The first round of Quill Award nominees has been released and, for my money, I think that audio books category is gonna be the one to watch. Let's see...Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark unabridged recording of The Christmas Thief looks like an early favorite...until you consider that both the abridged AND unabridged versions of Patricia Cornwell's 87th novel Trace are nominated as well...oh, but, wait...the audio version of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is in direct competition with the abridged AND unabridged version of its sequel The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.
What I'm really looking forward to, other than figuring out what to wear on the red carpet, naturally, is what the conversation will be like between nominees in the Romance category when they meet some of the Religion & Spirituality contestants in the green room, or elevator, or at the after party at Hef's place. Like when romance author Emma Holly, who, I understand, frequently has poly-amorous love stories (which, if I understand correctly, means: hot guy on guy and hot girl on girl action all in one book! And sometimes in the same scene!) encounters Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, they of the books featuring the ultimate evil, genetically engineered from the DNA of two homosexual men. I think it might sound like this:
Holly: So what do you chaps write about?
LaHaye: Oh, you know, the end of the world, brought on by Satanic homos.
Holly: Fantastic! I have a great ass-fucking scene in my most recent novel. You'd love it!
LaHaye: Does the world end afterwords?
Holly: Well, there is a certain denouement...
There are two more rounds of category nominees still to come and I, for one, simply cannot wait!