First: Four days until my first release date! And big surprise to me, but amazon shipped pre-orders of KINDLING THE MOON before the street date. That means some of you already have it—if you ordered the mass market version, that is; ebook versions won’t go live until Tuesday. I still haven’t received my author copies from Simon & Schuster, but they are en route. In the meantime, the hubs ordered a copy off amazon yesterday and WE ALREADY HAVE IT. What? So crazy! I may or may not have done a little happy dance when I took it out of the box. (Hey, it’s my first published book—I’m a little giddy! *g*)
Second: Several book bloggers and folks who got advanced copies have written to tell me how much they liked KINDLING. I can’t tell you how incredibly happy this makes me. I’m certainly not under the assumption that everyone will love it, and I’m quite sure they’ll be some who even detest it with all of their heart—there’s no accounting for taste, right? Ha! But seriously, as a new author, when someone tells you they stayed up half the night reading your book because they couldn’t put it down, it’s the most amazing feeling in the world. I mean, complete and utter joy. I’m truly grateful for those of you who took the time to let me know; thank you for brightening my day!
Third: Since I’ve got Zee Painting Skillz, I figured I might as well put them to use and create some artwork related to the book. So far I’ve done portraits of three characters: Cady, Lon, and Jupe. I plan to do Kar Yee and Father Carrow as well. If you’d like to see them, scoot on over to the new ARTWORK tab of my website or click here.
Lastly: I think there will be four or five more promo things happening around the internet in the coming week—a couple of interviews and guest blogs. Also, more reviews are starting to pop up. I’ll collect links for some of these things right here, so stay tuned. I’ll also be collecting photos of the book out in the wild at various bookstores, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. So if you happen to snap your own photo of KINDLING in the wild, tweet it and @ reply me, or post it on my facebook wall. Links to both in the sidebar to the right.