I'm feeling all sappy and sentimental today. Because one year ago, my first book came out into the world. And it's been one heck of an awesome year for Southern Fried Blues.
When Mr. Good Enough was published this spring, I wrote a little note here on rejection and inadequacy and doubts. Two months later, I found out Southern Fried Blues was a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards. A month later, it was named a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.
Reviewers have brought me to happy tears. Because phrases like these are music to an author's soul:
I didn’t want to shut off my Kindle and let the story end. I have a strong feeling I’ll be back to revisit Jackson & Anna Grace often. — Jaime at For the Love of Books
I loved this book so much I hardly know where to start. — Sacha at Gonna Need More Books
The love story is timeless and the happily ever after is forged from the fires of perseverance, strength, passion, hard work, acceptance and love. – Elizabeth at Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic
Southern Fried Blues is a stand out book in flood of other military romance books. — Amazon reviewer
Wow, y'all. Just… wow. And thank you.
I still think about my favorite scenes and smile. Anna vs. the fire ants. Anna vs. the armadillo. Anna and the fish vs. Louisa. Anna vs. Jackson. Jackson vs. himself. Mamie and her friends. The Mae Daniels books. The Iron Bowl. Dinner at Jackson's momma's house. The squirrel hunting scene. The biscuits. Really, I can't pick just one favorite.
Happy first birth-iversary to Southern Fried Blues, the little book that could. 🙂 If you haven't read it yet, I hope you'll give it a chance this weekend! And if you have read it, have you checked out the archive of deleted scenes, character interviews, and other extras here?
Have a great weekend, y'all!
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