Well yesterday was release day for Seven Minutes in Heaven. I was terrified at what the reaction would be, but I never imagined it could possibly take off like it has. A day after waking up and being delighted that it was on the lesbian romance best seller list, it’s currently at #4 which simply boggles my mind.
For me, the process of writing is first thinking of a great idea and then having the actual writing of the book slowly convince me I was insane. Seeing people actually buy the book and send feedback that they enjoyed it is a huge boost.
I can’t express enough thanks to fellow author Michele Rivera for early beta reading and my partner (wife in 37 states? maybe more? I’ve lost track) for the final critique and lots of encouragement and time to sit at the computer.
Thanks to everyone who took a chance on someone new and I’ll try to get back to working on that next book!
So there it is. It’s an actual book. It’s even going to be in print or at least it’s first cousin print-on-demand. Yesterday, after one last run through editing and a little blurb doctoring by some friends, with trembling fingers I clicked the button to set up a pre-order. So Seven Minutes In Heaven for Megan and Andi, four days of nervous creeping up on terror for me!
Here’s hoping people enjoy it!
Seven Minutes In Heaven
With her marriage in ruins and nowhere else to go, Megan escapes to her family’s summerhouse on Cape Cod to lick her wounds., but even in that haven from reality, she finds the past catching up with her. Enter Andi, an old friend she’d all but forgotten.
Sixteen years ago, Andi was an independent local girl with short blond hair and a reputation for kissing other girls. Megan’s family disapproved of Andi, for her unapologetic sexuality and her attitude, but the girls became quick friends. When Megan’s cousin locked them in a closet for a game of Seven Minutes In Heaven, it was meant to be a cruel joke to drive them apart. Instead, it led to Megan’s first kiss… with Andi.
Now adults, neither woman has forgotten their brief but tantalizing game. Slowly, they edge their way toward each other once more, but is being together in the adult world only a game… or heaven?
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When I wrote very short pieces, I used to like editing. It was fun. Fix some typos, change a few things here and there. It was easy. At 30,000 words, my current WIP, Seven Minutes In Heaven, is something else. There’s structure, voice, characters, continuity, not to mention how easily it is to stop editing and start reading and lose track.
Mostly though, it’s the terror of wanting something to be the best it can be and at the same time remembering that you can’t stay still forever. I remember a book I read on writing that commented that while the first rule of writing is “butt in chair,” the second rule is “get your butt out of the chair and put it in the mail to agents.” (Yes, this was an old book.) I suspect that is doubly true for new writers because of how much one learns when one is actually writing and time I spend editing is time I’m not writing my second book.
I have one more set of feedback to go through and then I’ll be doing my final pass, formatting it, and uploading it to Amazon. Scary scary stuff.
Unless I decide to redo the cover…