Sometimes the best things in life are simple. Before I even attempted to become a writer, I was a reader. I could read three to four books a week. Easily. I devoured romance books. And the simple pleasure of sitting down in a comfy chair, with a blanket and a book, is indescribable. Words simply cannot portray the sheer pleasure I receive from opening a new book and entering into a fictional fantasy.
Another simple pleasure is receiving an autographed copy of your favorite book from your favorite author. Better than that, is receiving an autograph from an author friend. One of the things that bothered me the most about digital books was that you could no longer do this. Or so I believed. Luckily, some brilliant man invented the Authorgraph and low and behold we can now sign and share our Authorgraphs through Social Media. What a concept. Although I have to admit that there still isn’t anything quite like opening the pages of a real book and seeing an author’s autograph. Just the sound of the pages gives me pleasure. And the smell…ahhh…isn’t it lovely?
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to sign my first Authorgraph to a wonderful reader named Teresa Jones. It was such a pleasure to write how much I appreciated her. Another simple pleasure. It’s funny how something so simple as a signature changes everything. It personalizes things and makes you feel special.
And as special as being on the other side of the authorgraph was to me, I had to return to my favorite autographed books and relive receiving them. So I thought I would share with you my special autographed books and what made them so special to me.
The first autographed book I ever received was from Leigh Greenwood in 2003 whom I met at my first local chapter meeting ten years ago. I’d never been to anything like this before and getting the chance to meet one of the authors who had shaped my love for western romances simply made me entire day. I came home floating on cloud nine.
The next autographed copy came from one of the authors in my very first critique group named Ciara Gold. I was so thrilled to see her sweet message in the book Celestial Dragon and see my name mentioned in the dedication with the words “This one is for you!” Wow!
Now to share my two favorite autographs with you, the first from our very own Lydia Dare/ Ava Stone at our first meeting. Not only did she sign my copy of Tall, Dark and Wolfish, she dedicated the book to her critique partners. What an awesome feeling! Of course, we won’t mention the fact that I had to burst her bubble to remind her that “No, she doesn't live in the regency era and yes, she is actually an American and not English.” Poor thing, she took the news better than I had first imagined. LOL, love ya Ava!
I am truly humbled honestly. I love to talk about sea faring and ships. I was just doing something that I loved to do and I could talk ships all day long—if you let me. I never expected such a sweet acknowledgment. I've actually never felt quite so proud as I did the day I saw this dedication. Not only did I get the chance to help such a fabulous author, but now I have this tangible memory that I get to return to time and again to relive.
So tell me about the autographed books you've received over the years and remember to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Sometimes those are the best kind. Special thanks to Teresa, Ava Stone, and Samantha Grace for letting me share these memories.