First of all, I woke up this morning to a fantastic surprise! An email from fellow Author (with a capital A) - Allie Burke. She has a three-book series, The Enchanters, and I won book one of the series: Violet Midnight. I'm beyond thrilled. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now.
Thanks Allie! (Check her out and give her some blog love.)
Second, I got a cool email today from O'Dell at BookTwirps. I've been picked as an official judge in the YA New Summer Reads Competition!
Authors - do you have a YA book released between January 1, 2011 and August 1, 2011? Then this is your chance! See the submission guidelines here. Good luck! I actually considered entering The Gifted, but since I'm a judge in the category, I think it wouldn't be too fair. :)
I'll keep you updated with progress and reminders. I'm very excited about this opportunity. It's an honor.
Third, I got a knock on the door tonight, and was presented with another surprise. In honor of my book release, my friend brought me a cake:
(I'm the cutie on the right. I didn't even photoshop this picture at all, so you get to see my big toothy grin.)
Isn't that amazing?! She even used the colors of my book cover and the copied the cover's embellishments. Wow! Now THIS is friendship. Can you see there are even pages and a book mark? She is so sweet and fantastic.
Thanks, M! You're amazing.
TOMORROW (3/28) IS RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!!! (Insert never-ending happy dance here)
That means I'll be up until well after midnight tonight making sure everything runs smoothly and that The Gifted shows up on Amazon and on the estore via the publisher's website. Luckily, my sweetheart let me take a nap today while our little guy was asleep. And hey, if I get drowsy, I've always got cake to keep me occupied! :) (That and Firelight)
See, lots of really exciting stuff! Sorry I crammed it all into one post, I just didn't think I could wait on any one of them.