Saturday, June 26, 2010

"This Time" got a book award

Here's a photo of me when I received the award--I'm the one on the left with the goofy smile. Nearly a year ago, I submitted my novel to the Indie Book Awards for General Fiction/Novel category and although the submission was always in the back of my mind, I sort of forgot about it. It turned into a wonderful surprise to receive an email from the Indie Book Awards that This Time was one of the finalists. The Indie Book Awards included an invitation to an awards cocktail reception at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. I almost didn't go, but thankfully, I decided to attend and had the most exhilarating time, meeting other awarded authors and reviewers. I even got to speak to a reviewer who remembered my book and told me how much she enjoyed reading it. I'm still grinning. :)

Well, back to reality--must finish editing the sequel.


  1. Dear Joan

    I'm 22 year old art student from Finland and my name is Riikka. I read your book and I send you an email. Have you got it?

    I'm a huge Richard fan and I would like to write to you and speak about your novel.

    Please contact me.

  2. Dear Riikka,

    Yes, I did get your email and so sorry for not getting right back to you. I've been editing the second book to get it ready for publication and wanted to think about your email before replying. I promise, you will be hearing from me soon.


  3. Hi, I'm Devaki, writing from India. I read and enjoyed your book, This Time. Congratulations on winning this award--your book was truly fascinating. I look forward to the sequels.

    Like you, I started off believing the Tudor myths about Richard III, but, after observing the manner in which modern-day regimes twist the truth to suit their political ends, I've come to believe that ancient and medieval regimes must have also acted similarly. Think of Octavian's treatment of Antony and Cleopatra. And then, of course, I read Daughter of Time and the Sunne in Spleandour, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Of course, what moves me is the concept of denial of justice--after all, we have recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, so it is well past time that the supposed remains of the princes in the tower, which are kept in Westminster Abbey, should be tested for authenticity. After all, they did not hesitate to use DNA tests on the remains of the woman who claimed to be Anastasia.