Hello to all you lovely people!
I want to tell you all, how sorry I am that I have been away for over a year, but it's been a tough one. I know so many of you have had so much going on in your lives as well and my issues may be a drop in the bucket, but I just wanted to give you a little bit of an update....
After wrapping up the Romancing the Gold Coast event last October, I was completely burned out and pretty much done with anything having to do with the romance world. The amazing authors and readers who helped make the event so wonderful have my utmost respect and utter adoration forever, and I am so sorry I have been distant. As all of my friends and family know, putting this event together post-COVID was a logistical nightmare and well as exhausting. I like to do most things on my own, so I only had a few close friends, my sons and my book club helped. During the last weeks leading up to the event, I had a lot of authors back out, which made readers back out. A few of these authors were considered to me to be friends, people I loved and respected and would do pretty much anything for. Unfortunately these people didn't feel the same way, and even though I have promoted them, reviewed them, hosted them and spent countless hours helping them, they left me in the dust with varying excuses. Some didn't even bother to give reasons, some just cut and run.
Thanks to the amazing people who supported myself and the event, it actually came off without a hitch. The Tea Party was FABULOUS, the author breakouts were wonderful. The Ball was amazing and every single costume worn by all was just supreme. I also would like to add that there was not one case of COVID that came out of this event due to the diligence of everyone involved and the Mansion staff. Of course there were a few little hiccups and Suzy and Christine may have had to talk me off the ledge a few times, but all in all, it was a success. I got to meet some new people and try new things.
At this time, I also discovered that my mom had colon cancer and that really made me stay closer to home. It made me hug my kids a bit closer and also go see my mom and let my kids know her better. She has been through her chemo and has had clear scans in the past month, so that has been a blessing.
On the bright side, my Jason got engaged to our Vanessa and I got to throw a pretty awesome Engagement Party at the end of August.
I have been listening, primarily to audio books due to my retinopathy, but have also started reading e-books. I just finished a great Vampire based book and cannot wait to review on here. It took me out of my rut and is lighting the fire back in my belly. I want to host book clubs regularly, I want to enjoy book outings with my ladies again. I want to talk books. So hello again from this unconventional blogger and reader. I hope to see you all soon!