I'm so excited. Today is the big day! After the long wait, books are finally available for purchase! This is so thrilling and scary for me all that the same time. Allowing the world to read and critique your work takes courage. I didn't understand until now.
I don't think you'll be disappointed. Quite a few people have read the earlier manuscripts. I've received mostly positive feedback and made revisions for areas that they suggested needed bolstering or clarity. To be honest, I think I've reread and edited over 80 times, but I'm sure there's a few hiding typos and punctuation errors. I invite you to please (privately) let me know so I can fix them pronto!
I want to thank everyone who's helped me on my journey in birthing this book:
(from the acknowledgment section of the book)
First and foremost, I give thanks to God for giving me the talent to express my imagination on paper and people like you to share it with. Secondly, I want to thank my husband, Mike, for his love and patience. You always encourage me to dream big dreams and have given me the priceless gift of time to create, design and imagine. I owe you everything. Thirdly, to my mom and dad, Jana, Nate and my mother-in-law, for your encouragement to keep going and being kind to my ego after reading bad manuscripts.
Pookie, I <3 hot vampires too. Pam, if it weren’t for your kindness after reading the first horrific chapter and seeing potential, I’m not sure if I would have continued on. To S.M., for your inspiration. To the girls at PSP-Paradise, specifically Tracy, Mingo, Adry, Kelly and Nancy who have stuck with me through thick and thin, you all rock! To my first readers, Grandma Helen, Savannah, Robin, Katie, Dee Dee, Marla, Joanne, Renata and others who read early manuscripts; your enthusiasm kept me going. Dori, I will forever be in your debt. Thank you for plucking me out of the sea of Authonomy and giving me endless encouragement and wonderful feedback – your edits made my story so much better. I can’t wait for the world to read your legal thriller. Lori, for painstakingly proofreading my final copy, offering valuable feedback and lending moral support in MOPS. I thank you. And to all my other friends at MOPS, your support has been priceless! Abra, thank you for becoming my friend, mentoring me and being a fabulous encourager in the fantasy YA genre. May we continue to enrich the world with wonderful stories and empower new authors to reach for the stars. To everyone else, who’s given me words of praise along the way, became a Facebook fan and maybe even purchased a book; without you all, I’d not be here today! I wrote this book for you.
To my special supporters: My mom, Renee Henry; Mom #2, Patty Radford; Brittany McCarthy; Ann Carrillo; Karylle Allick; Eric Linden; Pamela King; Mike Leibovich; Marilyn Airozo; Sarah Ramsden; Joanne Gray; Willy Kesseler; Abra Ebner; Adriana Angilella; Cindy Anderson; Helen Godsall; Colleen Lawson; Holly Pendleton. Thank you for believing enough in me to invest in my book. I hope I make you proud!
AND... my first interview will be happening on booksliketwilight.com soon! I'll announce when it'll be posted so you can go visit the site!
Thank you for being my muse! I write for YOU.