Wow the week is almost over and while I have kept up with getting my own posts posted, I haven't been as good about getting around to others posts. I am going to work on that today, and what better day than the day we are talking about nurturing relationships.
There are several topics we can talk about today, but I am going to talk about one of my well-nurtured relationships with an author.
Shortly after I began blogging in 2009, an author got in touch with me asking me if I would review his two books. Both books focused on a PI and the blurbs sounded really interesting to me. The whole books for free thing was rather new to me at the time too, so I jumped. What I really liked about this author was he stayed in touch. I had surgery, he wished me well, I got better, he politely inquired when I could read and review his book, and I do mean politely. I liked that he followed up in a very professional way and it made me move the book to the top of my TBR pile. And I was very glad I did. I read Fatal Gamble and fell in love with the main character, Gallagher. He's not perfect, but he tries to do his best, he has a good head on his shoulders and a definite sense of right and wrong. The story provided suspense, a romance between Gallagher and a special lady and a satisfying conclusion. I was hooked.
After posting the review, JP stayed in touch, he sent a get well gift when I went through my second surgery in a 6-month period. Then a little while after I got better politely inquired about me reading Deadly Codes. No convincing needed now, I read it, loved it and started begging him for more books in the Gallagher series. The second review was done in 2010, and I think we email about once or twice every few months, just a check-in, a sharing of news (he's going to be a grandfather) and friendly talk. He probably knows more about my boys than he wants to because I tend to gush (or complain, depending on the day) when I email.
So I said all of this to say - bloggers and authors can become friends. JP lives in Massachusetts with his wife, I live in NC with husband and kids but we still find time to catch up and see what each is doing. I treasure this friendship and it makes me more open to friendships with others I meet through my blog.
Thank you JP for your books, your kindness and your friendship!
Check out J.P. O'Donnell's website.
Giveaway Day #4This is for two more books from my giveaway page that I plan to add more books to by weekend. When all is said and done I should have 40+ books on this page. To enter today, tell me if you have ever met an author in person or gotten to know one on the internet. Open to US/Canada only due to shipping costs (I do have two international giveaways going this week so check out the sidebar). Ends 6/1/2011.