Welcome to my reflections post. This year was the second year I created original intros for new books, featuring all of you.
I must say the talent in our community is frightening! Not to mention the diversity. This year I tried to feature a full range of books from m/g to adult as well as interesting pics like cookbooks and writer's tool books. I had a challenging month. Keeping up with all of you.
Quality of writing is so important to me. SO featuring any of your books is something I take very seriously. What I love most about this theme is that for a brief moment I get to write in genres and about topics I would never dream of writing about. How cool is that... Imagine taking the day off and writing something completely foreign to your style or subject...I did if for 26 days! And loved every minute.
It was also a bit of struggle though. As many of you know I had some issues with my sight and just before the challenge I had to have surgery. It was a frightening time for me. But you were all there for me with you prayers, positive thoughts, and reassurances that all would be well and that I would get through the challenge.
I worried that I wouldn't. But that was fine with all of you, too! That alone kept me plugging along. Your faith in me helped me complete the challenge. Thank you.
The highlight for me was when I posted the only non published book. My own. Your comments were mind-blowing. ALL of you wanting to read more and telling me to get moving and get that publisher. It meant the world to me. It's sometimes frustrating for me to see my blogger friends moving forward with agents, publishers, successful books, and NO ONE is happier for you than me. It thrills me to see you succeed. And after four long years of writing, I hope to join you. I just finished what I hope to be the final edit on my novel. Now the querying begins.
I had intended to submit to the publisher that had some interest, but decided my novel is not right for them. For this particular novel I'd like an agent. So if any of you can recommend a good agent who is looking for EDGY Y/A please drop me a line. I have a list compiled already, but you may know just the right agent for this property.
Many of you may not know that since last year my theme carried me into a new business venture for writing blurbs, intros, and creative editing. It also led me to designing book covers, too. So it's amazing where the A-Z can take us. So many of you are publishing your themes from this challenge. FANTASTIC. Congratulations. I know I've done some of my best work in this challenge and so have you!
Thank you LEE... Without him, this never would have happened.
So to sum it up... This challenge has so much to offer...to both Poster and Reader! And a thumbs up to the wonderful bloggers who spent so much time to make this year such a success! To the hosts and their minions... WELL DONE.... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME...
And now, in the spirit of the A-Z, I will proceed to Dazzle you..
or shall I dare say Seduce you...
With the glints of ruby, the curling of a swirl of smoke, or the flick of a lacy wing.
Nothing is more beautiful than the sparkle and power of these magnificent creatures. Forever blinding, like opals on fire.
Creatures so content to rest on the smoldering ashes of a once great kingdom...
Creatures as old as time...
But, there is one.
A single soul with the intent to rebuild a lost empire...
IS this not the MOST STUNNING COVER?
ALL the best with you newest novel... IT certainly looks like a winner to me.
What a great weekend read!
Have a FANTASTIC weekend everyone!