It's my launch party and I hope you'll all celebrate with me!
At first, I had planned to have an in-person launch party at my critique partner's condo clubhouse, but those plans got derailed when I signed up for Lori Foster's Reader/Author get together this weekend. Then we thought about having it on a later weekend...until I booked up every weekend in June with book signings! LOL. So instead, my husband is throwing me a small family party tonight in celebration.
That's probably better anyway. I need a little quiet relaxation to get through the many plans I've made.
You'd think I'd be used to it by now. The excitement of a new book release, I mean. I've released over a dozen ebooks. But this is different. This book is getting attention all over the place and I haven't had to blow my own horn to the point of hyperventilating.
A bookstore owner in California wrote me a fan letter and hand sold all ten copies in one day! She made a reorder so she could keep one for herself.
A reader spotted Strange Neighbors in a Barnes and Noble in Florida...and I didn't have to beg them to carry it!
A reviewer wrote to request an ARC since she had heard so many wonderful things about it. I probably should have asked her where she lived before I said yes. Now I'm sending a book to Budapest, Hungary! LOL.
A newspaper reporter requested an interview with me. Usually I send out a press release and beg for someone to write a story. I rarely even get an acknowledgement. I didn't have to do that this time and I finally got my story! It was in the Sunday paper the day before yesterday.
Yesterday I went to my home town to decorate my parents' grave. I almost brought a copy to "show" them. Then I realized how silly that was. They were probably looking over my shoulder as I wrote it.
But that's the level of excitement and pride I've been experiencing. I hope you'll all party without me for a few minutes. I have to go lie down for a while.