By Dame Jackie
It’s here! It’s finally here! Today’s the day BLACK AND WHITE hits the shelves!
You know, I’d love to say that I’m perfectly calm and poised, and not checking the Amazon ranking every hour. That would be an utter lie. I’m anxious as all get out–same as I was for every book release, with perhaps the exception of HELL’S BELLES, because that one was my first book and I had nothing to expect other than the “EEEE, I WROTE A BOOK!!!” feeling. Now it’s a business, not just an art. And business means not just meeting but exceding expectations. It means making your numbers. It means promotion. It means all the other stuff that goes into writing besides the actual writing. And it’s exhausting, and more than a little nerve-wracking. It’s easy to lose perspective.
But this morning, two things happened that put everything back in place for me.
First, Loving Husband and I were cuddling in bed. He was awake early, and so was I, and we were just laying there together. And he said to me, “Congratulations on doing it again.” And he hugged me. And I had a goofy grin on my face for about an hour after that.
Second, Tax Deduction the Elder came into my home office this morning, with a print out of the BLACK AND WHITE book cover, and he said, “Hi, superhero!”
That grin? Right back on.
I’m blessed with a wonderful family that’s incredibly supportive and proud of me. And that puts everything into perspective. EEEE, I WROTE A BOOK!!!
Everything else? Cake. 🙂
GIVEAWAY TIME! Of course, I fully expect all of you to run out and buy oodles of copies of BLACK AND WHITE. Perfect for Father’s Day prezzies. Terrific for late Mother’s Day prezzies. Excellent graduate prezzies. And hell, you can say you know one of the authors. 😉 But wouldn’t you also love a signed copy of BLACK AND WHITE? Of course you would! So comment below and tell me one positive thing that’s already happened to you today or that you’d love to have happen today. I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday evening, June 7.