Since I’ve been somewhat dark here on the blog, I have a bit of catching up to do. There’s a lot to share, so this is just to get us started. More to come later.

First off, I hope you had a Happy Easter! It’s such a special day for my beliefs so I find it hard to “celebrate” it appropriately. We haven’t really gotten into the commercialism of the holiday for years. I believe it’s a day to appreciate the gift we’ve been given through Christ’s sacrifice, as well as the intangible blessings bestowed on us. Mostly, for me, this is my family and the love we share. So, I was happy to have college boy home and to have a day to just hang out with the Man and the Herd, swimming, relaxing and eating.

Tomorrow I’m off to Chicago for the RT Booklovers Convention, where I will hopefully get to meet some of you! I also get to finally meet my Best Author Friend Forever, Brenda Pandos, as well as many other authors I’ve befriended online but haven’t met in person. And I’ll be rubbing elbows with industry elite (Charlaine Harris, JR Ward, Anne Rice!!!). Well, I hope to at least get their autographs anyway…and to not go all fan-girl psychotic on them.

I seriously can’t wait. I’ll definitely be posting pictures either during the week or when I return. (Reminder to self: don’t forget to pack “real” camera – this deserves more than phone-camera.)

If you’ll be at RT, please let me know via comments below so I can look out for you! I’ll be signing at the EXPO on Thursday, 4-6 pm. I’ll also be at Club RT Thursday, 3:15 and Friday, 11:15, and hanging out for FAN-tastic Day and party on Saturday.

Before I leave, I’ll be sending out my newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber yet, be sure to sign up (form on the left – I just need an email address). There will be a little sneak peek into the next Soul Savers book. *sly grin* *no, I’m not beyond bribing you to subscribe*

Finally, I’ve been noticing how many fans of the Soul Savers Series have not read GENESIS: A SOUL SAVERS NOVELLA yet. The novella shares the intriguing and informative story of how the Amadis began, including details about the mythology of the Soul Savers world. If I could get something like this from J.K. Rowling or any other of my favorite authors, I’d be all over it! So I don’t understand why readers aren’t picking it up nearly as much as the rest of the books in the series.

Do you have any ideas why this could be? Do fans just not know about it? Are readers not seeing the mentions of it at the beginning or end of each book? Or do readers tend to ignore side stories and novellas, thinking they’re not important? What do you think? Any insight is much appreciated!