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Saturday, March 22, 2008

THANK YOU!


Wow, what an amazing night, even the chicken was good (and I don’t like chicken). It absolutely blew my mind when I actually won the Whitney Award for mystery suspense. I honestly truly did not think I would win against such amazing books—I’ve read them and they are awesome—plus my very best friend Julie Wright was one of two people in the whole world that knew who had won before tonight and she deserves a freaking Oscar for not even hinting it to me (and I did try) she’s told me she was once an actress, apparently that is absolutely true.

I was a total mess up there so be ready to see my ugly cry pictures circulating around sometime—everyone else was composed and funny, I was the ugly crier and I don’t even care—the moment was that good! I’ll blog more about it next week, after I’ve enjoyed Easter and gotten my brain put back together (it blew up, remember) But I had make sure I thanked all of you that nominated and supported me to this end, as well as the amazing Whitney committee that put so much into this. It really is . . . just incredible (yes, I’m crying again, no pictures please). There were a lot of people I wanted to hug and thank personally after the dinner but I had kids waiting and a hubby that wasn’t feeling good (after three days with the kids who can blame him?)

But before I crash, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. (there should be a whole bunch of commas in there--sorry)

It never would have happened without those of you that loved Sheep’s Clothing and took the time to vote for it. Hugs and kisses and hard boiled eggs coming at ya! It’s been an amazing weekend and I’m absolutely exhausted—I’ll blog more about it next week! But thank you thank you, you’re the best.

23 comments:

Heather B. Moore said...

Congrats Josi! Your book is really great and I was so excited for you! We read it for our bookgroup last month and one of the ladies said her teenage girl snatched it up and read it in one day--loving it!

Karlene said...

I'm so glad you won. Congratulations! And a couple of the others were tearing up a bit too, so don't worry about the crying. You deserve to cry. It was great.

Sandra said...

Congratulations to you Josi! I am so happy for you. And I just loved the book! Way to go.

Tamra Norton said...

Josi, You looked like a princess last night and are so deserving of this award! And if you were doing the ugly cry, I didn't notice back in my corner of the room, probably because I had tears in my eye too. You rock, girl! I'm so proud of you!!!! YAY JOSI!!! :)

ali said...

Congratulations Josi! You totally deserve it and while you're thinking "those books are awesome" about the other books you read, we're all thinking HER book is awesome!

Michele Holmes said...

Josi,
You were beautiful up there (had the cool hair, along with Julie, I'd wanted but couldn't take because of a migraine), and your tears made you even prettier. I'm so happy for you---so grateful for all your trailblazing in this amazing market. I'd say I loved your book, but the truth is that it terrified me and still does. So, well done, well-deserved!

Julie Wright said...

Congratulations!!! And believe you me, that was the HARDEST secret I have ever in my life kept!!!! But aren't you glad I did? Wasn't the moment of finding out better than Christmas morning? I'd have been a wretched friend to take that moment away from you.

Matthew Buckley said...

Congrats!

Marle's Mama said...

HOORAY! That's awesome, I'm so excited for you! I'm calling Nick right now.

alisha said...

Congratulations Josi! That is very exciting and you deserve it. Keep up the great work--I can't wait for the next book.

Luisa Perkins said...

HUGE congratulations! I was so excited to read the news!

Annette Lyon said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You're such a dang good author. You got me all weepy last night, and you looked gorgeous. (And I can say that the patina was definitely the way to go. :D)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Josi, you deserve this award so much. Yes, I voted for you! Having seen all the hard work you put into this manuscript, and knowing how dedicated you are to your writing, made seeing you win all the better. I tried to find you after the ceremony but you'd been swept away. Consider yourself hugged really hard!

Momo Fali said...

YAY!!!!! You rock!!! And, I TOTALLY want to see those ugly cry pictures!

Holly said...

Congratulations. Completely and utterly well-deserved!

Don said...

Congratulations, Josi. Way to go.

And thanks for all of your work on the conference. I really enjoyed it.

Jenna Consolo said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am thrilled for you!

Queenmemory said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazingly talented.

Queenmemory said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazingly talented.

Danyelle F. said...

Josi - Congrats! I was couldn't wait to get home from vacation so I could finally see who the Whitney winners were - and was totally excited to see that you won! Congrats, congrats!

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

awesome josi!!
congrats girl!! i am so stoked excited for you, i just had to tell you again. and julie is amazing that she could keep the surprise from her best friend.

so happy for you sweet josi! you rock the bowl, kathleen xo!

ps. and yes, would love to visit in person when i am in utah again soon visiting my daughter.

Carole Thayne said...

Josi, many, many congratulations. You are an incredible writer, with great ideas and dedication to make things happen. You really deserve this.

Rachelle said...

Josi! Congrats! I'm so excited for you and I nominated/voted for Sheep's Clothing too! I brought it to the conf. and had you sign it so now it must be worth like, a million dollars-right! :)
I loved your synopsis class and actually think I will be able to attempt one now! Thanks.