December 11, 2013

'hard hats and doormats' launch day!

Today's the day: My debut novel, Hard Hats and Doormats is now available for sale. I'm sure you'll understand I'm pretty excited about this development, and I'm marking the occasion accordingly. There's an online party on Facebook and Twitter, prizes, photos and more to come throughout the day. You can scroll through the post to read more about how you can participate in the festivities.

This is a day I've been dreaming about my whole life. I'm a mix of emotions - excitement, nervousness, pride, fear, happiness, disbelief, etc. - but mostly I'm thankful. I'm thankful to:

Samantha March, my editor and publisher at Marching Ink, for taking a chance on this novel. I'm proud to be part of Marching Ink's line, and proud to call you and the amazing Cat Lavoie my label-mates.

My beta readers and critique partners who made this story better. Special mentions to Tracie Banister, Sarah Chapman, Aja Martin, Whitney Lake, Jacie Noel, Meredith Schorr and Katie Steiner.

Cover designer Ashley Byland, Fast Fingers Formatting and Jessica Sodeke of (heart) LEE MARC for making everything look good.

Indigo Bridge Books, for providing me WiFi while was writing the first draft of this novel, and for offering to hold a live event for me in January 2014 (more details to come).

My many friends and supporters who have followed me through this adventure, offering up encouragement and advice as I need it. A big shout out to the Chick Lit Goddesses and Chick Lit Chat crews who help me daily.

The wonderful men and women I met during my years traveling the country as a corporate journalist. My real life was never as crazy or impossible as my main character's, because I worked with you.

And more than anything, I'm thankful to my family - my parents, my brothers, my sister, my nephew and extended family - for seemingly always believing this day would come, even when it seemed impossible.

Buy the Book

Barnes & Noble
Marching Ink

Join the Online Party

Today, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST we're celebrating Hard Hats and Doormats release with an online launch party. Follow the fun on Facebook and Twitter using #HardHats.

Sign-up for My Newsletter

Now that my book is available, I'll send out e-newsletters to notify readers of upcoming and recent appearances, new projects and other news related to my books. Rest assured, I will not share your contact information with any third parties.

Win Prizes

U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible to win one of several prizes. Check out what's up for grabs:

Clockwise from upper left: Two Sweet Swag Bags; Lexi's Favorite Things Prize
Package; One Autographed 11x17" Hard Hats and Doormats Poster;
10 Postcard and Bookmarks Packs.

Now, a little about each of the prizes... 

Lexi's Favorite Things Pride Package has a collection of Hard Hats
and Doormats
heroine's favorite items, including snacks, travel
and work supplies and a personalized letter from the character
explaining the significance of each of the items.

Each of the two Sweet Swag Bags contains a postcard,
inspirational bookmark, two novel bookmarks, 12
cherry cordial Kisses, 10 Rolos and eight Butterfinger bells.

The 11x17" poster will be autographed by me
and will come with two matching bookmarks.

The Postcard and Bookmarks Packs will contain a personalized postcard and two bookmarks.

Everyone who shares a photo, story or song on the Facebook Event or Twitter hashtag will be included in a drawing for the Sweet Swag Bags. The other prizes are available by entering the Rafflecopter below. All entries must be received by Sunday, December 15, at 12 a.m.

Thank you for being part of this exciting day. It's one I'm sure I'll never forget.

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  1. Congrats Laura!! Have an amazing launch day!! :) xo

  2. Congratulations Laura! I'm so happy for you and glad I was able to be a small part of the process :) Best of luck with Hard Hats and Doormats!!

  3. Congratulations - you are amazing!

    1. Thank you, Nita. Your support means so much to me.

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks, Grace! I appreciate the feature on your blog.

  5. Congrats on the book, and good luck!

    1. Thanks! It's been fun getting to know you better as our publishing journeys begin.

  6. Congrats Laura and it has been amazing working with you! Such a cute prize pack :)

    1. You made this project a lot more fun and less stressful than it could have been. So much thanks!

  7. Just bought it, going on vacation Thursday can't wait to read it!!! :D

    1. Aww, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it on your vacation!

  8. Wish I could have helped more with promoting it on launch day but lack of wifi prevented me from doing much of anything! SO proud of you! :) I can't wait to read it.

    1. Thank you so much, Kaley. I hope you know how much I appreciate your friendship and constant support. You're an amazing virtual bestie. :)