Celebrating Followers & Friends


To everyone who has followed me on Twitter, made friends with me on Facebook or Goodreads, followed my
blog, purchased my book, critiqued my work on Scribophile or cheered me on in my current WIP, this message is for you.

Every time I get a new follower I think, “What made that person follow me?” What makes one stranger follow another, take interest in what they have to say? Well, why do I follow? The main reason for me is to connect with people who have similar interests. If you write – especially erotic, military or multicultural romance; if you enjoy traveling to new places and meeting interesting people within the pages of a good book;
images (10)if you love coffee, wine, and fast cars; if you are passionate about photography, if you are thunderstruck by the sight of mountains, the ocean, a tree covered in ice and glistening with sunshine or a beautiful sunset; if you love the speed, sound and exhilaration of being on (or looking at) a motorcycle; d7a7444983fd0cf94ed5c1dc9e8c9772

U.S. Service members pause to observe a moment of silence during the opening ceremony of the Norfolk Tides’ 17th annual Armed Forces Night at the Harbor Park Stadium in Norfolk, Va., May 19, 2012. The Tides host the event each year to honor Service members from all branches of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Teresa Cleveland/Released)

If you would gladly put on a uniform and defend your country or your community, or if you support those who do; if you love God and people, then I’m likely to follow you.

And then there’s music. Surely I can’t be the only one who, while listening to a really good song, melody, beat or track enjoys it so much that they can taste it – yes, taste it. images (8)There is some music that is better than sex… okay no, I take that back. But just as good as sex? Possibly. I guess it comes down to following those you find interesting, either in what they say, what they’ve written. I frequently follow those who have interesting profiles. So does that mean over 1,000 people think I’m interesting? *scratches head*

But is following and being followed just a matter of having high numbers? I admit I love numbers. I like math. I enjoy solving for ‘X’ and balancing my check book. But when it comes to my friends and followers, what’s the point of having them if you don’t interact with them?th (7)

The thing is, how do you interact with over one thousand people? If I interact with one per day, it would be over three years before I got to… whosever name starts with ‘Z’. Ten a day would still take over three months. (I told you l like math).  I haven’t found the solution yet for this problem, but until I do, I will say hello to you in this message.  Thank you for your support, shout outs and encouragement. I’ll continue to re-tweet for you and pump you up.

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Anyway, to say thanks and celebrate one thousand followers (that’s such a nice, perfectly round number, right?) I’d like to have a give away, or two. Take a moment to browse the halls of my blog (It’s not finished yet, but I didn’t get to clean everything up before you all came to visit). Click on the link to follow my blog or sign up using your e-mail. Share a post – any post on twitter, facebook, your own blog or anywhere else.

Enter the giveaway here!

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Doing any of those will earn you an entry in my drawing. I’m giving away two gifts – a $5 amazon gift card and a copy of The Bowman’s Inn which features my short story, Steamy Connections.


Thanks again. I look forward to connecting.



About Sha Renée

Sha Renée is a native New Yorker who joined the US Navy right after high school. She now lives in New Jersey where she creates stories on the pages where duty, honor and passion unite. Sha loves meeting people and attends book-signing events and conferences whenever she can. She also enjoys networking with other writers and is a member of RomVets (military women and veterans who are writers), Liberty States Fiction Writers and Marketing for Romance Writers. She is also the creator and organizer of Emerging Authors of New Jersey. A true nature lover, Sha enjoys spending time outdoors, usually with a camera in her hands. She has a passion for motorcycles and sports cars and is a fan of auto racing, military air shows and The X Games – pretty much any high-speed activity involving wheels or wings. She hates cooking, loves music and believes every day should include a cup of hot coffee and a glass of chilled wine.
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