The doorbell rang.
No, wait. It didn't. This is 2012.
I got a Facebook message from dear friend and alpha-beta reader Ericka, the second person ever to read my book.
"Check your front steps," she said coyly. There was also a smiley face. And I always follow mysterious and impish directions.
My friends Debbie and Ericka made bludbunnies, nestled them in fake grass,
crafted a box with Criminy's face on it,
and planted it on my front porch as a surprise.
Because they are AWESOME.
I've been overwhelmed with gratitude all day.
The friends leaving encouraging messages on my Facebook wall.
The reviewers saying such lovely things and taking the time to post their reviews on loads of different sites and on Twitter.
The readers telling everyone on Twitter that they were buying and pre-ordering my book.
I mean... I have readers.
That blows my mind.
That people I've never met, who don't owe me anything, are buying my book.
I'm grateful for Stephanie and Renee at Pocket, who have scored some amazing interviews for me, and who sent out loads of review copies.
I'm grateful to my agent and editor, who have been basically patting me until I chill.
And my friends. Oh, my friends. Stephanie sent me that gorgeous bracelet. Jenn made a coffee corset. Brooke turned my characters into smellies. People are driving over from other states for the launch party. People are buying multiple copies of the book and telling their friends and knitting hats and sewing corsets and stopping at Michael's to help me shop for paper masks. And my parents bought... well, grumblemumblegrumbleawholeboxofbooks.
I'm just blown away by HOW MUCH Y'ALL ROCK.
Everyone I know is busy as hell. With families and kids and husbands and parents and cancer and work and school and grad school and birthin' babies and so, so many things, and I appreciate the time it took you to make me smile today.
I just love everybody so much my face hurts.
So here's to release day tomorrow.
Thank you so much for reading anything I write.
And thank you, Ericka an Debbie, for the bludbunnies.
Anybody have an idea for what I should name them?