But this post isn’t about kittens. It’s about the impending delivery of my first book, STRIPPED DOWN. I feel like I’ve been “carrying” this book since October 2013, and it hasn’t been an easy term. There have been emotional highs and lows, struggles, nausea, fear, elation and more. Now? Well, now it’s time to let go and watch the book make its debut. The digital book is available September 1. The paperback? Well, that depends. If you’ve ordered it from Amazon, they’re advertising an August 19 release date. That would be Tuesday…as in next Tuesday.
Having been published before, I didn’t really think this would feel different, scarier, somehow bigger. But it does. STRIPPED DOWN is my first mass market paperback. With that comes this underlying knowledge that the book’s scope and reach will be much larger than anything I’ve done before. I might find my book in grocery stores or big box retailers or holding a regular spot on the bookstore’s bookshelf. It’s the idea that I have a Goodreads giveaway (here) for the book, and the number of entries has far surpassed my expectations. The number of people who have already read the book and rated it caught me off guard. That they like the book? I’m just a freakin’ happy mess over that particular fact.
Let me amend my earlier request. Someone hand me a paper bag with a bottle of wine inside.
I don’t know if this roller coaster of emotions will change as more of my books are published. I can only hope I’m lucky enough to find out.
CONTEST: Leave a comment on on this blog entry and tell me what type of hero is your absolute favorite–stripper, cowboy, military man, cop, doctor, etc.–and what it is that makes him take top spot on your list. Three winners will be chosen at random to receive their choice of either a digital or paperback copy of STRIPPED DOWN. Winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 23, and contacted via email. Winners’ names will be posted on my next regular blog post (September 16, 2014). Good luck!