"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
- Toni Morrison
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone in the HWA who thought my humble little book worthy of such an amazing honor. And, of course, everyone who made the novel what it is today. Janet, for her support, editing prowess and coupons which allowed me to write this book years ago. Fran and Mark for also pouring over the manuscript and making it so much better. Andrew, Amanda and Audrey for their bottomless enthusiasm for their Dad's obsession. David Switzer, Alton Gansky, Mario Kivistik for allowing me to pick their brains from time to time. Cristine Ranghetti and Sara Camilli for getting the book to Dragon Moon, and of course my editor Gabrielle Harbowy and publisher Gwen Gades, for saying 'yes.' Special thanks to Mom & Dad and everyone in my extended family for a lifetime of love and encouragement, and I thank God, for never losing faith in me even when sometimes I did.