December 17th last year was the official launch date to my debut novel, Circus of the Queens: The Fortune Teller’s Fate. I’ve been so proud and happy to see it out in the world. It’s truly a miracle that it happened. I wanted to thank everyone who supported this story about a Russian circus family and a once- aspiring ballerina who becomes the circus’ fortune teller. Its audience seems to be growing and it is my hope that that will continue, and that people will have the opportunity to read it and enjoy it for many years to come. It’s been more than a book to me. I believe finishing it, seeing it in print and the thought of holding it in my hands helped me get through more than a difficult time. I believe that it helped to save my life.
There have been a number of cheerful outcomes that have helped to push the book along. Many of you have helped by writing reviews, don’t stop! But know from the bottom of my heart that I thank you. With other wonderful reviews from the Santa Barbara Independent, V’roman’s, The Historical Fiction Society and Goodreads reviewer Karen Brissette, it’s helped me hop, skip and jump into writing its sequel, Circus of the Queens: The Shadow of Lillya.
Other landmark events: being chosen as book club pick of the month from Mendocino’s Gallery Bookshop, speaking at the Woodstock Library forum in Woodstock, New York, having the book purchased by the New York Public Library, to name a few. It’s proved to be a very exciting year that up until recently I could only have imagined happening.
Happy Holidays to everyone — dreams do come true and miracles can happen.