By Vivian Arend
I’ve debated a dozen times if I should post this, or just pop up the cover and blurb and say “Wheeee! It’s here!” But even though I feel a little geeky, I gotta do it.
It’s been an amazing journey– and if you’ve been following me for any length of time you know how much I love traveling. This time the destination was slightly different, but like all journeys, its NOT just reaching the end that counts. It’s the things you learn, and the people you meet along the way that make it extraordinary.
This adventure, though, started with Maya Banks. She’s the one who lit a fire under my butt to think about subbing a project to New York. HelenKay Dimon pulled out all the stops and wrote me long, long letters when I was looking for my agent. Elle Kennedy helped my poke my proposal into shape. Lauren Dane and Ann Aguirre held my hands as the auction started. Maya was there as well, laughing with me at my excitement.
Through it all, Bree and Donna (aka Kit Rocha/Moira Rogers) were my rocks, giving hugs and hits as needed. My beta readers Nancy, Lillie & Kathy gave me O_o looks and “Omg, so good” in balanced enough proportions I knew I’d be okay. When Jaci Burton read the final draft and told me she loved it–incredible.
And you. The readers, who have expressed interest since the first rumours of the new series, to being excited over cover art, and ARCs and now release day.
Now I have tears in my eyes because all these people mean the world to me, and while I’m immensely proud of HIGH RISK, and the other books coming in the series, I’m even more thrilled by the world of people around me. I <3 you guys so hard. Thank you for being there. Thank you for supporting me as I live out this dream of being a storyteller.