Something totally crazy happened yesterday. I got an email from my Publication Specialist that said, “You will be receiving copies of your book in the mail sometime in the next two weeks.” Other stuff too, but that’s all I really read. I might have cried a little. I’ve learned that motherhood makes you emotional and fulfilling dreams does too.
So, to mark the big occasion, I packed my kids (daughter and niece) in my truck and hurried down the hill to my home away from home, the library. All three of us ran into the kids section like we were running for the churro line at Disneyland. McKayla went straight for the computer and the panda-faced headphones which she thinks are “just the coolest” and Isla bee lined for the chapter books. She has never checked out a picture book in her life, she’s into Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume and Geronimo Stilton and has been checking out those same books since she was 2. Ironically, this means that my girl who loves books never actually reads, or if we do, it’s usually me reading her the first page of every chapter of some Beverly Cleary novel. I watched them get settled and then I went straight…….here.
Ok, look down. To the left. A little farther. Yes, right there. Between Donnelly and Dowell. That is where Douglas, my last name, belongs. I realized, that for me, if happiness lived in an actual physical place, it would be right there. Between Donnelly and Dowell, where my book will sit.
With that in mind, I wanted to give you all a fair warning. If you don’t hear anything from me in the next two weeks it’s because I haven’t moved from the orange couch in our front room and I’m staring out the window waiting for the FedEx man who’s coming with the delivery of a lifetime. Also, if you don’t hear from me after two weeks, I’ve probably just fainted from excitement/shock/disbelief and I’ll wake up soon and be ok. Don’t worry, I’m a tough cookie, just highly emotional.
p.s. It should be only a couple of more weeks after I get my copies until the book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Digital copies (eBooks) will be released soon after that.