Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Third Agatha Nom!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel of 2013!!! Thanks so much to my faithful readers for making this happen.

The announcement by Malice Domestic is here.

This vindication is especially sweet because I had a very difficult time getting this book published at all. Agent after agent told me they loved the book, some even said they liked what I had done with Neanderthals better than what Jane Auel had done. BUT, each and every one said they had no idea how to sell it.

I had worked VERY hard on this book and it was breaking my heart that, maybe, it would never find a publisher. I could always self-publish, of course, but that would doom it to relative obscurity.

Then, one night I was lamenting its fate on Facebook and Jay Hartman of Untreed Reads contacted me saying he’d like to see it. They had already published a few of my short stories, so he knew my writing. I had worked my way through every possible agent, but hadn’t started on small presses yet. Untreed accepted it!

Then, the unbelievable happened. It won a nomination, my third for the Agathas. (My first was for Best Short Story and my second was Best First Novel, so three different categories.)

I’m not even sure this IS historical since it takes place before there was history. Prehistory is what it really is, but this category is just fine with me!

Again, if you’re reading this and you had a hand in this nomination, thanks from the bottom of my heart--I love you!

I love my publisher, too! Here is some of what my publisher is doing for me:

How cool is that?


  1. I'm reading it now, Kaye, and enjoying it thoroughly. See you at Malice!

  2. Thank you so much for telling me this! See you there!

  3. As a member of one of your early critique groups, I knew this book from its birth. Your perseverance has been rewarded oh so well. Congratulations a thousand fold.

    ~ Jim

  4. Yes, Jim, you helped shape this one! A thousand thanks.

  5. That's great. Congratulations and good luck.

  6. I saw this news elsewhere Kaye, probably over at Untreed Reads, and as a fellow author in Grimm Tales, also their book, I wanted to congratulate you. I will have to check this one out!