There’s nothing quite a like a book release for an author. This is a time of fizzing anticipation, great joy, tremendous angst, intense fear, and piercing despair.
Fizzing anticipation that book you’ve worked your fingers to the bone writing then submitting, then editing and re editing, is finally being released (in my case a year after it was accepted).
Then there’s the great joy as you get a good review! Woohoo! Someone liked it! Liked it enough to post a review! They love me! NYT baby, here I come!
Then there’s the angst involved in checking and rechecking your Amazon rankings. Is three times in an hour too many? Why am I now at 50k when I was at 15k? Why aren’t people buying? What did I do wrong?
Then follows the intense fear. Why aren’t my rankings better? Why aren’t I #1 already? People hate me! Why do people hate me?
Then the piercing despair as the 3, 2, 1 star reviews trickle in. People do hate me. It’s official. I suck. This is the worst book ever. My career is over.
Rinse and repeat.
And this is just the first day. By the end of the week, you’re either comatose with exhaustion, ready to be committed, or your family and friends are ready to kill you to put you out of your misery (and to stop you from checking your Amazon rankings for the 10th time in as many minutes).
Yes, book releases are wonderful things. And you’d never guess that I have one releasing today would you? No, of course not.
It’s Talking Dirty with the CEO. It contains a geeky heroine, a hero with ADHD, Doc Martens, egregious use of zombies, a brief glimpse of a Tesla Roadster, frequent gaming references, a barbarian called Bjorn (deceased), blatant computer usage, and mountain bikes.
Read it if you dare.
I’ll just be over here, checking my Amazon rankings.
Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.
Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can’t help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.