More importantly, Happy Memorial Day.
I hope everyone enjoys spending the day with their loved ones, thinking about and honoring our amazing men and women in the military.
I'm a strong patriot. My family has a long history of service men, and I'm so proud that they fought for the rights of all of us.
I am spending my day sorting out ideas for the next book, shifting some promotional ideas around for Queen of Hearts, and hopefully, I will get around to actually writing.
I let myself off the hook for a week after the release of QOH because let's face it--I was freaking exhausted. My dear and wise friend Erin asked me if I had a book release hangover after the launch, and my answer was a resounding, hell fucking yes.
A brain thumping, stomach turning, soul numbing hangover.
All the anticipation is overwhelming. All the work, the long hours of sitting in front of the computer, hunched over my tiny notebooks (yes, I write everything by hand first) all the preparation of the cover, the graphics, the teasers, the promos...
Every step is so important and special in its own way. It's so bittersweet when it's over. The excitement fades, and the second wave of work comes through.
So that's where I am now.
Let's just get that right out of the way. All of you, the readers, bloggers, reviewers, friends, pre-readers, my editor, all of you are fucking Awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better book release. You have no idea how good it feels to see your book cover pop up on someone's feed, knowing they give a shit enough to share your little book with people. It's pretty rad. In fact, it's more than rad.
More importantly, I have been so stoked to see that QOH was exactly what you were looking for after reading See Jayne Play. I tweaked that mother for a long time, which is why I pushed back the release. I realized that the Happily Ever After was the main objective, and although I had in my head another route, ultimately, this was the way to go.
That being said, I also listened to y'all, and I have to be totally honest here, Vince was my favorite, so the next book will be his take on the story. Am I excited? Hell yes! Do I hope you are excited? Indubitably!
I have yet to title his little shindig... but it'll come to me. I have some ideas, but I have to admit, titles pretty much suck the very life out of me. And summaries. They are both as fun as getting a pap smear by a crocodile. Painful. Ridiculous. Mythical. So, I won't stress on that just yet... instead, I will keep writing the damn thing until something amazing pops into my little brain.
So, yeah. Thanks so much for showing support, for buying and reading my books, and for the wonderful interaction. I will be sure to post updates and information as I progress, and hopefully it won't be long until you get to dig around in Vince's head and heart.
Loves and smooches!