Finally, after 10 months of waiting (since The Call), Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge is on the shelves THIS WEEK! I've already spotted it (and had friends send photos) at Wal-Mart, Books A Million, and Barnes & Noble. It's totally surreal. I've waited so long for this day, and now it's here. I can walk into a store and find my book -- but only for the next month. One of the minuses of category is the short shelf life. But a big plus is to be a writer for the Presents line.
Already, as a newbie debut author, I have the power of that name behind me. Harlequin Presents. It still gives me a little thrill when I think of it. Harlequin has a reader service, as I'm sure many of you know, where subscribers to the books get them a couple of months early.
This means my book has been out there since around the middle of May. And I've gotten fan mail, which humbles me and thrills me to no end. One lady painstakingly wrote a letter, on scrap paper she'd saved from a church bulletin, telling me how much she enjoyed my book. I wrote her back and sent bookmarks.
Other fan mail has come in email. One lady thanked me for the hours of reading pleasure. Another said I was her new favorite author. And then there have been a few requests for advice. I don't mind giving it, but I do feel a bit odd doing so.
Mostly, I'm excited about this coming month and all it brings. I've already weathered one bad review, thrilled to several great reviews, and I think I'm prepared for whatever comes next. It's quite an adventure thus far. I hope I never get over the excitement of it.
Please check my blog this week. I'll be guest blogging in several spots and will announce them as they happen.
And now I have to ask, because I can't help myself -- have you seen my book anywhere?