I laughed a little uncomfortably when I wrote up the The Leopard Prince review. At the end of the story, Georgina loses all her good sense and intelligence, flies off the handle and makes some poor decisions. Much like me. (I liked the book despite that).
When I was writing last Sunday’s article about the RITA fiasco, I came to the end and felt like I was throwing myself a pity party. I claimed that I wasn’t but I was. And I have to acknowledge that I was. It was bad behavior on my part. It was a fiasco of my own making and I promise to do better blogging next time.
I have to apologize to the RWA and to the readers here for being an ass. I would love to go and delete the blog post and shuffle my sins under the carpet. Alas I don’t think that would be right. I’ll keep it up so that everyone can see what a pissant I can be. (not that some need any reminder).
While I was sucking on my big toe, I got an email from Leah Hultenschmidt from Dorchester who said that if I ever did run the contest that she would offer up a book for every finalist from Dorchester. In fact, she said she would offer 5 copies of each finalist that they have in stock so that people could read them before the contest ends. In the face of such overwhelming generosity, my toe sucking looked very juvenile indeed.
I reached out to a few more publishers. Harper Collins, Bantam and Warner offered up books as well. For all my complaints about publishers, I was overwhelmed by the giving nature of these folks. It’s not even Thanksgiving.
I swallowed my pride and emailed RWA. RWA wrote back and said that they didn’t think the contest was infringing either just not to use the statuette. We can do that. I’m having Ned draw up a statuette this weekend.
Needless to say, I apologize to RWA and to everyone else. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the RITA finalists and thank the publishers and RWA for allowing the readers to have a little fun with the RITAs. Please feel free to mock me in the comments section.
Next Tuesday, we’ll open the contest which will run until June. During the contest, we’ll give away RITA finalist books to random ballot participants. The ballot closest to being right will win a basketful of RITA winners. That would be 12 books considered to be the best of the year of 2006 in romance. You can vote with your best dress on or with your pajamas. No dress code.