Happy book birthday to me!

Throw the confetti and pop the cork on the champagne! Heaven Has No Rage is out today!

A year ago, I was celebrating the release of my debut, Root of All Evil, and running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was obsessed with making this The Best Launch Ever. You know, since I’d been dreaming of it for so long.

I don’t know if it was the best ever, but it was pretty darn good and I still get warm fuzzy feelings thinking about it.

This year is a lot more low key. No big huge cake and booze, just cookies and water/tea/coffee. Still having a party (this Saturday) at Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Still a little nervous about what to wear, what to say, and whether the books will show up on time (what author doesn’t worry about these things?).

But I’m trying to be more organized and less…uptight. It’s a day of celebration, right? Time to kick back and for one day not worry about the next book, or editing, or plot holes, or, or, or…

I thought I was doing okay, too. After all, this is the second book. I’ve already launched a book once. I learned all sorts of lessons. Piece of cake, right?

Uh, not so much. I tried to be more organized on my pre-launch marketing, send out press releases and media pitch requests. I even participated on a three-month program to help me get better at these things.

So why do I feel like I’m all thumbs once again?

But I did manage to get the ARCs out and what lovely things people are saying. Aside from the fantastic blurb from fellow Mysterista Kathleen Valenti, there’s this from Dru Ann Love:

With visually descriptive narrative, the author knows how to tell a story with engaging dialogue and action-filled tale that never let go, until the very end. This well-written drama reached a feverish pitch as the story came to its conclusion and I was holding my breath as I watched it play out. Well done. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to more adventures with Jim, Sally and the gang in this terrific series.

Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings

Kristopher Zgorski, from BOLO Books had kind words, too:

Milliron writes a tightly-coiled plot with evocative language that readers can easily sink into. With Heaven Has No Rage, she stakes her claim for a long-running series featuring these flawed, but loveable, characters.

Kristopher Zgorski, BOLO Books

I’ve taken notes on what worked and what didn’t because in a year, I’ll be doing this all over again for book three. But for now, let’s party, right?

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I celebrate the little things on the way to publication: finishing the first draft, finishing the last revision, submitting to the publisher, etc. But release day feels like the checkered flag, the finish line on the marathon. The book is OUT!

Now to wait for the first reader reviews. In the meantime, anybody want a cookie?

Giveaway time! Tell me your fave way of celebrating a milestone achievement and you could win a signed copy of Heaven Has No Rage! (US residents only, sorry. Please include your email address in your comment.)

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Author: Liz Milliron

Liz Milliron has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people's stories, for as long as she can remember. She survived growing up through reading, cutting her mystery teeth on Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark and, of course, Nancy Drew. She is the author of THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES and her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. She lives near Pittsburgh with her husband and two children, and her retired-racing greyhound.

26 thoughts on “Happy book birthday to me!”

  1. Congratulations, Liz – I’ve been in a track stance right alongside you waiting for this book to hit my Kindle, now it’s there – 🙂

    How do I celebrate? There’s always a bottle of champagne in the wine cooler.

    Enjoy the release party, you deserve it.

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  2. Congratulations on your book’s birthday. I somehow missed requesting the ARC on my usual sites, so be sure to sign me up for the next book — you are working on it now, correct? Have fun at your celebration; I hope there is chocolate (but not on the book’s pages).

    I attend many, many book events and hear 80 or so authors each year, so just remember, we are your friends. Be comfortable, tell us about the book but DO NOT just read pages and pages of it. (We can read and you want ts to actually buy it and read it ourselves.). Read a paragraph that shows a personality trait, an inciting event, or a poignant moment. Tell us when you knew you wanted to be a writer and why you write mysteries. Tell us what you were like as a child. Tell us how you work writing into your schedule of work, kids, laundry, and eating chocolate. Tell us a little about your journey from your first book to this second one, but not TOO much. Ask us what we like to read. Tell us why we will like your book. Thank us for attending!

    MOST OF ALL enjoy yourself.

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      1. Sue, my critique partners bought me a Pandora charm bracelet last year with a charm for ROOT OF ALL EVIL and I added charms for two of my short stories. I have to buy the charm for my bracelet for this book – I have it picked out.

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