I'm a pretty sentimental person (I know some of you are groaning already), and about once a year I seem to hit this apex where I can't contain it. I get really, really touched and affected by the kindness and friendship from my many writer friends. It's mind-boggling to me that some of my closer friendships are with people I've never even met (although I have met one!), who live all over the country and in some cases the world, and they're people I might never have met had I not signed on with Champagne.
I can't tell you how much joy I get from the occasional email or tweet from Jude Johnson, TK Toppin, Linda Kage, Marc Davies and Victoria Roder (sorry, Vickie, we've gotten behind!). Last night TK and I had a blast doing an instant chat at Night Owl Reviews (even if they did attack with questions a bit like piranha) and she's my Facebook IM buddy. This Saturday night I get to have dinner with Jude Johnson, who only lives 90 miles away, and always entertains me with her emails. There are many other Champagne authors with whom I correspond on occasion (love ya, Big Mike!) and hope to correspond with on a more regular basis, and so many of them have read my books and posted wonderful reviews. It's always a delight when I find other Champagne authors in a yahoo loop chat, and I love reading blogs, reviews and interviews -- and I mean to make time to read more.
Well, I promised it'd be short and sweet. Just wanted to say, thanks all of you guys, for being so damn fun. I promise: no more maudlin blogs until next year.
Ashley J. Barnard
Dark Fantasy with a Contemporary Twist