Happy Thanksgiving to those of you embarking upon Turkey Coma today in the US, and for the rest of the world who might be receiving a satellite feed of our other Thanksgiving tradition, namely: a whole lot of American football. In past years I’ve written about why I’m thankful for romance, and why particular authors have made a difference in the lives of so many readers.
Today I’d like to say thank you to you. You, reading this page. Hi, there! Thank you! This year has been a huge massive one for a whole lot of reasons. This year we released a book, and traveled all over the US and into Canada promoting the book and our website and our unlimited love for excellent romance. We’ve been welcomed into your communities in Toronto, Durham, Doylestown, Seattle, Portland, Boonsboro, New York, Des Moines and Carroll, among others, and we’ve met so many romance readers who gleefully told us how much they enjoy our site, and our book, and the fact that finally, they have places online to go to talk romance with other smart romance readers. Meeting romance readers who were as enthusiastic and joyous about romance as I am was definitely the best part of book travel.
Since then, we’ve been featured in a lot of different publications – ones we never expected, from People to Marie Claire to The New Yorker to the Daily News to Publishers Weekly. Through that incredible exposure, more readers have discovered our site and other blogs that welcome romance readers and fans of the genre. There’s nothing like receiving an email that says, “I am so thankful I found you! And there are all these sites just about romance novels? I had no idea you existed. THANK YOU.”
No, really, thank you. Thank you for coming to the site and reading, whether you lurk or comment daily. Thank you for emailing me privately to talk about an issue, and for coming back to see what’s new and what’s happened since your last visit. Thank you for sending me absolutely absurd covers or stock images that have been used so often they qualify for AARP membership. Thanks for the book recommendations, the website links, the awesome Friday video submissions, the jokes, and the email messages about how much you disagree with my review. Thank you for every part of the reminder that there are so many amazing, smart, clever readers of romance out there, and thank you for the joy and pleasure of meeting you here. Happy thanksgiving, and many, many happily ever afters.