This has been one hell of a year for me professionally. Unleashed, the first book in my Amoveo Legend series, was released in October and as if that wasn't enough, my agent sold my Dead in the City series to Sourcebooks in another five book deal. It's been an absolute dream come true but truth be told...I didn't dare to dream that big.
This year far surpassed the goals I set out for myself as a writer and I'm extremely grateful for everything that has come to pass.
One of the coolest things I've gotten to do this year, is get to know some of my readers. It is an enormous thrill to meet/tweet with/chat with/FB with someone who read and enjoyed my work. It's a humbling, flattering and thrilling experience all rolled into one.
After connecting with readers via FB, Twitter, blogs and even face-to-face at book signings, I decided I wanted to personally connect with as many folks as possible.
You may be asking yourself...why?
It's not a purely ego driven thing. Really it's not.
Sure, it's nice to hear that someone enjoyed what I wrote but it's more than that. I find it fascinating to hear what various individuals take away from a book. Did they connect with the heroine and the hero? Was the villain really evil or did he/she come off as a wiener? Was the sex sizzling, salacious or sappy? Was the twist a surprise or was it a "Duh" moment?
I know...you can't please everyone...and that's okay because I don't expect to. However, I am interested in what readers are drawn to, sucked into or repelled by.
Let's be honest, I would love to hear that they thought it was the most spectacular book they'd ever read. Hey, what author wouldn't? However, more than that, I'm interested in connecting with the individual who loved it, liked it or....*gasp* not-so-much.
So, what do I want for Christmas? I want to get to know my readers.
So I've put together a contest!
Want a chance to win a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card? Have you read Unleashed?
If you answered yes to these questions then here's what you need to do to enter.
1. Upload a picture of you with your copy of Unleashed onto the Amoveo FB page. It could be your paperback or the book cover on your Nook or Kindle.
2. Make sure you do it by 11:59pm on 12/31/11
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours!