By Deb Werksman
For my last blog of the year, I want to take the time to acknowledge and appreciate every single one of my authors (in completely random order ). Your hard work and passion make every success I have possible.
C.H. Admirand—I wanted to work with you from the moment I met you—yay! Dreams come true!
Mary Wine—a pleasure to work with, always something new up your (magnificent) sleeve
Tamara Hogan—world-building ooh la la—I never wanted to come to the end of the story—hurray for trilogies! Something to look forward to.
Lydia Dare—wicked sense of humor, brilliant characters, two wonderful women to talk to! You go grrrrllllls!
Jill Mansell—you make me laugh and cry at the same time—it’s kind of like the sun shining through a rain shower—rainbows!
Leigh Michaels—gorgeous writing, really committed to your craft, a pleasure to spend time with you at RWA
Jane Odiwe—elegant, artistic sensibility, and not afraid to go where no Jane Austenite has gone before
Laurie McBain—beloved by millions, and all one has to do is read you to know why!
Marie Force—huge commitment, great fun to read, does a love triangle like nobody else, my crystal ball says much success coming your way
Patricia Rice—you gave me a huge opportunity, for which I will always be grateful
Kara Louise—brilliantly established all on your own—brava! So happy to be working with you!
Linda Wisdom—a true original! You make us laugh and pant every time. Your imagination knows no boundaries--you rock, girlfriend!
Shana Galen—fast-paced and beautiful fun—every book is an adventure!
Elaine Coffman—working with you is a privilege—so excited when I read your voice!
Karen Wasylowski—you really get it about doing something new and different—brava!
Joanne Kennedy—you’re always willing to do whatever it takes—thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mary Margret Daughtridge—I’ve loved your writing from the very start, and it just keeps getting better and better!
Mary Ellen Dennis—it’s kismet! I’d share a coffee with you any time—not only are you a great writer, but you’re a lot of fun to be with
Olivia Cunning—girlfriend, I had to stop reading your books on the airplane—it was getting way too hot in there—we’re ALL in love with the Sinners
Ciji Ware—the consummate pro! Every book is a gem. And, thank you for making your deadline every single time
Sharon Lathan—passionate, enthusiastic, you care more than anyone—we ALL love working with you!
Amanda Grange—our star across the pond—congratulations on everything—you’re brilliant!
Abigail Reynolds—a pioneer and a genius—brilliant work, Abigail, every time
Lisa Renee Jones—woohoo! Fast pace, hot heroes, lots of action, couldn’t put it down. Losing a lot of sleep over here!
Kristine Grayson—you have me charmed! Love every concept of yours—can’t wait to do more (and more)!
Judi Fennell—award winner, brilliant mind, I’ve never seen anyone so unstoppable. Love you!
Anita Clenney—what a brilliant imagination you have my dear! (The better to keep you up reading late into the night ;-)
Carolyn Brown—punch drunk in love with your cowboys, and our conversations are just the best!
Maria Hamilton—fresh and original, and always true to yourself—deeply respected
Susan Adriani—a fresh spin in a tried and true world—brava!
Cheryl Brooks—you win the imagination award, hands down. Meow!
Sidney Ayers—unleashed! Let it rip! Great fun and never a dull moment!
Terry Spear—You really did come up with something new under the sun.
Amelia Grey—you’re sunny, funny, and a radiant storyteller—you’re a gem, and I’m so happy to be working with you!
Phillipa Ashley—sassy, witty, your stories are transporting!
Belinda Roberts—your Mr. Darcy in a Speedo is forever etched into my imagination—likewise the lifeguards. Dazzling work!
Grace Burrowes—heart and soul. If you write 1000 books I’ll look forward to every single one.
Stephanie Rowe—wicked, wicked funny and fun—ingenious twists, hot characters, a wild ride every time.
Catherine Mann—gracious, professional, a dream come true to work with you, and I love our conversations from different points of view—it just goes to show you, we’re all in this together
Stephanie Julian—is it hot in here? Or is it my own personal summer? No, I’m reading a Stephanie Julian—leave me alone, I’ll let you know when I’m available again…
Mary Simonsen—you weave a story like nobody else—history and imagination in a perfect dance—brava!
Victoria Connelly—can I please have my own personal Mr. Darcy for Christmas, please? From your pages, please? With you, anything is possible…
Jennifer Blake—you are elegance and graciousness personified and every one of your books is a dream to read. Thank you for the opportunity.
Ashlyn Chase—fabulous world-building and characters your readers just can’t get enough of. So much fun to work with you!
Kathryne Kennedy—you are truth, beauty and magic, all rolled into one.
Beth Cornelison—I love your storytelling—your heroes are delicious. I’m a big fan.
Rebecca Ann Collins—my dear author on the other side of the world—how are your roses blooming while we’re freezing? You have a devoted following, as you should—we’re so excited about your new work.
Laura Kinsale—working with you is a dream come true. I am one lucky editor.
Kendra Leigh Castle—you create amazing worlds and awesome characters to inhabit them—I’m a fan forever
Tawna Fenske—aside from the fact that your book made me laugh so hard my iced tea came out my nose, I am forever impressed by your tenaciousness
Diana Birchall—lovely writing and a lovely person—I wish I could see you more often
Amanda Forester—endlessly entertaining to read, easy to work with, and the future is bright
Jack Caldwell—a truly fresh take whenever you pick up your pen (or should I say keyboard?) A pleasure to work with, always.
Linda Berdoll—your books will outlast us all. When I think of authorship I think of you.
Kathryn Nelson—terrific reading, wonderful world-building, a very special book
Carolyn Eberhardt—your story inspired a whole book—thank you for your wonderful imagination!
Judith James—we still have “Jamie” moments—your writing is truly a cut above
Elizabeth Newark—your book is a gem, and so are you
Sara Angelini—one of my hottest—really transporting—well done!
Malena Lott—a beautiful story, beautifully told, with a yummy hero and a surprise perfect ending
M.L. Buchman—one of my fastest, easiest, most coachable authors—killer writing—1000 thanks!
Jane Dawkins—elegant, graceful writing with depth and precision—you are an original
Wayne Josephson—a sparkling rendition, brilliantly executed—clever, smart and funny. Well done!
Holly Denham—a total pageturner—very smart! And I hear from my colleagues who met you across the pond that you are gorgeous
Heather Lynn Rigaud—you opened up a whole new world of excitement, sexiness and fun! Rock on!
Loucinda McGary—I’m such a big fan of yours—amazing stories, the best heroes, and exotic locations I get lost in! And, I know you’ll never really use that whip on me.
Rachel Billington—a wonderful voice and well done world make for such a delightful read
Monica Fairview—thank you for expanding the Darcy family to our distant shores—we can’t get enough of your writing!
Robin Kaye—a gift, a joy, a pleasure to be with—a big mouth and a really big voice—here’s to success!
Nina Bennetton—you are taking Mr. Darcy to a whole new place. A true original. And when I say compulsively readable, I mean that literally
Susanna Kearsley—your books are compelling, enthralling and wonderful—lucky me!
Sr. Eucharista Ward—you did such a beautiful job with Mary Bennet—it opened new worlds for me
Donna Simpson—I’m such a fan—I wish you all success, and asap, too
Samantha Grace—fluid, witty writing and a positioning that I just love—bring on the ruination!
Marsha Altman—going places fearlessly and with clarity and commitment to your own vision—I honor you
Elizabeth Aston Edmondson—so excited to be your editor over here—what a joy!
Sara Taney Humphreys—your storytelling is special, truly—something original and refreshing--I’m so excited to be working with you!
Libby Malin—you are a wonderful writer, with a wonderful vision and a sparkling sense of humor
C. Allyn Pierson—a gem in Jane Austen fiction—so well done, so much reading enjoyment
Emery Lee—a fresh view of history—very welcome and great fun to read
Michele Ann Young—you add a new level of depth to your Regencies—they truly resonate with me
Laurie Brown—your long ago vote of confidence meant everything—I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with you, and I can’t wait for the next book
Tracey Devlyn—you’ve really put a new twist into Regency—I couldn’t be more excited!
Wishing all of you and yours a blessed, beautiful and wonderful holiday, and looking forward to 2011 full of success and joy for all of us!