Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Readers

by Leann

Let me say up front what this is about--a thank you with a giveaway! I have never done one on my own before. It's always been in combination with other writers. But I want to thank all of you who have been such loyal and enthusiastic readers of my Cats in Trouble series.

The first book, The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, was a challenge.
How do I get those cats on the page as often as possible? They are the co-stars, after all. The "cat-cam" in the books was designed so Jillian never had to be more than a small screen away from them. Some folks who reviewed on Amazon didn't like that. And one particular person commented that it was just a "bad book." S/he eventually went in and edited that part after a bit of outrage from others, but s/he also said I needed to "get my act together." And here I thought I did have my act together! Who knew?

No matter how many wonderful reviews a writer receives, it's those mean-spirited ones that really stay with us. Thank goodness, it doesn't bother me as much as it used to. I have no control over other people's opinions, after all. The thing is, I judged that reviewer by my standard--that I would never, ever say anything like that to a writer. It takes a long time to write a book, and rewrite it often more than once, and edit it and edit it again. Plus, I don't like to be nasty. Kindness matters. But it doesn't matter to everyone.

That's why it's so important to say thanks to all of you who stop by here and read my weekly blog and leave your often brilliant comments. And along with that, the comments are always kind and polite and caring. I also want to thank you for buying my book during the first week. Release week can make or break a book or a series. You've all helped me keep my job!

Since my inspiration was always Agatha Christie, I thought it fitting that my prize would be this darling Poirot necklace to one random blog reader in the US or Canada.
And if I know you read this blog all the time, your chances of winning are doubled--and yes I know you folks! If you have already bought my book, bless you. I would be happy to send you a signed bookplate. Leave your email in the comment section to be entered to win the necklace. If you'd like a bookplate, let me know that, too.

Thanks again, friends! You've made this another great release week!

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