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Alumnae, mother and daughter duo, pen award-winning novel

August 26, 2003

Two Austin Peay alumnae recently received national recognition for their collaborative efforts.

Lady in Waiting, a historical romance novel by Nicole Byrd, was chosen for the coveted Golden Quill Award by the Romance Writers of America, Desert Rose Chapter, for Best Historical of 2002.

Nicole Byrd is a pseudonym for the mother-daughter writing team of Michelle Wasden Place and Cheryl Byrd Zach, both of Franklin, Tenn. The duo was presented the award during the recent Romance Writers of America Conference in New York City.
August 26, 2003

Two Austin Peay alumnae recently received national recognition for their collaborative efforts.

“Lady in Waiting,” a historical romance novel by “Nicole Byrd,” was chosen for the coveted Golden Quill Award by the Romance Writers of America, Desert Rose Chapter, for Best Historical of 2002.

“Nicole Byrd” is a pseudonym for the mother-daughter writing team of Michelle Wasden Place and Cheryl Byrd Zach, both of Franklin, Tenn. The duo was presented the award during the recent Romance Writers of America Conference in New York City.

Place earned a bachelor's degree in English from APSU in 1995. Her mother has two APSU degreesa bachelor's degree in 1968 and a master's degree in 1976, both in English.

“Lady in Waiting,” another historical romantic suspense novel, is a sequel to the authors' first book, “Dear Imposter,” and continues the adventures of the Hill sistersPsyche and Circe.

A review of “Lady in Waiting” in “Publishers Weekly” said, “Byrd's unpretentious writing and sense of humor render this a delicious read.”

Byrd's newest book, “Widow in Scarlet,” will be in area bookstores in September, after release by the publisher, Berkley/Jove, a division of Penguin Putnam, New York City.

For more information, telephone 615-595-9639 or 615-513-9421.