Most of you here know that Highland Deception, my debut Scottish Historical, released last week. It’s been an amazing experience filled with mostly good moments, and just a couple lows.
First, I stayed up until midnight to ring in the release on August 22. Not sure this was necessary because nothing magical and miraculous happened that night.
The next day, I was flooded with well wishes and positive thoughts as the e-book copies appeared into the accounts of those that pre-ordered. I was also a guest on the USA Today Happy Ever After blog which was amazing, not only to be included, but that a lot of my friends shared the post to spread the word.
The night of release, my first low happened.
A reader reached out to let me know there was a mistake in the book – well, a few. During the editing phase of Highland Deception, it was discovered that the first known useage of the words, mom, mum, and ma did not occur until some point after my novel was written, so every occurrence needed to be changed to mother. Apparently we missed a couple and a last minute global search and replace was done.
Every moment in the book became a motherent. A correction was made as quickly as possible, but it was disheartening to learn that something out of my control could damage the reviews and people’s perceptions of Highland Deception. The good news is that the error has been fixed, although it may not reflect on all copies purchased the first day. I’m thinking now, maybe they will be worth more in the future. 😉
The positive, we have invented a new word, motherent – an unintentional mishap that renders one helpless, at least that is my current definition for it.
I’ve also had the pleasure of appearing on several other popular blogs and have been happy to share a little piece of me on each one.
The trickiest part of the week has been maintaining a social media presence without being pushy about my book. All these blogs were great and I wanted the chance to promote each site and what I had written, but at the same time, I didn’t want to overwhelm friends and fans with too many posts. I also wanted a chance to step back a bit and work on Highland Redemption. I almost have it ready to send back to my agent and editor. Yay! So, my focus has shifted to getting the next book out.
Another bonus this week, my new publicisit Holly was in town and I was lucky enough to meet her and Brianna Labuskes whose debut Historical, One Step Behind, comes out next month.
I’ve received lots of great feedback and so far the reviews are good, but I wanted to close with the one I got today that made my eyes water and answered a question for me. Will my readers laugh and cry at the parts of the book that meant so much to me?
Just read Highland Deception, did not realize at first, it was your debut book. Did not pay attention to the cover. Great strong character, romance, deception. I laughed and cried. Most books don’t get both from me. Looking forward to the next. Will Alan and Kristie get their chance? By the way I am a big Scottish Highland book addict. Again awesome book, give it 5 stars ?. – Marie – my new Facebook friend
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