Recently my scenic route has been freaking awesome because I became a grandmother for the first time last month. My amazing daughter-in-law said (paraphrasing), “…that every mom probably believes that her baby is the most beautiful, etc., that no other baby is quite as cute.”
It is true. I remember feeling that way about my babies. I still think they are amazing and my grand-babies (yes, we have twins!) are perfect in every way.
While other moms and grandmas might disagree over who has the cutest baby, they would never think of telling another grandma that their grand-baby is ugly (or a new mom for that matter!). And if someone did, blood would flow, because grandmas and moms are pretty fierce. LOL
Writing a novel is a bit like giving birth and I don’t know any author who thinks their “baby” is ugly, but unlike human babies (or even fur-babies), readers feel quite at liberty to tell you what they think about your book.
This is as it should be.
Not all books are for all people. Not every reader is going to have chemistry with how an author uses words. As a reader and a writer, I know this. I even feel bad when I don’t connect with a book. Because I know what it takes to put a book “out there.”
With my past twelve novels, I’ve partnered with a publisher in bringing out my “babies.” They were good at kicking me off the cliff edge. This time I’m making the leap as an independent author (boy, do I have new respect for what a publisher does for an author!) without the publisher kick. O.O
So I’m a bit wide-eyed, but pleased to introduce you to my first romantic suspense novel in five years, and my thirteenth novel: Relatively Risky. It is also the start of a new series, The Big Uneasy, about a law abiding family living in a city that I grew to love during the 18 years that we lived in New Orleans. I’ve been told that love infuses the story and I hope they are right. I also hope readers like this baby as much as I do. But if they don’t, I still think it’s beautiful. Grin.
Do you think it is bad luck that I chose to do this with my thirteenth novel? I’m not usually superstitious, but maybe I should have been? Maybe I should have let my publisher get the bad luck. LOL!
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Particularly perilously yours,
Pauline Baird Jones is whistling past the wormhole with this scenic route stop of independently publishing of Relatively Risky. For more information about her new romantic suspense series and her other books, pop over to her website at paulinebjones.com. She promises not to freak if you don’t love her new baby. Probably. Grin. (Note: I did NOT put DRM on this book at any of these outlets.)