Adventures in Writing a Novel

Edits are done! Let the Countdown Begin! #amreading #paranormal #romance #writing #amwriting

ace-ace-ventura-6606314-506-350My edits are done!!

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!!!


One thought on “Edits are done! Let the Countdown Begin! #amreading #paranormal #romance #writing #amwriting

  1. Very interesting to read your thoughts on this new release, Miss A. If I’m being honest, I’m usually not a romance novelist reader, but I bought your books not only because you’re a friend, but because you’re a good writer. I can’t seem to find a book that is written well anymore, not matter what the genre. Anyone can upload a book, and it’s difficult to find an author who is putting the work into it as you do and subsequently putting out good novels.

    So, I find myself reading novels that are well written instead of going for my favorite genre anymore. Not to mention, my favorite genre is not the trend these days. Which means, what I write is not the trend. 😦

    Remember when you blogged about how Gilmore Girls is your fave show because of the mother/daughter relationship (at least partly). Well, I write about the ups and downs of relationships, all kinds. Spouses, siblings, parents/children, friends, you name it. I’m very much into the drama that we cause in our relationships and ways to make them better. I compare my novel to the TV show Mad Men as far as drama in relationships goes.

    I look forward to your latest release. I know you’re putting pressure on yourself and are worrying, but your good writing will make it great, as usual.

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