Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Am Braveheart!

I am Braveheart!

Yes, right now I feel like Mel Gibson a scene in his 1995 film, Braveheart. Writing for me is not a pastime; it is a conviction. Yes, like Mel, I’m passionate about what I do and want to share that passion with readers. But in this one scene in Braveheart—where Mel and his men are waiting to advance and strike at the best possible moment—Mel cries, “Hold…hold…hold!” I identify with him because I am restrained in that “hold” moment at present with my new novel, Bikers and Pearls, which is to release from Bliss at Entangled Publishing on August 12, 2013.

I am SUPER excited about sharing this story about a Southern belle’s attempts to resist a bad-boy biker while still helping him on a charity event to raise money for the sick little boy they both love. I even have tons of plans to share and promote the book, however, I am positioned like Mel. I even wake in the mornings with his battle cry resounding in my head. “Hold…hold…hold,” I tell myself.    

What am I holding back on? Well, I—at first—had to keep the cover under wraps until Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, etc., revealed it for presale. And then, Bam! It was out! But some readers wait until the book is actually live, so now I must hold back on Twitter, Facebook and other social media because if readers are driven to look at the book too early, they may lose interest on Release Day. I have giveaways planned and a blog tour and lots of Southern recipes to share, but I must wait. Release Day is the moment that writers look forward to the entire time they are writing their books. It’s the culmination of all the preparation—like with Mel (or rather William Wallace)!
Upon their Release Days, writers are unleashed to spray the world with their excitement and enthusiasm. Their babies (books) are unveiled and readers can acknowledge their hard work, learn, laugh and cry because of the stories. It is my sincerest wish that all writers experience the joy and excitement that I’m experiencing in my “hold” pattern right now and that all readers get lost in the worlds that writers create for them.

Yes, I am Braveheart! Happy writing and happy reading! 

Who said tempting a sweet, Southern belle would be easy?