Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I've Been Overwhelmed By Good This Week

It's nearing midnight on Friday and I've had a week many writers dream about. A week that makes one feel both humbled and elated at the same time. A week of joy. Yet a week of tearful clouds as wet as the summer rains we've been receiving nearly every afternoon. I've been blessed and I've been overwhelmed. Believe me when I say I'm emotionally exhausted.

I'm not complaining.

I'm just trying to come to grips with it all.

On Monday, an article I'd written about how my hero--a bear shifter--appeared to me was in USA Today.

On Tuesday, my first paranormal romance was published by Random House Loveswept. I had a book release party from 11 am to 11 pm on Facebook. Authors who participated were NYT's and USA'a Best Selling authors Laura Kaye and Terry Spear, as well as fantastic authors: Kelly Moran, JM Stewart, Amie Louellan, AJ Nuest, Lisa Olech, Sarah Grimm, Mackenzie Crowne and Maeve Grayson.  Oh, and hunks in kilts...

 

We talked about books, men, oogled guys in and out of kilts and laughed. It was a total blast.


There were dozens of prizes awarded to those who attended and commented. Calvin made me food and drinks and carried them to me so I wouldn't have to leave my computer except for pottie breaks. Then, just as I was ready to collapse into bed, Laura Kaye posted on Facebook that A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION was trending at Number One on Barnes and Noble.

What?

I didn't even know books trended, that's how clueless I was!

Thank goodness she provided the link, for I wouldn't have known where to look for it. But there it was...#1


Suddenly sleep was the last thing on our minds. Calvin and I stared at the Trending List of the top 100 e-books flying off the shelves at B and N for hours until our eyeballs went into revolt. My book trended at number one for roughly 28 hours before it began to slip. Even so, my numbers at both places--Amazon and Barnes and Noble have remained high for me. Not for the big sellers, now, but for me. And for that, I'm thrilled.

Reviews started coming in and not a one said "It's obvious this idiot has never written a paranormal before in her life"--and, believe me, I was sure someone would. One guy did lambast my Scottish burr even though my friend, who grew up in Scotland, and the Scottish language expert at Random House had corrected all the many times I was wrong. One reviewer claimed I had too many paranormal elements in one book. But, hey, we can't please everyone. We write the best story we can...and usually it's the story the characters give to us. We don't make them up! We take dictation.

Today my editor emailed me that The Library Journal had reviewed my book and written a very favorable one. It was something I never expected.

This whole week has been a basket of goodness. One I hope you all get to experience sometime. Everyone deserves a week like I've had.

14 comments:

Liz Flaherty said...

Good for you, Vonnie! I hope the coming week's even better.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Oh Liz, I don't know if I could take it. LOL What a ride it's been.

Margo Hoornstra said...

We'll deserved, Vonnie. Blessed, yes. But you also earned it! Nice work! Congratulations.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Awww, Vonnie, you earned it. I am halfway through the books and find I am dreaming about bears these days. ;) enjoy the ride, honey. When it's your time, you relish it and with Calvin by your side, you've got it all. Congratulations from another Paisley!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thank you so much, Margo. Having it all come so close together really drained my nerves...and I feel like I'm complaining for mentioning it, but wow!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Does it seem odd reading about a Paisley, Paisley? LOL I hope you're enjoying it all. My editor made me be more sexually explicit than I like. No euphemisms, she ordered. Call a c... a c.... Well, I don't even think that word, much less use it in my vocabulary. We both voiced our views and you can see who won. Thanks for your comments. They mean a lot.

Maeve Greyson said...

You deserve every wonderful minute, V. I'm so happy for you! :-)

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thank you, Maeve! And when your series starts coming out with Loveswept, we are going to party hearty too! Whoot!

Janice Hougland said...

Very well deserved elation and honors, Vonnie! I'm going to buy Highlander's Obsession on payday next Wednesday...and I can hardly wait! So glad you shared with all of us. jdh2690@gmail.com

Angela Adams said...

Yay, Vonnie! (you can't see me, but I'm giving you a standing ovation right now!!)

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

thank you, Janice. It's been quite a week. Even good news can wear you out when you get so much of it. I guess I was afraid everyone would dislike my first attempt at paranormal, although it's more contemporary romance than paranormal.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

My dear, supportive Angela, thank you for being you...always there, always cheering me on, always in my corner. Gee, I'm a lucky old broad, aren't I?

Vonnie said...

That's just brilliant, Vonnie. You deserve it. Hey, been writing for about 20 years and I don't have a clue what 'trending' is either!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks, Vonnie. From what I could gather, "trending" means how fast it's selling...or flying off the shelves.