This is dedicated to the one I love… If you listen to oldies, you heard that title in the harmonies of The Shirelles (or The Mamas and Papas), like I did when I wrote it. I’m sure the song will be in my head the rest of the day.
I love reading the dedications in the books I read — I wish the Kindle app didn’t skip ahead to the first chapter, because I’ve definitely missed quite a few. I’m far more likely to read them in paperback.
As an author, it is one of my favorite things to do… I’m not sure if any one reads them. Usually, I have to point it out to the recipient so they don’t miss it. But I love to dedicate my books — even if no one ever sees it but me!
My first book (despite his never reading the dedication or the book!) is dedicated to my husband. It seems to be a common theme – many authors I talked to did the same. I also dedicated another book to him, one with a friends-to-more romance. It says “For my husband. I am so blessed to have married my best friend.” Another he’ll never see, I’m sure. Hah!
Others, I’ve dedicated to my parents or my friends. Poppy’s Proposal is dedicated to my editor Jessica. She has a soft spot for ‘marriage of convenience’ stories and definitely kept me moving forward on that particular book, so that dedication says “To Jessica, whose excitement about this project sometimes exceeded my own. This one is for you!”
Dancing with Dandelion is dedicated to Inspy Romance’s own Elizabeth Maddrey “To Beth, For your sincere friendship and encouragement. Grateful for you.”
Lavender and Lace is dedicated to Hannah Jo Abbott and Mandi Blake… “For Mandi and Hannah, whom I just finally met in person, but who know me fully.”
I also have other books that I have dedicated to a broader group of people. It actually happened unintentionally. I wrote Spring Fever, which just briefly touches on the sanctity of life in the womb – and I dedicated it “To those who chose life.” Longing for Lily is dedicated “To the fighters.” If you’ve read that book, you will know which type of fighters I’m talking about.
My latest book (Potential Threat) is dedicated to one group of people and to a friend. It reads “To my readers. When I want to give up, you remind me of my why. And to Gabbi, for so many reasons.” So there you have it — if you’ve read my books, you have a book dedicated to you!
Forgiven by the Hero is dedicated “To all the K9 Heroes working to keep us safe” because it so heavily features the rescue dogs and the trainers who work with them.
One author I talked to mentioned that she doesn’t dedicate her books to someone unless they would read the book. Obviously I don’t share that conviction – since I don’t think any of the service dogs will know or care about having a book dedicated to them!
I think for me, the dedication changes depending on the book and my life circumstances. Sometimes, it’s all about why I wrote the book, or what message touched me while writing. Other times, it’s about who in my life is walking alongside me that I appreciate so much I want to immortalize that feeling in print.
One author friend (who has published many more books than me!) mentioned that eventually she ran out of people she wanted to dedicate them to. I suppose someday I may come to the same point. I’ve already dedicated two to my husband… but I don’t think I would quit. There is something about finalizing all the pieces of the book and then typing in that last sentence about who I want to honor with those words.
So tell me — do you read the dedications in books? Have you read any that are especially memorable?