You all know me as a romance author. But before I was an author I was — and still am — a fan of romance novels. I’ve read every genre known to romance. I go through streaks and will only read romantic suspense. Then I’ll get the yen for some Regency romance. Some times I go on a scifi or paranormal romance reading binge. Then something erotic and kinky.
Bottom-line, I read all the time.
Like most fans, I have my favorite authors, those whose books I haunt the bookstores both online and in bricks and mortar. And like most fans, I NEED that next fix.
But being an author, I’ve learned: LIFE INTRUDES.
My fans are the best. You have waited patiently while I parented parents for two and a half years and then dealt with the aftermath of their deaths. You’ve suffered through my and my hubby’s cataract surgeries and post-operative recuperation. Even without the major life crises, day-to-day life happens. There are often days I can barely sit my butt in my chair and write for all sorts of little reasons. My DH is sick. Or the A/C went out and I have to sit on hold to get someone to come fix it– and my DH is freaking out because he can NOT handle heat/humidity. Or the painter is here. Or … well, you get the picture.
What brought this up and why am I blogging about it?
Two of my favorite authors have been catching some flak lately because their books did not come out when the author initially said they would. In both instances, these authors had valid and serious personal reasons why the books were delayed. And there were some people who posted some not-very-nice comments on the authors’ FB pages. I was happy to see that there were far more fans supporting the two authors than were tearing them down, but I’m sure the authors were hurt by some of the mean-spirited comments.
So, first, I want to say THANK YOU to all my fans who have waited patiently and with good grace and humor when my books didn’t come out as quickly as you’d like. Trust me, I want to put out two quality books a year, but some days it just isn’t happening. I LOVE MY FANS!
And second, I want to throw my support to all the authors I love to read. HUGS TO YOU. Your family and loved ones are far more important than the next book. Your health is more important than the next book. I understand how hard it is just to get your butt out of bed some days as life throws you curve balls, let alone to try to be creative. So, I, as your loyal fan, will re-read all your previous books and wait patiently for the next book. I will then buy it. Read it. Recommend it to my friends. Dear author, be well. Be happy. Be creative when y’all get the time. I’ll still be here — your loyal fan, Moni.
There is no waiting, however, for Bingo Clue #4:
If you are not playing Love, Lust and Laptops Bingo Game it’s not too late (we just started on Monday! — and there is no Bingo yet!)
We have several Bingo cards left. You can get the previous clues and rules at https://lovelustandlaptops.wordpress.com/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a board, she’ll send one to you. (only one entry per person please)