So, some time on Friday while I was preparing to celebrate a birthday (not mine), and to receive guests to do so, this was announced.
Not only am I the recipient of Girl, Have You Read?’s “Favorite Book/Series,” I am the same for “Favorite Romance Author of 2019!” Un-friggin-believable!
When I encouraged you guys to vote, it wasn’t so much for me to win (and certainly not both categories), but to demonstrate our voices as readers, making our preferences known as well as our presence. You may not have thought beyond your favorite books/characters, but participating in events like this illustrates your buying power.
Why does that matter?
Because when you support Black authors and our brands, it makes bigger businesses take note and want to endorse us, expanding our brands. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I service one of the most powerful buying groups (in the U.S.). And just to think, my sister-readers are beyond the U.S. borders!
Congratulations to Chelsea Maria! I can’t describe how happy I am for you. Getting validation at the beginning of this writing game can go a long way. I hope you’re encouraged to continue to work your gift! #KeepGoingWeNeedYou 💪🏽
Thanks so much to Girl, Have You Read? for using your platform to celebrate art like mine! I appreciate you for holding Black Romance in such high regard. May you continue to grow and prosper!
Thanks to my sister-readers who collectively make almost every day feel like my birthday! My gratitude for you is boundless! I pray we continue to connect by way of literature.
Finally, all glory is given to God (PERIODT) for bestowing this gift in me. For setting me out from the rest. 1 Peter 2:9 (Yes, I’m one of those. Before any title, I’m a worshipper 🤷🏽♀️) I don’t question the how and why because I know the Who. TGBTG!
Indebted to you,