Happy November! I've been offline a lot this month, since I'm participating in NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that means I'm trying to write 50,000 words during the month of November - a lot more than I usually manage! But I'm hoping to have Wavecrossed, my selkie book, ready for publication early next year, and I've got a lot of work to do. I'm loving it, though, and can't wait to share it with you all.
Despite the frantic pace, I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am. Around Thanksgiving I'll be visiting with my family and my fiance's family, and celebrating all the loved ones in my life. I'm so grateful for them, and to live in the USA (and I'm really grateful the election is over and all those campaign ads are gone!), and for all the wonderful things I've been blessed with in this life.
I'm also immensely thankful on the writing and publishing front.
First of all, I'm so thankful for all the people who've bought Torched! That one's a gimme, obviously :) Kindle sales per day tripled from October to November, astonishingly. I'm still doing double-takes!
I'm thankful for everyone who's supported me--tweeting, blogging, and otherwise spreading the word. THANK YOU. The best way for new readers to find indie authors like me is word of mouth, and I appreciate every bit of it.
I'm also thankful for amazing reviews! I've loved Torched from the moment I wrote chapter one and threw Rose into her predicament, but it's been so wonderful seeing the reaction from other people. Strangers like my book, and that's something that warms my heart :)
Here are a few snippets from some of the fabulous blogs that have reviewed Torched so far:
The Bookish Babes said: "With its well-developed, funny, and engaging characters, surprisingly sweet romance, and a mystery that doesn't wrap up until the very end, Torched is a book that delivers the much-loved elements of a great YA story."
Danny at Bewitched Bookworms said: "It was fun, it had twists, turns and two characters that were just sizzling with chemistry!"
Candace's Book Blog said: "Seriously, this is one of the best contemporaries I've read this year. Ever, even. It was so, so good!"
The Starry-Eyed Revue called Torched "... fun and sexy and perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan/Hundred Oaks series. This sweet contemporary romance is being hailed across the blogosphere and with good reason."
Reading any of these reviews, or one of the many more on Amazon or Goodreads, makes me smile so hard it hurts. I'm so thankful to be an writer in this day and age, when someone like me can publish a book and reach readers without the benefit of a traditional publishing contract.
Readers, you're making my dreams a reality. I'm so thankful for all of you!