Today's the day I've been waiting for all my life. No I'm not getting married or getting my driver's license for the first time or taking my first drink at 21. I'm finally a published author. Wow.
I don't expect to make a lot of money. Publishing has changed so much in the last few years, that only the already established authors make big bucks. Us little guys, not so much. All I really want is for people to read my book and like it. That's it.
There are so many people I need to thank. Forgive me if I leave anybody out.
First and foremost, my son Zach. He believed in me and gave me encouragement every step of the way. Even when I was being a recluse at his house during Thanksgiving because I was behind on word count for NaNo.
My beta readers, Nancy Yeomans and Allison Merritt for steering me in the right direction.
Members of Ozarks Romance Authors critique group for their great advice.
Members of Sleuth's Ink who are the best cheerleaders anybody could have.
My editor Amanda Siemen and all the wonderful people at Breathless Press.
And all my friends, especially Rob Evans and Stacy Durst who gave me hugs and beer when I needed moral support.
I'm taking time to enjoy this moment, then back to work on my new novel. If you're in Springfield Saturday June 28th come by Trolley's on the square from 4 to 6 and celebrate with me.