Labor, value, and a Neighborly Affection freebie on the way

Howdy, reader-folk. If your personal space boundaries are sufficiently relaxed, c’mon in for a hug. It’s really just a big thank-you, but there’s so much thankfulness that it’s leaking around the edges of the letters.

See, it’s Labor Day weekend, and I received my first-ever royalty statement. That’s a crazy-weird sentence that doesn’t make sense to me yet. I write oodles of fiction because I enjoy writing, but the idea of getting paid for it is still novel, if you’ll pardon the pun. (Or not — I’m an unrepentant punner.)

There’s so much potential reading material out there marked like a litter of kittens in a cardboard box — free to a good home — that it humbles me to know readers are willing to take a chance on a new author. For everyone who bought Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1), I hope the investment was worth it for you, not only in money but also in time spent reading.

But since you all deserve a more substantial thank-you than an internet hug, I wrote a short story peeking into the future of Henry, Alice, and Jay’s relationship. It’ll be available in a free anthology this fall. When I have a firm date, you’ll be the first to know.

M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.

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