Fabulous news dear readers! PICTURE PERFECT is officially an Amazon Best Seller.
My humblest thanks and most sincere gratitude is offered to each and every one of you for making that happen. These stories come from my heart, and I love sharing them with you. Having said that, even five books into this process, I am STILL a nervous wreck every time I publish. Many, MANY people in the world today seem to live to be negative, and it’s commonplace these days to see people securing their positions in the bully pulpit. When a self-published author makes the decision to press publish, I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how daunting that process actually is. We do what we do because of a passion that comes from a positive place- it would be nice if everyone who read our books understood that. I’ve been very lucky thus far to have wonderful comments and really constructive feedback, but I’ve seen some of the hate directed at other self pubbed authors and it breaks my heart for them.
On a different subject, I want to tell you all how much I am enjoying the feedback about Flynn’s Twitter-loving Gram. I lost my grandmother over a decade ago, but she was the inspiration for Sylvia Rand. Like Sylvia, my grama was a double-entendre loving firecracker of a woman who lit up whatever room she was in. She made borderline inappropriate jokes, loved to laugh and was many bubbles off plumb. The relationship that Sylvia and Mason have is my love letter to my grandparents. Married for fifty years, they were always affectionate with each other and they never fought. Ever. They bickered from time to time, but they never actually fought. They were partners, parents and best friends, and they always put each other first. They were frisky in the way that I describe Sylvia and Mason, and that caused a lot of eye-rolling from their children and grandchildren. Growing up, they reminded me a lot of the funny grandparents in ‘Sixteen Candles’. Totally off-color (my grandmother A LOT more than my grandfather) but freaking hilarious.
My grandmother would have LOVED to tell people that I was an erotic romance writer, a thought that makes me laugh whenever it crosses my mind. Like I said in the dedication of Picture Perfect, I’ve got an unusual family! I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Thanks again to all of you for being the best readers that a writer could ever have. When I say I love you, I mean it!