That was an amazing day--everything I dreamed it would be and more.
I woke up to the dulcet sounds of my daughter's fire alarm beeping at 4 am because the battery had died or something. My husband fixed it, and went back to sleep. My brain had switched on and there was no hope for me. So I got up and went to the gym at 5:20 and began responding to all of the amazing tweets and messages that had already begun to show up. Seriously, you guys MADE my day with all of your excitement for me and my book.
As I said, it was also my son's birthday, so I went home from the gym and prepared for his "surprise party." He informed us the night before that he wanted a surprise party, but I reminded him we'd already planned his party for that Saturday. So he compromised by letting us know it would be okay if we just surprised him in the morning. He told us, "When you hear me stomp my feet, that's your cue to hide in the kitchen and when I come downstairs you can all jump out and yell surprise!" So we complied with his wish. The only problem was that when we heard him get up, we all hid, but....he didn't stomp. Apparently he wanted to draw out the suspense. Eventually we heard the sound of velcro as he strapped on his shoes. Finally, there was stomping. We all ducked back down behind the island again (except for my 2 1/2 year-old daughter who kept hiding in the pantry). Well, to make a long story short, twenty minutes and a few charley-horses later, he finally came down so we could jump out and yell SURPRISE!
We did go to lunch for him, to help him feel like it was a special day for his birthday and not just Mommy's book...but my family surprised me and gave me a card and two very beautiful, special necklaces. My sister came up with the idea and my dad had them made--to match my book cover. Basically, I started crying in the middle of Sweet Tomatoes.
I rushed home to get ready for my big night, and to meet my friend, CP, and agency sister Katie Purdie because we had a very special person to pick up from the airport....
I couldn't believe the emotions I felt as my family, friends, neighbors, authors, and even some people I didn't know personally, came to support me and to get copies of DEFY signed.
And then it was time. Whitney, from The King's English, introduced DEFY and turned the mike over to me. I started off great--for about fifteen seconds. I couldn't even get through "I can't believe I'm standing here--that this is really happening" without doing this:
My sweet mother-in-law who has been so excited for me!!
After the signing we got some dessert at The Dodo (YUM) and then called it a night. It was a dream come true.
And now it's back to real life! The day after a launch party is kind of like the day after Christmas....x10, lol! So thank you for all of your continued tweets, messages, texts, and emails--every single one means SO much to me and makes me so incredibly happy!!
Now to celebrate the release of DEFY, I'm offering a very special giveaway! Up for grabs:
An ARC of THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain!!! Guys, this book is SO good. And the cover got changed, so this is basically a limited edition. I kind of want to keep it, but instead, I'm going to be nice and share it with one lucky person!
But that's not all! I'm also giving away a signed copy of BLINDSIDED by Natalie Whipple!! (the sequel to the fabulous TRANSPARENT)!! Such an AWESOME duology--trust me, you want this book!
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Such a fun night! And you were perfect, as always. So glad I got to be there, however brief. And I"m not gonna lie, I'm mostly excited for my own book to come out this year, haha.
I'm looking forward to reading Cruel Beauty and A Mad, Wicked Folly.
look at all that! how exciting and man, you make me want to throw confetti for you!
Congratulations on your launch and release of DEFY! I wish I lived closer and could have come to your launch. Thank you for all the pictures of your special day!
What I'm most looking forward to this year Competing in my first triathlon.
Love this, Sara! What a perfect day!!!
Congrats Sara! Looks like it was a great night. I got my Kindle copy of DEFY and just started reading it! And for 2014, I am most excited to publish the sequel to my trilogy. :)
Oh oops, that sounds conceited, I thought the question was just what we're most excited for in general. Didn't realize it was about books, ha! I am very excited to be reading your book, duh. Also VITRO by Jessica Khoury, which I think just came out!
It looks like it was a great night! So exciting!
Looked like a great night. I loved the book!
Ah, one of the best days ever! Thanks for the recap. Almost like living it over again. I'm so glad I got to share so much of the day with you. <3
I'm most excited to read RISE AND RUIN by Leigh Bardugo this year.
Such a great night! Loved your book and can't wait to read these others.
What an incredible night! Loved hearing about your signing and the pictures that you shared. I'm most looking forward to THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart this year.
Congratulations on your release!! I am looking forward to many wonderful new memories with my family.;)
I'm most excited for Cruel Beauty!
Congrats, Sara! I loved getting to see these pics! And I absolutely loved your outfit- you looked gorgeous! And how neat that your agent came. Also, a belated happy birthday to your little man! =)
Congratulations, it seemed like the perfect night :) it's such a joy to celebrate after the achievement. By the way; I love what's your wearing.
I was SO SAD to miss your launch party. I couldn't find a babysitter (in order to make it to TKE on time I have to leave around 4...it's a long drive...and the hubs doesn't get off work till after six). I took both my kids to Natalie Whipple's event the week before and it was a PAIN to haul my kids around and stand in line with them and keep them from pulling all the books off the shelves. Thanks for posting pictures so I could kind of sort of be there ;) Congrats on your book! I can't wait to read it!
looking forward to reading defy hopefully this month.
Congrats Sara!! I don't know you personally (came here by way of Michelle Argyle's blog- may be messing up the spelling there)BUT I look forward to getting to know your work. Adding DEFY to my Amazon wishlist (now). I will get it, it's just my reading addiction is getting in the way of MY writing lol so I have to pace myself.
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I'm looking forward to Red Rising by Pierce Brown!
Loved your book! I'm looking forward to so books not sure what to put!
Great book! I'm so glad i found it...I am eager for the story to continue! Love the flow, and tone of the book, truly enjoyed my escape. Thank you...I will most certainly recommend it to friends!
I'm most excited for The Crimson Campaign. =D
Congrats on your book's release! *adds Defy to reading list* I'm excited for a lot of books in 2014, but I must admit I'm especially eager for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski!
That's so exciting! I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Congratulations!! I know I've already told you this before, but great book! I cannot wait for the second to come out. It's nice to see the support you get from friends and family for pursuing your dream.
Super, super, SUPER AMAZING! Such a fun night and so grateful to be a part of this "dream come true!" Thanks for the sweet post! <3
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