The men of Reckless Beat feel like they've been a part of my life for so much longer. They are constantly in my mind and yes, that may have something to do with all their yumminess. But I can't remember what it was like to have a brain that wasn't constantly focused on their channel.
But I'm not here to talk about Reckless Beat today. Well, not directly, anyway. Right now I want to spend some time thanking all those who helped to make Blind Attraction a reality.
Two words - thank you - will never, ever, be enough to express how I feel toward the people who have supported me through the start of my first series.
First, and most importantly, I need to thank my husband. This man means everything to me. He is the reason for all the happiness in my life. Everything. He's given me a family to love, a life to cherish and the freedom to allow me to achieve my goals. His motto for me is "I have faith in you. You can do it." And although at times I think he's just saying it to stop my whinging, I absolutely adore this man to death.
Rachel Firasek, my editor and comma whore. O.o Yep, I just called my editor a whore. I seriously hope our relationship is as strong as I think it is, otherwise I might be in need of a new editor ;)
Rachel's talent has been a huge inspiration throughout my entire writing career. She helped me get my first contract and has never, not even once, lost faith in my voice as an author. She is the reason I have four stories now published - in less than a year, and all the while she has been kicking cancers ass. How is that for Wonder-woman?
The thing that amazes me the most in my writing world, is the support. From everywhere. My four and six year old sons cheer me on. My dad, who isn't the most social person, rings me to congratulate me on a new contract. My mother, Queen of the pimp squad, gives out my cards to random strangers while we're out for dinner. She places my business cards in staff pigeon holes, even though she knows I write steamy romance. I'm almost positive that everyone in her life knows that her daughter is an author. Even when I told her that my publisher wanted me to make one of my stories most steamy, she was there to back me up. I guess it goes to show where I get my dirty mind from.
Then the online community. I have a group of awesome ladies who I call my pimp squad...I realised, a little too late, that the name meant that I was the whore :P In a few words, they are simply awesome. With little, to no reward, they use their own time to spread the word about my books. They are supportive, helpful and simply a group of women that I am extremely thankful to have in my life.
Gosh, there are way too many people to thank. There are the members of RWA Australia. My critique group who listen to me whinge about my writing slumps and read my work without rolling their eyes (I hope). Bianca Sarble, Hazel Gower and Tamara Gill who were the first ladies to read Blind Attraction and gave me such great feedback that I was pumped to get my baby out in the world.
My girls at Riverina Romantics. My proofreaders Tina, Delilah and Kaylyn - their cat fight over Blake brought me to the point of tears in happiness. Megan at Swagmaster Designs who goes out of her way to design swag for me that is absolutely gorgeous.
My cover artist and band go-to guy. Willsin Rowe, you rock \m/
My awesome sister in law, Sheryl, quite simply because her support is awesome.
My cousin Belinda who doesn't even read romance but goes out of her way to tell people about my work!
There is also a woman, who will remain nameless, whose husband is a real life, famous, rock star. Having her willing and able to answer my questions even though I didn't ask many, was great back up.
Author, blogger, and reader friends who comment, like and share my posts. It may not seem like much but seeing all those likes and shares really does mean a lot to me. It only takes one click, but damn, I really, really appreciate it.
Special mention to Kristy from Book Addict Mumma who has spent so much time designing things and helping to promote me.
The support people have provided me through this process has been unimaginable. In a world with so much hate, violence and destruction, I'm surrounded by a hoard of angels.
Two words will never be enough, but please know that everything you have ever done for me has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
I love you all.
Thank you for sharing this awesome ride with me. Now lets ROCK!!