I'm tickled pick--or make that silver--to announce that The Traitor's Wife won the silver award in the historical fiction category in ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Book of the Year Awards.
My family was kind enough to drive me to Washington, D.C., this weekend to BookExpo America, where the results were announced this Friday. They were also kind enough not to laugh too hard the following evening when I enlivened the baseball game we were attending by spilling two buckets of french fries on my lap and on the floor, then two bottles of water. (One french fry landed neatly inside one bottle of water, which I thought was quite impressive.) All of that without having had a single sip from the cute little plastic bottles of beer that were being hawked around us.
Since we're riding the self-promotion train for the moment (it won't be too much longer, I promise), I should mention again that if you live in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area or just happen to be passing through, I'll be signing copies of The Traitor's Wife at Brightleaf Books in Smithfield, NC, on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. As I'll be in medieval costume, with a dress dragging the floor, and have a proven record of clumsiness, there's an excellent chance I'll trip on something at some point, rather like Chevy Chase in those old "Saturday Night Live" skits. So please come.
After all, how often do you get to see a woman in fourteenth-century dress falling flat on her face?