Why are you amazing and awesome, you ask? Besides your normal level of awesomeness?
Because Geoducks Are for Lovers has had an AMAZING first week since it went live on May 15th. Okay, so it hasn’t quite been a week, but I just can’t wait to celebrate
Geoducks has hit a number of Best Seller’s lists on Amazon!
The ranking I’m most thrilled about is being in the Top 20 for Romantic Comedy. Yeah, Top 20! Can you believe it?!
Not only is that part incredible, but for a while my book was next to Lauren Graham’s book. Lauren Graham. AKA Lorelei Gilmore! If you’ve read my bio, you know I’m a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan. There was major squeeing when I saw this:
Best of all has been hearing from readers. Friends and family have been amazing and supportive, but hearing from readers who don’t even know me, who bought my book and LOVED it?! BEST. FEELING. EVER.
I love hearing from readers about their favorite parts, or characters, or even when they wanted to slap Maggie and tell her to “snap out of it” ala Moonstruck (me too!).
So leave me a comment, drop me an email, or if you like sharing with others, leave a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads. Sharing is caring. You can even give it as a gift. $3 for a gift? I don’t think you can even get Starbucks gift cards that cheap.
If you are reading this, but haven’t read Geoducks Are for Lovers yet, what are you waiting for? It’s a steal at $2.99 for Kindle on Amazon right now. Or $14.99 for paperbacks cause paper and ink are expensive. Or you can order if from me directly for an signed paperback and surprise swag.
So thank you to everyone who has bought, downloaded, read, shared, posted, tweeted, reviewed, or said hi.
You’re all awesome!
Geoducks has been uploaded to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and is in the process of going live. Live. Like up on Amazon for sale with ALL the books and stuff. Like a real book. A book I wrote will be mingling with all the books I love and also some garden supplies and Ugg boots. (I imagine Amazon digital is like a giant cocktail party. I’ll be hiding behind the palm tree and eating cheese straws.)
HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!!!
Last summer, I wrote a scene from Geoducks and shared it with my close friend Dawn. She didn’t laugh. In fact, she asked me all sorts of questions that made me think it could become a full story, even a book. A novel! So I started thinking about the characters, outlining, plotting, and researching. The characters began to live in my brain and take up space used for other things like work and remembering the names of Bauhaus architects. But I wasn’t writing.
In October, I decided to do National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write 50K words in a month, averaging just under 1700 words a day, everyday for November. It’s a marathon of writing and not editing. I met the goal and became a Winner! Yay! But 51K isn’t a full novel. So I kept writing. Through the holidays and into the new year. The first draft of Geoducks was finished in late January. Three months and 84K words.
First drafts are messy. Hot messes of messyness. At least mine was. Oh the errors and plot holes and holy POV issues.
Then the editing and revising began. Edit, send to beta readers, revise. Repeat. Eight times.
But then someone would leave me a note that they laughed or cried. Or swooned.
And I’d have faith that out of the mess of the first draft, there was a book that was readable and even enjoyable.
And the editing and revising and repeat continued.
We entered double-digits of revised manuscripts.
And then I got to this moment:
Copyedited and proofread, and proofread again. Could there still be errant commas and errors? Sure. Maybe. There probably are. But at least this typo was found before it was published:
So here we are. Publishing Eve.
As of tomorrow, I’ll be a published author. *crosses off this item from my life list*
When this site was launched I posted about it taking a village. It did. And so does publishing.
I owe huge thanks for and am forever blessed by all of the people who supported this dream. Especially for SO who lived with me and the dirty dishes for the past six months or dinner after 8 because I forgot and was kind enough to pick up the take-out. Hugs to all of you!
With much love and gratitude to everyone! That includes you if you are reading this!
ETA: MY PROOF ARRIVED!!!! IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL BOOK! IT IS A REAL BOOK!
Happy Mother’s Day!
The above is a lovely sentiment.
But can also be a bittersweet, emotional minefield.
I was just wished a Happy Mother’s Day at the grocery store. I’m not a mother.
You get to a certain age and it’s naturally expected you have offspring.
For some women, this age is before they can legally drink in a bar. Others it’s after she’s finished college, perhaps attained an advance degree, established a career or two, and has had more than three birthdays with zeros.
For others, that age never comes. One in five women in the US will not become a mother whether by choice, by nature, or by circumstance. And for some, that’s okay. For others, it’s a painful disappointment.
Welcome to the bittersweet, emotional minefield of Mother’s Day.
When the idea for Geoducks percolated, I knew I wanted to depict a group of women who were and were not mothers, by choice or by circumstance.
Looking around at my friends, I’m often surprised by how many of us don’t have children. Especially when it feels like everyone has children, at least in card stores, major media, Target on a Saturday, and during the holidays. It’s amazing how and where kids and babies pop up when you least expect it. Sometimes I suspect holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are supported by the card, flower and brunch lobbies. (I like imagining a brunch lobby who pushes for omelet stations and stuffed french toast.)
If I had a dollar for every awkward pause that follows answering “no” to the inevitable “so do you have kids?” question, I’d have a lot of dollars. Or the assumption that because we don’t have kids, we didn’t/don’t want them. Wrong assumption. Infertility is a silent shame and a daily minefield.
Even if a woman isn’t a mother, she has a mother.
Unless her mother has passed away.
Another bittersweet minefield.
Throw into the mix the estranged children who, for whatever reason, don’t have a relationship with their mothers. This can be a holiday to remind her of what she’s lost and missing.
I happily cheer on and celebrate the women in my life who are mothers. I’m a proud godmother, aunt, and auntie. And yes, I’m one of those people who sometimes thinks of my dog as my child.
I’m all for women being spoiled and pampered. I think it should be done on a more regular basis regardless of motherhood status. Sleeping in on the weekend? Yes and please. Breakfast in bed? Sure. Brunch? With stuffed french toast? Yum. Throw in a mimosa or Bloody Mary and that sounds like a fine way to spend a weekend morning/afternoon. Flowers? Lovely. Candy? Is it chocolate? Yes, please.
To all who are mothers, hope you are properly celebrated today.
To all who are not, happy Sunday.
To all the women in our lives who have been role-models, step-mothers, mother figures, mentors, and friends who have helped us to become who we are today, thank you.
To the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and anyone else who is no longer with us, we miss you.
I hope you spoil yourself with a mimosa, a cupcake, a venti of your favorite coffee, bacon or Nutella. Maybe even stuffed french toast. Or at least a good nap.
And in case anyone is wondering, I sent flowers to my mother. She’s an incredible woman who deserves flowers every day.
Be kind to one another on this bittersweet, emotional day.
A big part of Geoducks Are for Lovers is about food.
I love food: simple food, foodie food, homemade or Michelin star. Love food. So does my heroine, Maggie.
In honor of Maggie’s career as a food writer and her kickass hostess skills, I’ll be sharing recipes from the book as well as some of my favorites in the upcoming months. I might even include a recipe for cooking with geoducks. But be warned, our favorite clam is expensive as geoducks are considered a delicacy and known as mirugai in Japan.
Here’s the first foodie post. No, it doesn’t involve clams. You’re welcome.
I spent the past weekend with a bestie from high school. We’ve known each other for decades yet swear we’re only in our 20s. Not sure how the math works on that, but let’s just go with it, shall we? Living on opposite coasts means we never see each other often enough, but like the friends who get together in Geoducks, we pick up right where we left off as if no time (or decades) have passed. Our gatherings typically revolve around good food, a cocktail or two, and hours of conversation and laughter. This weekend was no exception. The highlight:
Salted caramel sundae from Market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten: salted caramel ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, peanuts and the magic, caramel popcorn. If you are ever in Boston, this is a MUST! I think this would be simple to recreate and maybe just as good at home.
Great food and great friends make for the best memories.
Hope your life is filled with both!
I am giving away THREE ARCs (Advance Readers’ Copies) to celebrate the cover reveal of Geoducks on May 2nd. ARCs are available in mobi and epub formats for ereaders only.
You can be among the first to read Geoducks Are for Lovers before its official release date on May 15th.
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(ETA: The giveaway is over and the winners are announced below. BIG THANKS to everyone who entered, shared and posted about this! *mwah*)
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Thanks for supporting me and this crazy novel about a motley group of forty-something friends and giant bivalves.