a book people would enjoy and look where you are now. Again, we love kid so much. We are so proud of everything you have accomplished. Don’t ever forget that. With great love &nd pride, Pam and Dad

    1. LynDee

      Aw, thank you! I love y’all, too. 🙂

  9. Pat Jones

    Way to go Lyndee, you are special granddaughter. What a way to find out about the nomination at Disney World, it is a fairy tale. Love, Grammy

    1. LynDee

      It really was! And thank you. Y’all’s support means a lot to me. 🙂

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