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Some exciting news...

First of all, I've been terribly negligent in updating my blog. How these other people do it - take care of families, work jobs, write books and find the time for a blog, well, I need to have a sit down with them. But I do have some exciting news I want to share. First a little backstory:

Seven years ago I was at the summer conference for Georgia Optometrists at Kiawah Island. Every year they have a fancy banquet and awards ceremony but that year I opted to skip out on the shindig so I could hang out on the beach with my good friend. I hadn't seen her in a couple of years and was much more interested in catching up with her than sitting through a stuffy banquet. A few hours rolled by and my friend and I strolled into the hotel with sand on our feet and Pina Colada foam clinging to our lips when I quite literally bumped into the President of the Georgia Optometric Association. "Oh," he said, looking at my hot pink bikini with suspicion. "So you are here." He then proceeded to tell me that I had won an award - Young Optometrist of the Year for the state of Georgia - but obviously, had not been there to receive it.  WHOOPSY.  What does this say about me?  That for a reasonably intelligent person, sometimes I can act in a ditzy manner that earns me those jokes about my hair color. 

So flash forward to 2010.  A few weeks ago I received an email that let me know I had been nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in the Young Adult category for my book, Lipstick Apology.  Now I read that there were over 100 nominations for about eight awards, so I knew that the chances of actually winning was slim...but after my experience seven years ago, by God, at least I would be present.  So I bought a dress.  I hired a babysitter.  And Saturday night, Chris and I drove an hour down to the ceremony.  And what do you know?  I won.  :)




I found out that one of my all time favorite authors, Emily Giffin, won this award (in the adult fiction category) for her first book, Something Borrowed, and that made the honor even more special to me.




Look at that trophy? Isn't it beautiful? Chris and I decided that when my next book comes out in a year, we're going to fill that trophy up with champagne and drink from it. Because we're classy like that :)

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( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
megancrewe
Jun. 21st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Congrats, Jennifer! *confetti*
jenniferjabaley
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
thank you!!!
leighbrescia
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
You are so awesome!! Congrats!!!!
jenniferjabaley
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
authorwithin
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
YAY! Congratulations!!! Good thing you showed up. LOL =D
jenniferjabaley
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, good I showed :)
gigglievs
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
OMG
FREAKING HUGE congrats! I feel so proud now! :D

btw you look SO cute!
jenniferjabaley
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG
Thank you!!! Hope all is well with you :)
gigglievs
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG
It is! I miss you! hope you're doing well! Hope to see you sometime soon before the year's over.. lol
shellijohannes
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
you deserved to win :)

gave you an award today on my blog :)
jenniferjabaley
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
You are the sweetest! thank you :)
enchanted123
Sep. 10th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
That is so cool!

Btw, me and my friend LOVED your book!
jenniferjabaley
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! And I'm so glad you enjoyed my book!! :)
enchanted123
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Do you plan on releasing any other books soon?
jenniferjabaley
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Yes! My next book, CRUSH CONTROL, is tentatively scheduled to release June 2011!

It's the story of Willow, the daughter of a famous Las Vegas hypnotist, who learns the consequences of using hypnosis to make boys fall in love with her :)
enchanted123
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Ooh! I can't wait!!
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jenniferjabaley
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Good to know it's not just me!! :)
Denver Clark
Dec. 16th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Yay!
What a terrific story Jennifer. Congratulations! From the bit I have read of this blog, you definitely deserve it. PS. I'm getting a copy of that book for Christmas _ Denver_
jenniferjabaley
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Thanks Denver!!
And I really hope you enjoy the book!
nicolasmul
Feb. 17th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC)
what are you doing? Let’s chat Go Here welcomemyhomecat.blogspot.com
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Hi, I'm Jennifer Jabaley, author of LIPSTICK APOLOGY, to be released on August 6, 2009 by Razorbill. You can find out more on my website www.jenniferjabaley.com.

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