Life is funny sometimes... (and a pathetic attempt to make you not hate me)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

...But not really today.

I'm going to tell you all something that is going to make me the target of some frustrated people.

Let's rip the band aid off, shall we?

I'm moving the release date of The Accidental Assassin a month back.

Instead of November 4th, it will be live December 4th.

Let me take a moment to say that this is out of my hands. It must be done. I did everything I could to not have this happen. Everything. And it makes me sick. I know that by pushing the date back, some of you are going to be angry, frustrated, and turned off. I hate knowing that. Hate it. But, it still has to happen this way. I'm not going into the reasons as to why, but I am sorry it worked this way. All I can say is that this book is special to me. Okay, all of my books are special to me in different ways, but this one is special in it's very own different way.

Since I'm telling you bad news, let me give you a sneak peek into my thoughts. The real ones. The ones I probably shouldn't share as a writer.

As an author, it's normal to both love and hate you're own work. You love it because it's this story in your head--something that almost feels real with characters that almost feel real. A story that literally hounds your every waking thought. You hate it, and every other sentence you write, because you know you can never really do it justice. You just do the best that you can and hope that people find enjoyment in it. The Accidental Assassin makes me both giddy and nauseous at the same time. Why? Because I love it. I love it hard, guys. And I know that doesn't mean any one else will love it. That's okay. I've been published for four years now and have come to peaceful terms with the fact that everyone isn't going to like the stuff I put out. When you first publish, you sort of chant that mantra, hoping you'll believe it one day. You fake it 'till you make it. Now? I actually believe it. The world is often radically divided by opinion. That's life.

Some books you write, you finish and you think, "Okay. I did it. The End. I did all I could with my story and characters." And then there are some books you can't walk away from and the editor has to literally wrestle the manuscript out of the authors hands. You. Can't. Stop. Tweaking. (That sounds like drugs, but I'm referring to the manuscript.)

The Accidental Assassin is the book that makes me eat antacids by the package when I know people are reading it. I want them to love it. I want them to love Ava and Owen. But I also know I'm not perfect. That everyone isn't going to like my sense of humor or how Ava and Owen turn out.

Guys, I have my antacids ready. They're sitting on my desk looking at me, beckoning me with their pastel colors. I'm ready for you to read The Accidental Assassin.

I just need you to hold on for a few more weeks.

There are a ton of really great books out right now to tide you over. Here, I'll provide a few links. Make it easy for you. Check them out. You won't be disappointed. Then on December 4th, sit back and get ready to go on a wild ride with Ava and Owen.

Even The Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell

Rellik by Teresa Mummert 

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

And in case you enjoy Christmas stories (yeah, I know, tomorrow is Halloween, but I'm a sucker for Christmas stories) here are a few you might enjoy.

On Christmas Hill (a short story) by Me

Snowed Over by Angie Stanton

Baby It's Cold Outside by Kristen Proby, Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader  (I just bought this and can't wait to read it. Like I said, I'm a sucker for Christmas Romances.)

And now for my pathetic attempt to keep everyone from throwing muddy rocks at me...

(imagine a giant banner, confetti, and a loud announcer voice...)

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  1. It's not gonna deter me kiddo. I'm on board no matter what!

  2. I don't have just one favorite. I'm a huge fan of holiday romances in general. I do wish there were more Halloween themed romances though. Not just paranormal but actually Halloween themed.

  3. No stone tossing from this chick .. one of my fav Christmas books .. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham ..

  4. Alright, alright, I won't throw a rock at you, but I'm seriously excited to read this book. I can't wait!

  5. I know it will be worth the wait!! Thanks for the suggestions to pass the time while we wait! I already have 2 of the 6 sitting on my kindle waiting impatiently for me! :)

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  6. Your Owen makes me think of Clive Owen in Bourne Identity!

  7. Oh and my favorite Holiday books is hmmmmm...........................I don't have one and that makes me feel sad :(

  8. Holiday book is Christmas Wrapping by Lisa Crane but movie is Love Actually.

  9. I read a fantastic YA last year called North Pole Reform School. It was such a sweet, feel good-type story. It's definitely a favorite.

    I've been waiting for The Accidental Assassin since I participated in the cover reveal. You wrote it, so I'm sure it's worth waiting for :)

  10. The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James.

  11. Narnia has Father Christmas in it, does that count?

  12. You haven't lost me, even before the giveaway! There's always other books to read to fill the time.

    Some holiday faves? I agree on Snowed Over by Angie Stanton. Also really enjoyed An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen, and Frigid by J. Lynn.

  13. My favorite holiday book is Happy Halloween from the Montgomerys by Kristen proby! Caleb is my favorite Montgomery ad I love thet wins! Btw, I am head over heels crazy crazy crazy in love with Alex and Sam from Suddenly Royal. ĂŽlove that book! I hope you make a novella about them and their baby!

  14. I just can't wait to read it, no matter what date it comes out! My favourite holiday books have to be A Christmas Carol by Dickens and The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James.

  15. Under the Mistletoe with Me by Kristen Proby

  16. I totally love your novel. I will always wait for your novel no matter how long. Keep up with the excellent work. Even though I do not celebrate Christmas, I totally in love with this novel, The Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens. Though it is new, I have been reading the book for a couple of times. It helps me to imagine snow whenever I am.

  17. Never fear! It just makes it more highly anticipated!! You as a person are more important! We understand!! cannot wait for December 4!!

  18. I love Christmas books! They're definitely my guilty pleasure throughout the Christmas season (which I say can totally start right after Halloween!). I'm working on one of my own right now. :) Don't worry about pushing back the release date. I'll read it whenever it's released. :)

  19. I can't pick just one favorite holiday book. I was a big fan of the 12 NA's of Christmas that were released last year. I enjoyed every single one of the ones I read!

  20. I love love love kids Christmas books... There are so many I love... How the Grinch Stole Christmas is at the top of my list.

  21. I love any Christmas book by Debbie Macomber...she writes wonderful holiday romance!


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