WE'RE HAVING A RELEASE DAY PARTY!!!
I am literally jumping up and down right now, I’m so excited to be here today.
It is March 4, 2013, the release date for my second book! WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Oh, wait, are those for me? Oh, Chocolate, my very favorite. I've been dieting, but surely one or five won't hurt.
RISK FACTORS is so special to me. Besides being my second published work, it’s the first full length, or category, romance and my first book with Lyrical Press, Inc. I have my editor, Piper Denna to thank for that.
After writing this book as a medical and then altering it some to fit another publisher besides the one I wrote it for, I’m so excited to share it with you all. But it’s been a long journey. Well yes, Vonnie, long jouneys do require a bit of bubbly. Of course I'll take a flute. Ohhhhh, and it's French Champagne, too. Strawberries? Well, ah, okay. Yes, I know strawberries are best with with champagne, but I was going to talk about my release, not get tipsy on a Monday. Oh, chocolate on the berries keeps you from getting dru...er...tipsy? I didn't know...
Then once you get through all those firsts, everything else is easy and flows like it’s meant to be. You hold hands like you own that man or woman, kiss with free abandon and think you know this person so well there can’t be any awkward moments left.
That’s sort of how I felt going into publication. Once you break the ice with that first book it’s old hat. Oh how gloriously wrong I’ve been!
With my second sale there are still so many new firsts to get through. So much excitement! The first full length vs. the novella. It feels different somehow. That first book with another new publisher. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful my experiences have been with LPI; as a writer and as one of their editors. They are a family of fun writers and I have made some wonderful friendships…again.
My cover…another first as I drool over the talent and beauty produced by an artist I hadn’t worked with before. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Valerie Tibbs! I. Still. LOVE. The cover of Risk Factors!!! I didn’t make the job easy for her either. On my cover art sheet--the form we writers fill out to help an artist get an idea of what we’d like to see as a cover-- I was very specific. Can you imagine her face as she read my cover art sheet where I asked for a skunk with a little girl in a lovely meadow? With a sexy man kissing a woman and a helicopter. I compromised, knowing how difficult a couple and a helicopter might fit, and conceded I’d settle for a golden retriever.
LOL I know! I didn’t think it would be hard to find a skunk! A slice of cake? Oh no, I couldn't possibly...well, one slice...small...to go with the second glass of bubbly you just poured me. You know, you can be an evil incluence...er...influence.
But seriously--I can’t ask for a better cover than my wise cover guru created. I so appreciate her wisdom and eye for detail. Valerie nailed it. Perfectly. From the gorgeous blonde Viv to the smexxy Connor. And the helicopter?! O.M.G. *ok, give me back my towel, Vonnie* Must be the wine you keep pouring down my throat. Or the sugar high. Is it HOT in here???
Of course there was the cursory edits and waiting…and waiting, and waiting, but those go without saying, don’t they? And as time neared I received my final copy and loved it. Naturally.
But then it comes down to the wire and I realize some things just don’t change from the first to the one hundredth publication--not that I’ve seen one hundred--and I’m a week out from release day and ten blog posts behind. *sigh*
Isn’t that the way? But honestly, the thrill, excitement, nausea, head in hands, and pulling hair is all exactly the way I remember it was from my first book tour and release. It’s NOT old hat… ARGHHHH What was I thinking!?
So here I am. Gnawing what little nails I have left, kicking off another tour for a book I have so much hope and faith in. At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner or a $10 GC of choice (Kindle or Nook) for one overseas or in Canada. Either winner will also get a PDF copy of Risk Factors!
The more you stalk me and comment, the greater your chance to win on April 8th. I’ll announce the winner on the 10th. Thank you for joining me on this fun journey’s end and good luck to all!
As a special bonus, I’ll be pooling all my blog hosts and the one with the most comments on their blog for my post will also win one of the same prizes as the winners! They need your help to win! Please note, this also includes my two hosts before today, so I’d appreciate if you check my official blog tour schedule and give them a chance to win by going to their blogs too.
Let the kicking, hair-pulling, scratching and boxing… Okay, maybe without the violence, let the games begin!