Hello! I'm checking in today as things really begin to ramp up for my new series launch in January. The first book, which you've hopefully heard of by now, is launching January 16, and is called Love Rebuilt. It's the beginning of a new series called Kings Grove, and I'm really excited about it. In fact, I've actually shared an excerpt on the site, which you are welcome to go check out here!
As I prepare for the launch of a new book, there are lots of little things to line up, not the least of which is getting out some early copies to reviewers. This can be a little scary because as an artist, it's difficult to create something from my heart and then hold it up for the world to see (and judge), but that's part of the game. I think artists who sell their art have to be a tiny bit narcissistic maybe -- what else would drive us to take out a piece of our soul and be willing to show it around, knowing full well what a risk it is. After all, people might hate it. I know plenty of authors who swear they don't read reviews for this reason, or who recommend that new authors don't, for fear of damaging their egos to the point where they can't continue writing. And you know what?
I think that's crap.
For one thing, if I didn't want reviews, I wouldn't publish. I do this knowing not everyone will love my work and not everyone will love me. That's the way this works. But more than that, here's why I read all my reviews: because YOU wrote them. Yes, there is the odd occasional mean-spirited review where someone writes something terrible that hurts my feelings because (most likely) they themselves feel terrible and have hurt feelings. But most of the reviews, even those that are negative or lukewarm, represent two things that are very important to me. One, YOUR TIME. If you've left me a review, that means you've read the book I wrote. And whether you liked it or not, you wanted to let me know, and I appreciate that more than I can tell you. And two, your review is YOUR writing. If you're reading mine, the least I can do is return the favor.
So as I march ahead, getting ready to introduce you to Kings Grove and the world of Maddie Turner and the dark and twisty hot Connor Charles, I do so knowing you might not like any of it. But I really hope you will. And even if you don't, I hope you'll leave a review because when you do, it means more to me than I can express.