Today I received a package from Amazon and thinking it was a book I must have ordered – maybe one I forgot – I set it aside. By afternoon, in the middle of doing chores, I finally opened it and discovered it’s not an Amazon order but a Createspace order.
The first paperback version of Loving Riley.
Wow! I guess you could say that s**t just got real, excuse my French. There are 16 more days before release day and while I’ve managed to set any of my excitement on the back burner because I’m writing the prequel for Loving Ashe while also debating whether to shift my attention on my other series (Different Kind of Love), it’s finally dawning on me that the book that’s given me so much grief for the past year and a half is here. I even have the paperback copy to prove it.
It doesn’t even matter that this is the “wrong” version of the digital file that was uploaded for the cover. The “correct” version is much, much darker than this and now I have five copies of those coming. This version, the wrong one, actually looks good. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll have to wait until the other version comes in and do the tweaks then.
In the meantime, it sure feels good holding the final version of Loving Riley in my hands. And to think that after all that agonizing last year, it actually doesn’t feel bad at all…