I had such a great pub day for Decked with Holly! It started with this:
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! I especially love that Holly’s expression while swooning over Matt Bomer matches my face when I watch White Collar. Huge fan!
Such a lovely way to begin the day!
And then I scurried over to check out two super fun blog posts I did for the release of Decked with Holly.
At Teatime Romance my super awesome RWA buddy Lisa interviewed me about (what else?) romance!
You can read it here!
Then I headed over to the amazing Bookalicious Pam’s blog where she got me to spill all my embarrassing Decked with Holly secrets, including pictures of my Secret Journal of Shame.
The best part?
You can win a free copy of Decked with Holly here!
After happy dancing around my apartment, I decided to celebrate the release like, y’know, a classy writer.
Which meant that I put on mascara, lip gloss, heels, and I rode the bus for about an hour to get to the nearest Barnes & Noble.
Marni Life Lesson #31: Do not wear heels unless absolutely necessary. Especially when you know they will just give you blisters.
But I totally forgot about the shoes when I saw my books on the shelf.
So many people helped me make this dream come true. I can’t express how grateful I am for all the support and encouragement!
There are definitely some perks that come with being an author on pub day. The biggest is that you can act like a crazy person and nobody kicks you out for it.
My friend Gwyn and I kind of took advantage of this.
It started out innocently enough…
THIS BOOK HAS BEEN MARKED UP IN PEN…by the author.
Then I may have done a little light reading.
“And then Santa says…”
That’s when it descended into something else entirely.
“Hi! I’m Marni and I’ll be your author for the evening. Can I interest you in some humorous YA books with a very wry undertone?”
And then I thought: this would be a perfect time to bust out some of my rollerblading moves.
In a bookstore.
Now is a good time to mention that I haven’t used any of these rollerblading moves in a pretty long time. So while I was thrilled that we were positioning the books within the triangle of blank space created by my body…I couldn’t hold the position for all that long.
“I’m doing it! Take the picture! TAKE THE PICTURE!”
And when I failed…well, let’s just say I managed to trip all over myself.
“Author down in the YA section! I repeat: AUTHOR DOWN!”
Gwyn and I doubled over laughing, which might explain why nobody went anywhere near us.
Note the complete lack of strangers in the background. That’s because of us.
Then I decked Gwyn with awkwardness! And puns. Lots of puns.
It was an absolutely wonderful day but in a lot of ways the fun is only just starting.
Because now I get to hear what YOU think of the book!
Speaking of which, one super cool way to tell an author what you think of their work is to write a review.
But I know that can be time consuming/intimidating so if you want a super easy way to encourage an author…
I’m not even kidding.
We notice things like how many “likes” our books have on Amazon and Goodreads.
They Like Me . . . They Like Me Not.
It may seem silly but even doing something that small can have a big impact for an author.
So…if you want to “like” me and/or my books (I’m guessing you probably like me a little already or you wouldn’t still be reading this blog post) it would be awesome if you took a few seconds to let others know!
It’s a little embarrassing to admit but every time someone says something nice, this happens inside me:
So thank you!
So I just read your interview from A Teatime Romance. I see that you mentioned a Susan Andersen book. I haven’t read all of Andersen’s books, but one of my fave romance novels is Perfect Danger. Have you read that one? It is not a new book, originally released in 2000, I think. But is is amazing. I would love to hear if you have read it.
Also, loved Decked with Holly! Congrats! I saw it in my Barnes and Noble!! I dragged my mom over so she could see it on the shelf!
Hey Quinn! I’m glad you saw the interview–I had a lot of fun with it. I haven’t read Present Danger yet, but I will definitely have to get it once I finish Playing Dirty. I’m so glad you enjoyed Decked with Holly! It’s still kind of surreal to me that people can find it on shelves…
Congratulations on your fantastic launch day! Loved your hilarious pictures and commentary. So much fun to read!
Thanks, Caryn! I’m so glad you enjoyed my photos! We definitely had a great time geeking out at Barnes & Noble. 😀 I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book!
I saw Decked With Holly on the shelf while grocery shopping at Dominicks…
read the back and knew I had to try it out.
After reading the first line I began giggling.
My husband looked at me, smiled, and asked “already?”.
I really enjoyed the book and loved your humor.
Thank you! I needed another favorite author and now I can’t wait to see what you have next.
Wow! Thank you so much, Deanna! You completely made my day. I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that you loved reading Decked with Holly! I loved every minute of writing it–especially the first sentence. 😀 It’s the spin-off sequel to Awkward, so you might want to backtrack and read that one next. That way you’ll be all caught up when the next book in the series (Invisible) is released. I hope you’ll let me know what you think of Awkward too!
Again, thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm.