It's here! It's here! The very last of the "Friday mornings at nine" leading up to Kensington's official release of the book!! Whoo-hoo! The on-shelf date for the novel was, of course, on Tuesday -- and I have photographic evidence to prove it! (Thank you, Borders and B&N, for being so nice to me when I visited and took pictures like a geeky girl. ;) Loved seeing the cover out at my local Borders!
Look right! There's Friday Mornings at Nine on the B&N "New Fiction" table! (It was really there in that lovely corner spot, too...made me smile. :-)
And look left! There it is on the shelves! (Sick of my pictures yet? Sick of my obnoxiously frequent use of exclamation points? No? Good, 'cuz there are more of both!!)
Here are the books IN OUR HANDS at the store! The dear and wonderful friend accompanying me is Sarah, btw, one of my real-life morning coffee pals, who's also featured in the fun "coffee date with the author" at the end of the novel. (Admittedly, we meet on a different day and time than the women in the story and, also, we rarely talk about choosing men other than our darling husbands -- we are both actually quite fond of our spouses -- although there are days that can try a wife's soul...LOL.)
And, yes, in case there was any doubt, we really did stop for Godiva chocolates! The whole book-release experience was so exciting, it just makes me want to give away something big...like a car or a beach house or, maybe, endless free downloads of a novel I wrote and rewrote over 4 years... Thankfully, my publisher decided to do that for me (!!) and, through tomorrow (October 2nd) they're giving away FREE ebook downloads of my debut novel, According to Jane! (I don't even have a working e-reader, but I downloaded a copy anyway. :)
To continue the party, please visit me today on Magical Musings, where I'm celebrating a little more and talking about persistence in the face of frustration. (Who hasn't been there, right?) Also, I'm not the only one having a bash around the Blogosphere. My awesome friends in Seekerville are celebrating their 3rd birthday with a HUGE event! TONS of prizes -- seriously, like 70 of them over the course of the month. These are WILD women! They KNOW how to party. Don't let that whole "inspirational author" thing fool you...
Finally, I'm headed to St. Louis for a long weekend of excitement and fun! After almost a year of email conversations, I'll get to meet my wonderful friend and fabulous author, Susan McBride, in person at last!! It's thanks to her that I'm involved with the Wine, Wit & Lit fundraiser on Sunday and, on Monday, she's the reason I get to visit "Great Day St. Louis" to talk about my new book on TV. So, it's going to be a few busy, thrilling days, but I'll be back soon -- with MORE photos and MORE exclamation points! -- as well as tales of my first trip to St. Louis since about 1995...
May you all have a terrific weekend!