On the Gut Check Podcast, we sometimes coin phrases. That's a thing we do. And one of them is, “Not to blow my own shofar, but . . . ” We do this (coining the phrases) because it is objectively funny. Also, feel free to use the phrases. You’re welcome.
Inspy Awards. I’d be lying if I said it didn't feel pretty darn good having my book up there with Ted Dekker and Steven James. I was tickled when I learned it had been nominated, and ecstatic to learn that it was on the shortlist. Not expecting any more pleasant surprises, but who knows?
I was also happy to learn last week that some of my author friends have been nominated for Christy Awards, which is a huge deal. Tracy Groot's civil war novel The Sentinels of Andersonville is up for the historical fiction award and Carrie Stuart Parks’s A Cry From the Dust and Creston Mapes’s Sky Zone are in the running for suspense.
Oh, and Playing Saint has been nominated for a Carol Award too, but that is nothing to brag about since Carol Award submissions must be done by the author. Still, though, I was touched by my willingness to box up those books and ship them off to Colorado. :)