Monday, March 17, 2014

How do we contain the excitement of a new book?

Personally, I can't contain my excitement. It's like Christmas and giving birth all rolled together. Yes, it's painful and takes a long time, but when the book comes out it's a wonderful gift.

Last week I was given a copy of the new cover. I think it's beautiful. For those of you that read Feisty Family Values you know just how important the kitchen table is to the Morgan's story. All the best conversations happen there. It's that way in a lot of families, especially with my generation, my parents, grandparents and way back.

Sadly now days, meals are often eaten on the run, in the car on the way to a sports event or school, in front of the television or with everyone poking buttons on their tablets. (But I digress...)

Patchwork Family is the second book in the feisty family series and the story picks up a year after Feisty Family Values ends.
  • A year after Annabelle became guardian of two teens and a tween, she is feeling more than her age. (Grandkids can wear you out and she can’t send them home.)
    • Regina is comfortably housed with Sam, but has yet to say “yes” when he asks her to marry him. (Silly woman.)
    • Peggy, the oldest granddaughter is growing up way too fast and madly in love with a boy at school. (She has the whisker burns to prove it.)
    • Tilly is happily married to Joe and enjoying being on hand whenever someone in the family needs her, whether it’s to cook a gourmet meal or referee a case of sibling rivalry.
    • Tad’s on the basketball team and the assistant coach seems to like his ladies full bodied like our dear Annabelle.
    • And after a decade Tom returns and wants to see the kids. This sets off a chain reaction that might just destroy them all. 

    Now comes another fun part. In a couple of weeks the book will be out and I'll be able to hold it in my hands, smell it, and feel the breeze as I flip the pages. My eReader friends (I have a Kindle Fire) will be able to get it and read all about what happens next. Readings and signings will begin at bookstores, book clubs, women's clubs,  libraries, anywhere where people enjoy reading--I plan to be there. (To set something up just send me an email at

    Another big plus of the huge migration to eBooks, we authors will be able to have our books in print practically forever.  The digital world has simplified the publishing process (no more typesetting required) and no need for a huge warehouse of inventory.

    The first book in the series came out in 2010 in a beautiful hardback. It went out of print two years after it was published, however. I bought up all available stock and there are still books available for you to buy if you want one. The second book, Patchwork Family will be in eBook and paperback (print on demand), so it'll be just as lovely and a wee bit cheaper.

    All the sweat, lack of sleep, eye twitches and achy wrists from hammering the keyboard have come to fruition. Patchwork Family is coming the end of March. Stay tuned. (See, dreams really do come true.)

    • How do you feel when your book is complete? 
    • How do you feel when you see your book available for purchase? 
    • Which is more satisfying seeing your eBook for sale or holding a traditional book (paper or hardback) in your hand?


Steve Finnell said...
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Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Bonnie,

I just want to say that I am thrilled for you! I love the cover art on the new book.

Your novel is unique and I believe all kinds of readers will enjoy the continuation of this family novel.

I couldn't agree with you more about the publication of a new book. It is a lot like giving birth to a child. We put so much time and effort into our books. Naturally, we want to see them go live.

Wishing you every success!

Bonnie Tharp said...

Many thanks, Jacquie. It's fun being an author. Not every minute, for sure, but overall - it ROCKS!