A Heartfelt Thank You ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

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A Heartfelt Thank You:

A friend of mine recent suffered a huge loss. In all of her grief, she wrote a beautiful thank you on Facebook to the authors of this genre. It got me thinking about the role this genre has played in my life recently.

As most of you know, I shattered my leg back in April. While this doesn’t compare to the tragedy my friend suffered, it threw my entire life into upheaval. I was basically bed-ridden and/or house-bound for 4 months. (If you don’t know what I am talking about you can read more here.) I am just now starting to be able to get back to a portion of my life. It cut me off from my life in so many ways. However, this post isn’t about that. It is about how I filled my days since that fateful step.

I don’t watch TV. I just don’t have the patience for serial television. I used to, but I gave it up as a bad job about 4 or 5 years ago. I don’t watch movies very often, either. I know; I am weird. Instead, in the few hours a day I had to myself (with three small children) I started reading more and more. About three years or so ago, I found the M/M Genre.

In this genre, I found not only books that interested me on many levels, but I also found community. Since I started Prism Book Alliance® almost two years ago, that community has grown to include some very good friends. When I hurt myself, I had an overwhelming number of offers of help.

First, of course, were from my team at Prism Book Alliance®. Especially PizzyGirl who has been an absolute rock in keeping the blog going while I was too out of it to review much less schedule posts and answer emails. Lirtle, Beverley, Queue, Teresa, Ameliah, Christine, Paisley, Caroline, Josie, Ulysses, and Zane have all stepped up to help as their schedules have allowed (I hope I didn’t forget anyone).

I could always find someone with whom to chat online when I needed a pick me up. When I needed contact with the outside world. Most of those people came from within the genre somewhere. My harbor ladies (you know who you are) kept me sane — well relatively sane — while helping me fall down a rabbit hole, but it was fun. So many others I chatted with via messenger or Facebook walls.

Many offers came from friends I didn’t even know were local to me. Some I did know were close. While I haven’t taken them up on their offers too often (I have a hard time asking for help), there are a few times I needed them and they came through. Becky Condit, Eileen Griffin, and Embry Carlisle have been ready to step in at a moments notice.

I also had authors offering me reading material. Best. thing. ever.

Whether or not you offered me something to read, I have to give a shout out to all the authors in the genre who kept me sane over the last 4.5 months. Seriously you guys rock so hard. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your gifts with us.

You have been my escape when I needed out. You were my tether when I was barely hanging on. You filled my many sleepless hours with joy, tears, and love. You gave me friends when I was lonely. You let me travel while never leaving the four walls of my bedroom. All through the worlds, characters, and adventures your words give us.

According to Goodreads, I read 359 different titles since 25 April 2015 (the day after the accident). That, of course, doesn’t count those titles that I read more than once during that time frame. I read books outside my comfort zone. I read books that left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I read books that left me with bigger hangovers than the pain meds ever did. I read books that were suggested by friends and strangers. I picked up ones that have been languishing on my TBR forever. I found new favorites and new-to-me authors. I revisited old friends.

I think I re-read Mary Calmes’ entire backlist, and a few of her titles more than once (or twice, or …). I lost count of the number of times I visited with Sam & Jory, Miro & Ian, and Vince & Carson. Eli Easton was another well-read comfort read for me. I visited her Mick & Fielding at least three times that I can remember as well as revisiting a few others. I visited Georgia three or four times to see Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban’s Jake & Brandon.

Some other re-read authors were:

  • Marie Sexton
  • SJD Peterson
  • NR Walker
  • Cardeno C
  • Charlie Cochet
  • Heidi Cullinan
  • John Goode
  • Amy Lane
  • Nikka Michaels & Eileen Griffin
  • Giselle Ellis
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Rhys Ford.

Some were re-read because there were new books in a beloved series. Some were re-read because I love the stories so much, or they are comfort reads of a sort. That list isn’t exhaustive by any means.

I can’t list all 359 titles I read while I was convalescing. If you are my friend on Goodreads you can check most of them out on this bookshelf. You can check out my reviews for the ones I was able to review using this link. (If you aren’t GR friends with me, feel free to friend me.)

I want to apologize for not reviewing everything I read. There were times that I just didn’t have the mental faculties to do so. I also want to thank all those individuals with whom I worked on bloggy stuff during this time for their patience.

I am not 100%. I won’t be 100% for quite some time. However, I am at a good point. I hope to get the blog back on track in the next few weeks.

When I last blogged about this injury, I was hoping to make it to Bristol for UKMeet 2015.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  I am hoping to go in 2016, however.

If you are going to be at GRL, I hope to see you there!

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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10 thoughts on “A Heartfelt Thank You ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

  1. Good to hear you’re on your way to back to normal. I’m glad to hear you’re going to GRL. Even though I won’t be part of the Con, I’ll be in town and hope you get to meet Mike and ‘lil q. Lord knows they’ve both heard me speak about you enough. 😀

  2. ❤️ I’m so glad you are on the mend. I know it will be a while and you’ve already missed activities and trips you had looked forward to but you’ve turned a corner. Much love and admiration for all your courage. ❤️

  3. I second CJane Elliott’s comment. Thank you for all you’ve been doing for the GRL blogs and flash fiction. I’m so sorry to learn about your suffering–especially with small children. A bit of a challenge!

  4. So happy to hear things are starting to come back together for you! We won’t have a RainbowCon to room together at in 2016, but let’s shoot for 2017, and for getting together sometime before that! <3

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