By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
My readers blow me away. Often. Whether through emails, facebook messages, twitter, or elsewhere, I've been extremely blessed with supportive readers.
I, for one, don't take for granted the lovely outpouring of support my readers offer. They're busy people with lots of favorite authors and plenty of books to choose to read these days. So when a reader takes the time to connect with me, I do my best to connect back.
I did a recent post sharing some of the creative ways that readers helped support my recent release, A Noble Groom: 7 Ideas for Crafting Creative Book Reviews.
Just last week, another reader, Monica Bruenjes drew an illustration of the characters in A Noble Groom. Here it is:
Make sure you check out Monica's website for all of her other fantastic illustrations!
Didn't she do a fantastic job?! I was SUPER delighted when she alerted me to her post with the picture she'd drawn with such a wonderful representation of the main characters, especially the little daughter Gretchen getting a pony-ride from the hero and falling asleep on his back. She looks so realistic and adorable.
Even more than the awesome picture, I'm grateful for Monica's support, her initiative to do something like this with my novel, and her willingness to share it.
While all my readers may not be drawing illustrations or doing video reviews, they are still awesome!
So I wanted to send out a short but sweet thank you to all my readers everywhere. Thank you for reading my books, for promoting them, and for encouraging me.
Yes, I love writing and I'd likely do it even if I was the only reader of my books. But . . . my experience as an author is all that much richer because of YOU and your excitement and enthusiasm over my books!
To show my appreciation to all my wonderful readers, I'm giving away a packet of five books to one lucky winner. Four are recent Bethany House releases from author friends: Tracie Peterson, Carol Cox, Siri Mitchell, and Becky Wade.
The fifth is one choice from any of my books:
To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post. Receive extra entries for sharing on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter (mention in your comment to receive credit). Due to shipping costs this giveaway is valid to U.S. addresses only.
Contest ends June 12 at 10:00 pm (ET), and the winner will be announced on my Thursday, June 13 blog post. Please check back then to see if you won!
Love to you all! So tell me, what's on your reading list for the summer?
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