Wednesday, June 6

This Just Blows My Mind

So, D'Ann mentioned yesterday that this was a pretty big week. Well, it's big for both of us (are you tired of hearing that yet?) - we're both debuting this week with CrimsonRomance.com. D'Ann's book is a romantic suspense, mine is a contemporary...but waiting in my inbox this morning was something that just blew my mind.


That is *my* book on a reader's e-reader. I'm having a contest to help me launch the book ~ so readers and tweet or facebook about the book and get a chance to win the prize pack or they can review or send me pictures...the list goes on. But this is the first picture of my book, being read by someone outside my family. And it kind of blows my mind. In a good way. If you want to get in on the contest, just head over to my personal blog for the details.

Courtesy ecrater.com
A person - I won't call him/her a friend because friends don't act this way - but a person once told me writing books, romances specifically, was a silly choice because 'you could do so much more'. This person went on to talk about the irrationality of romances, the delusion of love and the general cantankerousness of emotion in general. No, this person isn't an analytic scientist and no hadn't been through a recent break-up. Just a general downer-pants. The words were a slam against the romance genre in general, but I took it personally as you do back-handed compliments. Because romance is it for me. I love writing and reading romance novels. I like the emotional depth and exploration. I like the larger-than-life situations. I like that for a moment the characters falling in love remind of falling for my personal hero. I like the message - that love can be true, that men can be honorable and that women can be anything they damn well want to be.

I'm thrilled and a little freaked out to see my book on that e-reader - I knew this would happen but...but...but that's my book. And that's not my e-reader. Or table. Or case. But that's my book. And I hope she likes it (that isn't a hint for high-fives or I-love-its, by the way). I hope she laughs, I hope she gets a little teary. I hope for a moment it transports her, because isn't that what we all want? For the books we read to give us more than simple words on the page?

So, this week I'm working on the next book and I'm promoting my first book and I'm happy and nervous, but mostly I'm hopeful. Hopeful that this is the beginning of a long career. And I'm riding my delusional unicorn because that's just how I roll...

19 comments:

  1. Good for you, Kristina! What a thrill to see your book and YOUR NAME on someone else's e-reader! I'm happy and excited for you and so glad you didn't listen to the guy who told you to ditch the romance genre. The world needs romantic tales and lots of HEAs.

    Wishing you much success. And hang onto that unicorn - - it knows the way to happiness and fulfillment!

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  2. Thanks, Mae Clair! I think that unicorn will get me where I want to be ... it's gotten me this far! ;)

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  3. Congratulations on your release. How exciting. Good luck! Marian

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  4. I love this post. I'm glad you're having so much fun and that it's going so well. Up with unicorns!

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    1. Unicorns make me happy, Liz...now if I could just get DH to take me to Ireland so I could see a real one... ;)

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  5. Congrats, my friend! If anyone doesn't like romance, or think you could "do more", then unfriend them. LOL You've achieved something millions can only dream of. Enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you, D'Ann! This person and I actually aren't friends on the social networks...but we do have mutual friends, so I'm sure my book is no secret.

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  6. You go, Kristina! Congratulations and many, many sales!

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  7. Congrats Kristi..I so know how you are feeling...when I came home one night to see a copy of my book in paperback on the counter that my hubs had ordered...I was speechless. LOL

    As for the person that pooh poohed romance....I can't even comment! lol

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    1. Aw, what a sweet husband! Mine has my book cover post-card hanging on his wall..he even had me autograph it!

      on The Person - Now I can just eye-roll and move on. At the time - this was a year or so ago - it really bothered me. Now, I'm thinking, 'their loss'!

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  8. Don't let the downers get to you. So many have told me similar things. Write what you love and love what you write and you'll go far! (Do I sound like Dr. Seuss? I do, don't I? LOL)

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    1. LOL, Sharon! I love Dr. Seuss...I *quote* Dr. Seuss regularly (and not just because there is a toddler in the house). And you're right - I will right the stories that I write because I love them. :)

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  9. Congrats, Kristina! You just follow your heart and write what you want and enjoy your moment!! You earned it! So happy about the new release and can't wait for the upcoming releases!!

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  10. Congrats Kristi! I once had a co-worker tell me she would buy my book, but woukdn't read it because all romances are trash. Hmm. Now I know why she's still single. Who doesn't need a little romance in their lives? Enjoy the ride!

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  11. When I finished my book last week, my boss had the nerve to say, "How many times is that now?" As if she's ever finished one. I was ticked for a minute but then let it go, because I FINISHED my book and that was all I cared about.

    You're published. YOU WIN :) That's your own personal HEA

    And of course, you're on your way. You rock and write

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  12. It's so exciting Kristi! I agree, those folks who think romance is not a real book should try and write one! And I've got to tell you that your husband sounds like such a hero! Imagine a guy who asks his wife for an autograph? Makes me cry! Wonderful! Best of luck!

    Tere

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