Monday, July 18, 2011

STILL MISSING wins the 2011 Thriller of the Year Award for Best First Novel

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During a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 9 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2011 Thriller Awards.

They are:

Best Hard Cover Novel:BAD BLOOD, John Sandford

Best Paperback Original Novel:THE COLD ROOM, J.T. Ellison

Best First Novel:STILL MISSING, Chevy Stevens

Best Short Story:THE GODS FOR VENGEANCE CRY, Richard Helms

Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest VI Awards Banquet:
R.L. Stine, ThrillerMasterin recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Joe McGinniss, True Thriller Award

Karin Slaughter, Silver Bullet Award

The board of directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2011 Thriller Awards.

The 2012 Thriller awards are now open for submissions!
Click here for details.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sweet Annie

Dear friends--

I’m very sorry to share that on Tuesday night we had to let our beloved Annie go. She'd been bleeding internally for a while, from an unknown source, and her blood count had dropped. She was very pale and tired. We tried to give her a transfusion, but by the end of the day her blood count had dropped even lower, and it was time.

We had spent the whole day together in the exam room, cuddling on a blanket, her favorite stuffed monkey by her side, while she dozed or gazed out the window, just being with each other. My husband was also able to be with her in her final moments. I gave her a hug, she let out a little sigh, and the last thing she heard me say as she died in my arms was, “Do you want to go for a walk?” And then she was gone.

I cancelled my trip to NYC and we've been taking each day and moment as they come. But we are heartbroken. Thanks for all your lovely thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in our lives. We have been touched by all the letters and messages. She was loved by so many.