I love the fact that my husband sometimes brings flowers home, for no other reason than he just knows they make me happy.
He will see a pretty bouquet of roses, or sunflowers, or orchids, and he’ll make sure the person behind the counter wraps it up in nice paper and a pretty bow.
Without the the kindness of that particular stranger, I’m sure the flowers would come home in a poorer shape. But the pride the florist takes in his or her work ends up making The Hub’s day, and also mine.
The Hub is always in awe of how I arrange them, and where I end up putting them in the house. As for the flowers above, I let him arrange them. I think he did a pretty bang-up job.
I feel pretty lucky that I live in the part of the country where I can see flowers pretty much all year round. It is one of the advantages of a mild climate.
I also feel blessed that those of you who read my books come from all over the country–all over the world, in fact.
One way in which I show my thanks are the contests I run, in conjunction with the launches of my books. One such contest just ended. If you entered, or even if you didn’t but are curious who lucked out, here’s where you’ll find the name of the winner.
For me, contests are a way of encouraging new readers to sample my books. Whether the winner is someone who has read every one of my books, or is encouraged to try one based on the excerpt included in the contest, I’m just as excited as the contestants to see who wins. I’m only disappointed that all the entrants can’t also be winners. Hopefully I compensate for this by doing several contests a year.
Contests are also a great way to learn more about my readers. When they enter, they get a personal note back from me. I always find something to write back about, be it the fact that they have a cute name or email addy, or if they mention something about the part of the country they’re from, or even the fact that they are new to my books, or that my books are old friends.
I love it when a stranger is no longer that, but an acquaintance with whom I’ve got something in common.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be launching the fifth book the The Housewife Assassin series: Vacation to Die For. And yes, I’ll also be launching a new contest. Feel free to sign up for my eLetter to find out when it starts. Or in a few weeks, you can also meander over to my website for the details.
I’ve been working very hard this summer. The payoff is hearing about the enjoyment you get from the fruits of my labor. I don’t know a writer who feels differently about that, so thanks for the shououts, readers, acquaintances, and kind strangers.