Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Unlaced and the NRCA

I’m very pleased to announce that my story Undone, in the anthology Unlaced, won the National Readers Choice Award, novella category. This was very special to me because it’s the last year that my critique partner Terri Schaefer is running the contest and she finally got to present the award to me. I’ve been a finalist 3 times before this but have never won. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride! Until now. Here’s a photo of me and my good friend Veronica Wolff. She also won! Whoohoo to us both.

The girls and I (Jaci Burton, Joey Hill, and Denise Rossetti) have another “Unlaced” anthology coming out in February. Just in time for Valentines! This one will be called Laced with Desire and my story is La Petite Mort. Fearing the results of a surgery which might prove she has cancer, Sophia lets go of her inhibitions before she loses the chance forever. Her hunky hero Ford Connelly helps her fulfill her desires. I love the story because it taps into the universal fear that we’ll be struck down by tragedy before we’ve done the things in life that we’ve always wanted to. It’s about making sure we don’t have regrets because we ignored an opportunity or were too afraid to try something. Like jumping out of plane in freefall! With a chute, of course.

Anyone out there have something they’d like to do before it’s too late? For those of you who want to leave a comment (please leave your email address so I can contact you), I’ll put you in for a drawing of an autographed copy of Unlaced. I’ll also add you to my newsletter for updates on Yours for the Night, Hers for the Evening, Laced with Desire and other releases.

Please be sure to stop by my new website

Jasmine, Jennifer and JB!


CrystalGB said...

Congratulations Jasmine on the National Readers Choice Award. Your new novella sounds good.


Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, Crystal! Oh, did you receive your book? You probably emailed me and told me, but I have the absolute worst memory!

Laney4 said...

Congrats on your award!
What would I like to get done/do?
I'm working on converting my magnetic photo albums into scrapbooks. In the process, I'm chucking tons of photos and only keeping the good ones. I have old albums to Jan/99 and then file folders to the present time. Oh well. The kids have now graduated college, so I have no more excuses!
seytype [at] hotmail [dot] com

Caroline said...

Hi Jasmine. Congrats on the National Readers Choice Awards. The one thing I've always wanted to do is fly in a WWII Spitfire aeroplane! But considering I don't actually like heights I'm not sure if it will ever happen! Take care. Caroline x (storercaroline45[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk)

Jasmine Haynes said...

Oh Laney, I can't tell you the boxes and boxes of photos I have! So I applaud you for going through yours! And thanks on my award.

LOL, Caroline, that you want to ride in the plane and you're afraid of heights. I'm not so keen on heights either, but I did jump out of a plane in a tandem skydive. I heard this person screaming, then realized it was me! But what a ride! And thank you on my award, too.

Donna Alward said...

Jasmine - congrats on the NRCA!

Undone was a great story btw. :-)

I'd just like to travel more, and see more of the world. I'm working on it. :-) I need to sell more books...

Pat Cochran said...

Congratulations to you, Jasmine,
on your NRCA win. Better late than
never! LOL! Enjoy!

As for what I would like to do, Hmm!
I've always thought about skydiving,
especially in my craziest moments!
But at my age, I don't need to come
up with a broken leg or some such!

Pat Cochran

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, Donna! I'm so glad that you liked Undone. And traveling is great! As writers, we can set a story wherever we go and call it tax deductible! So good luck on the book sales!

Thank you, Pat! The one and only time I did skydiving, it was fabulous. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. But I also won't be doing it again. My bones are much more fragile at this age!

Estella said...

Congrats on your award. At my age the only thing I want to do is read a lot more books!

Jasmine Haynes said...

LOL, Estella, reading is great! And thanks on my award.

Jane said...

Congrats on the award. I would love to travel the world.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Mary said...

Congrats on the award! That's an awesome accomplishment. Hmm, what would I like to do...well I would love to travel to Scotland and visit some of the castles there.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks, Jane and Mary. Yes, the world and Scotland! You know, I'd like to walk on the Great Wall of China.

Mari said...

I definitely want to visit Tibet before I go. However I also beleive in multiple lives so if I don't get around to it this time I believe I will get another chance:)

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

Congrats on the award!! WTG! I'm really hoping that before I get too old and stove-up (a southern saying, I think!) I get to make the trip to New Orleans! I have always dreamed of going there. Heck we don't even live that far away - only about 6-7 hours! Just gotta convince hubby to go. I'd love to do more traveling also, but NO is the main place.


Rosemary Gunn said...

Congratulations on your win!! Undone was an absolutely beautiful story and I fell completely in love with Dirk...and his naughty camera!

I recently (yesterday!) crossed off one of the items at the top of my "Things to do before I die" list...publish a book!

Maybe next will be to finally finish my degree. [shrug] Or go to China.

Alison said...

I know it's really boring compared to some, but I'd love to go to Winchester in the south of England and visit Jane Austen's grave.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Me, too, Mari! We have a long time to do everything we want to do!

New Orleans is wonderful, Martha! I've been a couple of times. You'll love it. Crossing my fingers you can convince hubby! And thank you on my award.

Thank you so much, Rosemary. I'm so glad you loved Undone. And I love your new book Open Proposal. It's wonderful! Congratulations on meeting that goal. And here's to many more books, to China, and to finishing your degree.

Alison, it is NOT boring at all. I have been to England, because all my relatives live there, but I've never gotten to Winchester.

Thank you all for stopping by the blog. I'm off to randomly select a winner of Unlaced, and will be back shortly to announce it!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Congratulations, Laney! You are my randomly selected winner of an autographed copy of Unlaced. You can email me at skully at skullybuzz dot com, otherwise I'll send you an email to get your snail mail.

Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by!

Laney4 said...

Many many thanks on choosing my name (albeit randomly)! Whee haw!!!
I've sent an email separately and can hardly wait to get my paws on this scrumptious book!
Thanks again....

Cherie J said...

Congratulations Jasmine on the National Readers Choice Award. I think your new novella sounds like a really good one.


Jasmine Haynes said...

Congratulations, Laney!

And thank you so much, Cherie. I'm afraid you're a little too late to be in the drawing, but I hope you'll stop by my blog for more chances to win.

And of course, I'll be back here next month on Sept 8th!

Michele L. said...

Hi Jasmine,

A big congrats on your Readers Choice award! WOOHOO! How exciting!

WOOHOO Laney on winning!

Sorry I missed the fun but my mom's caregiver was in jail today! We didn't find out until 9:30pm. tonight. I sat with my mom the whole day because she is elderly. Anyway, my mom's caregiver, Susan, went to pay a fine at the court house and her check bounced. They hauled her off in handcuffs and put her in jail. Susan's mom came up and paid her fine for her plus bail. She was so embarassed and humiliated! The moral of the story is don't ever a bounce a check at a court house because they will haul you off to jail! Scary!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, Michele, on the NRCA!

Oh my God, what an experience. You go down to pay off one fine and get yourself clear, and they haul you off! Poor Susan. and poor you not knowing what had happened to her. But you're right, make sure you don't bounce checks! I remember the old days where it took two days for a check to go through. Now it's almost instant! I hope your mom is fine.