Whoopee!! This is the first anniversary of this blog. When I first decided to begin writing last year, I didn’t know what a crazy, wonderful and crazily wonderful world I’d be entering.
And to those of you who comment or come by to say hi, I will pick a few and give some wonderful book gifts from Avony. How does, Maya Rodale, Sophie Jordan, Candis Terry sound. Or a whole bunch of others, some historical, some not for a surprise! These are print, not ebooks.
I’ve always loved books but I never knew there was a whole community of people who celebrate their love of books. So when I joined critique groups and writing blogs and saw that people created these fun blogs where they posted reviews and discussed their craft and their love of books, I was hooked.
The title was the easiest part. Those of you who have followed my, ahh shall we say devotion to my book boyfriends, know I love the bad boys. But they have to be bad boys who turn good. Or, who I see as having the potential to be good. So it would be about rakes and rogues. And I love my historical romance, so I had my thought that one thing that remains with our couples is that their passion will live forever.
I thought it would be specifically about reviews, but since I like to talk…a lot….I decided to write down all my thoughts and feelings about the writing process.
Along the way what happened is that I met wonderful people. People and groups of people who have moved me and changed my life. People who have made me laugh and made me cry. I’ve met those Facebook friends who I now consider just as dear to me as those who I see in my daily life.
You have all become like another little family.
My love of romance has expanded from Historical romance. I blame Maire Claremont for introducing me to J.R. Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. Who knew vampires could be sexy?? I am not a fan of tattoos, but thanks to my participations in the Avon Addict program, I found Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, which I love, love love.
So I’m using this blog today as a way to say THANK YOU
Thank you to all of you. Thank you for subscribing and posting here, giving your opinions and your comments on my posts.
Thank you for all your help right from the beginning, Liza O’Connor, Ella Quinn and all the wonderful amazing writers in the Rom-Critters group. Thank you for giving me amazing books to read that you’ve written, Kary Rader, D’Ann Linscott Dunham, Brenda Dyer and Sheri Fredricks, Andrea Cooper and all the rest of you wonderful people
Thanks to my wonderful critique group family, Elf Ahern, Christ Caldwell, Ann Chaney, Louisa Cornell, Collette Cameron, Gina Danna, Marie Higgins, Jenna Jaxon, Sandy Owens, Lauren Smith, Ella Quinn. This family here is the most wonderfully supportive group of people I have ever met. We cheer each other successes and help each other through bad times, writing related or not. Just like a family.
Thank you to the amazing authors who I still can’t believe I have met and or talked to on in or in person, Thank you to Anna Campbell, Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen,Vicky Dreiling and all the other wonderful authors for all your insight and comments on writing.
And to the other people I’ve met who love books as much as I do, to Carol Cork of Rakes and Rascals, you brighten my day with your posts of Wales, your book picks and your reviews. To Melanie Friedman of Bookworm 2 Bookworm, my new BFF, we now have a date to live blog (or live ogle) Sleepy Hollow every Monday night to discuss the show, and our mutual love of Tom Mison.
To Lindsey Ross, who needs her own thank you for being the best at everything she does; beta reader, cheerleader, but most of al friend. You know how special you are to me.
And a special thank you to two very special friends. Renee Bernard, thank you for your encouragement and support, your help and just being you. You have no idea how much you’ve helped me. And tell my boyfriend Ashe, he’s still so special to me…
And to Danelle Harmon, who created my first true book boyfriend in Damon, Marquess of Mornnghall in Wicked at Heart, who has spent countless hours of her time with me, whom I’ve never met in person but I feel like I’ve known all my life, thank you for being there for me, always.
And so I will just leave you all with a little inspiration this cold morning: