Glamour & The Real World: Guest Blog

Today I am a guest blogger on the RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk Website.  The topic is glamour and the real world, with a specific emphasis on kindergarten since, you know, that’s kind of my specialty.  They also showcase my book, Coming Home.  Please feel free to check it out and leave a comment on their site to enter a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card.

Hope to see you there!

(P.S.  Happy tax day)

Review of Coming Home

I’m a happy camper because I just got a glowing review of my book, Coming Home, by someone who isn’t a relative, friend, coworker, or anyone else who might feel at all concerned about crushing my fragile feelings with criticism of my writing.  The reviewer is a blogger who specializes in reviewing books.  I’m her official April 9th entry.

Yay!

Here’s the review, if you’d like to check it out:  The BookFinder Blogspot.

Guest Blog

Author Kimberly Lewis has been kind enough to host me in an interview on her blog at http://kimberlylewisnovels.blogspot.com, her official post for April 8th, 2013.  In the interview she asks me about me, my writing process, and my book, Coming Home. Check out the interview here, and please do check out the rest of her site.  She’s an East Coast gal who sounds wonderfully creative, from doing a wide variety of arts and crafts to writing her contemporary western novels.

And please feel welcome to leave comments!  (We bloggers love it when people do that. It makes us feel loved.  Well, depending upon the type of comment, I suppose…)

Upcoming Promotional Opportunities

Well, it’s officially been one week since Coming Home hit the ebook market, and I think I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to trying to explore marketing opportunities for it.  It can be a wee bit challenging to get folks to read your book if they don’t even know it exists, so it helps if you can get reviewers to read it and post reviews on their sites and/or blogs for the world to see.

…But it turns out it’s also a wee bit challenging to get reviewers to look at your book when A) they’re swamped with review requests, B) they don’t know you from Adam, and C) you have no famous relatives with which to impress them.  Mom swears we’re descended from Robert the Bruce, famed medieval king of Scotland, but apparently that doesn’t carry much weight in the publishing industry.  Hmph.  Go figure.

But I have been fortunate enough to line up a few upcoming guest spots on some other blogs over the next few months, and one reviewer has just agreed to review my book in the next couple of weeks, so yay for that!  (Unless, of course, she doesn’t like the book, in which case…suddenly I’m feeling a little queasy.  Don’t mind me; I’ll just be over here curled up in the fetal position for a while.)

You think I’m kidding, don’t you?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go ask my parents if they’re absolutely positive we’re not related to J.K. Rowling.

It’s Here!

 

ComingHomeCoverWell, it’s finally happened!  My very first book ever to be published has been, well, published.

It’s ready-to-buy now on Amazon and iTunes, and it should be ready any day now at the Barnes & Noble website, too.  I think I probably bought the first copy myself, and it was both weird and wonderful to read my own book on my Kindle.  I’m tingly all over!  Either I’m thrilled, or I’m coming down with something.

Now I have to sit back and bite my nails over whether or not any reviews get posted, and if they do, whether any–except maybe one from my mother (love you, Mom!)–turn out to be positive.  Sure would be a bummer if it turns out my writing makes people want to scratch their own eyes out or something rather than read another word of it, eh?  Ahem.  Perhaps I’m stressing too much about this…

Anyhow, it was very exciting to see my book listed on the web page for USA Today’s New Contemporary Romances.  If you scroll a little more than halfway down, there it is!

I have to say, I’m having a lot of fun today with all of this…  🙂

Book Giveaway

The Harlequin Junkie website has just posted a spotlight on ten Crimson Romance novels, including Coming Home, at this link, and it includes a book giveaway.  It looks like you can enter to win one of five two-book packages.  The offer expires in a couple more days, so if you’re interested, hurry on over and check it out.  Nothing better than free, right?

Have a good one!

The Book Pushers Interview

The Book Pushers website posted a question/answer format bit about me and Coming Home today, which I really appreciate.  Thanks Minnchica!  Here’s the link if you would like to check it out.  Feel free to leave feedback!

In the meantime, spring has sprung, and my vacation has started, so if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go collapse on the couch.  Have a good one!

Spotlight Opportunities

It’s almost time for my book, Coming Home, to make its official “debut.”  Pretty cool.  What’s also pretty cool is that tomorrow I’m supposed to be featured on The Book Pushers website in their Debut Author Feature.  I’ll post a link as soon as I confirm that it’s really and truly up and running and not just, say, some weird mix-up in which they’ve gotten me confused with Danielle Steel or someone like that.  You know, because Danielle and I get confused for each other all the time…

My publisher, Crimson Romance, also just emailed me to say that another website, Harlequin Junkies, is going to be spotlighting ten of the Crimson Romance titles, and mine is one of them.  Pretty cool again.  That post is supposed to be March 23rd.

Every little bit of marketing helps, right?  And speaking of marketing, if you read the book and you like it, I’d be grateful if you could post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.  If you don’t like it, then, um…never mind!

Well, I Must REALLY Be An Author Now…

I’m tickled pink today.  There’s a web page at Amazon.com with my book on it.  Eeee!  I’m a little giddy right now.  Good thing I’m sitting down.

So I must really be an author now, because it says “Christine S. Feldman” with the word “Author” in parentheses after my name.  And if you click on my name, it brings up an official Author Page.  Check it out at this link.

See?

I realize this is probably a lot more exciting to me than to anyone else, but I hope you’ll forgive me for prattling on about it.  I’ll try to restrict myself to mostly just babbling endlessly about it to my husband.  He has to forgive me.  I’m pretty sure it was in our vows.

Coming Home is also available on iTunes, and I think it will be on Barnes & Noble’s website in about one more week for Nook users.  How cool is that?!

Okay, I’ll stop now.  🙂

Cover Art for Coming Home

Here it is!  My very first book cover.  Ta da!

Coming Home Cover

I was very anxious about the cover ever since I first realized that there was actually going to be a book out there in the world that I wrote.  I stressed over it a lot, especially since authors don’t generally have the final say when it comes to book covers.  Would the colors be okay?  What about the images themselves that were chosen?  Would it reflect the story accurately?  What if–

Then I decided to stop stressing, because I realized the most important thing about this book cover:

It has my name on it.  Eeeeeee!

🙂