Portales author wins award

Freedom New Mexico

Darynda Jones of Portales has received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript for her story “First Grave on the Right.”

Jones received the award last Saturday in Washington, D.C.

“It’s very surreal,” she said. “I never thought it would final in the first place.”

Jones and seven other finalists competed for the honor after being selected from the original pool of entrants. She said the award brought a lot of attention to the book, including offers from agents.

“First Grave on the Right” is about a female private investigator who was born a grim reaper.