Sunday, September 9, 2012

RELEASE DAY FOR LUMBERJACK IN LOVE!




It's finally here! LUMBERJACK IN LOVE is now available on Kindle!



This week has been totally nuts, and I have a huge new-found respect for all authors self-pubbing their books. I sure hope it gets easier and less traumatic for the next book. ;^)

As many of you know, I had a heart attack a couple of years ago, and it really threw me for a loop. I wasn't able to write for a long time after that. My writing habit of sitting for long, consecutive hours and not moving definitely contributed to my heart condition, and I was paranoid, scared, resentful, and angry. I had to learn a new way of doing things. Short bursts of writing. Lots of long walks, being active during the day, eating a heart-healthy diet. 

But I still couldn't write. My heart attack had taken the fun out of it, and I was totally uninspired.

And then one day on Twitter, Kate from Babbling About Books teased me "Why don't you write a book about lumberjacks since you love them so much?" And I thought, "Why the hell not?" Why not write something short, sweet, fun and sexy, with a bearded hero and a sarcastic city slicker, set in Vermont (my favorite place in the world). I'll throw in some quirky characters. And some plant stuff (since I have a background in botany and horticultural science). And Kate said "And the lumberjack should have an English Bulldog." And so I added that in, too!

And I started having fun again. Which is why I write. I didn't do a dedication in the book, so I'd like to do one here.

Thanks to Kate (KT Grant) for inspiring me to write about something I love.

Thanks to The Quirky Ladies for supporting me every step of the way. Even when I'm surly, bitchy, and difficult. Your encouragement means everything to me.

Thanks to Julia Barrett who listens when I'm angry, irritated, silly, and cussing like a sailor. For pushing me when I'm hesitating. For supporting me no matter what. For believing in me. For having my back.

Thanks to Helen Hardt, my editor, who opened my eyes and did an exemplary job with this manuscript. 

Thanks to JW Manus, who is the Master of Formatting. Fast, efficient, and willing to put up with this newb's copious questions and panic attacks. My ebook looks gorgeous, and it's all thanks to her.

ETA: Thanks to Carolyn Crane for her stupendous book quote!

Thanks to NECRWA for your love and support. 

Thank you to all of my blogger friends, reader friends, neighborhood friends, author friends, and long-suffering family members.

Just in case you're in the mood for a quick, sexy, beardy read, here's the book blurb for LUMBERJACK IN LOVE...

City slicker Ami Jordan was just dumped by her back-stabbing boyfriend, has no job prospects, and can't find a decent cup of coffee in the entire state of Vermont. The last thing she needs is a sexy, bearded lumberjack complicating her life. Even if he’s smart, talented, and has the hottest ass she’s ever seen.

Tree house builder, environmental champion, and Bulldog owner Marcus Anderson has no patience for flatlanders with an attitude. But when landscape designer Ami Jordan shows up at his log cabin,  he suddenly develops a hankering for a high-maintenance city gal. Now his house looks like a jungle, his recycling is in disarray, and his libido's on fire.

He's a lumberjack in love.

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And here are a few preview quotes about the book...

"The delicious beard! The magnificent log! This city-girl-meets-lumberjack tale is a crazy, sexy, hairy delight." - Carolyn Crane

"It's a hell of a lot of fun." - Michelle Picard

"A satisfying romp." - Victoria Morgan


For an excerpt and more info, see my website page for LUMBERJACK.

To buy a copy for Kindle, here's the purchase link

Stay tuned for more fun and give-aways this week on my blog. (I'm having T-shirts printed up with the cover on the front and GOT WOOD? on the back...hee hee! Seriously).

One more time with feeling....

THANK YOU!

Have a lumberjacky day,
Penelope

14 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Congrats Penny! I'm so glad you found your way back. I'm sure it was scary at first.
Helen's a great person. I didn't realize she edited!

Going to check out your book.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Realllllllllllllllllllllly? I'm SO off to check it out!!!

jwmanus said...

Happy Release day, and may you have a hundred more!

It was fun and an honor formatting your book. We worked quite well together, didn't we? :D

KB/KT Grant said...

Awww sniff!! Hurrah for hot bearded Lumberjack lurve!

Soooo happy for you!!

Penelope said...

Thank you, Amber! Helen is a terrific editor. Super nice and professional.

Penelope said...

Hey Juju! I know you'll like my bearded hero!

Penelope said...

Thank you, Jaye! The book looks INCREDIBLE! I LOVE it! ♥♥♥

Penelope said...

Kate, thank you so much for your inspiration and encouragement. I hope you like it!

Tasha B. said...

I'm glad you got your mojo back. :)

Lindsay said...

That's wonderful! I hope that your release date goes well. I've never been on the other side but yes self-pub can be very stressful! Happy to hear that you had some great help! Good luck with sales!

Penelope said...

Tasha...me, too! I actually got myself a necklace from Etsy that says MOJO. Hee hee. Just in case I ever lost it again!

Penelope said...

Lindsay...I'm hoping the worst is over and next time will be easier.

Julia Barrett said...

Congrats from Julia in Wales! Love you!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Julia! Hope you are having a fabulous time, hon!