Thank You My Cyber Friends

on October 24, 2011 in Misc

Today I’m singing my gratitude to, among others, the proudly naked Hart Johnson, the literary force to be reckoned with behind the very successful blog, Confessions of a Watery Tart. (She’s the tart.)

Yesterday (Sunday) Hart devoted her blog posting to yours truly and the release of  The Compass Master.  I was touched, I was thrilled, and I was embarrassed to realize that I’d spaced out the part in her email to me where she said she would write about TCM in her Sunday and Thursday postings.  I kinda misunderstood and thought she was giving me a choice so I chose Thursday.  But in fact she was giving me both days.  Anyway late yesterday afternoon I thought I’d stop by her blog, and lo and behold there was my name and book in large print!

Here’ the proof:  (Scroll down to Sunday after reading today’s moving post)

She also made me sound like someone impressive (lol) who’s been working like crazy on my Layla plan.  But the reality is, between finishing, publishing, and now trying to promote TCM, plus my full-time job and life in general, I’ve barely had time for the last month or two to devote myself to it as much as I should.  And as much as I want to.  I mean, I really NEED to start having some fun again.  But I can do without the sometimes physical pain.

Speaking of that plan, I am overdue in giving Robert Read a big hug and thanks for writing the first review for TCM on Amazon.  Like Hart, I met Robert in cyberspace, in his case when he started leaving comments on this blog.  And I mean they are always intelligent, well-written comments because he’s the kind of man who clearly knows what he’s talking about, whether it’s weight-lifting or poker or you name it, and he doesn’t let me get away with hot air, which I can be full of when I get lazy.  He also kindly volunteered to read a draft of TCM, and his critiques were so sharp and insightful I of course followed them closely as I rewrote the weak passages and elements he pointed out.  He definitely made my book better.  Thank you, Robert.   (And here’s an illustration of my image of you.)

Another person I’m singling out today is Ciara Knight, who’s an all-around generous and supportive person and a newly published writer.  You can find her at her blog of the same name,, which as the cool subtitle of “Writing to the Edge of Darkness.”  I downloaded her ebook, Love’s Long Shadow from Amazon, and as soon as I find some FREAKING TIME this week I’m gonna relax and enjoy and read it.

Also, here’s a shout out and thanks to my cyber pal Ben Schmitt, a fellow writer, a very smart guy, a devotee of the martial arts, a crazy busy student and worker, and future great novelist and filmmaker.

To you all and more, I love ya.

6 Responses to “Thank You My Cyber Friends”

  1. Hart says:

    Awwww! Thank you so much for the shout-out! And I’m sure I was a little scattered about the PLAN. And you wouldn’t know, but in addition, I had FB comments on how much your cover rocks–it is so gorgeous!

    Your reviews thus far look great, too. I can’t wait to read!

  2. Helena says:

    Hart – Nope, you weren’t scattered, I was! And I’m looking forward to reading ALL your books, especially Kahlotus.

  3. Robert L. Read says:

    That’s a good image of me, but where is my pocket protector? And there’s nothing quite like covering up your receding hairline with a heavy steel helmet.

  4. Helena says:

    Robert – a) The pocket protector is under his body armor, and b) that’s why helmets were invented.

  5. Ciara Knight says:

    Helena – I’m sorry it took so long for me to stop by. I’ve had some issues. Anyway, THANK YOU. How super sweet of you! I can’t wait to read TCM!!!

  6. Helena says:

    Ciara — No, much thanks to you. And I’m ALWAYS having issues anymore, so my support back at ya.