Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It’s Release Day! How Will I Celebrate

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Lynnette Austin to Thoughts in Progress today to celebrate the release of her new book, PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING.

Lynnette is joining us to tell how she’s going to celebrate the big day of her release. Welcome, Lynnette.

It’s Release Day! How Will I celebrate? Let Me Count the Ways!

As an author, you work on a book for months, maybe years, planning, plotting, writing, and rewriting. The cover art arrives one day and you do a sweet little happy dance! Then the ARCs, or advanced readers’ copies, show up. Finally, the countdown ends and release day dawns. There’s something so magical, so miraculous about the day your book, your baby hits the shelves.

It’s such a mixture of emotions. Such pride and joy mixed with absolute fear. What if someone, a.k.a. a reviewer or reader, calls your baby ugly?

The secret to surviving release day is to keep busy. I’ve spent release days doing Facebook parties, working blogs, and sending tweets and Facebook messages. I’ve known fellow writers who have spent the day biting their nails to a nub in their darkened office watching the Amazon ratings and Goodreads reviews rise and fall.

With the release of Picture Perfect Wedding coming up, I asked myself—What would Tansy, Jenni Beth, and Cricket do? The answer was simple. They’d have a girls’ day, a day to do nothing but enjoy! And that’s exactly what I’m planning with four of my very best friends.

We’ll start off with a little pampering—mani/pedis at our favorite salon where the hardest task will be choosing a color. Although OPI has some very fitting “Picture Perfect Wedding” shades, like Altar Ego, Otherwise Engaged, Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs., Rosy Future, Hopelessly in Love, and Stop It I’m Blushing, they’re all a little subdued. Since this is a celebration, I think I’ll go with a fun color—maybe something in a coral or deep blue. Maybe purple. I’ll know it when I see it.

Afterwards, we’ll bundle into our cars and head to Brambles English Tea Room, my favorite little tea shop. It’s feminine, it’s fun, and their egg mayonnaise sandwich is to die for. Of course, their afternoon tea assortments are wonderful, too, and include English scones with fresh strawberries, real Devon cream and strawberry preserves. On top of all this, the tea room gives us a chance to break out those fun, flowery hats and really do it up!

When we’ve finished tea? Since I’ll be in Southwest Florida when Picture Perfect Wedding releases, it’s only fitting to shed those hats and bare our newly manicured toes for a walk on the beach. We’ll talk, we’ll laugh and we’ll get our feet wet. Along the way, we’re bound to pick up a few sea shells. These, along with some photos with my friends, will make wonderful memories of the day. In fact, I might use the smallest shells to decorate a frame for the pictures. A Picture Perfect Day!

By that time, we’re going to be ready to put our feet up, so we’ll head to my house for a movie or two. Some of my favorites? The Holiday, Serendipity, You’ve Got Mail, Notting Hill, While You Were Sleeping, The American President, and American Dreamer. Yes, I know that last one is really ancient, but I love it! What can I say?

 After everyone leaves, I’ll take a deep breath and then and only then will I check those Amazon rankings. Regardless of what they show, I’ll draw a bubble bath and remind myself how truly blessed I am to be able to share my stories.

Tomorrow morning, it’s a piece of toast, a cup of coffee, then back to work on the new Work in Progress.

Lynnette, sounds like you’ve found the picture-perfect way to celebrate. Now I think I’ll go look for some of that purple nail polish.

Title: Picture Perfect Wedding
Series: Magnolia Brides, #3
Author: Lynnette Austin
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781492618034

Third in the heartfelt and charming Magnolia Brides series from Lynnette Austin

One mistake can change everything…forever

Beck Elliot and Tansy Calhoun were inseparable—until Tansy left Misty Bottoms, Georgia, promising to come back after she finished school. Beck stayed behind to save the family business, dreaming of the day when Tansy would return. Instead, his trust and his heart were broken when she inexplicably married another man and bore his child.
Five years later, Tansy comes home, a sadder and wiser woman. Despite his anger, Beck finds it hard to avoid her and her adorable little daughter—especially with all the busybodies of Misty Bottoms going out of their way to throw him and Tansy together, hoping a lingering spark will reignite their enduring flame…

Author Lynnette Austin
LYNNETTE AUSTIN gave up the classroom to write full time. An author of eight novels, she has been a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, PASIC’s Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Contest.

She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Blairsville, GA.

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Thanks for stopping by today during Lynnette’s Release Day Celebration. How would you or do you celebrate a release day?


  1. That sounds like a blissful day.
    Enjoy it. To the max.

  2. That sounds better than stressing all day in front of the computer.

  3. Lynnette, thanks for joining us on your Release Day. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. Wishing you much success.

    Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Spending the day with friends sounds relaxing. I hope you're doing just that today.

  5. Congratulations on your release! I wish you much success! Mason, thanks for sharing.

  6. Sure sounds like the way to be, enjoy the moment and then keep on keeping on.

  7. Congratulations - such a great way to celebrate.

  8. Congratulations, Lynnette. You've got the right attitude: keep busy. And have fun. Celebrate!

  9. That sounds like the perfect way to celebrate release day. It's always crazy-busy. I usually drive 40 minutes to the nearest independent bookstore to sign books for my long-distance friends, then come home and deal with social media all day. That part of it is always SO busy! Congrats to Lynnette!!!

  10. A great day-long party to celebrate your book birthday. Sounds perfect.


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