Thanks a million….
Here comes the Oscar speech….don’t say I didn’t warn you…
I’m so paranoid that I will leave someone out of this post. Please forgive me if it’s you! I didn’t mean to, I swear… I reserve the right to keep adding to the list. I have so many people to thank for helping me with this book. I think the only way to do this is sort of chronologically.
Thank you to:
- My parents, for always reading to me when I was little, and for listening to my own bizarre stories with a minimum of eye-rolling.
- My grandparents, for asking for several years now “when I’m going to write my book.” This probably isn’t the book they’d envisioned showing around the church potluck, but I guess we’ll deal with that in 2009.
- Mr. Dare, for teaching me the meaning of whirlwind romance and happily-ever-after love.
- The Darelings, for putting up with a highly distracted mother for the past year.
- Jane Austen, for being my inspiration and for writing the greatest h/h ever!
- Susan, Pamela, and Barbara, for supporting my dabblings in the realm of Jane Austen fanfic – which could technically be called my first attempts at Regency romance. Special thanks to Susan for her beta-reading prowess and for being such a warm, generous soul.
- Everyone I met through FanLit (and here there are too many to name!) – for keeping me perky postpartum and inspiring me and giving me the confidence to go forward.
- All the wonderful groups that grew out of FanLit – FanLit Forever, Romance Vagabonds, the Manuscript Mavens (not exactly a Fanlit spin-off, I know), Passion’s Slaves, etc. – who kept that spirit of community alive.
- CM and India – Again, words can’t say. I love you both. They’ve read parts of this book at least a dozen times, I’m sure.
- Lenore and Sara Lindsey – for reading early pages and later chunks and the whole thing once, twice… giving great feedback at every juncture.
- Lindsey and Maggie – for doing cold reads at the end of draft one – and again at the end of the revision. I remember they each read the whole thing in a day, and that was such a thrill!
- My good friend Kelly, for all the Starbucks and sympathy, and her DH, Brian, who made my fab website.
- Michelle Buonfiglio – who read this book and saved me from unfortunate phrases like “stunned O” and “button of desire”.
- Eloisa James and the Squawk ladies, who offered invaluable advice when I needed it most.
- The unnamed agent who gave me my first rejection – and the first clue that I might need to put some conflict in the second half of the book.
- Assorted anonymous contest judges, who underscored that clue many a time. Yes, thanks even the one who called it a TSTL wall-banger.
- Kalen and Seton, for reading the book and giving it to me straight when I needed the unvarnished truth. But also for encouraging me.
- To all my CPs again (CM, India, Lindsey, Sara, Lenore), who circled the wagons in May and listened to endless variations on “what if I did this?” – before I started the rewrite. And then read the rewrite. And the revised rewrite.
- To everyone who made Dallas so much fun (and here I’m sure I’m gonna blow it and leave someone out… *cringe*) – CM, India, Sara, Lacey, Erica, Darcy, Jacqueline, Bev, Cindy, Gladys, Chris, Gillian, Santa, Manda, Elodie, J Perry, Keira, Sara, Jennifer… who’d I forget? Help me out!)
- Darcy, Lacey, and Elyssa – for bringing fresh eyes to the book this summer
- All the VaNo Vanettes, for being such a constant source of inspiration.
- Erica, Jennifer, and Sara D., for lending sympathetic ears this past few months.
- Helen, my agent – of course. The best!
- And each and every one of you who visit this blog – whether you comment or not. Knowing you’re watching my progress has been a huge motivator for me all this year.
I love you all!