You should have heard the applause when Michele Paige Holmes was proclaimed the winner of the first award, Best Romance and Women's Fiction. She is visibly touched - what a way to kick off the evening.
She is thanking her critique group, comprised of Annette Lyon, Jeff Savage, Heather Moore and LuAnn Staehli.
This is a historic moment. The first acceptance speech for the first Whitney -- and it was so well deserved.
Welcome to the Live Blogging of the 2007 Whitney Awards!
Welcome to the Whitney Awards! If you are not familiar with how blogs work, the 'beginning' is at the bottom of the screen. So, scroll down to the bottom, start reading, and enjoy!