Whew, I'm finally getting caught up with things and in a much better mood than the last time I posted.
In honor of the upcoming holiday, I want to give a shout-out to some people who have done wonderful things for me this year.
In no particular order, I am grateful for:
My aunt, Wendy Masten:
Thank you for all the little random treats you've surprised me with. My mom used to do things like that and now it's like you're filling a part of the hole she left behind.
When we first met, we talked and laughed for hours. The next time I saw you, you brought me hard cider because you remembered I liked it. When my college book bag was hurting my shoulder, you gave me a wheeled bag. When my mouse broke, you gave me another one. That is why I fell in love with you and I am so thankful your kindness has remained steadfast. When my back hurts, you rub it, when I am cold, you make a fire. You saved Thanksgiving for my family by opening your home to all of us. You always cheer me up and help me with everything, big and little. You are the the best boyfriend I've ever had and I'll never be able to fully express how much I love you and how grateful I am that you came into my life.
Bonnie R. Paulson:
My fantastic friend and critique partner, I can never thank you enough for all you've done for me. You've provided invaluable feedback on my books, cheered me up and motivated me with our conversations, shared all of your knowledge on the crazy world of book-marketing, and written wonderful stories that I adore.
Every single piece of advice you've given me has improved my career.
Your successes never fail to cheer and inspire me. You are my patronus!
Longtime beta reader and excellent friend, I still can't believe you drove all the way to that convention in Vegas and I finally got to meet you in person. I don't think you'll ever truly know how much that meant to me.
And I cannot thank you enough for your invaluable feedback on my stories. I am so happy that you finally put out a book of your own. Your writing is spectacular!
My best friend since third grade, thank you for always being there for me and sending me little cards and letters and forgiving me when I get busy and lose touch. You are the best friend anyone could ever hope for and even though we don't talk every day, I always think about you.
My friend and fellow author down under, thank you for giving me editing work, allowing me to vent on you about random things, talking advice, and helping me improve the most difficult novel I ever wrote.
My wonderful, awesome son. I live for your smiles and laughter. I love spending time with you and I want you to know that my world is so much better with you in it. On my worst days, I only live for you.
For always being the Zen Master of common sense and surprising me with a bookcase.
For all fun conversations and the helpful things you do without a second thought.
For being an amicable housemate and not dying on me, and all of our intellectually stimulating conversations, for giving me Microsoft Word 2007 when my computer died, and most of all, a place to live.
For giving me those CROW cards and being a wonderful friend.
Angie Hacker Christianson:
For that wonderful package of hard cider, chocolate, and kitty toys that you randomly dropped off "To brighten my day." It brightened my whole year. I am now inspired to surprise someone like that.
Rebecca Larsen, Bonnie Maestas, and Beverly Ross:
For being dedicated readers, spreading the word about my books and assuring me that my stuff is worth reading.
Ashley Reader Granger:
For all the awesome facebook parties you hosted for me with my new releases. They were a blast!
For helping me out with some things this summer, for invaluable help with Conjuring Destiny and being a fun friend.
For catching all the passive voice and overuse of adverbs in Conjuring Destiny. You made it stronger.
For providing wisdom, encouragement, and moral support in my publishing journey and having my back during its inherent struggles.
For being compassionate to everyone, understanding my craziness, coming to my book signing, and making ye olde dreaded day job bearable. If it weren't for you being such a nice boss lady, there's no way I could handle it.
For being an amazing coworker, coming to my book signing, reviewing my books and being an understanding listener to my ranting and raving.
Raye Roeske, David Bawden, and Jeremy Shipp
For creating Bad Movie club and giving me a ridiculously hilarious reprieve from the stress of my three jobs. During our movie banter you guys became my friends and a source of cheer.
Thank you for being a spectacular agent and improving my career.
For providing a home for my heavy metal romance and putting up with my nit-picking on the cover art.
For our wonderful chats and expanding my horizons on author opportunities.
That guy at my neighbor's barbecue who offered to use his truck to haul my new desk.
I was a stranger to you and you offered aid when I needed it.