Doll God is a Finalist!

Yesterday I opened an email listing the Finalists for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and dismally scrolled through it, sure that Doll God was overlooked.

But it WASN’T! It’s a Finalist! That was really wonderful news to get at the end of the week. Buy it here haha:


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A week that has been a little rough. Remember my dear Nakana I brought home from the shelter two months ago? Suddenly her liver values have jumped dramatically. That apparently is BAD in cats. More tests on Monday . . . .  Please send prayers or good vibes for her, if you are willing.

My sweet cat


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39 responses to “Doll God is a Finalist!

  1. Luanne, this is GREAT news about Doll God – I am thrilled for you! I know exactly what that means to have your work validated by your peers. I am not surprised – it is worthy! I wish you continued success with the book and the many more to follow.
    On a sadder note, I am so sorry about your rescued cat. I will be sending good vibes to you from South Carolina and hope that she will get better. She is adorable.
    Sometimes life is up and sometimes down – bittersweet when those times converge.

  2. So excited to hear about Doll God! Well done.

    And I hope all goes well with the kitty on Monday. No binge drinking over the weekend for cats!

  3. You deserve it! That’s wonderful news. And hoping Miss N returns to normal soon.,

  4. Luanne–so sorry to hear about Nakana. I hope it’s just some sort of fluke. She is such a cutie–love her little bunny toy. 🙂

    But congratulations on Doll God! What great news. Woo hoo!

  5. Wonderful news about Doll God!
    Hope this test is just help for Nakana to get whatever care she needs. Thank goodness she has you!

    • Michelle, she’s going to have an abdominal ultrasound. I so hope this is all some stupid mistake. I’m glad she has me, too, honestly.
      Thanks so much!!!

  6. My congratulations to you and prayers for Nakana. -C.D.

  7. Whooo hooo—I own a copy of a finalist book!!!! You’ll have to let us know if you ever do a book signing in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-NY area, Luanne!

    Your beautiful kitty—hope things are better than anticipated.


  8. So sorry to hear about your cat, but big congrats on the finalist award. That’s wonderful!


    Dear Luanne, MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS FOR DOLL GOD. Terrific that you’re a finalist in the NM-Ariz. book award sector! Of course I’ll pray for your Nakana. My kitty Mr. Chapman (adopted from Felines and Friends three months ago) joins me in sending get-well wishes. Elaine

    Elaine Pinkerton Coleman


  10. Congratulations on being a finalist! I’ve entered my book in a couple of competitions, but never got to the finalist stage, so I can only imagine how psyched you’re feeling right now 🙂 Also, sending good vibes your cat’s way!

  11. Congrats on the book, and I wish Nakana well

  12. I’m thrilled re: “Doll God”!! So deserved for “Doll God” to be a finalist —> and WINNER!! It is a winner to me already.

    I’m sorry re: Nakana’s liver issues. Poor baby! I hope she feels better soon.

  13. Wonderful news on the book – congratulations! And prayers for you and Nakana – she’s a beauty!

  14. Great news about the book. Sending hugs for the cat. Let’s hope it’s something easily remedied!

  15. Congratulations, Luanne! I’m so happy for you. You’ve worked so hard. This is well deserved.
    Sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope she’s feeling better soon.

  16. Yay!! Congrats, Luanne!

  17. Hurray! Great news about the book!

    I’ll pray for your kitty.


  18. Congratulations Luanne!! And sorry that your good news is marred by the worrying situation with your sweet kitty.

  19. Luanne, so sorry for your Nakana having high liver values. She is a sweet, calm and lovable cat who looks regal in her photograph. Of course, I will be happy to keep you, hubby (I still worry about his good challenges) and Nakana. ♡
    Congratulations on your much deserved Finalist award!! You have my belief in your making it to the top, Luanne. I made a decoration on the next post, sending you diamonds and roses, if possible. xo

    • When I reread this above comment, please let your husband know when I said I would keep him and Kana- – I meant in my prayers. He for his food challenges ( not “good” challenges as written in this comment.) She fir hee health.
      Hoping to hear you are the #1 finalist, Luanne. Hugs, Robin

  20. qilanjui

    Luanneskihead –  A million congrats on having Doll God on the Finalist list!  Just terrific!!   Am sending loving prayers and thoughts and vibes for Nakana’s health…may she not suffer… Warm hugs and much love, Jody (Jamming on Dry Water, Blue Clouds; trying to figure out ‘narrative voice,’ just began my one-on-one mentorship with Otis)  xx

  21. Congratulations on Doll God becoming a finalist. I hope your cat feels better soon.

  22. Congratulations on “Doll God”! That’s great news. 🙂

    Two of my cats had fatty liver disease. One, we did not catch early enough, and she passed away. The other, we recognized the symptoms and, with a lot of perseverance and a great vet, she pulled through. She lived to be about 17, and died of natural causes/old age one evening. I’m sure your beautiful Nakana can pull through too.

  23. Well done, Luanne. And I hope Nakana picks up soon. xxx

  24. Congrats, Luanne! Well-deserved. xo

  25. Congratulations … again!! Such great news and such sad news. I am hoping and praying and keeping my fingers crossed that whatever Nakana has is easily treatable.

  26. One word Luanne Yay!

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