Today marks the one year anniversary of a day that changed my life. It was one year ago that I sat at the same table I’m sitting at now, looked out at the lake, took a deep breath and hit a button my laptop.
I took a huge leap of faith and launched my first novel, Nothing Stays In Vegas, into the world.
I debated over what to write today. About how to celebrate this anniversary. Yes, it’s been an amazing year. The support from friends, family members, even total strangers, has been incredible. Receiving emails from readers who could identify with Becca’s struggles, who wanted to go to Vegas to find ‘their’ Leo, who could relate to Darci and Taylor’s journey or who just enjoyed a romantic story, has been one of the most amazing parts of the last year. Learning that my words have touched someone in some way is simply incredible.
But it hasn’t always been good. There have definitely been lows too. Bad reviews happen. They suck, but they happen. It hurts badly to hear that someone didn’t like your writing, your characters and your story. But it’s a reality. Just as in life, you can’t make everyone happy. The other reality is that not all friends and family will support you. This has been a tough one for me. But all the amazing new friends I’ve made have helped to soften this blow.
Even with all the lows thrown in, the fact remains – It’s been an AWESOME year!
Looking back now, I never would have thought that I’d be sitting here today only twelve months later, getting ready to finish and prepare my fifth book for publication. I never would have imagined that I would finally be living my dream and would be getting paid to write books! It sounds trite, but it is a dream come true and one I’m incredibly thankful for every day.
I want to offer a heart felt thank you to every single one of you who has supported me in some way on this adventure because the fact remains that I never could have done it without each of you in my corner. Thank you!
To celebrate and say thank you, I’m giving away books! To be entered, simply leave a comment and please share with your friends! The more the merrier, I’ll just give away more books! I’ll do the draw next Thursday, so be sure to check back to see if you won. And don’t forget… I can’t send you free books if you don’t send me contact info!