If you had the chance to read my Wickedly Romantic post on Monday, you know that I had a wonderfully delightful surprise on Mother's Day when I opened an email from a bookseller:
Dear Judi, I've just finished an ARC of In Over Her Head and had to write to let you know how much I enjoyed the book. It was hilarious and total fun throughout. I'm been telling my cutomers and fellow booksellers how much I loved the book What a great sense of humor you have!!!!!!!! All I have to tell them is that it's a Little mermaid type story but instead of a little mermaid you have a big hunk of Mer man. Please note that I didn't refer to Reel as a merman. Wouldn't want to get him ticked of with me.........LOL. I can see why Sue Grimshaw encouraged you. This is a great story. I'll be sending Sue an email letting her know how mcuh I enjoyed you story and to be sure she sends me enough copies. There's nothing worse than wanting to recommend a book and not having it in stock! Thanks for some wonderful time away from reality.
Today, I had another delightful surprise.
Our hard-working publicist, Danielle, has me lined up for a slew of blog tours starting next week and running through the first month of In Over Her Head's launch, and I'm scheduled for May 27th on ABibliophile.com. I hadn't realized that there would be a posting about my book already. (Thank God for Google Alerts!) So, I found this notice in my email and hopped on over to the blog to check it out.
Imagine my surprise when I saw the post - and watched the comments come in.
As a debut author, I've been thrilled that I found an agent who loves my voice, an editor and publisher who love my story, and as the reviews come in, others who like my "little talking fish story." What has completely blown me away, however, are the people who are anticipating the arrival of this story. People I don't know; not friends, not family - but who are beginning to feel that way as I've started seeing them around the web, talking about my story--something I wrote for fun. With smart-ass talking fish, and sea monsters, and Greek gods, and Mer men. Let us not forget the Mer men. :)
I still shake my head as I wait the 19 more days until it's official release date (though I will get to hold it in my hands on May 30 at BEA where I'll be signing the book, if not sooner, depending on when my author copies arrive) that this story, and all the hours I spent in the First Chapters Romance contest promoting it long before Deb bought it, is generating the interest it is.
So now I'm eagerly awaiting for everyone to read it and let me know if it was worth the wait. If they'll pick up the next ones in the series --
Which, in another delightful surprise, I found available for pre-order today on Amazon, Borders and BooksAMillion.
It's been a good few days!
I just wish June 1 would hurry up and get here!!