I’m feeling a little sentimental here If you haven’t heard, Her Temporary Hero hit the USA Today List this week at #108
Debuted: September 10 2015
Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run and wealthy Logan Knight can help; second in series
It’s pretty awesome especially since Her Temporary Hero has been out for over a year. Once, hitting a list only happened during the first week or two of release, then the book was dead. But now, if all the stars line up–and it’s a combination of having the right book, pure luck and a ton of strategy — then it can happen.
I’m thrilled! It’s my first time on the list. But you know what really surprised me? The second I found out Her Temporary Hero hit the list, my one huge regret was that my mom wasn’t here to see this. My mom was a very realistic woman who fully understood life can be unfair and we have to work damn just to survive. But she believed in me and my dream from the moment I told her I wanted to write a book. She would give me money for my birthday so I could buy research books. Wizard and I had three kids and lived on a very tight budget, but Mom would do things like that. (FYI, so did Wizard. He’d set aside money we couldn’t afford so I could pay writing expenses or go to a class.)
Back to my mom — unfortunately, was very sick by the time I first sold. In fact, when the editor called to offer me my first contract, I missed the call because I was in the emergency room with my mom. But that didn’t stop her from telling everyone — doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians, and in one case–the paramedics I’d called after she passed out, that her daughter was a published author. Even at the very end when I sat at the foot of her bed as she struggled to breathe, she asked me if I was ready to handle success. She believed in me that much.
Sadly, she passed away before my first book came out so she never got to hold it in her hands.
So when I got the email that I’d hit the list, all I could think of was I wanted to tell Mom that her belief in me was validated. But last night I woke up at 3am and realized something. My mom left me with a tremendous gift that lives on — she believed. Sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us.
And that’s what I wanted to share with all of you. I believe in YOU. It won’t be easy, my friends. But if we believe in each other, we can do this! Keep building our dreams one step, and one day, at a time.