"Is this Kim, Kim Turner?"
"Well, I am calling from RWA....
I can't even remember what I said from there. All I had to hear was RWA...I knew they rest of the story. They don't call you if you don't final. My knees went weak, my hand to my mouth and the tears began and I was visibly shaking as we hung up. I sat the phone down afterwards and continued my little cry of happiness wiping tears that would not stop. I was sorry I was in my office alone. I needed to scream and tell someone! So after the tears I did that and then called my husband and lost myself to tears again. Then I got myself together and called my Critique Partner, Maggie. I really do not even remember what I said. I had teased Maggie before that I wasn't planning on New York Nationals with RWA but should Sawyer's Rose final and win, that she would have to do my acceptance speech. Honestly, I never thought this would happen. So...I figure it this way. When Sawyer's Rose was entered into the Golden Heart it was an unpublished work and the contract didn't come until later and so due to this, I can no longer be a Golden Heart Finalist after this event. I GOTTA GO TO NEW YORK!!! I booked my conference ticket on my lunch break and my hotel later that night. Airfare will come after we get our family plans in order for this summer.
SAWYER'S ROSE: Maggie Finalist, Golden Heart Finalist, and this story will be published soon by THE WILD ROSE PRESS. Somehow I am living the fact that dreams do indeed come true.