A Memorial Day Salute to All our Heroes, Including Our Readers!!

by Kassandra Lamb

Memorial Day salute to the fallen in war, and to the first responders and healthcare professionals fighting our current war.
photo by Lawrence Hookham on Unpslash

This year, we would like to honor three groups: our fallen warriors, our first responders/ healthcare workers, and our readers.

First, we’d like to recognize all those who have given their all to defend our country! It is hard to even find words (and I’m a writer so words are my thing) to express our deepest appreciation for their sacrifice. Where would the U.S. be today without these selfless warriors?

And this year, we would like to include our gratitude to first responders and health care workers, who are on the “front lines” of our current war against coronavirus. Your fortitude and courage are amazing and awe-inspiring! Thank you so much for all that you are doing.

Also, today we’d like to honor our readers, and explore a bit the symbiotic relationship between writers and readers.

We ran a contest for free books recently, and, as you can imagine, we got a lot of responses. It was gratifying to connect with our readers through those comments. But one comment in particular touched my heart.

I love this blog. The authors are treating us like friends. That makes us very happy. Thank you so much.

comment from Joyce W.
That comment got me thinking about the symbiotic relationship between writers and readers.

Obviously readers need authors to produce the books for them to read.

Honoring the symbiotic relationship between writers and readers.
photo by Dan Dumitriu on Unsplash

But authors need readers as well, and not just because of the “trying to make a living” thing. Authors, of course, want to be paid for their efforts … but I think if I were making a million dollars a year in book sales, and I never heard from a single reader, I would get pretty discouraged after a while.

The pleasure of receiving an email from a reader is right up there with the thrill of holding one of my new books in my hands for the first time. Yes, I love writing, and I love seeing my work blossom during the editing process into something worthy of sharing with the world.

But that sharing it with others is a huge part of the satisfaction of being a writer.

Early on in my writing journey, I went to my first writers’ conference. An established author asked if I was a writer.

When I stumbled over my answer, he said, “Do you write?”


“Then you are a writer.”

“But I’m not published yet.”

“If you write, you’re a writer.”

I ran into him the next day, toward the end of the conference, and I said to him, “I’ve been thinking about what you said. Yes, I am a writer. And you know what? I’m going to get published, one way or another. I have to. Otherwise, my characters will die a slow death inside my computer.”

And that is the essence of the symbiotic relationship between writers and readers.
Honoring the symbiotic relationship between writers and readers.
photo by Kourosh Qaffari RrhhzitYizg on Unsplash.com

You, the readers, keep our characters alive.

We create characters out of thin air, but they become real to us. We have a relationship with them.

Without readers, though, they would die.

Every time a reader opens a book, they breathe life again into the characters in that story.

So thank you, Readers! We love you!

We couldn’t do this without you. And to show our appreciation, we have new releases!

Lord of the Fleas, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery #9

Lord of the Fleas book cover

What could be more innocent than a country flea market?

When service dog trainer Marcia Banks takes up temporary residence with her best friend in Williston, Florida, her goals are simple: spoil her toddler godchildren and train her newest dog’s veteran owner, a vendor at a local flea market.

Ha, the universe has other plans. When the owner of the flea market is found dead and her client is a prime suspect, she discovers that nothing is as it seems—from the flea market owner himself to the ornate dragonhead cane he gave to her client.

The only true innocent seems to be her guileless client. But when he shares a confidence that puts her in a double bind with local law enforcement, she’s not sure she can even trust him. Despite her promises to her new husband, the only way out of her no-win dilemma seems to be to find the real killer.

The flea market, however, is hiding more secrets…and one of them could be deadly.

Just $2.99 for a limited time, so grab a copy quick!


Hostage to Fortune, A Tea and Tarot Mystery #2

Hostage to Fortune book cover

Tea and Tarot room owner Abigail Beanblossom is used to running interference for her socially-awkward former boss, tech billionaire Razzzor. So when he invites her on a stakeout to investigate the sale of counterfeit wine from his latest venture – an upscale winery – she barrels on in. But the two stumble across the corpse of a wine merchant, and new wine in old bottles is now the least of their problems.

Good thing amateur detectives Abigail and her partner, tarot reader Hyperion Night, have a nose for murder. Their investigation takes them from elegant wine cellars to chic tea parties on the California coast. But just as the investigation starts to get its legs, Abigail discovers there’s more than wine at the bottom of this crime.


Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and a new series, the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida.

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  • Reply
    Donise Cinnamon
    May 26, 2020 at 1:32 am

    I would like to say thank you to you writers, first responders, essential people and those in the military.
    The military for fighting for our freedoms so that we can live the way that we want.
    The first responders for protecting us from the disasters here at home.
    Those people deemed essential for keeping us supplied.
    The writers for giving us books filled with stories that we can escape into during good times and bad and especially now that the world is on lock down.
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 28, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Awww, you are welcome, Donise! Both reading and writing have been my salvation the last few months.

  • Reply
    Lord of the Fleas Is Live!! Plus an Ode To My Readers
    May 26, 2020 at 8:47 am

    […] And I’m blogging over on the misterio press website today about how much we writers love and need our readers. Stop over and check it out. […]

  • Reply
    May 26, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I do write but only for my enjoyment and fun. Nothing published yet unless you count publishing online on a blog.
    Thanks for tribute and thanks to everyone who served in their own way.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Publishing a blog is an excellent way to get your feet wet, Crystal. Hope you keep on writing and having fun with it!

  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    May 26, 2020 at 11:25 am

    We LOVE our readers! They are the reason we do what we do. Times are tough, and escaping into a good mystery is one of my favorite ways to relax and forget about the other stuff for a while, so I love being able to contribute to that in my own small way for other readers.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Amen, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Shannon Esposito
    May 26, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Ah, so well said! Once our story is out there, it’s up to the readers to keep it alive. I am so grateful to people who take the time to read in this crazy world. Sharing stories is what life is all about. And yes, thank you to all the first responders, nurses, doctors, etc. What a scary time for you all. May you all be safe & stay healthy!

  • Reply
    May 26, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Well said.

    I would go even farther and say readers complete our creations. We produce a book but the final touches will be added in the reader’s imagination. And each reader will provide a different rendering, endowing our books with an amazing, immeasurable array of life.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 26, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Excellent point, Vinnie!

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