Hello, my doves! Since I finished my Christmas shopping months
ago, I thought I'd sit down to write a leisurely
Ha! Kidding! (Boy, that was fun. Sorry. Did you just throw something
at your computer monitor? I'll give you a moment to compose yourself.)
Of course I didn't finish months ago. What kind of human
being do you think I am?? I did, however, finish yesterday, which
might be a personal best. And since I find myself with the luxury
of a little time before the main holiday event, I wanted to be the
3,012th person to wish you a glorious holiday season, and I didn't
want 2006 to ride off into the sunset before I could tell you how
much I've appreciated being able to spend the year with you. Half
the fun of holding monthly contests is reading the comments in the
comments form of the contest entries, and you guys have written
some of the sweetest, most moving, most hilarious things over the
past year. It's absolutely a pleasure to write books for you, and
to get to know you this way.
This is all just to say: of course I couldn't let the year
get away without holding a couple of final contests.
Do gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pearl earrings sound good to you? How
about a very rare, signed ARC of WAYS TO BE WICKED? Only dropped
in the bathtub once? (Just kidding! That was a different book altogether,
I swear it). That contest is happening NOW
at my blog, and it's over on midnight, Christmas day.
Some of the year's highlights? TO LOVE A THIEF was nominated
for numerous awards, including the Rita, the Holt Medallion, the
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, and the Bookseller's Best.
In other words, my second-born did me proud. :) What else? BATS
TO BE WICKED were released to rave reviews and hit
a few bestseller lists (we'll see how they do in the contests in
2007!), and the
Cyber Dance Party I held in October at my blog (the
Julie Chronicles) in honor of WTBW's release was a roaring,
two-day giddy blast. More than a thousand visitors popped
into the party on both days (if you go by blog hits) and around
a hundred gals got out on the dance floor and enjoyed the cyber
snacks. :) But Ruby D. in Oklahoma went home with the grand
prize, a pair of pearl and diamond earrings and all four of my books.
I have more unique events up my sleeve for next yearI live
to keep you (and me) entertained, after alland you're of course
on the guest list. :) I'll keep you posted!
And just a few days ago a reader apprised me of another groundbreaking
event: seems the irascible, inimitable, hilarious, singularly opinionated
Mrs. Giggles mentioned on
that she had a "new favorite author," saying she was "in
heaven." I was in shock when I learned she was talking about...
me. She gifted TO LOVE A THIEF and WAYS TO BE WICKED with
rare keeper status, and had great (and amusing) things to say about
my other books. Check
it out. Here's to you, Mrs. G.!
Actually, here's to each and every one of you. Whether or not you
celebrate any holidays this time of year, I'll picture you safe
and warm and happy, surrounded by your loved ones (both the human
kind and the furry kind), with something hot to drink in one hand
and something (perhaps equally hot) to read in your other hand.
:) Here's to a 2007 filled with love and laughter and adventure
and prosperity and wonderful, wonderful books for all of us. Take
good care for now!