Friday, February 26, 2010

Here's Where It Gets Fun

Word has it that Band of Sisters will be shipping to stores on Monday. At what point it reaches shelves is yet to be determined, but we're almost there! Yippee!

The journey for this book began with that magazine article the summer of 2007, so Band of Sisters has been nearly three years in the making. In many ways, this release means more to me than many of my others. I'm not sure why.

Maybe it's because the topic wouldn't be shaken off until I wrote about it. Maybe it's because I felt so invested in the lives of my characters (and had more main characters than in any other book). Or maybe it's because the process simply took so much longer than usual.

Whatever the reason, I'm thrilled that the book is almost here for readers to get their hands on. Yesterday I got feedback from a reader/reviewer who received a PDF copy. I believe she's the first actual reader to see the whole thing (versus my early beta readers, critique group, editor, etc.).

Turns out . . . I made her cry. Yay!

(I'm a sadist!)

Some upcoming Band of Sisters fun:

A week from today (FRIDAY, MARCH 5), I get to be the "I Need Friends Friday" guest over at Sarah M. Eden's blog!

Her interviews are always a blast to read, and I was thrilled to be part of the weekly tradition. I'll be sure to link over Friday, but for now, be sure to check out her blog. Sarah's a total riot as a person
plus an excellent writer. I was first introduced to her work when her book Seeking Persephone was a Whitney finalist last year. (A much-deserved honor, by the way. I loved that book.)

Her newest novel, Courting Miss Lancaster, is about to be released with Covenant. And here's the really, REALLY cool part:

This book is REGENCY ROMANCE! That's right! It's not "LDS fiction."

It's for readers who love the Regency time period but cringe at national titles with a bunch of smut. Now Covenant is (hooray!) providing clean (well-written!) Regency Romance for their readers. (Can we hear a hallelujah?!)

I adore Sarah's work and can't wait to get my hands on this one!

And here's the really big, fun news: TWO WEEKS from today (FRIDAY, March 12, from 6-8 pm), I'll be at the new Orem Deseret Book by University Mall for a ginormous launch party.

Best part: I get to share that launch party with two other great novelists with their own brand new books out with Covenant:

(I think my coolness meter just went up several notches.)

Seriously, folks . . . this is going to be fun! Be sure to mark your calendars NOW so you don't miss out. We're already rounding up door prizes and making fun plans for that night.

THREE authors, THREE genres, THREE new books! How awesome is THAT?!

I've been squealing ever since the launch party was confirmed yesterday.

And I believe I'll be squealing for the next two weeks.

Please come--and tell your friends to come too! All three of us would LOVE to see you!


Heffalump said...

Well, I'm glad my tears made you happy! ;o)
It was a great read!
Sounds like lots of excitement coming up for you. I'm so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to do my best to be there! With a lineup like that, who wouldn't? And a regency from Covenant? That is so KILLER! I can't wait!

On another note, my brother in in the military and is being shipped out to Afganistan next month. Your's just how things are for his family. This will be his 3rd deployment to the middle east and it is harder than ever on his little family. Those prayers are everything to them. Thank you for the respect you've shown for their lives. I'd say that you don't know how much it means but I think you do.

Meggen said...

Cool! Congratulations!

Julie said...

I'm really excited for this book! (and the chocolate one, too - yum)

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

From what you've described of the process of writing it I'm not surprised that the release of this book means so very much to you. Despite being fictional it sounds like it might be the most "real" book you've ever written. I'm so glad for you!

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, I wish I could be there! Fantastic news!

Lara Neves said...

For two seconds I actually thought I'd be able to come to your party. I will be in Utah that week for my niece's wedding. But I'll only be in Utah Valley till the 11th and then I head to Southern Utah. Boo.

But Yay for you! :)

Cynthia said...

Congratulations! What an exciting announcement and the book sounds fascinating. My life is filled with amazing women so "Band of Sisters" sounds like exactly the kind of book I'd love to read.

I would totally come to the signing if I weren't already booked at my own version of a 'book signing' for my profession. Still, I'll get to see/meet you at the Casual Blogger's Conference so I might get my copy of "Band of Sisters" there?

Cheri Chesley said...

I got a giggle today when I opened my box from Covenant and, instead of the Angels Round About books I ordered--there sat three copies of Band of Sisters.

But, since I didn't order them I should NOT read one and exchange them for the ones I DID order. Sigh. Sometimes it's really tough to have principles...

Cranberryfries said...

So fun to get to hear feedback from the first reader. I'm excited to go find the book. But I might have to wait a week or two. Not sure I'm ready to cry just yet.

Hoping to make it to the launch party!


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