I'd like to take a moment to say thank you to the people who take the time out of their day to offer me encouragement, help, and support.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: To the Cookie Monsters, and you know who you are. I live to open up my email to see what cool cookies have been sent to cheer me up and put me into the writing mode.

These ladies also take the time out of their day to read my chapters and critique them - ensuring that my stories are as tight as we can make them before they ever see a publisher's mailbox.

Without you, this dream would have never become a reality.

To my SIL, who always encouraged me when I was ready to just throw it all away and decide I was done.

To my sister, who read everything as I wrote it via email and helped me catch most of the line-by-line mistakes.

To Tia Bangs, who helped me understand that there was more to the dream than just slapping words on paper and putting it in the mail. Thank you for being my guide in the murky world of publishing, but more importantly, thank you for being my friend.

To Vivi Andrews, who has been steadfastly supportive. She has kicked, motivated, cheered and celebrated with me. Here's for more to come!

The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
~Oscar Wilde