My 2014 Golden Heart Story: “THE CALL”

If you read this blog, you’ll know I finished posting a 7 part series on the Golden Heart contest last Tues. Repeating  “Golden Heart” over a 100 times must have been my lucky charm. The next day I received “the call” for my Historical Romance manuscript, Much Ado About Scandal.

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Jan Hudson’s Golden Heart Necklace

I had to run an errand on announcement day and couldn’t remember which phone number I put on my entry form. I stopped by my house to check voice mail on the landline. NO MESSAGES. I checked my computer and saw 6 names listed in the Historical Romance category. I thought that was it. NO MORE NAMES. I was already late for the Austin RWA Golden Heart Announcement Breakfast, so I headed for the door. The house phone rang. THE Jodi Thomas was calling to let me know I was a finalist. I was too shaky and shocked to scream. I’m not sure what I said. Jodi repeated that I really did final. She seemed to be waiting for a more exuberant reaction. I told her I was glad she wasn’t a telemarketer. At least I made her laugh.

I called chapter mate Chris Campillo about the final and asked if she was still at the GH breakfast. She screamed and the rest of the group screamed. They waited for me to arrive and applauded when I opened the door to the private room at a local restaurant. I’m not sure what the rest of the patrons thought. They were probably glad I shut the door behind me. Lots of congratulations and hugs ensued. What a fun and supportive group!

My life has been a thousand shades of crazy since announcement day. Emails, tweets, and calls! Oh, my! Champagne, lunch, and tea celebrations with chapter mates, friends, and family, too.

Thanks for the special memories, everyone!


The Golden Heart Part 1: Judging Contests by guest blogger, Jody Wallace

The Golden Heart Part 2: Entering the Contest

The Golden Heart Part 3: T’is the Season to Sparkle and Shine

The Golden Heart Part 4: Sliding Across the Finish Line with Your Synopsis

The Golden Heart Part 5: Here Come the Judges

The Golden Heart Part 6: What Do the Judges’ Scores Look Like?

The Golden Heart Part 7: Are You Ready for the Finalists Announcement?


  1. A long time coming and richly deserved!! You are going to have so much fun at Nationals. And you better think about your outfit for the banquet, because you just might win. Your book is so much more fun than the average. Woohoo!!!

  2. Congratulations, Jillian! How very exciting!!

  3. Sue Morrow says:

    What a ride you have been on.Just the start of many more great things.Peace & Love

    • Sue, thanks for all the kind wishes and support. It’s hard for non-writers to understand writers, but you do. I couldn’t ask for a better non-writer friend.~Jillian

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