Come visit me at Petticoats & Pistols! (Giveaway)

 

My first week as a published author* and my second guest post!

Come visit me at Petticoats & Pistols. I’m talking about my adventure is using a scythe to ‘harvest’ my lawn. My hero in His Forgotten Fiancée  had to use a scythe, and I wanted to know what it would have felt like for him.

Spoiler alert: I survived. My lawn… well…

Plus, I’m giving away a copy of His Forgotten Fiancée!

*I keep using that phrase because I’m trying to make myself believe it. Eventually, I’m sure the reality will sink in. Maybe.

It’s a strange feeling to see your book in a store

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Found on a bookshelf in Indiana! Photo credit: Ann Mettert

I did it! I went to the store and had a Confirmed Sighting, in the wild, on the shelf, of a book that I had scribbled onto a yellow legal pad. And it looked like people might have even bought one or two. Inconceivable.
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I will not admit to giggling madly when I saw my book on the shelf, but I might have burbled my excitement to the lady next to me when I asked if she’d take my picture holding my book.

“Oh, did you write that? Hmmn. I’ll have to take a look at it.”

When I walked away, she was reading the description. I did not look back, but I’m going to assume that she decided to buy it. Because that’s the way I want this Visit-to-the-store story to go, so there.

When I went to pay for my groceries (no, I did not buy a copy) I asked the cashier how her day was going.

“Well… I’m here,” she said.

“Hey,” I said. “Some days, that’s a victory.”

She agreed.

Then, because yes I was a mad, burbling fool by this point, I said It. “I just saw my first book for sale in the book department.” I might have beamed at her, if I’m being completely honest.

“Oh, that’s cool. What’s it called?” She wrote down the title and said she’d get a copy for her niece. And yes, I know, she might have been saying that to make me feel good, but by this point I was writing the Happy Ending of my Visit-to-the-store story, and in my version she rushed out and bought a copy.

Plus, we got to talking about stories and she was writing a story with her friend, and she loved reading Kresley Cole’s stories, and by the time she got through ringing up my groceries she was in a much better frame of mind than she had been at the start of our conversation, thinking of all the stories she still wanted to write. So there is that.

When you walk into a store and don’t see your book upon the shelves, there’s only one possible conclusion. Repeat after me: “I’m sold out!” -Julia Quinn

 

My first day as a published author & my first guest post! (Giveaway)

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My First Ever Book!

Welcome to 2018!

I hope your year is off to a good start. Myself, I woke up as a published author. It doesn’t feel real. Maybe I should go get a tweed jacket, the kind with patches over the elbows. Real writers always seem to wear one of those. Presumably their jackets get worn down because authors are constantly rubbing elbows with the rich and famous? One can  hope.

I’m starting off the year with a guest post on Christian Shelf Esteem. Please check it out! I’m giving away a signed copy of His Forgotten Fiancée!