Next Friday, I’ll release my 36th full-length novel.
It never gets easier, I’m always super nervous the week reading into release. I anxiously check advanced reader reviews, hoping that most of them are good. For Enigma, thankfully they are. The reviews are very good, and for that I’m thankful. It feels like a while since I released a full-length novel. With the Heaven Hill Shorts series, things go quicker, and since I release one of those a month right now, I don’t do a full release blitz for them.
I am doing a full release blitz for Enigma. So I’m excited to see what it does.
Like a good author, I’ve made plans for this release.
- promo plan with the first in series discounted
- gotten a review company
- given out plenty of review copies
- the fourth in the series is already up for preorder
- and I think I’ve found the cover picture for the fourth one
Enigma ended up being what I needed to write at the end of last year. It’d been a while since I’d been back to Laurel Springs, and I didn’t realize how much I missed writing their banter. The one thing I love about the family of characters I’ve made in the MTF and LSERT Series’ are the way they talk to one another. When you read their conversations, you get my dry sense of humor and my sassiness. In ‘real life’ some people don’t know how to take me, or it takes them a while to get to know me and not take me seriously, so it’s nice to be able to write my characters that way!
Tonight I’m making all the graphics I’ll use for release week, while I watch TV and Youtube. I’m trying to go ahead and get my newsletter ready. Weirdly, I’m making a meal plan too, so that I can hopefully pre-fix some meals for us, because release week gets so crazy.
We’re still dealing with a slightly sick cat. He spent the night in the hospital, but he got to come home today and we’re thankful he’s doing better, hopeful he won’t have to go back into the hospital.
Either way, I’m going to enjoy the time I have left with him, and the calm before the storm as release day nears.
I can’t wait for you to read Enigma, and I hope you love it as much as I loved writing it!
Just for readers of my blog, here’s the prologue!
“This isn’t working for me.”
My heart drops as I hear the words coming out of Tucker’s mouth. They aren’t really computing with me though. He can’t be saying what I think he’s saying. “What?” I want to make sure I’m hearing him right.
“This.” He motions between the two of us. “Isn’t working for me.”
I will not cry. I will not cry. I will not cry.
“You want more from me than I can give.”
“Is this because I told you how I felt? Because I told you I love you?”
“Karsyn,” he starts.
I hold up my hand. “Don’t give me the it’s not you, it’s me bullshit.” And cue the tears. They’re falling now, huge and ugly. I’m not a cute crier. Not like those girls who refuse to let people see them break down. I’ve spent enough of my life holding things in, running from a past that would have broken most. I refuse to hold my feelings in. Our time on earth is finite, and I had to tell Tuck when I fell.
“It is.” He reaches out for my hand, but I snatch it away. “I’m not the type of guy who gives into feelings. You have to understand where I came from.”
“How can I, if you won’t tell me?”
I cross my arms over my chest, looking at him, willing my bottom lip not to tremble. It does. No matter how hard I try to hold it still.
“I really am sorry, Syn.”
“Sorry? Go to hell, Tuck.”
“Already there, babe.”
That line infuriates me. “Because you choose to be, and you don’t get to call me babe anymore,” I yell.
“You’re right.” He backs away, holding his hands up as if he’s surrendering.
I can’t take anymore. I grab my bag, tripping over Major as he comes to investigate what’s going on. He barks, unsure of why I’m leaving.
“I gotta go, bud,” I cry harder, scratching his head. I lean down, kissing him. “I love you, and I want you to keep him safe,” I whisper.
He whines when I walk to the door. It’s the whine that almost keeps me from walking out.
But it’s not enough.
I walk out with my head high, get in my car, and drive away. I can see them in the rearview, and in my mind, I beg him to stop me. He doesn’t, and when I can no longer see them, I give into the tears. The gut-wrenching sobs and the absolute devastation of this chapter of my life coming to an end.
Amazon -> http://kindlel.ink/Enigma
Amazon AU -> http://kindlel.ink/EnigmaAU
Amazon CA -> http://kindlel.ink/EnigmaCA
Amazon UK -> http://kindlel.ink/EnigmaUK
Apple -> http://ibooksl.ink/Enigma
B&N -> http://nookl.ink/Enigma
Google Play -> http://googlel.ink/Enigma
Kobo -> http://kobol.ink/Enigma
Let me know what ya think!