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  • Writer's pictureAngelica Ramirez

Its here...and thanks is owed.

Its just been just under a week since 'Secrets & Photographs" release day - and what a ride it has been! It feels amazingly surreal to have a thing that I wrote out in the world, available for anyone to read.

I promised myself I wouldn't watch reviews or ratings, but for this first week, I've allowed myself beginning impressions. At the time this blog post was written, we are sitting at 4.63% stars out of 5 on Goodreads with 8 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 5 reviews.

And none of this would have been possible without quite a few people in my life. There were brief mentions in my acknowledgements but I want to take a moment to give a little bit more thanks to those people.

(All of these people would rather not have me post pictures of their faces, so instead, i present to you their pets)

To the Queen of Salt Mountain...aka the best business partner a girl could ask for-

German Shepherd and Keeshond
Front to back- Shotgun & Missy

To say this book would not exist without her, is an understatement. I wanted to give up so many times. Whether it was during the writing process, when I sometimes struggled to find time or to keep going- or if it was during the querying process, where she talked me through every rejection email and convinced I had a good enough story that people would enjoy.

She has also been a huge part of the series as a whole, the first one to read every draft with the same enthusiasm each time. And even now, she still stands as my biggest fan, and is ready to sell the book directly out of our building.

There are not enough words to express how much this woman means to me. I have no idea how I would get through the day without her.

To my Girl Gang-

Black cat judging you
The Cat Knows something...

Smiling dog!
The Beard.

Yellow tabby under the christmas tree
Mojo- my favorite nephew.

These girls were the best writers partners back in the day, and that hasn't changed. Marissa Ambrose would not exist without any of these ladies, who were key to her creation, growth and change from the very beginning over a DECADE ago. (not to age us or anything) While she has grown and become a very different person that the original creation, they helped create the family that has remained through all the changes.

I can't give these girls enough credit. I wouldn't be the writer I am today without any of them. All that time we all spent in rp communities, these three were the best and my favorite scene partners.

While all three of these women deserve a shoutout, a specific shoutout to my sister and bestfriend.

And finally to my family-

baby keeshond, pitbull mix, two black labs and one yellow lab.
From front to back - Freya, Zeus, Critchon, Bear and Maximus Prime.

Without their patience and understanding, this book would never had been completed. I can't imagine how hard it can occasionally be while I drift off into my own little world to create these stories and I just want to thank them for giving me the time and space I need to make this happen. I know between writing and owning/running a business that sometimes it can be a lot. I love and appreciate you all.

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