Release day

Today was officially the release day for Anything He Wants the novel. After months of writing and editing and waiting, November 27 has come (and almost gone as I write this). Yet now, as the day ends and I reflect a bit, I’m still stunned by that fact. I’m in actual stores, next to other books by authors I read and enjoy.

My mind, she is blown, but right now I feel weirdly zen. I spent all day squeeing and bouncing and boggling at the Amazon and B&N rankings. OMG. Today was an emotional rollercoaster, it like I didn’t know what to think!

A few of you have already been gracious enough to lend the novel some reviews on Amazon, B&N and other online sites, for which I am thankful. Today also ends the free novel contest; it will run until midnight Pacific time tonight, and I’ll compile and choose the winners tomorrow. But… Wow. Wow.

I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOOO BIG!!!!!!! Thank you for coming with me on this journey, there’s no way I could have done this without your help and support!! Please know the story will DEFINITELY continue and I appreciate everyone who’s blogged, tweeted, emailed, or otherwise spread the word about AHW’s release immensely. Today feels like a kitten and unicorn all wrapped in one – immensely awesome but more than a little unbelievable.

…okay, I may be a tiny bit less zen now. But thank you, I’m amazed about everything that’s gone on over the last few months and it’s all thanks to you. ***HUGZ***

And because I’m trying to make every post have a picture, here are three of the most adorable pups I met today!

AHW novel contest!

Contest time!

It’s been a long time since I checked in here – too caught up in vacationland apparently – so I think I owe my faithful readers something special. I finally heard back from my publishers who weathered (and continue to recover from) Sandy’s might; everyone is alright, although some have a bigger mess to clean up than others. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm, hope you also came through okay! So it was a bit delayed but, holy cow, they sent me something FULL of win.

ARC’s and final copies of “Anything He Wants” the novel!! ****SQUEE****

(The video that made my parents cry)

Time is ticking down to the “official” release date of November 27, and with the book due out in stores soon (and with the rushed schedule the book’s had in comparison to most other publications) there’s not much time to do promotions or other kinds of marketing.

That’s where my readers come in. ;)

It’s been you wonderful people who’ve made this book so big, and I’m asking you to help me one more time. This contest will run for almost two weeks, ending on the official release date of November 27 (see below). I have two book copies and two ARCs (Advance Reading Copy), but want to keep one ARC so there will be three (3) winners, randomly selected from all the entries. The winners, in the order they were picked, will have the option to receive a signed ARC or signed final copy of “Anything He Wants” novel.

The (simple) rules for this contest:

Bloggers: Blog about the release. Whether its a review of the series or simply a note on your blog that the book is coming out, along with the Amazon/B&N/etc link to the novel page. Send me the link to your blog post, and your name will be put into the pot. The more times the release is mentioned (in individual blog posts), the more times you’ll be in the drawing.

Tweeters (Twitter): Same thing (albeit with less words). Tweet the link to your followers, putting “@sarafawkes” and “#ahw” inside so I can keep track. Again, the more tweets the more times your name is in, but try not to spam – once or twice per day is enough.

Facebook: This one is tough. I’ve never delved into FB deep enough to know how to tag a person in a post, but if you can let me know on this blog comments area when you posted something to your Friends, I’ll add you to the list. If any of you wonderful folks can explain an easier way to track, I’ll love you for life!! :D

Despite the fact that the AHW novel is only slated so far for a US release, I will accept global entries. Before SMP took over, the story had an international audience (and hopefully soon it will again) and it would be super silly to bar you from receiving a copy. So as long as you have an address accessible by post, you’re in!!

The various URLs for the books:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00940L0II

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anything-he-wants-sara-fawkes/1110205464

Let the games begin!!

EDIT: Because I’m stuck here in the Great White North until early December, I’ve decided to extend the contest until December 7 when I return. More time to get your entries in (and the word of this release out!). :D

AHW5 release date

This morning, another writer friend poked me hard that I announced the release date of AHW5 everywhere except on my blog. EEP!!!

SO. I do indeed have a date from St. Martin’s Press on when they’ll be releasing the final part of this story and… *drum roll please*

September 25!!!!

The AHW novel is also set to release November 27 and will have more polish and backstory, but is essentially the same. As soon as I see the pre-order page for AHW5 I’ll announce that as well.

My apologies for being so quiet lately, I’ve been working on edits for part 5 and the novelization and can’t wait to get both out to you!!! :D :D