Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm so Sally Fields right now.

Reminder: To win a copy of The List, just comment here. To win cool handmade jewelry or a Shabby Apple dress, go to this post. Or to get ten extra entries for your prize of choice, just jump in on the fun from yesterday's post and post your own 5 item--or more--bucket list. Just check the post. You'll see.

Anyone know how to fit 80 people in a room for 50? Um, and keep 30 of them hidden so the facilities manager doesn't kick us all out for being unruly? 

Because I have 80 people coming to my book launch party at the fiesta room at our HOA's beach club. What does this mean? It means my aunt flying in from Illinois to help, it means picking up 35 pounds of marinated chicken from the local carniceria, it means picking up crates of fresh fruit and it means busting out a tropical mocktail bar and a huge cake to feed everyone coming to celebrate. 

It's going to be crazy. Oh, and I don't have a babysitter yet. Why? Because all my friends have already snapped them up so they can come to my party. Oh, man. This is going to be interesting. Is a 3-year-old too young to watch a 1-year-old? Yes? Oh.

Cool book news: I've climbed to #6 on the Deseret Book romance list. Yay!

Cooler book news: I got this awesome email from a total stranger last night:

I have to say you are probably in my top five favorite authors right now. I work in a bookstore and when your book showed up on the shelves it caught my eye. So I picked it up and read for two straight hours (during my shift mind you). I LOVED it!! I laughed out loud so much. It's been quite a while since i've done that with a book. One of the girls I work with kept hearing me randomly burst out laughing so she had to come see what was so funny. I showed her some of the more hilarious parts and she sat there reading with me for the rest of our shift. You are now our favorite!! We can't wait to hear more from you and your fantastic writing!! :)

That was awesome. Because I have 8 book ratings on Goodreads and 6 of them are from people who love me. Of course they're going to love what I do. But two strangers who have no reason to say anything nice unless they mean it gave me 4 and 5 stars respectively. 

Do you know what that means? 

You guys are front row witnesses to a dream come true. I wanted to write stories that people would curl up with and laugh at and maybe even heave a happy sigh over. And so far, three people who are not related to me, didn't watch me grow up, or otherwise go to church with me, did that. They laughed at my book. They maybe even sighed. But they liked it. They really, really liked it.

That feels awesome. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but . . . it's better than chocolate.

Speaking of people who (I think) liked my book, here's a review up today from my friend Crash. I actually borrowed one of her catchphrases from her for The List (with her permission). If you read her blog, Crash Test Dummy Diaries, you'll hear shades of Crash every time Ashley talks about her stone cold heart. Anyway, the review is up. It's . . . well, her book showed up late (not from me!) so the review is based on however much she did read. I  know she got to at least chapter 2 because she knows about the list. Or wait, The List is the title, so maybe that's how she knew. But based on whatever she had read when she posted, she seems to have liked it. And also my shoes. She likes my shoes. And don't tell anyone, but I bought ANOTHER pair of shoes today. (I know. I have a problem. But to be fair, I didn't buy (m)any shoes this winter because I didn't like many. I think I got some at Christmas and that's about it.) Want to see:
I think I keep buying shoes because I feel all happy and celebration-y and shoes seem like a good way to document that. I think it's also because Grant actually comes when I call him now and so I don't have to take of chasing him all the time, which means I can wear heels again.

Oh, and the gay guy said wedge espadrilles are hot this year, remember? I remember.

Anyway, thanks for the continued love and support. I'm going to be crazy and shellshocked for the next two days while I get ready for this insane launch party on Saturday night, but I'll still be around. I just may not be coherent.


LisAway said...

I am very sorry that poor Melanie has such a dilemma with her babysitting and an overbooked venue. Just be grateful everyone who WANTS to come can't be there. You would be booking a stadium.

Congrats on the awesome reviews! I'm not surprised.

Kelly O. said...

I just finished the book. Started at 4:30 pm and only stopped for carpool duties and potty breaks. Loved it. I have so much to to say, but I am so tired. I have to sleep I'll give my review later. Thanks for a fun evening/early morning.

Melissa said...

Better than chocolate? Girlfriend, I'm getting one right now!

Carolyn V said...

Sweet! Congrats on #6 and the awesome email!

Good luck with the book launch party! I hope it goes well with the overcrowding (still, very cool that there will be overcrowding)!

Susan said...

I hope you're keeping a printed record of the good things people are saying about your book. I did that when I won the LDS Publisher contest, and it still makes me feel great when I'm having a not so great day.

Your book is awesome. I hope it climbs to #1. By the way, how can we see the DB list?

Barbaloot said...

I hope you're rocking the sassy shoes to the launch party:)

Kristina P. said...

You are what a true celebrity looks like.

Kent and Krista Stevenson said...

I can watch Grant and Eden if you want. I am probably going to be watching Charlotte's kids already so she can go. I wouldn't mind at all. Just let me know if you want me to.
Krista (

Becca said...

So much happiness. If we lived closer than 12 hours away by car, I'd give you a babysitter or two.

Melinda said...

I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to read it! I wish I could go to your party, it sounds fabulous! And I love the shoes, no surprise there. :)

Karen Peterson said...

I'm so excited for Saturday!

And I'm so excited for all your great reviews and climbing to #6. You'll be at #1 before the month is out.

Jessica B said...

The saddest thing EVER happened. I can't comment on the book winning post thing. I don't know why! I really wanted to try to win. Either way, I will be a winner (Charlie Sheen?) because I am going to read the book - by luck of the draw, or by luck of me buying it. Which is what I'd do. If I didn't win.

wendy said...

There isn't a Deseret Book within 900 miles of where I live.....sooooo when I come to Utah in May, I will get your book (cause I suck at winning contests)
I am so happy for you.
It HAS to feel good to see a "dream come true". all your hard work and effort come to fruition (big word for me)
and I LOVE the shoes, I pretty much like whatever the gay guy says.

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Loved your post! I can't wait to see if I can win your book!If I don't, I'll have to give in and go buy one! Good Luck this weekend! I'll be thinking of you!

Emmy said...

Oh I will go add a review on Goodreads as I finished the book two days ago-I bought the e-version after reading Erin's recommendation and I love love loved it! Could not put it down.

Wonder Woman said...

I adore those shoes. My only pair of wedges are like 5 years old. I will definitely be getting some!

Good luck with the launch! I haven't had the time to sit down and read your book yet, but I'm hoping to tomorrow after church. It's on my list.

Get it? My LIST?! Ha!

Christiane R. Woerner said...

So, you're now contributing to the delinquency of booksellers everywhere! Have you added that to your bucket list? ;^)