photo-24<——— This pretty much sums up the gargantuan dish…SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA is winner of the prestigious RWA 2013 Golden Heart® Award!!!!! I seem to be stuck in a permanent state of disbelief, but the writing’s literally on the screen here. Words really feel inept when I try to convey my gratitude. In fact, I think the first phrase to tumble from my potty mouth during my acceptance speech was, “Oh, shit.” Yeah, I know. Profane poetry. But in that moment, I was so overcome with the magnitude of it all, coherency/social grace was not at the forefront of my mind. You got ME. Unfiltered.

Infinite thanks to my CP’s, the RWA and all its judges, MMRWA, YARWA, the Lucky 13s, Savvy Sevens, Starcatchers, & last but NOT least, my friends & family, for all the ways–directly and indirectly–they’ve helped me on this arduous path. For some it takes a village. For me? A metropolis :)

Happy reading. Happy writing. Happy dreaming…and then dream bigger. Because there’s nothing that can compare to waking up and realizing you are living your SUPERSIZED dream!

And here is my enormous Jumbo Tron head thanking you again.

And here is my enormous Jumbo Tron head thanking you again.

x Darcy

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Here’s my latest interview on a fantastic (and free!) site for writers called Query Tracker. If you’re unfamiliar with QT then it’s quite possible you have been living under a rock, in which case, WELCOME TO CIVILIZATION!!! Now go check it out 😉

http://www.querytracker.net/success/darcy_woods.php

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Hello all! I have a series of Guest Blogs lined up that has me all sorts of fired up!!! So, if you’re in the virtual neighborhood, (or just looking for the perfect excuse to procrastinate) I’d LOVE to have you join me. Have I mentioned I make killer guacamole? :) *passes bowl* I am not above bribing you. guacamole

May 28th: Honestly YA     

When Imaginary Friends Become Real

http://www.honestlyya.com/2013/05/when-imaginary-friends-become-real.html

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June 3rd: The Firebirds (2012 GH Finalists)

Interviewed by Award-Winning Author Tracy Brogan… Things get silly. Fast.

http://www.ghfirebirds.com/golden-heart-nominee-darcy-woods/

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July 8th: The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood 

My Sweet Zodiac

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/meet-lucky-13-golden-heart-finalist-darcy-woods/

 

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You know that day you think is never gonna come? Well, it did. I HAVE AN AGENT! I’m outta-this-stratosphere excited to announce that the uber fabulous Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management is now my agent!!!

SigningMe looking all official & eyeing the agency agreement like a donut :)

THE WHIRLWIND BEGAN…the very first week of May when I started to query my latest YA Contemporary Romance, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA. I was optimistic I had a decent shot at some initial requests judging by how well SOS had been doing in the handful of contests I’d entered it in. But I did NOT expect what happened next.

THE PERFECT STORM…By the end of week one, I had received my first offer of representation. *cue bulging eyes* *hyperventilation* In fact, I was so leveled that I forgot to ask any of my carefully thought out questions. Several days later, I got a second,  then, *gulp* a third offer! The entire week was a siege of phone calls, follow-up calls, emails, pow wows with writer friends…you get the idea. Pandemonium. Just imagine me with some sort of technological device glued to my head or fingers for a solid week.

ZOMBIEHOOD…I stopped eating. Okay, I ate LESS THAN USUAL, which is seriously abnormal for me. And I barely slept because now I had to make a monumental decision. The three offers I received, yeah, they just happened to be from my top five dream agent list. AAAHHHHHH!!!!! It was like the ultimate organ grudge match between my head, heart, and gut. But in the end I have ZERO doubts about my decision. :) Because I’m utterly thrilled to be working alongside Catherine! It really is a dream come true.

THE CELEBRATION…I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to my dear husband, who has cheered, passed tissues, picked up the culinary slack, and been tireless in his belief that one day, ONE day…I would make it. And another mountain of thanks to all my friends and family who’ve stuck by me through thick and thin, offering advice, hugs, laughs, and the occasional ear-piercing squeal. 😉

So, I decided to treat myself because A: It was almost my birthday–divine timing! And B: It is not everyday you get an agent.handbag

Here is my amazing new handbag (large enough to hold life & laptop) to commemorate my amazing new agent, and turning another year young.

x Darcy

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It’s official! SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA has won the 2013 Winter Rose Unpublished Division for YA!

I am pretty much beside myself.

Thunderous applause of thanks to the Yellow Rose RWA, and all the judges and coordinators for making this exciting contest possible!

x Darcy

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