Thanks to everyone for commenting! Your comments made my day (which was very, very busy, which explains why I never got back to reply to you all)! It was hard to choose five winners, but choose I did:
- Let Them Eat Cake, because she used the words “Humble pie! Except I would choose humble flan” in her comment (who wouldn’t)?
- Shari, for loving the part where Tom ditches Lexie’s bike computer (I’d forgotten about that!) and for expressing the message of the book in such a lovely way;
- Jenni, for the As I Lay Dying comparison (surely a first) — and get this, Jenni, one of my 2014 books has a reference to As I Lay Dying in it that you’re going to LOVE;
- Serena, for being so happy that Tom will eternally be licking a tire in her mind;
- and Tara, for, “I thought, ‘You are going to do great things with that tongue. Just wait.’
Winners will be emailed. Thanks to everyone for celebrating this first year of author-dom with me. May there be many more!
One year ago today, my debut novel, Ride with Me, was released, and I became a published author.
Since then — wow. A lot of things have happened. I’ve published three more books (one novel and two novellas), contracted seven more, attended two conferences, quit my other job, and met a lot of wonderful people, including you guys.
I’ve sold rather a lot of books. Not, like, a world-shattering number, but enough that if anyone had warned me while I was writing the manuscript, I might have made some different choices. Because one minute, it’s just me and Tom and Lexie and the tent, and the next, there’s thousands of eyeballs peeking in. Aiee!
I’ve gotten a lot of reviews that make me bashful, they’re so glowing.
Writers whose work I admire fiercely have read my book. And liked it. Jill Shalvis, Carly Phillips, Sarah Mayberry, Jill Sorenson, Cecilia Grant, Meg Maguire, Del Dryden, Louisa James, Julie James, Leslie Kelly — I mean, are you serious? All of these people, and more, reading my book? Yes. That happened.
And then — then – Ride with Me made something like a dozen “best-of” lists for 2012.
So, yes. It’s been a crazy year. But a very good one.
Now, I’m not much for celebrating. Actually, anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m kind of crap at it. Usually, my celebrations consist of me reporting news to a few friends and my husband, often via email. And sometimes I will go out for Indian food for dinner and pretend that I wouldn’t have done that anyway.
But this seems to call for a little something more, you know? And while I’d love to celebrate by giving each and every one of my readers Tom, on the bordello bed, with a cupcake and some gifts wrapped in brown paper toweling, I can’t actually do that.
Or, rather, I guess I already have.
Instead, how about signed books?
I have five ARCs of Ride with Me up for grabs. And these aren’t just any ARCs — they’re my first ARCs, and they’re gigantic — 8.5 x 11, floppy, fun, with enormous Tom-chest on the front. They even have errata, which I enjoy pretending means that they’ll be collectible someday.
If you’d like one, leave a comment! Tell me something about Ride with Me — what you liked about it, some part that sticks with you after all this time, if it means anything special to you — and tomorrow morning, I’ll choose my five favorite comments. Winners will receive autographed books of their very own.