Friday, September 2, 2016

Surrounded By My People -

As some of you may know, I am spending the next few days at SLCC, hanging out at a booth and signing a few books. This is not my first con (I go to SDCC every year), but it is the first time I am signing books at a con. It's been great. I am surrounded with readers, writers, artists and some of the best cosplay I have seen yet.

What really makes this con special for me, though, has been watching a few readers come up to our table and fangirl over one of the author's I am with. I don't know if you realize how much we love our readers...but yesterday I was able to see how uplifted a friend of mine was when a reader came by and nearly lost it when she found out THE AUTHOR of a book she loved was in front of her.

This wasn't me or my books - it was Ali Cross and her book, Become. Ali was a gracious host and spent time with the girl, talking about the story and the con. In the end, the girl got the rest of the series, which Ali personalized for her. The exchange reminded me of all of the reasons most writers write.

After the girl left, Ali commented that she wasn't just thrilled with all the fangirling (who wouldn't be), but she was touched by the fact that the reader really knew the story - she had connected to it on a highly personal level, something that meant more to Ali than anything else.

Which reminded me of another reason I write - to connect with others. Deeply.

I've never been a hugely social person. I'm not shy, at least not now, but I don't typically feel social adept. Connecting with others through my writing is meaningful to me. When I get feedback from a reader about my books and I can see how much they understood what I was trying to do - that's AMAZING! It keeps me going and is one of the things I love most about writing.

Ali's fangirling experience wasn't the only moment we enjoyed yesterday. I meant a girl who's read and reviewed my books for the last 6 years - She was shocked when I remembered her name. I meant new readers who gobbled up my books. And I got to watch several young teens go crazy over Ali and Mikey Brooks series. It was fun and exciting.

Can't wait to start today!

Do you go to cons and meet writers, artists, and others? Do you love it as I do?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Elana Johnson's UNTIL SUMMER ENDS - A review

Whew! It's been a long time since I've posted anything. In truth, I've been very busy with work and some sekrit projects. But, I miss you guys and really want to make a conscious effort to blog more and stay in touch.
Starting with today!
What better way to do that than to host my writerly BFF, Elana Johnson with a review of her latest book, UNTIL SUMMER ENDS

The Blurb:
Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.
Why I liked it:
I am not sure where to start. As a fan of romances, this book is definitely up there as one of my top reads this year. Friendship, romance, strong characters, strong emotions - this book has it all. Loved the way the plot unfolded and how well developed the characters are. Johnson does not disappoint with this book!

Are you a fan of romances? READ THIS BOOK!



Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.

What have you read lately?