I Won!!!!

I’m thrilled to share, on Friday, October 18th, Secrets of a Shy Socialite won the NJ RWA Golden Leaf Award for best in Contemporary Series!!! I’ve finaled in a lot of contests over the years, both as a writer and as a published author. But this is my very first win! And though it took a lot of driving (4+ hours round trip in Friday New Jersey traffic) it was wonderful to be able to accept the award in person. But lesson learned – next time I’ll jot down an acceptance speech, just in case.

I remember attending the NJ RWA conference last year and thinking how great it’d be to see one of my books displayed at the award ceremony. And one year later, here it is!!! (Bottom right)

Golden leaf 2013












And here’s the beautiful award!

Golden leaf award 2013












And here’s me with the other winners!













I don’t write to win awards. I write so readers can escape into, and hopefully enjoy, my stories. But winning the Golden Leaf Award was a wonderful experience. Thank you New Jersey RWA!





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  • Posted October 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on your win, Wendy! It is very well deserved. It is a great book!

  • Laney4
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    You definitely deserve it, Wendy. Way to go!!!!!

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Amy and Laney!!!!

  • Posted October 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    Well, that just shows that the judges have EXCELLENT taste! 🙂 Congratulations, Wendy!

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Regina!!!!

  • Kelly Vaughan
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    Sorry for being months behind the times! Congratulations! Secrets of a shy socialite is a fab book and I’m unsurprised you won.
    Hope this is the first of many shiny trophies. Have you got somewhere special to display it?

  • Posted December 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    Hi Kelly!

    GREAT to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words.

    I keep my Golden Leaf award right on my desk so I can look at it every time I think – I can’t do this!

    Take care and Happy Holidays!

  • Kelly Vaughan
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

    It sounds like a great motivator and remover-of-self-doubt!
    Enjoy your holidays – I hope you get some proper family time and feel refreshed and ready to go in the New Year.
    Once again, my apologies for being so late congratulating you. I will visit your site more often!

  • Posted December 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    I’m not great about posting regularly, Kelly. I will do better to give you a reason to visit more often in 2014!

  • Kelly Vaughan
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 5:17 AM | Permalink

    That sounds suspiciously like a New Year’s Resolution! I’ll hold you to it!
    See you in 2014 🙂

  • Posted December 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

    Oh the pressure!!!! What was I thinking?!?!

    And looking forward to seeing more of you in 2014!

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