Virtual Hugs

Some of you might be surprised to know that I’m not an affectionate person. I don’t enjoy hugs, and I don’t like people to be within what I deem to be my personal bubble. Sure, there are some exceptions, like my hubby, but over all, I’m happy to exist at a pleasant social distance. (Yeah, this social distance thing during plague times hasn’t been a hardship on me. heh.)

Why am I mentioning this on my website? Because even though I’m not affectionate, and an introvert, I still have mad love for people. I’m just shit at showing it most of the time. I’m honestly baffled when people have told me that I don’t appreciate them or how they don’t think I care. Meanwhile I’m over here like: Did you not see the hug gif I sent? Or the three heart emojis??? The fact that I acknowledge you at all means I care!!! It’s like you don’t know me at all!!!

Sooo … yeah, with all that being said, I’m going to come to the point of this post.

I would like to take the opportunity to hand out some virtual hugs to some people on my booky team who I consider invaluable. Yes, they get credit on the copyright page, and they get lots of heart emojis from me, but most people don’t read copyright pages, and  private messages are just that … private. This is my version of PDA for these peeps.

Let’s start start with my cover artist, and designer of all things pretty. Lindsay Tiry of LT Arts not only does all my covers, but she designs graphics for me. Anything from the Dara Kent logo to the interior graphics for my print books, she is my go to gal for when I need any graphic design help with … anything.

Next there is Ren Reidy. Ren not only proofreads my books, but she helps me with font choices, and promo ideas, and … Ren helps me with everything. I’m not so sure my books would exist without her, seriously.

And last but not least, there is Melissa Ringsted of There for You Editing. Melissa who, as I’m sure you already guessed, edits my books. But she is so much more. She gives me the confidence to publish my books when I hit that annoying author insecurity wall. Which happens more than I’d like to admit. Some of my books wouldn’t have been published if not for her, such as The Eclipsed.

Okay, so my quick round-up of what these ladies do for me can’t even begin to express my love and appreciation for them. They are all badass ladies who I’m lucky and proud to know. I just want them to know how much I love and appreciate them. Even if, when I meet them in person, I give them an awkward wave from a few feet away, or if I can’t avoid a hug, I might run away afterwards.

And to anyone else you gets heart emojis via text or post. Yeah, I love and appreciate you, too. (Like all of Team Magical Mayhem aka Dragon Hussies, and my readers etc.)

Mmm … well, I guess that’s it for now. My drive by PDA has come to a conclusion.

Until next time …

I love you gif



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