The content of the dedication and acknowledgment pages from PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, a good substitution for a thanksgiving post. I'm a lucky gal and I'm infinitely grateful for all the wonderful people in my life and the interesting roads I've traveled.
For my mother. There are few joys in life greater than that of having you as my mother
To the memory of my grandfather. I will always miss you. And to the memory of my grandmother, for loving books as much as I did.
Because I’m sure to forget someone, if you are reading this now, let me say thank you. Thank you for everything.
Now onto specifics.
Miss Snark, for her unqualified recommendation of Kristin Nelson via her snarkalicious—and much lamented—blog. Kristin Nelson, for living up to every last one of those recommendations and then some. Sara Megibow, for being the first person besides myself to read this book, and e-mailing Kristin late at night telling her she’d better get reading too.
Caitlin Alexander, my editor and Fairy Godmother—for making me feel like Cinderella. Everyone at Bantam, for treating me so well and publishing me so beautifully.
All my friends, classmates, and professors at the UT MPA program. It was a great year and I think of you with such fondness—in particular, Professor Fabio, who should have graced my cover.
Everyone at the Harrington Fellowship program, for everything. And putting my picture in the New York Times on top of it.
All my friends and sisters from Austin RWA. You guys are the best.
Janine, Jane, and Sybil. Bloggers rock.
Sue Yuen—for her excellent advice on Schemes of Love and for all the good times.
Mary Balogh, Jane Feather, and Eloisa James—for their generous praises. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you and the honor of cleaning your houses.
My husband and sons, three of the cutest and kindest men in the world under one roof. The wonderful family I married into, everyone unfailingly supportive of my dreams, especially my grandfather-in-law, who backed up his prayers for my eventual publication with donations to that effect. You see, Appachen, it has come true.