5 Reasons Why Authors Love Readers by Tina Radcliffe (+ Giveaway)


1. They get us and our story worlds.
Readers understand that characters in our books are very real. They email us to check on them and to let us know if those characters made ill-advised decisions. They really participate in the stories and the characters and want to know when the next book in the series is coming.
Readers are willing to get lost in our story worlds. They trust us to build that world solidly, and so well that they are also willing to suspend their belief a little bit for the greater story good. Readers are with us every inch of the way as we construct a new story town or planet.

A few notes from readers.

Oklahoma Reunion: “Maddie (Ryan Jones widowed sister) and Ben Wyatt (Grandpa Jones neighbor's grandson who had a crush on Maddie.) Did you, will you or have you considered writing a story with these two characters?”

Rocky Mountain Cowboy: “How will we know if Rebecca & Joe's twins were boys?”

Claiming Her Cowboy: 

“I hope in your future books you will keep the lives of the characters intertwined with each other. It will be nice to not only see how Travis's life turns out but to know what is also going on with Lucy and Jack with the triplets.”

“Fell in love with Lucy, Jack, Aunt Meri, Dub, General Rue, Emma, Travis, and Tripp. Really, the whole crew touched my heart, loads of laughs and a few tears.”

And…

Safe in the Fireman's Arms.  I am a female firefighter and could vividly imagine each of the scenes when Jake had to suit up and 'rescue' Maggie.”
 “I just finished reading

2. They buy our books.
Economics is very important, and without readers buying books there would be no books. Readers go out of their way to ask their libraries to stock our books. They pass our books along. Shelf space in a bookstore is premium real estate. But readers request our books and get us into bookstores regularly. Word of mouth is the single best marketing tool and readers share their love of our books on social media, thus ensuring that there will be more books. And finally, they review our books.

3. They find more than simply words on the page.
I don’t mean errors although they do that as well. It can be very helpful to know a trusted reader has your back and will tell you about an “oops” privately instead of publicly. Thank you, dear readers. However, I am talking about something else here. Readers pick up on themes, and subtext that perhaps we didn’t even realize permeated a book. They understand the overarching meaning behind our words and they savor that information.

A fun note from a male reader on Stranded with the Rancher: “Having retired from the Quality Control field (Lithium chemistry), naturally I look for errors.  Thought I had two, but, alas, none.”

4. They encourage and appreciate us.
There is nothing as awesome as an email or snail mail note from a reader telling you how much they enjoyed a book and asking you to write faster. And be still my heart, some folks get my twisted humor.

The Rosetti Curse: “A true love story that was told with such everyday humor that it was completely believable.”

Falling for the Cowgirl: “It was a blast. I enjoyed the humorous dialogue, and the rich characters.”

Rocky Mountain Cowboy: “I'm waiting on pins and needles for your next releases.”
Stranded with the Rancher: “Loved your book... are you still writing?”

5. Authors are readers.
Readers are mystical beings who enter a bookstore or a library with a sense of awe, recognizing that before them is the closet to Narnia and the path to amazing adventures, swoony romance and even emotional healing. Let us as authors never forget to keep reading even as we create. Never silence the reader voice within, because we become great writers not only by practicing our craft but first and foremost, by reading great books.

This little post would not be complete without a little bonus note about reviews. I truly understand the value of reviews. That said, I neither read them nor agonize over them. They are beyond my control. I have a truly amazing small support system of influencers who read and review, but I expect them to be honest. And every book is not perfect. Some books are better than others. That’s reality. Each book hits a different note with a reader too.
An author doesn’t seek out readers simple for their purchasing power or for reviews. What most of us realize and appreciate is the relationships we have developed with wonderful readers, who are in fact, just like me. Readers, first.
This post today is a love song of thank you to readers. You buy my book, borrow my book, and share my book. That means that you are sharing a piece of me.
Thank you.

Here’s my challenge. Share one reason why you love authors.

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Title: Falling for the Cowgirl
Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 2
Author: Tina Radcliffe
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 19, 2018 (Print) July 1, 2018 (Ebook)
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Western
Link: Goodreads l Book Bub 

She won the job… Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda “AJ” McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn’t foreman Travis Maxwell’s first choice—but his sisters insist she’s perfect for the job. And AJ’s determined to prove she’s just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything…including his heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina March 2018 2Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe is an RWA Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She is a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year and a 2018 Carol Award finalist. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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CONVERSATION

105 comments:

  1. I love authors mostly for the entertainment they provide me! There is so much trash on TV, but I can always find good clean books to read.
    Also I can't imagine being able to do what they do!

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    1. So true Patty! I'm with you on that. Over the years, TV have not been a necessity for me. I don't even know any new shows!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Amen, Patty. I love other authors for the same reason. I can always find hope between the pages of a good book.

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  2. I love this post! I am so grateful to authors for all of their support of us bloggers/reviewers! But what is even more amazing is the time they take to talk to us. Whether it's in street team posts, facebook comments, our blogs, or even messaging. They answer our questions, allow us to fangirl, and take our comments to heart. It is a blessing to be surrounded by so many wonderful authors!

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    1. And I am a fan girl with the authors I love too. So I totally get it!!

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  3. I have always been an avid reader, as was my Mom. Education, entertainment, escape, etc.

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  4. I come from a long line of school teachers and books have always been a big part of our lives. I love to read! (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Me too. Books let me escape at an early age.

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    2. Me too! I remember hiding under the covers past my bedtime to read!

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  5. I love authors that give a positive message in a broken world.

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  6. I love the time, heart and sacrifice they put into their craft in order to create an enjoyable and immersive reading experience for us. Thank you, authors.

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  7. I have loved being read to and learning to read and enjoying books since I was very young. I love authors I like to read everyday. I just cannot imagine a day without a book to read and authors to write them. Thank you for writing and encouraging us. I especially love my Christian authors.

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    1. Forgot my name Rose Blacked sorry!

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    2. Trust me, Rose, I have days like that! Thank you for those wonderful words about authors.

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    3. Thank you Rose. Your words are exactly my sentiments. I can't imagine a world without books!

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  8. I love authors because my entertainment is reading. Without talented authors who pour hours of time and dive deep into their own emotions, I wouldn't have such exciting books to read. I rarely watch TV except the news to stay current, and always have a book to read wherever I go. No internet/WiFi/electricity required (unless it's too dark to read).

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    1. You are so right, Danielle H. Just need a candle, lol.

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    2. Lol. I loved the invention of little clip lampsfor books. But then, my Darcy said I used them too much at light! He had to keep buying me new batteries!

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  9. I LOVE to read. Without authors there are no books. I love stories. I also love learning how others see the world.
    Becky

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kim! I appreciate your concise response.

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    2. Kim, you should check out Tina's books. I haven't had a bad read from her!

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  11. Well that's an easy question, I love authors because they write books for me to read and fall in love with. Without authors there would be no books! And plus, they're super nice :-)

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    1. And what would I do on a plane if I didn't have a book??????? EGADS. Yes, Trixi, I love authors too.

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    2. Haha, Trixi! Yes. Exactly what you said. How could we not love authors?! What would the world come to without their books!

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  12. I love authors because they give my imagination a place to play. Through reading I have added numerous places to visit to my "I'd love to travel THERE" list. Seeing these places through the written word is almost as good as going. Also, I have been a reader since I was about 3-years-old, and I don't know what I would do with myself if the book pipeline ever dried up! (Although, judging by the current condition of my Kindle, that won't happen for a good LONG time!)

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    1. Pam Graber! I love that. Writers provide a playground for the mind. LOVE IT!!!!

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    2. Hahahha. Yes..the never ending TBR is the never ending kindle library!

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  13. I love authors because their books transport me to another place, another time, excite me, inspire me, encourage me, have me on pins and needles, or finding happily ever after. Reading books is my relaxation and my strongest addiction😊. I carry one with me everywhere I go.
    jtabalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. I love it when authors transport me to another time and place.

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    1. Yes. And isn't it annoying when life insists you snap out of it and face reality? Sheesh!

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  15. I appreciate authors and I appreciate all the time they put into their writing so there are a lot of great books for me to read in my spare time.

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    1. Amen, Dianne! Thanks for stopping by and taking time from your reading to comment.

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    2. Thank you Dianne! It's amazing the time it takes for a novel to be written, and the many hours of enjoyment it provides for all those who read it!

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  16. Interesting post. I don't think I have ever read a specific list like this one although I have seen most of them individually. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Edward! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Ed! So nice to see you here! I don't get a lot of male readers, so it's fun when I do! Thanks for dropping in!

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  17. Share one reason why you love authors:
    They give me a chance to visit the places I might not be able to visit in a real life!

    Love your books Tina! But you know that already ;)

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    1. Me twosies, Natalya! And thank you for the kind words.

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    2. Lol. Books also makes me want to go to those places pronto too! Hahha.

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  18. I love their creative imaginations and the hard work they put into research and honing their craft!

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  19. I love authors for many reasons, but one is that they share their time and talents with us so that we can have enjoyment in our lives. I love Tina's books. They're so entertaining and I adore her sense of humor!

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    1. Knock! Knock!

      Who's there?

      Stopwatch

      Stopwatch who?

      Stopwatch you're doing and pay attention!

      Snort!

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    2. Yep yep yep Winnie! I love Tina and her books too!

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  20. I love authors because they give me wonderful new worlds to explore!

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  21. I love authors, they take me to places I never been, and meet people I want to know.

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    1. Haha. Me too. I'm laughing because I think of all the book boyfriends I loved meeting! Hehhe.

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  22. I love authors because of the wonderful gifts they give us in every book they write. Reading is an oasis from the busyness of life for me. Reading takes me on all kinds of adventures & introduces me to new friends and foes. I am so thankful for the endless hours that authors put into research and writing books to bring readers hours of pure reading pleasure. What a tremendous gift they give1 I am so thankful for them!!!

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    1. Reading makes me slow down and smell the nouns!

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    2. Amen. Totally nail on the head. I love your use of oasis for reading. Thanks!

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  23. Sweet post! I love getting lost in someone's world. I read for the moments when lines click and a character brings understanding and empathy, sometimes for myself. C.S. Lewis said, "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too?” I feel that when reading, and, somehow, it makes life a little easier.

    And I like to laugh. ;)

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    1. Nailed it, Jess. Love that CS Lewis quote too.

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    2. Yes yes! Fellow CS Lewis fan and you are so right!

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  24. The number one reason I love authors is because they write wonderful books for me to read. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I think a day without reading is like a day without sunshine; not nearly as nice!

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    1. Amen. Don't you feel for non readers???? What do they do when the power is out???

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    2. Sweet. We've been having lots of rain lately, so I feel that analogy for sure!

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  25. I love authors for the joy and escape they provide me. Thanks

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  26. I love authors because they create wonderful worlds for me to escape in to. They write books that encourage and inspire me!

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    1. Encourage and inspire. Powerful tools!

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    2. Totally. When a book both encourages and inspires, it's one that will not be easily forgotten!

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  27. I love authors especially ones that write a story so well that I can get lost in it. The type where if I have to set it down and go grab a drink or whatever and come back and reach like I am going to push play on the remote because the book is so alive it is like watch a movie. Those books let me get out if my head and escape whatever in my life is sucking. Those authors are priceless.

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    1. And those who only dare to publish a book a year...so I am forced to savor every word, in painful slowness so it will not end tooo soon!

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    2. Yes. There are those books I just savor every bit, and those that I can't bear to let it go without rereading it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. I love authors who glorify the Lord with the talent He gave them. Their stories give me hope.
    I've always been an avid reader.

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    1. Amen to that, Caryl. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Yes, Caryl. And great to see you again.

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  29. I love authors because they are constantly writing stories to teach us and entertain us.

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  30. Thank you for the giveaway! I like to read sweet romance stories. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

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    1. Vivian! Thank you for stopping by. You are entered.

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  31. Great post Tina.

    I am an avid reader and love authors who bless readers with their stories, especially those who glorify the Lord. I love being "captured" within the pages of their books and taken on an amazing journey.

    Blessings, Tina





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  32. I love authors because they work hard to write for our reading pleasure. I especially love the Christian authors because their goal is to glorify the Lord. I also appreciate the fact that many are on social media and appreciate your shout out for their books.
    perrianne (DOT askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Perrianne! Love your name. What a terrific heroine name.

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  33. I love authors because they keep me sane when I'm having a horrible day with chronic health issues, reading has been such an escape for me the last few years!

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    1. I agree, Abby. My issues aren't serious, but some days I need a distraction and a good book does this.

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  34. These look great! I love how authors can push me to see what events are like from another person's perspective.

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  35. I love authors because they write fiction that takes me away to new worlds and I love learning new things.

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    1. Me too. Thanks to books, Tuscany is on my bucket list.

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  36. I love authors for their ability to make me forget, to help me remember and to show me what is possible!
    Thanks for your great giveaway!

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    1. Sort of like the Galaxy Quest theme. Never give up. Never Surrender.

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  37. I LOVE reading, and without authors, it would be a little hard to do that ;) So thank you to those who write!

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  38. Authors often find the exact right words to describe my feelings and dreams.q

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  39. Yes. Jeanna. One of my favorites is the word "chocolate."

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  40. You never know where an author will take you or what they will make you feel. :)

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