No joke. I truly feel that way.
Okay, unless it's to say, "You're the sweetest person in the world, and I want you to know I'm thinking about you today."
My contest for The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide Contest just ended, and yes, I have reached the winner for the $100 giftcard, to the bookstore of the winner's choice:
She is ConnieVB.
From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank her, as well as everyone who entered.
Here's the part where I say, to each and every one of you, "You're the sweetest person in the world, and I want you to know I'm thinking about you today."
If I could, I would have picked each and every one of you as winners. (Wouldn't that be cool? Note to self: buy more Lotto tickets...)
But to my mind, you're more than that. You're kind and generous people who have gifted me your time in order to learn about, and appreciate, my stories.
I also want to tell those of you who went for the bonus points that I truly appreciate the fact that you too the time to write reviews for my Housewife Assassin series. In fact, it was ConnieVB's sixth entry that was chosen, via RandomResult.com.
I've attached the screenshot of her winning entery, here:
I'm always in awe of those who take the time to post reviews, even when I'm not running a contest. They do so, just because they enjoyed one of my novels.
I've put it this message in my books, and I mean it: we authors live and die by our reviews. It is the best way of encouraging other readers to try us, to sample us, to buy us, to read us, and hopefully to love us.
You see, the more you express you love, the more likely it is that we can keep writing books. Every novelist I know works very hard at his or her craft, not as a hobby, but because it pays the rent and puts food on his or her family's table. Would we quit writing if it didn't?
I hope I never find out the answer to that question. The Housewife Assassin novels and other books in which I can control the prices are only $3.99 for a reason: Not only do I want to write them, I want to make them affordable enough for you to buy them. Some coffee drinks at Starbucks cost more. Here's hoping the enjoyment you get from my books last longer.
It may take you a few days to read a book, but it takes us months–sometimes years–to write them.We do so because our art and craft drives us.
At the same time, it is our hope that it also entertains you.
The fifth book in the Housewife Assassin series, The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For, will be out by August 15, 2013. The moment it launches in the online bookstores, I'll send out my eLetter. If you aren't already on it, please feel free to sign up for it here.
I'll also be launching a redesigned and updated version of my very first novel, True Hollywood Lies. You'll read about my contests for both books in my eLetter, and here on my blog as well as on my website.
When I wrote ConnieVB to tell her that she'd won, I also asked her to tell me a little about herself, so that I can share it with you. I've done this with each of my contests because, dear readers, when I hear back from you, I can lift my head from my computer screen and know that I've touched someone, in some small way.
Here's how ConnieVB puts it:
"Okay, so when I read the subject of your email my first thought was not me. Then when I read the note it was shut the front door! LOL
I have loved talking about your books, all of them, not just the housewife series. They are so much fun to read! It makes me glad that I finally broke down and bought a kindle and loaded it with free books. :) I adore books and swore I'd never go electronic. There is just something about the feeling of a book and turning the pages. I have a ton of books that I've read but if someone were to open one up now the spine would still crack, I was that careful with them. :) I'm especially glad that in turn I got to know you. You're such a sweetheart!
As far as including something about me in your blog…..well, now I'm speechless lol
I love to read but I also enjoy cooking, baking, and stitching. All the domestic stuff that no one expects from an opinionated feminist like myself. 🙂
In my free time I'm a domestic goddess taking care of my awesome husband, two children, and our two furry kids.
I enjoy theatre, music, movies and hope to see the world one day."
And I'm sure there is a lot about ConnieVB that is like you, too.
If Donna and her stories have done anything for me, it is that it's created a wonderful community of those of us who share a sense of humor, a sense of books, and a sense of life.
I couldn't be happier than to welcome all of you to my world.
Thank you for making me a part of yours, too.