So do you know what that means!?!
The countdown has officially begun until the release of my upcoming novel!
One month from today, When the Black Roses Grow will release on Amazon. Yay!
I have to admit that while I’m super excited for this novel to be in the hands of the masses, I’m also scared for it. It’s been no secret how much of a struggle the novel has been. Thankfully, with the help of my editor, I’m confident in the story.
So why am I concerned?
To be honest, the story is…well…very different from my first two novels and different than a lot of romance novels out in the world. Even my editor said in an email to me, “I can’t wait to see how this very different book is received on the market.” *cringe*
While I’ve always known this about it, the feelings just always seem to twist in my gut. Why? Because every time the subject of my novels is brought up with people, I get the same reaction:
“Well, my first book is set in 1861.”
“And, the second one is set in 1897 during the Klondike Gold Rush.”
“That sounds interesting.”
” And, my third one is set in 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials.”
“Oh, wow. Tell me more about that one. That’s totally something I’d love to read. When is that one going to release again? Or can I buy it today?” Grabs phone and starts scrolling through their Amazon app.
And, that is when and where my gut twists.
After I posted the cover reveal and shared the book blurb, I got dozens of messages from people confessing that the first two novels weren’t really their taste, but this one, this Salem Witch one was right up their alley and they couldn’t wait to buy it and read it.
First of all, am I mad that friends haven’t bought my other two books? Not. At. All. I know everyone has their own tastes. I know I do. It’s true that I try to support all my writer friends and buy as many as I can no matter the genre, but that’s just me. I know what the support means and how it feels. Certainly, I don’t expect everyone to be like me and purchase something they will never be interested in to read—no matter who wrote it.
I’d much rather people have a good experience reading my novels than a bad one. Period.
But, back to my point, with all this sudden interest in this “different” novel. There is this little voice in the back of mind that seems to feel the need to whisper doubt and worry that it’s not going to live up to their expectations or that I haven’t done it justice.
I suppose there is really nothing I can do, but send it out into the world as I have raised it, just as I did with the other ones. If people love it, then they love it. If they hate it, then they hate it. Again, just as they did with the other ones.
So here’s to 30 days left and counting!!!