Books! (Plural!)

A friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook this week–my two books, newly purchased, together side by side.

books together

I admit, it’s been a bit of a low key book release. I moved just weeks before release day and was a little overwhelmed getting kids settled into new schools and finding the routine and rhythm of our new home. Then, all of a sudden, there was a box of books in my kitchen and release day came and went and my second book was officially born–sent out into the world to be read and (hopefully) enjoyed by others. But it didn’t really hit home, I think, until I saw this photo. This is the one that made me all sappy and happy.

I’m not sure I could ever actually quantify all the heart and energy and love that goes into the writing of a book. It’s an emotional experience, a taxing experience, an experience that often makes you want to bang your head against the wall or scream from the rooftops or worst of all, chuck your laptop off the side of a mountain. That’s not to say it’s always cupcakes and roses after publication. Marketing is hard, and bad reviews are hard, and the sheer vulnerability that comes with knowing your words are out there for anyone and their cousin to read? It can be hard too. If I think about it too much, it still freaks me out a little.

You know what though? It only takes one person saying “Hey, I really loved this” for it to all feel worth it. I know I can’t speak for all authors. I’m only me, and I may feel differently than many. But you want to know why I do this? Mostly because it just feels really good to write things that make other people happy. Even if it’s a temporary happiness that only lasts for the four or so hours it takes to read the book. If I can do that? Give someone four hours of happiness? I’m totally willing to endure the trials that accompany getting there. (Also, writing is the only thing that tames the voices in my head. Sometimes they talk like I’m not even in the room. Rude, right? They won’t shut up till their stories are written, so, you know, what’s a girl gonna do? I don’t know though. This might be a conversation we should save for another blog post. You think? Yes? Okay, me too.)

And here is where I say THANK YOU, because really truly, I feel so fortunate that I get to do something that I love so much and share it with others. It is an honor and a privilege and it makes me happy and I so hope it makes you happy too. That’s all.

News and Updates: Mountains Between Us

Mountains Between Us_COVER1 (1)It’s been a busy summer, guys. We moved our family to a new city, settled into a new home, started the kids in new schools. It’s been a little crazy, a lot overwhelming, even more scary. But it’s also been great. We feel like we are right where we are meant to be and are determined to make the most of all that our new location has to offer.

Also, my next book is due out in just a couple of days. Want a surefire way to forget about all the anxious nerves that accompany a book release? Um, move the month before. I’ve been so busy, I’ve hardly given it a thought! But now? It’s happening. And I’m so excited! Want to know why?

I really love this book. I love this book ten times more than I loved the first book, which I wasn’t sure was possible, but, really truly, I love this story. I can’t wait for others to read it and get to know Henry and Eliza the way that I know them. I hope you’re looking forward to reading it too.

A few things you might care about?

I’m giving away two signed copies of the book over on Facebook. All you have to do is like my author page, or, if you ALREADY like my author page (thank you so very much for your support) you can like one of the two most recent posts on my Facebook page. They both mention the giveaway, so like either one and you’re good to go.

Here’s the link: www.facebook.com/authorjennyproctor

There is also a giveaway on Goodreads. (So many free books!) You can enter that one by clicking here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Mountains Between Us by Jenny Proctor

Mountains Between Us

by Jenny Proctor

Giveaway ends September 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If you’d like to purchase a copy (please do, and thank you ever so much for your support) Mountains Between Us is available for pre-order on Amazon, Deseret Book, and Barnes and Noble.

I’d also love it if you’d offer your support to Nephi’s Books, an LDS Bookstore in Columbia, SC that has a great website where you can order my book, and lots of other great books too! They ship all over the country and, as soon as I can get down there and sign them all, will have signed copies of Mountains Between Us available for sale. It’s not listed just yet, but as soon as the book is in stock, it will be so save the link!

Are you interested in an e-book for your Kindle? It’s not listed just yet, but I promise it will be. Keep an eye on Amazon. It should show up for Kindle any day.

And finally (and most importantly) thank you, thank you for your continued support and kindness. Thank you for your many emails, your questions, your thoughts. Writing is often a solitary business. It means so much when readers reach out, when I get to share this journey with so many of you.

And of course, above all else, thank you for reading.

Mountains Between Us Cover Reveal

Waiting to see your book cover for the first time? It’s an interesting experience. I mean, you’ve written this book, poured your heart and soul into it, and then you simply hand it over to a team of designers, hoping they capture your vision in a way that will make people want to read your book. I know the saying. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But when it comes to actual, real, books? We all do it. Those covers are important!

I’m so happy that so far, I haven’t had reason to be disappointed. I loved the cover for my first novel, and for book number 2? I’m just as pleased. I’m so excited to show you the cover of Mountains Between Us, coming this September.

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And now for the back cover, a little bigger so you can read the text.

Mountains Between Us_COVER2