I checked the Amazon ABNA page when I woke up this morning. The results weren't posted yet, so I got ready for work. I had a pretty busy day planned, but I checked the website one more time before I had to leave my desk and get busy.
It was just after 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The results were posted. My heart was pounding. I wanted to make it to Round Two!
With much trepidation, I clicked on the link for "Romance". They were in alphabetical order ... by first name. I scrolled slowly until it hit the J's ... and my name was there!!!! I was so excited! I started screaming to my co-worker ... who knew I had entered and was excited for me, but nearly as excited as I was! I took a few deep breath ... more like huge sighs of relief ... and then sent a test to a few people who were as anxious to know the results as I was. I wanted to hug someone, but there was no one to hug!!
After I found that typo, I really didn't think I would make it past the first round, so I was elated to see my name on that list!
Now I wait until March 12th, when the Quarter-Finalists are revealed. I know I am incapable of being unbiased about my own work, but I really do think this novel has an exceptional beginning, which is what will propel me to the Quarter-Finals.
So once again ... I wait ... but with much more hope :)