Wanna know a secret? C'mere and I'll tell you. Little closer. Closer still. Whoa! Not that close unless you're buying me dinner. Geesh! There. That's better. The secret is--I really didn't plan to enter the Amazon Contest this year. It was a spur of the moment decision I acted on not thinking it would result in anything. And now, here I am. In the quarter-finals and biting my nails down to nubs in the last three days before the semi-finalists are announced. Funny how an impulse act can lead to something so nerve racking.
I could smile in a most demur fashion and say that I'm fortunate to have made it this far. That it has been a great experience, one that I am incredibly thankful for. And all that's true. But it's not the WHOLE truth. If I am being totally honest I will admit I really want to make it to the semi-finals. As each individual's opinion on literature is subjective, I'm praying the reviewer my manuscript landed with enjoys the story and "gets" my sense of humor. (Some people find me--gasp--overly sarcastic. Can you imagine? I feel bad for those people as they obviously have some sort of bug stuck up their derriere.)
Just in case the worst happens and I don't make the semi-finals I want to take this moment to thank each and every person that downloaded my excerpt and/or left a review. The support that I received bowled me over. I am exceedingly thankful for the kind words and encouragement. And for those of you that wanted to know what happens next for Celeste and her gang, I publicly declare this--I promise that one way or another THE CONDUIT in its entirety will be in print & Kindle soon!