“OH, WHAT A NIGHT!”

Midnight in Malamulele won 2nd place in the Fiction/Mystery/Detective category in last night’s 21st Annual Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2015 EVVY Book awards.

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It may have felt better to win 1st. You’d have to ask my friend, Susan Paturzo, who writes as Merit Clark. After our announcements, we both stood up front hugging and laughing and having pictures taken. It was a moment to remember. We may have been a spectacle, but the audience didn’t seem to mind.

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If it weren’t for the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers groups, it would have been impossible to have written this book.  FYI, that’s where Susan and I became acquainted and chatted frequently about Killing Streak, her book, and of course Midnight in Malamulele.

Both of us are working like crazy on our second books. We have lofty goals and the wonderful thing that I loved about it was that before that final night, we both said as long as one of us gets a win, it was like both of us winning. Who knew we would both win. What fun!

My Denver family came and were so supportive!

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Left to right: Two daughters, Stacy Baugh and Anne-Marie Braga. Me. Ariana Trujillo, my niece, and her mom Benjie Blase, my dear sweet sister!

(When I saw this picture, I wondered when did I get so short! But honestly, they all had heels on!)

Oh, what a night!

3 thoughts on ““OH, WHAT A NIGHT!”

  1. Merit Clark August 24, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Darla, I have no idea what we were doing up there but it was such an exciting night! Thank you so much for your support and friendship. And what a beautiful picture of you and your family, you are all gorgeous. Here’s to books number two being even better!

  2. Benjie Blase August 25, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Congratulations sis!! It was a great evening but even better when you took the stage!! I am so proud of you! I am waiting for the second book!

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