Saturday afternoon random ramblings

- Is anyone in Hurricane Sandy’s path? I’m not sure how concerned I should be. Should I be out at the grocery store stocking up on milk and bread? Although vodka and potato chips would probably better serve my purposes. All joking aside (although I never joke about vodka and potato chips), I hope everyone in its projected path keeps safe!

- I know I’ve been a bit wishy-washy about whether there will be a sequel to Love Left Behind. I’m currently trying to finish two projects – an adult contemporary novel and the third installment of the Shadow series – so I don’t want to make a commitment that I can’t keep. That being said, after I’m done with those two projects, which will hopefully be in a couple of months, I’ll give some real serious consideration as to whether I’m going to continue Emma and Jackson’s story. I had truly intended for their story to end with Love Left Behind and they might get a little grumpy if I start bothering them again.

- I just came back from New Orleans and discovered something about myself: I have no self control when it comes it beignets. I could be full to the point of sickness, but if you plop a few pieces of fried dough with powdered sugar on top in front of me, it’ll be gone within seconds. That’s why I’m grateful for elastic waistbands today (sad, right? but it was worth it!).

- I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn last Saturday and had some of the best brisket I’ve ever eaten from Mighty Quinn’s. There’s really no more to this rambling than this. Meat = Good

And the most important ramble:
- It would be an understatement to say that seeing Love Left Behind on the NYT & USA Today bestseller lists has been surreal. It’s because of you guys, my readers! Not only have I been humbled by your response, but you guys have essentially become a vital part of my marketing team. The power of word-of-mouth has never been so far-reaching as it is today since we’re so connected by social media. Honestly, I can’t put into words how much it’s meant to me, and even if I never sell a single book again, I couldn’t ask for more from you guys! Well, except if one of you could invent a fat-free, calorie-free donut. Then I really couldn’t ask for anything more. :)

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15 Responses to Saturday afternoon random ramblings

  1. Via says:

    I am satiated with Jackson and Emma. I loved the way it ended. On the other hand; I am waiting, salivating to find out what happens to Caitlin and Simon.

  2. Margo says:

    Thanks for the update and we appreciate your honesty & keeping us in the loop about a sequel for Love Left Behind! :) I think we all fell in love with Jackson and Emma. This book was an emotional roller coaster and i loved it. I admit i am a greedy person and would love more of Jackson & Emma!! :P As for it being on the best seller list!!! YAY..AWSESOME…and maybe another reason for the sequel! …..A girl can dream……and sometimes those dreams come true!! ;)

    Thank you so much!! We appreciate you! <3

    • SHKolee says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Margo! I know exactly what you mean – when I fall in love with characters, I must have more! So it’s definitely a possibility. Thanks so much for reading!

  3. daphneamin says:

    I’m am so happy to hear you are thinking about Emma and Ryan’s story & hopefully your mad skills as a writer will overtake your hesitancy for their grumpy disposition..hehehe! That being said I have been furiously reading your Shadow series and love, love, love it. I have never been one to read fantasy/paranormal books. I guess actually the only one that I have been able to read is the Twlight series but was unable to get into any other of that genre. As I said in a previous comment on your blog I read “LOVE LEFT BEHIND” 3 times before being able to move on and boy did I! Simon & Caitlin’s story has been a fantastic diversion and I am completely “jonesing” for whe book 3 comes out. I love your approach to relationships.
    “Well, as cliched as it sounds, it’s really the people that you choose to surround yourself with that become your family, not just the people who share your blood.” Simon from Chasing Shadows #1

    I believe this ultimately is the truest statement.

    Not wanting to spoil it for others I will leave it at that.
    I hope & pray you & your are not in harms way of the storm that you continue to have both personal & professional success. Oh yeah…and more beignets! :-)

    • daphneamin says:

      How could I flub up so badly I meant Jackson & Emma. Sorry I haven’t slept much since I have started reading your books…;-)

      • SHKolee says:

        Thank you so much, Daphne! It’s amazing to hear that readers really connected with my characters and I’m so happy you’re enjoying the Shadow Series, even though it’s not your usual genre. I’m humbled when people let me know they’ve read my books more that once (3 times is impressive!) and makes me strive to make my next books better and better!

        Thanks so much for your well wishes (especially the beignet part ;) ).

        P.S. I flub names all the time! Although I don’t think my friend appreciated me calling her Emma because I was so preoccupied at the time with thinking about where the story was going!

  4. Leslie says:

    Would love a continuation of Jackson & Emma…I just love how passionately he loves Emma. Soooo intense. Now what I CAN’T wait for is #3 in the Shadows series!!! I love paranormal and this series is different from any others I’ve read…and I love that about it!! Glad you enjoy NOLA! I’m a NOLA girl :) hope you have a signing here one day!

    • SHKolee says:

      Thanks so much! So happy you enjoyed all the books! I love hearing from both paranormal and non-paranormal fans about what they think about the Shadow Series.

      I had an amazing time in NOLA! Of course, the highlights were the food. From the muffuletta at Central Grocery to the oysters at Acme (and don’t even get me started on the charbroiled oysters at Drago’s), it was just my kind of town! I had to keep trying the beignets at both Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet to see which I preferred. The verdict was I loved both! Would love to go back!

      Okay…I feel like I’m gaining weight just talking about all the food I consumed in just a few days…

  5. LeinF. says:

    I just finished reading Love Left Behind over the weekend and came to your site hoping for a second book. So I am glad that there might be a second book, heck I wouldn’t mind if you retold Love Left Behind but put it into Jackson point of view instead of Emma’s. Actually I would really love it.

    Also I know some people found Jackson’s obsessiveness to be creepy, I have to say it actually made Jackson that much more dreamy and what not. His possessiveness of Emma is one of the many reason why the book is in the All Time Favorite list.

    Can’t wait to start reading your other books. Glad I discovered a new favorite author. Wish you all the luck and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

    • SHKolee says:

      Thanks so much, Lein! I love hearing about readers connecting with the characters. I share the same taste in male protaginists in books! I’m all about the alpha male that’s possessive and intense. I actually didn’t think Jackson was all that extreme until some people started telling me they thought he was crazy! I guess that makes me crazy! ;) Thanks so much for reading!

  6. Shannon says:

    This is my first review of a book ever which is saying a lot about this book as I have not felt compelled to write anything about the books I have read in the past few months. I have been on such a reading kick. I have rediscovered my love of it. Getting lost in the stories. That being said…. of about the 30 or so books I have recently read I have to say that this one is my favorite. I could not put it down. I bought it off amazon yesterday afternoon and had to finish it, even though it meant getting no sleep (I am a zombie at work today). The story of Jackson and Emma was quite an emotional roller coaster in a good way. I laughed, I cried, I was outraged, I felt every emotion. I know some people do not like when men are so possessive but I feel like when you are so in love with someone that it’s a natural feeling to want to possess them and revolve you world and life around them and have that reciprocated. I would love to see more of their story even if it is from Jacksons point of view. I wondered throughout the entire story what he was thinking. I am about to start reading Seeing Shadows and am hoping that it is as good as Love Left Behind. Thank you so much for sharing this well written completely engulfing story with us.

    • SHKolee says:

      What amazing things to say! Thank you so much, Shannon! I love hearing that you connected with the characters! I’m so happy that you’ve rediscovered the love of reading-there’s nothing like getting lost in a book! Hope you enjoy the Shadow Series!

  7. Lisa says:

    LOVED LOVED LOVED “Love left behind” I’m so happy someone recommend it to me. I could not put it down. I too wondered what Jackson was doing and thinking. I would love to read from his point of view. Wishful thinking.

    Can’t wait to start your other books!!!!

  8. SHKolee says:

    Thanks Lisa! Down the line, after I finish up some projects, I might do a scene or two from Jackson’s POV and post them. Thanks again!

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