WOW. This has been quite a week for me here at the Ball.
First of all, I want to thank all my perfectly lovely–and way too kind–Deb sisters. They asked the best questions! And I had great time answering them.
As most of you know by now, this isn’t really my book’s official launch week. IN A FIX (if you want to know more about it, click here) won’t actually hit the shelves until Sept. 4. (Which is kind of cool, since that was my parents’ anniversary, so it’s already a special date.) Due to the mysterious goings on in the inner reaches of publishing, it was decided that September was a better time than the middle of summer to bring out a debut genre-bending urban fantasy.
And you know what? It’s a good thing they decided that, because it’s coming up so fast I don’t think I would have been ready sooner. Seriously, time has taken an amazing turn for the speedy here. Back when my books first sold, I was looking at well over a year of waiting–it seemed like FOVEVER. The waiting s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out in front of me like a slinky toy.
And now the slinky has snapped back, and almost knocked me on my butt.
If you’ve been reading here for long, you know I’m an ex-actress, and fond of my theater analogies. If I may drag out one more, this week is like final dress rehearsal before opening night. Here’s my book’s “costume” (which, as you can see, my book isn’t wearing yet):
My editor sent me some of the real covers (as opposed to the ARC covers), which include the real back-cover copy. Very cool. Though honestly? Not much different than the ARC. But it is one step closer to holding the real thing in my hand, so yay!
That’s my daughter’s cat, Vera, checking it out. Frankly, she wasn’t impressed. (Vera, I mean. Not my daughter. My daughter is suitably impressed. I think.)
But you guys have a chance to win a book with actual pages in it! All you have to do is leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win a signed ARC. And a bookmark! In fact, you can enter all five days this week by doing the same thing. That’s five-count’em-five chances to WIN! And I will announce all the winners on Sunday, in the News Flash.
Of course, if you don’t want one, don’t let that stop you from commenting. All you have to do is tell me you don’t want to be considered as an entrant. You know, because you already have one or something. Just please don’t tell me it’s because you think it sounds like a terrible, no good, very bad book, because that will hurt my feelings. (Yes, I have just given you permission to lie to me if you have to. Feel free to lay it on thick.)
Listen, can I be honest with you? This post is kind of rambling, because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in marketing stuff, and finishing up edits on Book 2 (which I just sent off to my editor–hooray! also, whew!), and my daughter & son-in-law just got here for a short visit (with their cats–see Vera above), and I’m trying to pound out it out while I still have two brain cells to rub together.
And now I hear the cocktail shaker, which tells me there will soon be a Manhattan next to me, so those last two brain cells are really at risk…
Also, I smell take-out Thai food. (Because, yeah, I didn’t cook.)
(Just so you know, I’m writing this Thursday evening, not Friday morning. I don’t drink Manhattans in the morning. I have, however, been known to eat Thai food in the morning. Cold Pad Thai makes a great breakfast.)
So … a question. Question … question … um, do you like Thai food?