Monday, February 15, 2016

Dedications


Today I’d like to talk about dedications. I think it’s one of the little features in almost every book that is often overlooked. I always check out the dedication page when I sit down with a new book.

Why?

Because I love reading those passages, and I marvel at how a few well chosen words can say so much about the author and the people they dedicate their work to.

After my first book—Some Like it in Handcuffs—was accepted for publication I didn’t have to think twice about who would get the coveted dedication page. The hard part was deciding what to say without getting to wordy or sappy. (Both bad habits of mine) My sister was the tank of strength in the bumpy journey I jumped on in the pursuit of becoming a writer and then taking the final plunge into publication. I couldn’t have done any of it without her encouragement and support.

My second book—Two Timing the Boss—I had no other option but dedicating my work to my awesome daughter. As a baby she was my pride and joy, as she grew to a pre-teen and then a teenager we had our share of battles. She’s now a young adult, making her way out in the world. Through all the changes we’ve held one steady constant—our love for each other that has carried us through trying times and into a strong friendship.

My third book—Bachelor’s Special—was dedicated to two very important people in my life that left this earth to soon—my mom and dad. I miss them every day.

The fourth book—Secret Love—was dedicated to all my wonderful readers. And every time I think of this dedication I smile. There’s nothing better than hearing from readers, and knowing that I might have brightened their day with one of my stories.

My fifth book—A Friendly Engagement—had to be dedicated to my awesome niece and nephew. Why? Because I borrowed my niece’s middle name for my heroine Devi, and my nephew just had to be included because he’s an awesome soul. I adore them both and knew they’d be excited about the dedication. 

Book six—A Friendly Arrangement—was dedicated in my mind before the book was even written. I have an awesome friend who has given me encouragement when doubt filled me, made me laugh through many long emails, and is someone I can always count on. Sarah is someone I know will be in my life for many years to come.

And finally my latest release—A Friendly Flirtation—this dedication is to the many readers who’ve enjoyed my stories. Some I know, most I’ve never met, but they are the reason I’m lucky enough to get to do something I enjoy and love with my entire heart. I know I dedicated another book to my readers, but there is just no way I can express how much they mean to me. Here’s the dedication in its entirety:

For my awesome readers. My goal in all my stories is to leave you with a smile—an aww moment—that somehow my characters touch your heart. I hope this book accomplishes those goals. Happy reading!

I didn’t have to think too hard to decide who I’d dedicate my books to. Although, I do admit about worrying if I’ll get the words right, or say all I want to say.

Are you like me and look forward to that sneak peek into an author’s thoughts by reading their dedication? Or do you skip the dedication page altogether?

I bet after reading this, you’ll check out a few if you haven’t before.

A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION

One kiss can change your life...

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.


When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.


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