At the beginning of May, the very talented Kassa from Kassa RVWS's Journal devised the Author Fan Letter Blog Crawl as a way for readers to say thank you to our favourite authors. Yesterday, 02 June, we discovered Shayla Kersten thanks to the lovely Erotic Romance Reader (Janna). Today, it's my turn. Welcome to the 03 June stop in the Author Fan Letter Blog Crawl... And don't forget to visit the lovely Bridget Locke at Reading, Writing, and Life...Oh My! tomorrow for her author letter!
Dear Lisa Kleypas, Lucy Monroe & JB McDonald,
When Kassa first mooted the Author Fan Letter Blog Crawl I was hesitant to participate - I couldn't imagine how I would narrow the field to just one author when I have discovered so many. (Well, that and I'm a terrible letter writer.) I quickly came to the conclusion that I couldn't...books touch you in oh so many ways and making such a decision was nigh impossible. After much thought (alright, angst) I narrowed the field to you. Why? Because each of you, in your own way, have touched my life with your books, have led me to change the way I view myself...and have made me feel less alone.
Everyone has baggage...the reasons why it appears and how are as myriad as the stars. Sometimes it announces its arrival with a thunderclap...and other times it slips silently inside and waits, lurking, only becoming apparent when the road grows steeper...and your legs all but unwilling to continue. And it was at such times in my life that your books (Blue-Eyed Devil [Lisa Kleypas], Blackmailed Into Marriage [Lucy Monroe] and By Degrees [JB McDonald]) appeared. Reading a book in which I can relate to a character is rare. But...there I was, on the pages of your books, in black and white. Each of you took an issue often ignored and dealt with it, but there were no quick fixes, no 'true luv' riding in to save the day. Your books steadied me when I was faltering, when I felt that I'd never be able to right those things about me that...feel broken. And yes, what's you've written is fiction, but...the depth of knowledge in your books speaks of long hours of research, and of understanding. They gave me hope, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Edited to add a link to Bridget Locke's letter!