Dreams really do come true.
That's the first thing which comes to mind when I thought about writing this post. And, boy, have I thought and thought and thought on what I would say once I was actually able to spit this one out.
Here I sit, however, cup of coffee at my right, infant boy in his bouncy seat at my left, and I'm at a loss for words. Could be because I haven't actually brainstormed and written on something new for what feels like a century; editing kind of takes over your life like that. Could be because excitement quite literally stole whatever brilliant post I meant to write. Could be both.
All that aside ...
Betrothed debuted today on Amazon.com for $2.99, and I am tickled in so many different hues of pink, I should've named the novel 50 Shades of Fuschia.
I know, I'm so funny. Go ahead. Wipe the tears from your eyes.
On a serious note: If you own a Kindle, hit that nice little Sample button and have a go at the first 3.25 chapters. And if by chance you like what you read, give the whole book a shot. Le Muse will be most grateful and I ... well, I may just send you a dozen roses. Or chocolates! Everyone loves a good Whitman's Sampler, right?
A few people I'd like to thank for making this happen:
1. God, because He gave me a love for words, and it's been an amazing journey thus far.
2. My family. Especially my mother, who put up with hours of me being locked in my room as a teenager, writing until my wrist felt as if it was about to detach from my arm.
3. My friends. Bonnie, Kimberly, and Lela, I love you, I love you, I love you. You've held me up from the start, kept my thoughts on the "write" path, and for that, I am eternally in your debt.
4. My CP, who is the most awesome individual on the planet. Thank you for never being afraid to hurt my feelings.
5. My teachers. Especially "The Connies": Mrs. Connie Cole and Mrs. Connie Cox. The former made me realize this is what I want to do with my life, the latter made me realize it was entirely possible.
6. NOLA STARs. Because it's not about industry, but about believing in yourself, having a good support system, and living your dreams.
7. Junior Mints. Hours upon hours of editing would not have been possible without you.
8. Last but not least, to My Amazing Husband (yes, he deserves all caps) for learning to deal with a wife who gets up before the crack of dawn, sleeps at odd hours, and lets the house go way too often: I love you, Baby.
And to all of you, both old and new, thank you for taking the time to read my blog, for offering sound advice and thoughtful comments. You've enriched my life and my writing.
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,