I host a lot of authors—usually 3-4 a week—and while we get loads of comments from readers, those I get from authors tend to share a common theme. Over and over I hear how *we* have a wonderful, supportive community in this little corner of the web. And you’ll notice I said *we* and not *I* . . . my name may be at the top, but without each and every one of you, my guests wouldn’t feel the support and sense of community you’ve fostered. It’s an honor to hear those words. I’ve seen time and time again how, through your comments, you show genuine interest in the authors and their stories. For that–for you—I am so grateful.
I know it’s difficult to find the time, but there are several readers who do comment, and faithfully. Karen C., Christine W., Pragya, E. Jamie . . . you guys have been here for more than half of my guests and posts over the last 30 days. That is AMAZING. I know you all have so much going on in your own lives, so for you to make such a meaningful gesture here is just awesome.
I’d also like to give a shout-out to those of you who visit from foreign lands. I know I’m just a URL away on your computer, but I’m still thrilled to reach such a varied audience. Following the United States and Canada, readers have come here in droves from the UK, Australia, India, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Mauritius. Rounding out the heaviest hitters are Mexico, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Denmark, New Zealand, and Romania. I also have some visitors from Hungary, which I love because in my mutt pedigree, I am more Hungarian (25%) than anything else. I don’t know what my grandfather would think of romance novels, but I bet he’d be proud to know there’s a connection to his heritage. ;c) All said, there are more than 65 countries represented here in the last 30 days alone. Have I mentioned lately how much you guys ROCK?
And, finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to my followers. When my first book , DOWN IN FLAMES, was published in 2010, I didn’t even *have* a blog. (I *may* have reserved the name by then, but that was the extent of it.) I never, ever could have imagined I’d have more than 250 followers, and nearly 200 of you follow via email. That means you actually tolerate seeing my name in your inbox every single day, and that blows me away. I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this.
As for today, no buy links. This is about YOU. Whether this is your first visit or your 100th, or whether you comment every day or not at all, the fact that you’re here is something for which I am truly grateful. You are all a big part of the reason I do this, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Have a beautiful day, everyone!