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It appears that you can now purchase Still So Hot! in paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (though technically its release date is Jan 1). Still So Hot! is my debut Harlequin Blaze, the story of a dating coach, Elisa, who flies with her prize celebrity client to a resort in the Caribbean to help her protege become a more successful (and less self-destructive) winner of men’s hearts. Only, en route, they acquire a third party: Elisa’s ex-one-time-super-hot-not-quite-realized fling and former best friend, Brett Jordan.
It’s not my first published story, or even my first published novel, but it’s my very first paperback, and I have a special relationship with it. A few weeks ago, I got this in the mail:
At first, I was kind of nonchalant. I have three stories out there already, stories that people have bought and read and reviewed, loved and hated (though, thankfully, not in equal proportions). So what’s the big deal about this box of 48 books? (Aside from the fact that the cover is quite aesthetically pleasing, that is.)
My nonchalance lasted until I happened to pick up one of the books and thumbed through it, and then it was all over, because my brain—the reptilian, primitive part that’s often useless but sometimes way smarter than I am—registered exactly what the big deal was. OMG! It said as I mindlessly rifled pages. YOU WROTE THOSE WORDS.
And there it was, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, the power of the “real” book.
Don’t get me wrong. I love e-books. Love them. I read almost exclusively e-books. And my first three books? All, quite happily, e. But there was something about this experience, of holding my paper self in my hands, that was brand new, and deeply lovely.
So you guys can go ahead and lick the cover all you want. I’ll just stand here and flip through these pages, admiring MY WORDS. (Scroll down for an excerpt!)
I’m going to give a signed paperback copy of Still So Hot! to one random winner of today’s giveaway (must be 18 years or older and in U.S. or Canada). To enter, you have to do two things:
1. Sign up for my newsletter here. It’s infrequent and you’ll be notified when, for example, the e-version of Still So Hot! is available.
2. Comment below and tell me whether you e-read (and which reader) or read paperbacks (and, if you want, why).