Even though I write, as a reader I tend to forget that a book emerges from a writer's life. Not in the sense of being autobiographical, but that stuff is happening to the writer as they write and edit and send the book off with their dreams and hopes.
I have Cara Colter's How to Win a Groom in 10 Dates on order. RT has given it a great review and I'm really looking forward to reading it. However, pop over to eHarlequin and read Cara's letter to her readers. The book is a comedy but she wrote it while her friend died. It takes courage to believe, write and share laughter and love while living with grief. But perhaps it also makes the message of love's power all the stronger.