I just love Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum novels make me laugh out loud, which would be fine, except that I do most of my reading after 11pm, in bed, next to a sleeping husband.
I read a LOT. And sometimes after I read a book I want to do something for the author, because their book moved me so much/made me laugh/made me stop and take notice in some way. So I'll send a present, which from me means jewelry.
I've sent jewelry to a number of authors, and have gotten emails from them, but this is the first time I got a hand-written note from someone. I got this lovely note from Janet Evanovich today, thanking me for a pair of carnelian/citrine/gold earrings I made for her (with her gorgeous red hair in mind). It just made my day!
If you're not familiar with Janet's work, go to http://www.evanovich.com/ and check out her stuff. Particularly, take note that she'll have a fun store online before the holidays -- I'm eyeing a "Rangeman" hat,