As many of you know, I’ve been talking about my new mystery/suspense novel for months. Many of you have wanted to read it and have asked about doing so. Today is the day! Launch day means the book is now available at all online book sellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, KoboBooks. For me it’s the end of a very long journey.
I decided to give it a go. Working away, creating, sitting at my computer screen, dreaming up events and characters, I created a 500 page tome that I’m sure no one would ever want to read. I went back to that tome a time or two and did some editing, but it didn’t take long to realize that my first attempt was nothing more than practice.
I began again. This time my goal changed from simply writing a novel to writing a novel worth publishing. That meant I had a lot of learning to do. I spent many years going to classes about the craft of writing. At that time The Clock Strikes Midnight was born. My second attempt at writing a novel proved successful. Nonetheless it took a long time to gain the attention from the publishing world. I will never suggest that the journey was easy. Sometimes I get frustrated with young authors who hit the big time quickly and act as if it was an easy road. They lucked out with timing and connections. I had to work at it. I would venture to say that my road was more normal.
. I almost deleted it!! Imagine that! I read it twice amazed. This book, my second fiction attempt (although by now I have two other manuscripts in the bag), had finally found a home. In fact the letter from the publisher began, Welcome Home. Perfect.
So now you have the long story. I hope you will enjoy the book. It’s not always an easy read. It’s a read that will make you think as you are drawn into the lives of the characters. You will be satisfied in the end. Things happen and you will learn why. That’s important to me as a reader. Enjoy the book. Have fun. And thank you to all of you who took the risk to order a book from a new author and to read it.
Here’s the blurb for the book to whet your appetite. There’s much more about it on this website. But, if you’re like me, buy the sample and if you feel drawn in, buy the book.
The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
Today, Launch Day, I’m celebrating.
Anne Stenhouse says
Lovely post, Joan. Good luck with sales. anne
Joan Curtis says
Uh, yes, I guess sales are the next big thing, right? OMG
Pearl R. Meaker says
Yes, the long road is the more normal road. I’m glad you had the patience to stick to it. 🙂
Joan Curtis says
And you, too, Pearl! Your new book will be coming soon!
suzanne de montigny says
The thing I hate is having a live book launch and worrying no one will come, or perhaps a handful will, especially when you’ve hired a band, etc.
Marsha R. West says
Congrats, Joan. I so get you with the acceptance email! I’d gotten so many rejections, I just thought that’s what the one from MIU was. Nothing quite like that initial thrill! Happy for you. The book looks really intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Joan Curtis says
Hi Marsha, Thanks for your support. I really feel part of the Muse family. I have a writer colleague who recently published her first book with another publisher. They have no writers groups or networks. She feels very much out there on her own. I consider myself very fortunate to have found Muse and all its wonderful writers!
Beth Overmyer says
Congratulations, Joan! I love your cover soooo much; it is just gorgeous. And your premise sounds really, really intriguing. I will have to add it to my Goodreads list.
When I got my acceptance from MIU, I had to read it twice as well. Then I started screaming, “They accepted Charlie! They accepted Charlie!”, and my mom was bewildered. “Who’s Charlie?” (Charlie was the codename I used for In a Pickle while I was writing it, and while I was shopping it around.) It’s an exhilarating feeling full of terror and elation.
Congrats again, and best of luck!
Hey Beth. You make me laugh! Charlie? That’s the dog in my book. So many houses don’t even respond with a rejection anymore. Seeing a response is big and when I realized what it said, I was stunned. We must all remember that exhilaration. Thx for sharing.