Monday, April 5, 2010

Lydia Dare's Launch Party!

For more than a year we have been waiting for this day, for the release date of A Certain Wolfish Charm. Our Lydia Dare debut was supposed to hit shelves tomorrow - Tuesday April 6th. So imagine our surprise to find it actually gracing the “New Release” space in all of our local book stores last Friday night after work.

How do we know it was in all of the stores, you ask? Well, because after the first sighting, we went on an Easter egg hunt of sorts, or an A Certain Wolfish Charm hunt if you’d rather be more accurate. Between the two of us, who don’t live close to each other, we were able to cover quite a bit of ground in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

To say we were elated would be an understatement. Getting your author copies of the book is satisfying. Signing early release copies friends have pre-ordered from Amazon is exciting. But seeing your book on the shelf in an actual store is nothing short of exhilarating.

Within no time, we’d contacted everyone we’ve ever known. Well, that might be an overstatement, but not by much. Family members both in state and out had been notified. Pictures of the book on the shelf were captured on iphones and posted for the world to see on Facebook. Emails and texts went out to our local chapter mates, co-workers, friends, former clients, and our online historical romance critique group – the members of which were just as excited as we were. After all, they’d been with us since the beginning of this unlikely partnership. They’d read early versions of each book, gave us their opinions, and cheered us on when we got “The Call”.

From states in the Midwest, South, West, North, and Pacific Northwest – our friends went on the A Certain Wolfish Charm hunt right along with us. (One person in Australia was bummed because she couldn’t participate in the fun.) Since Friday night, we’ve gotten photos of our books lining the shelves in stores from New York to Idaho and various places in between.

The last few days have been a blast. And it’s been so fun looking at the assorted photos which have trickled into our inboxes since that first sighting. We’ve added bookmarks to the copies on the shelves and talked to book-sellers about signings. We even signed a few books there in the stores we visited. And we’re gearing up to do it all over again a month from now when Tall, Dark, and Wolfish is released. Perhaps by then, this will all seem like old hat to us. Been there. Done That. But we doubt it.

Undoubtedly, we’ll be this excited about each subsequent release and we’ll probably find even more ways to enjoy the experience.

In case you haven’t heard of A Certain Wolfish Charm, here’s a sneak peek at the back of the book.

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full…

The rules of Society can be beastly—especially when
you’re a werewolf and it’s that irritating time of the
month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is
rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent
his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t
help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge
seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be
as untamable as he is…

A woman whose charm is stronger than the moon…

When Lily Rutledge’s beloved nephew’s behavior
becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the
boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s
idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily
finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to
the rogue.

They both may have bitten off more than they can chew
when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…


  1. Woohoo, Lydia, congrats and looking great! Good luck with sales! Terry

  2. Looks interesting...must look into this! See ya in the bookstores.

  3. The first time you see your book in the stores is a thrill. (So is the second time...and the third.)
    Congratulations on your first release. Relish the moment.

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  5. Woo hoo! on finding it on the shelves! Isn't that fun?!!

    And, no, it never gets old. Because then you want to see the first two next to each other. And then all three. And then your backlist, etc.

    Enjoy the ride!

  6. Congratulations, again! I'm so excited for you. I didn't make it out to the bookstores this weekend, but I'm planning to go today.

  7. Thanks for sharing the excitement! There's nothing better than catching that first glimpse of your book on the shelves.
    I'll be looking for it at my B&N today, and making sure it's faced out in the new release bays. I'm the stealth Sourcebooks rep for the Cheyenne store:)

  8. Thanks everybody for the well wishes and nice sentiments.

    MM - You crack me up. (And the fourth and fifth, I suspect.)

    Judi - I definitely see bookstore photos with all the books lined up together in our future. ;)

    Joanne - I'm so glad you're on the case there in Cheyenne!

  9. Congratulations, Ladies! I have three books out and seeing the books on the shelves never gets old. Enjoy the whirlwind. It's a great ride!

  10. Congratulations on the early release, and hope you'll have lots more on the shelves for years to come. I'm certain readers will love Simon's story. I did!

  11. Congratulations on the new release! It sounds like an awesome read plus it has werewolves! which btw I adore!


  12. That wonderful feeling of seeing your book on a shelf in a local bookstore will never lose it's tingle! Congratulations and here's to much, much success!

  13. Congrats on the new release, Tammy and Jodie! I know this series (and beyond) will bring you nothing but the greatest success!

  14. Oooh, this is so exciting! I'll have to check my local Barnes & Noble in Bend, OR and will report back on my findings. If I see the book, would you like me to start accosting random bookstore patrons and demanding they purchase it? I can use force if necessary, just let me know.

    Congratulations, Lydia!


  15. Congratulations on the launch. It's a great book. Wishing you much success.

  16. Congrats!! I loved the pics of the bookshelf. Too cool! I hope you frame it. :)

    Best wishes on the launch!

  17. Robin - We are doing our best to enjoy the whirlwind.

    WitchyWoman - I'm so glad you loved Simon. I hope everyone else will too.

    s7anna - I happen to have a soft spot for wolves too. ;)

    Amelia - Thanks!

    Danielle - Thanks for you confidence in us. :)

    Tawna - LOL. Too funny. Accost away.

    Mason - Thank you so, so much!

    Sarah - I'm glad you liked the picture. Framing it is a great idea. :)

  18. WTG, Lydia!!!! Congrats on the new release!

  19. Congratulations Lydia!!! Both of you. :)

    It is the most wonderful thing to see your book on the shelf, I totally agree. I still get a major thrill and completely geek out with snapping photos! I have friends who do the same, sending me images from all sorts of places, and I never tire of it.

    So very happy for you both!! Enjoy the party and keep up the terrific work.

  20. Mega congrats, Lydia!

    That's always the fun part. It's still fun for me.

  21. Thanks, Cheryl, Sharon and Linda! We are having a great time!

  22. Congratulations! This sounds fun. I shall add it to my list to search for at Borders.

  23. I'm so excited for the two of you! I can't wait to sit down and read my copy!

  24. Congratulations, ladies, on your new release! It must be wonderful to have a writing partner to share the joy with!

  25. Wishing you both all the best on your new release!