It is with a happy heart that I announce that Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke is published in paperback today. What makes this even more exciting for me is that today, when I go to my local Barnes & Noble store during my (early, I’m sure) lunch break, I will see my own words in print for the very first time!
I found out about my first blurb through Twitter (bless you, Boston Bibliophile!). When I read and reviewed this book, I had no idea that something like this would happen. I read the tweet and the follow up tweets several times because I couldn’t believe it. When I started to feel tears at the back of my eyes, I got up and walked away from my desk. I was so touched and honored that Algonquin Books would think so highly of my review to blurb it in the paperback edition. To have that blurb included among blurbs from Beth Fish Reads and Devourer of Books was icing on the cake. I was prepared right then and there to head to the bookstore, but soon discovered that it wouldn’t officially be published until September 18th. September 18th felt further away that Christmas. Through patience and this lovely visual from my beloved friend and bookseller extraordinaire Nathan Dunbar (follow @NathanDunbar because he’s the man with the mighty, mighty book recs), I have lived to see this day.
While part of me thinks I should act all reserved and dignified about the whole thing, I can’t help sharing it. When She Woke is no ordinary book. I cannot help but squee with delight for being associated with it in this way.
Many thanks to Algonquin Books for this honor. I appreciate it with all my heart.