Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Birthday!

Tomorrow's my book birthday!!! In a Witch's Wardrobe comes out tomorrow, July 3! In it, Lily Ivory goes to the Art Deco ball and comes across a woman who's fallen under the spell of a cursed corsage.  In order to track down whoever has been fooling around with deadly botany, she'll have to call on all her resources --including Oscar the familiar, of course.

I don't have big plans for my book birthday.  I used to celebrate big time, every time...but after a while I started to feel a little chagrined, forcing my friends to celebrate each and every time.  After all, do I throw them a party every time they finish a project at work?

Still, I enjoyed my book release fetes. My very first book birthday was, of course, the most exciting.  I could barely believe it the first time I stopped by my local Barnes and Noble and saw Feint of Art sitting on a shelf, so shiny and pretty!  A friend hosted a huge release party at her house, and we invited dozens of friends. 

When my second book, Shooting Gallery, came out I rented an art gallery/bar in San Francisco and had a big party focused on art-- and wine, of course!

  And with the third, Brush with Death, which is set at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, the Chapel management invited me to have my party and reading right there in the columbarium.  It might sound strange to have a party in a big old mausoleum, but for a mystery writer,  what could be cooler?

Since then, though, I have to admit I've grown lazier.  I do readings  with my Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series, but I haven't thrown myself a huge release party in a long while.  In part it's because a person gets busy, writing so many books.  I always have one book due every time another is coming out, so I'm under a deadline at the same time as I'm trying to promote a new book.

But it's a shame not to take some time, breathe a little, and remember that miraculous feeling of having my words wrapped up in a professional package, a lovely --and in the case of the Witchcraft books, a *glittery*-- cover, and sitting on bookstore bookshelves...where I have found so much happiness over the years as a reader.  I adore reading, and still know the thrill of realizing one of my favorite authors has a book out.
Sometimes celebration is as simple as a Ding Dong and good wine, provided by friends  

So if you're a Witchcraft mystery fan I hope you'll pick up In a Witch's Wardrobe at your earliest convenience, or request it at the library, and let me know what you think!  Meanwhile...maybe I'll throw myself a mini-celebration with patient friends, and thank my lucky stars that I get to be an author.


Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Yay! Congrats! Already preordered my copy with a few other July 3 releases!

Anonymous said...

Wheee! Congratulations! Hopefully my internet works later so I can buy the book. ;)

Hailey.Juliet said...

Thanks you two! Love that you're reading the series...and enjoying it, of course ;-) Can't wait to hear what you think!

Amiee said...

Pre-ordered it on my Kindle and just finished reading it. LOVED it! Now I need the next book! Ah the life of a reader...waiting a year for a book to come out and finishing it in a day then waiting for the next one...Please tell me another book is coming soon. I need to find out what happens! :)

Hailey.Juliet said...

Amiee, thank you for reading it! So quickly, too! The next book in the series, Tarnished and Torn, comes out next June, but in the meantime Murder on the House will be released December 4. Writing as fast as I can! Thank you for loving the books!

Vicki beckerVickiB said...

Oh I agree with Aimee! Next June? Can't go that long without my Lily.

Hailey.Juliet said...

Vicki -- it'll be here before you know it! I'll try to write faster ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading A Witch's Wardrobe and can't wait for the next one. Any plans for when the next book will be or how many will this series be?

anna wunder said...

Sooo looking forward I got so wrapped inthe story can't wait foe next book