Back in February, as the release of Entangled (Spellbound #1) approached, I was hit by a full on panic attack. We’re talking nailing biting, lip chewing, drenched in sweat paranoia brought about by the upcoming release of my debut YA novel.
A voice inside my head softly chanted, “You’re not good enough. Your writing style is too simplistic.”
I have something of a learning sensitivity after growing up with disabilities that held me back, landed me in special ed classes and, once, an entire year in what kids called “The Building for Retards.”
But! Your early years don’t define you and your struggles make you stronger. No one expected me to go to college let alone graduate with honors with B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Even after Entangled received rave reviews and (OMG!) fans, I relapsed into panic mode with this week’s release of Duplicity (Spellbound #2). I began making up negative reviews in my head. “What a letdown after Entangled. The author should have stopped at book one.”
Paranoia is a writer’s worst enemy. It leads to bloody fingers, lack of sleep, and energy that could have been spent being productive.
What I’ve found is that once the book is released into the world it’s easier to let go and move on. It’s the days leading up to release that are killer. So, after a deep breath, I say to Duplicity, ‘Go in peace… that I may begin obsessing over the writing and release of Enchantment (Spellbound #3).’
Special thanks to YA Stands founder Nicole Steinhaus who has now beta read three of my books. Her feedback has been invaluable. I love this girl!
Download a FREE copy of Entangled Sunday, May 27 at Amazon. And don’t miss the Cover Reveal of book three, Enchantment, at designer Najla Qamber’s review site: Unputdownable Books on June 7th. http://unputdownablebookies.blogspot.com/
Enter to win the SPELLBOUND SWAG PACK (International):
· Evil Eye Amulet and Bracelet: In Duplicity, Gray wears an evil eye pendant, also known as a nazar, to protect herself from a spell that’s causing havoc over the witches and warlocks in her coven. The evil eye (a Turkish amulet) is used for both luck and protection against envy.
· Two Headed Quarter: Two Grays are better than none and two heads are better than one, especially when flipping over who gets to choose which movie to watch with a trick coin. Adrian returns in Duplicity and opens a magic shop.
· Entangled bookmark
Ends June 8, 2012.
Entangled book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZnDgYFCVVw
Duplicity book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCwY_Mj_Syk
Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Entangled-Spellbound-1-ebook/dp/B007BCORJK/ref=zg_bs_3017_15
(Entangled is available for ebook at amazon. It will return to Barnes & Noble and Smashwords once KDP select ends July 15, 2012.)
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was a reporter before returning to her first love: fiction. After a whirlwind romance in France, Nikki married Sébastien in March 2000. They reside with Cosmo the wonder Westie.
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