Well, It’s My Pub Day Too, Yeah!
As some of you know, publication of The Second Mother was pushed back from July, a little like how our school district just pushed back the return-to-in-person learning.
Actually, that’s not really anything like the same.
But my point is, times are crazy right now on many fronts, and it’s hard to count on even something as basic as our calendars.
My new novel is finally here though, and I have news, chances to win, and ways we can connect, to share with all of you.
Please come celebrate my book birthday! If you would like to read The Second Mother, just visit the get-the-book page.
Please Join Me Virtually Tonight!
The Mother of All Launches takes place on Tuesday, August 18th, at Page 158 books in Wake Forest, NC! There will be secrets revealed, Q&A and a really cool contest to enter! Bonus: I'm with fellow suspense author Pamela Crane!
I'm in Print in MysteryScene
John Valeri, pictured holding the article, did one of the most in depth interviews I've ever had.
If You’re Wondering How I’m Feeling
I could say, excited for what may happen. Happy that people can read my book. Proud to have reached the milestone of having a fifth book out. All those things would be true.
Also true, and even more pressing, like water filling up your throat, is that I feel terrified.
I wrote about this on Medium and shared tips for dealing with high stress events in your life. Read my strategies.
So much is out of control when a new book comes out. How will the book do? How much does how it does matter to our overall career trajectories? The wisest advice I’ve gotten on this subject comes from fellow authors, and to give credit where it’s due, my husband, who despite being outside the biz says the same thing.
Also, Elsa of Frozen.
Let it go.
The way The Second Mother performs in the marketplace is not up to me. There are forces at work greater than myself, and things more important than any one book. What matters now is connecting with all of you—and what you think if you read!
Join me today in the book group Novels and Latte! Ask a Q and I'll A, and enter you in a giveaway besides!
If you're on FB (and who isn't?), please join one of these groups and come see me!
You Might Name a Character in my Next Novel
Each person who joins me at a virtual bookstore, library, book club event, or listens in on a radio show or podcast, even pops in when I’m guest hosting on Facebook, will be entered to win a chance to name a character in my next novel. Just let me know you attended by tagging me in your social media post about the event!
I decided to do this after a dear reader got to choose Callum’s last name in The Second Mother. Callum is the warm, fierce, tormented Irish immigrant my heroine starts to fall for. (Do they get together? You have to read to find out!)
And when you meet Callum, know that a very good man named Harry McCarthy is smiling down.
If there’s somebody you’d like to commemorate in print—or maybe wreak a little fun revenge on someone?—join me at an event and enter to win!
Congrats to the Winners!
Congrats go to Helene, Jan, Lisa for her beautiful met-a-friend moment, and ten more who won e-ARCs!
Jackie's Street Team of Book Blogger Reviewers
Book bloggers and reviewers are today’s virtual Word of Mouth.
In weeks to come, I'll share the team's book blogs and FB groups so you can follow them to learn about new releases, hear thoughts on books, find giveaways to enter, and become a deeper part of this precious, interconnected book-talking world.
The rest of the world might be crazy now in many ways, but books are one of the constants. We need them—and they need us. An unread book, to paraphrase the King, is a circle unclosed. A tree whose falling wasn’t heard. A story yet to be lived.
Thank you, all of you, for anything you do to share mine on release day, and beyond.
I feel a little less terrified now.
Love from the Hills of Wedeskyull,