Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Readers are such gifts

Readers are such gifts in themselves. The notes you write, the emails, the comments on Facebook--they all are so meaningful and I appreciate hearing from you. Connecting with readers is one of the unexpected blessings of writing, and when you tell me that the characters in my stories live "within you" like they have (and still do) in me... Well, that's beyond encouraging!

And speaking of beyond encouraging...

I got the neatest gift from a reader. Marti Walker, thank you for allowing me to post some pics here of the precious gift you gave me. And it came at just the right time, guys...when I was on the exhausting homestretch of finishing Beyond This Moment. I was one thirsty soul during that time and when  Jack and I stopped by the post office to pick up the mail one afternoon, I had no idea what was waiting! A Veronique doll (based on the heroine in Remembered):

Take a peek to the right and you'll see the resemblance. All the way down to the reticule and parasol! 

Marti, bless you, friend for taking the time to make this for me and I'm touched that Remembered meant so much to you. Jack and Veronique were such fun to write. Bless you! 

And lastly, if you'd like to see what my most recent "guilty pleasures" are, click here to read my post this week on Writes of Passage. Let me know if we have any in common.


  1. The opportunity to interact with authors via blogs is an incredible blessing from this end. How neat it is to be able to tell you and others such as Angela Hunt how much I loved your books! and to have a peak into your lives. You are the ones that are the gifts!

    (And I've always loved Sonic Cherry Limeade, and when I discovered they had it in a slush. . .! Yum!)

  2. That would be a peekinto your lives. Apparently I can't spell before 7:00 AM! Even when I preview the comment! LOL

  3. That doll is precious!

    By the way, your readers love you as much you love us! : )

  4. I can't imagine what it's like to write a novel that you know there are countless people waiting for, to live up to their high expectations to deliver what every other novel you've written has been.

    I know I'm eagerly waiting the two that are going to be releases this year. Your novels on my shelf have gone from one friend to another…all coming back with high praise. There is something special about each one of your characters. While I think Revealed is my favorite (because of the incredible dialogue), I think I love Jack Brennen the best. There was just something so warm and gentle about his nature...something all we ladies dream about having someday (to those of us who aren't married)!!

    Well, look at me going on...!

  5. Sonic Cherry Limeade, Linda! I'm going to have that next in your honor. Sounds delicious, and thanks for your kind words! ;)

    HeathahLee, I'm sending you hugs from my corner of TN. :)

    And Lisa! I'm nervous! LOL! Actually, confession time here, I angst a bit (every time a book releases) hoping that readers will enjoy the next journey I invite them to take with me, while full well knowing that some won't. Or that they may not like it as well as a previous book. Everyone has their favorite, which is the same for me with Francine Rivers' books. I love her writing but definitely have my favorites! ;)

    In light of this, a while back I purposed to do my best to write the best book that I can write each time, give it my all, and then give it to God and let Him take it from there. But that doesn't mean that I don't still hope and pray that my readers will enjoy the next journey. :-)

    And FWIW, I love Jack Brennan too. He was a pleasure to write (in Remembered), especially paired with Veronique. And Matthew's and Annabelle's dialogue (in Revealed) practically wrote itself. I could hear their voices so clearly. I love the fire inside them both, and would welcome the chance to someday revisit them and maybe even tell Sadie's story. I think of Sadie often. Thanks, Lisa, for your encouragement, friend!

    Much love to you gals!

  6. How awesome. I still like to collect dolls and I loved that book. I took four years of French, but I don't get to use it that often. Remembered, and all your books are wonderful! It's been a while since I wrote you, but I'm trying to keep up.

    Many blessings,

  7. Such a cute doll, Tammy! I think REMEMBERED was my favorite of the Fountain Creek Chronicles (although I loved each one). ~ Now I'm reading FROM A DISTANCE and loving it!
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  8. Oh, I've often wondered about Sadie. I so wanted to know her story. I'm happy that there's a possibly we might be privileged to that yet!

  9. How cool, Tamera!

    As I told you on Facebook, I recently read my first Tamera Alexander book. It was "From a Distance," and I loved it! I look forward to reading more of your books. When you discover a "new" author, it's like stumbling onto a treasure trove. :)

  10. You and my mom, Patti Jo! Remembered is still her favorite. ;)

    Thanks, Lisa! Sadie (along with Isaiah and Abby) is the most requested character that readers want to know more about. I hope some day to write her story.

    And Cindy, nice to "bump into" over here too. LOL! I appreciate your encouragement. Hope you feel my hug from TN. ;)


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