I am thrilled to announce that my futuristic erotic romance Programmed To Please was recently named a 2014 HOLT Medallion merit award-winner in the Erotic/Extra Spicy category. (HOLT is an acronym for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent.)
I’m especially excited because the HOLT is chosen by readers rather than other writers or even booksellers or librarians. Judging panels are made up of avid romance fans who are looking for a good read, a book they would buy and an author they would follow. Their judging decisions reflect these inclinations. No editors, agents or writers are eligible to judge.
I'm happy, too, to see so many self-pubbed books among the winners. This year, many of the winners in the twelve categories were self-published!
Programmed To Please is the first book in my Tau Cetus Chronicles. Here’s the blurb:
Very human Tau Cetus police agent Jai Turner is sent undercover as a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to bring down notorious arms dealer Marque Callex. Reclusive Marque Callex only accepts an invitation for a free week with a sexbot because he can't risk letting a real woman into his dangerous life. But neither Jai nor Marque are what they seem, and their week together has consequences… both personal and planet-wide… that neither expect.
Next up in the series is Programmed To Protect, which features Jai’s partner Leith Wyatt who actually does fall in love with a sex robot! Both books have been getting great reviews, and I’m currently working on the third book in the series.
Thanks for letting me share my happy news! For me, the psychic income that comes from having readers love your books is just as important as the monetary rewards of sales. But here's a question: if you're an author, are awards important validation of your talent? If you're a reader, are you more inclined to read a book by a new author if it's an award-winner?
Let me know!