The Beggar’s Opera has been shortlisted for a CBC Bookie Award for Best Mystery/ Thriller! This is a Reader’s Choice Award, and readers will decide the outcome. All week, I was neck-and-neck with Ian Hamilton’s The Water Rat of Wanchai. And I do mean neck-and-neck — we were even tied at one point today. But Ian is pulling ahead in what he has described on Twitter as “fierce voting.” And now Louise Penny has called on her fans to vote for her book, so it’s looking like a horse race!
As you know, I’m a a debut author and I’m up against pretty stiff competition. Louise Penny, Alan Bradley and Andrew Pyper (the other nominees in this category) are all big bestsellers with huge fan bases. Mine is much smaller, but as you know from previous blogs, the community that’s developed around The Beggar’s Opera is awesome! Imagine the impact if the first book in the Inspector Ramirez series won!
Here’s the link to the CBC website. The rules are that you can vote once per day in each category, so it’s a bit like American Idol but more intense. If every single person who visited this blog each day took a few seconds each day to vote, I’d win hands down! :-)!
(Although I see that some of you are visiting because Louise has asked you to find the site by Googling, and I’ve been on and on so much about the contest that Google points right here! If so, stay a while — maybe you’ll want to check out The Beggar’s Opera, too? The nice thing about all of this is that Louise Penny, Alan Bradley and I were all shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Awards –although at various times– so it almost feels like family!)
So please take a moment from your busy day to vote: Inspector Ramirez needs you!
I’m going to leave this post up until March 31 which is when the voting ends at midnight, so you can find the link whenever you need it. And thanks very much for your support!