Tuesday, November 1, 2016

IWSG: Book Release



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG


The awesome co-hosts today are:

Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, Christine Rains, and me!

Please stop by and thank my other co-hosts for their time and effort. Thanks.






I'm feeling very insecure and have been for over a month. Why? It's not as if I'm suffering from one more rejection letter. I'm not! I have a new novel out, and I'm thrilled; yet, here I sit feeling insecure. 

I know you understand why. I'm presenting my newest baby to the world, and I'm worried that you won't like her. I fear that those of you who like me won't admit that you find her a bad read. Honestly, that's even worse than some stranger leaving a negative review. I can live with that. But can I live with my friends lying to protect my feelings? 

What am I saying?! My publisher likes my new baby. My publicist likes her. I LIKE HER! What is wrong with me!?  

To those who find the synopsis interesting and the cover fascinating and maybe are thinking, "I should buy this book" --in the words of author Roland Yeomandon't buy this book! You'll like it, then you'll have to read the prequel, and then my first novel, and before you know it, you'll leave an awesome review, and I'll end up thinking you don't mean it; you're just being kind! Heck--I already feel sick!

I could rant on, but you have blogs to visit, so I won't keep you. Before you go, let me announce publicly how happy I am that my novel has a home and is released on my granddaughter's 3rd birthday; which is obviously a good thing. 

Thank you to my husband, my best friend, and my family for loving me despite my writer's psychosis.  
Thank you to Dancing Lemur Press for producing a beautiful Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries novel.
Thank you to Mason Canyon for creating an amazing virtual book tour.  
Thank you to the following hosts for helping me spread the word of my new release: 


Oct 17 – Mojito With a Twist – Review & Interview
Oct. 18 – Rockin Book Reviews – Review
Oct. 19 – Medeia Sharif – Social Media Post
Oct. 20 – Patricia Stoltey, Author – Guest Post
Oct. 21 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Review, Excerpt
Oct. 24 – Thoughts in Progress – Review
Oct. 25 – Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
Oct. 26 – Books and Spoons – Review, Excerpt
Oct. 27 – Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt
Oct. 28 – Careann’s Musings – Excerpt
Oct. 31 – All the Doodles ‘n Scribbles – Interview
Nov. 1 – Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Excerpt
                Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews - Interview
Nov. 2 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
Nov. 3 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
Nov. 4 – Writing in Wonderland – Feature, Excerpt
Nov, 7 – – Feature, Excerpt
Nov. 8 – A Holland Reads – Feature

FrumiousReads – Interview
Nov. 9 – Author Annette Drake – Interview
Nov. 10 – Bookworm 1102 – Excerpt
Nov. 11 – The Book’s The Thing – Guest Post
Nov. 14 – Christine Rains – Writer– Excerpt
Nov. 15 – Rosie Amber – Review
Nov. 16 – Bookjunkie’s Book Blog – Excerpt
Nov. 17 – The Girl With Book Lungs – Excerpt
Nov. 18 – Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Review
Nov. 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Excerpt
Extra Reviews – Stuart Aken

You can check out the giveaway HERE. It will begin Oct. 17 and end Nov. 22.
ABOUT THE BOOK:


A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…
Book CoverWhen Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…
Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is available in eBook at the following sites:
The print copy is available at:

*ps. I have to add that while I felt this way on yesterday, already I'm feeling more confident. My insecurities come and go. Go figure.*




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  1. And don't forget... I liked her! Your baby is a unique read. :D

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    1. Ah, right. In my excitement, I forgot. Sorry, Chrys.

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  2. Everything about this book screams awesome! Best of luck with the move to WP. It's sounds complicated, but it's really not. One plugin that made it easier for me was "search and replace". You can automatically update all your links!

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  3. Joylene, congratulations on your release day. I'm honored to be able to help you promote this fascinating book and be a part of your journey. Wishing you much success.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

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  4. Hey, major congrats on your book release! Whooo hooo! Maybe your feelings are being stirred up like a post-partum depression type of thing. I often feel a bit antsy and adrift when I put something new out into the world. It's like I can still feel all that creative momentum that it took to get it out there, but I don't know what to do with it! ~Tui

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    1. I think you might be right, Tui. All that adrenaline had to leave eventually. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Congratulations! It is a big accomplishment. They do call it "post-release depression." But I think that more refers to the letdown some writers feel a week or two after their book comes out when everyone's celebrating the next book. Not everyone gets that--most of us just have the general anxiety you're talking about!

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    1. I think I'm just tired from worrying. LOL. Silly, really. Thanks, Stephanie.

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  6. Hello fellow Canuck, and congrats on the book release. I love me a diverse book!

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  7. Congratulations on your new publication, Joylene. It's almost as though experiencing insecurity is a rite of passage for a writer. My question is when does it end?
    Thank you for co-hosting #IWSG this month.

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    1. Apparently it never ends. Miss Rowling has terrible anxieties. Go figure. Thanks, Gail.

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  8. Congratulations Joylene!!! Everything you've written sounds typical for a writer. And unfortunately those feelings will always come and go.

    Thank you for co-hosting.

    Wishing you great success.

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  9. Don't buy it - you'll only book hooked.

    I'm thrilled the release date had such meaning. It was meant to happen. Yes, I loved your baby!

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  10. Congratulations again, Joylene!
    I might be able to live with people lying about my book...
    And thanks for co-hosting today.

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  11. Sometimes our insecurities just aren't logical. If you and the publisher both like it then it's extremly unlikely to be a bad book, but that won't stop you sometimes fearing that everyone will hate it.

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  12. Congrats on your book release! It's such a huge achievement, but I can see how it also leads to insecurities. I love your take on Roland's book release theme - don't buy my book. I thought that was very clever :-)

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    1. He's a Trekkie, so I wasn't really surprised by his cleverness. Thanks, Ellen.

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  13. That all too familiar circle of emotions around a book release... No launch is complete without it. And I'm sure the fabulous reviews are pouring in--as they should. For everything out there, there's an audience. SO happy for you Joylene!

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    1. And hey, are you ready for this tour to FINALLY be over? Only a couple more days. You've been such a trooper.

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    2. LOL. Yes, I guess. Tho part of me is going to miss all this interaction. Thanks for your support, Crystal.

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  14. Hi Joylene,
    Congrats on launching your new baby out into the world, I love your 'marmite' outlook on things!

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  15. LOL! I feel your insecurity, Jolene, as I'm in the same boat you are this week. You're afraid to know what to wish for! Wish for the best! Thanks for co-hosting.

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  16. I know that feeling. Every time a new book comes out, I fret so much it won't be well-received. As if the lead up to it coming out wasn't stressful enough!

    Congratulations, though! Celebrate, you've earned it!

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    1. Because as we each begin a new book, we hope that it'll be our best ever. Thanks, Megan.

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  17. I know exactly what you mean. I wouldn't want pity reviews either. But it's funny how when I'm writing a review, I get all tied up in knots wondering if a 4 star rating is a terrible thing to give another book blogger. I wish the star thing was optional and we could just write about the book: what we liked and what we didn't and leave it at that. Boo on stars!

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    1. I agree. Because a 5 star is the top and where do we go from there? Thanks, Tamara.

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  18. I completely sympathize. I release two books last month, and I think I have a few new white hairs. You are doing awesome! Can't wait to host you later this month. :) It's wonderful to be a co-host with you this month.

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    1. You are a dear girl, Christine. Thanks. And thanks for co-hosting. Congratulations on your two new babies.

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  19. Congratulations on the new book release! The cover is lovely. Funny, isn't it, how we are all insecure about NOT having anything published and then the moment we have something published we're insecure about it BEING published. Ah, we neurotic writers :). At least we're not alone!

    Best of luck with the book tours and thanks for helping us co-host this month!

    ~ Jen

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    1. I have a sweatshirt that reads, "I'm a writer. My mother's other children are normal." LOL. Thanks for co-hosting, Jen.

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  20. My husband always tells me to just say thank you. You see, I have the same reaction to compliments- I find myself interrogating the compliment giver- are you just being nice to me? Even when it's just a "hey, I like your hair"- I find myself saying things like, "Really? It's not too puffy/flat/unruly?"
    Ugh. Enjoy the goodness. I'm sure it's a good book. I'll add it to my TBR list...I'm that confident it's good.

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    1. From one ? to another: Thanks, Elizabeth. LOL

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  21. I remember just a short coming out and the emotional rollercoaster I rode. Enjoy it if you can. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  22. I love the cover - Fabulous composition, and congratulations on the book release!!!

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  23. Congrats on your book finding a home. Hopefully the insecurities will go away with time.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG!

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  24. Congrats, that a great day to celebrate :))

    http://slimexpectations.com/2016/11/343/

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  25. I totally get your feeling. I always feel that way when a new book comes out. You are really busy with that book tour. Best wishes.

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  26. Congratulations! Good luck with everything! :)

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  27. Congrats on your new release, Joylene, and thanks for hosting!

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  28. Congratulations! And thank you for co-hosting!

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  29. Isn't it interesting that while we're succeeding, we can still be insecure! Maybe that's as it should be. Being insecure keeps us on our toes and striving to be at the top of our game. Congrats again on your book and all the good luck in the world!

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    1. Thanks, Lee. At least I'm not biting my nails!

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  30. Oops! Forgot to say thanks for co-hosting today.

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  31. Oh my gosh! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. :)

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  32. It's exciting to see your cover all over the blogosphere!
    I'm sure I'll love your baby.
    Actually, having read the synopsis, I KNOW I'll love her!
    Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month.
    Happy IWSG Day!

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  33. Wow, as an unpublished author, I didn't realize that actually publishing a book can make you feel insecure all over again. But it makes sense, especially with the friends aspect. I know that's why I won't let my mother read my manuscript. She won't give me any negitive feedback purely because she's my mom. Congrats on the launch!

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    1. Thanks, Anna. I couldn't find your blog. Leave me your link when you can.

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  34. We are our own worst enemy. We are our own worst critic. We are so filled with self doubt. Why? I admit, it's what stopped me from taking my writing seriously for many, many years. Now my fear is I've waited too long.

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  35. Congratulations, Joylene and don't be insecure. It is all going to be amazing!! The premise is excellent and I'm definitely going to get my copy. The cover is intriguing and you have an excellent team of professionals behind you. Massive applauds!! Enjoy this time.

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  36. Congratulations! I think that the book release month is the most nerve-wracking time for most writers. It's terrifying, but it's wonderful, too. Best wishes!!!

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    1. Yes, you're right. Why did I forget? LOL. Thanks, Tyrean

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  37. Congratulations on your release. I can understand how nerve-wracking that has to be. But it's out there now, and all you can do is let it fly on its own. I'll also say, don't worry too much about reviews, good or bad. I never reviews on my books, but that's just my two cents.

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    1. Good point. Course, I agree, but when comes out guess who'll be reading it? LOL I can't help myself.

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  38. Congrats on the release of you novel! It's a scary and thrilling time for sure. Enjoy it!

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  39. Congratulations! What an accomplishment. I know, we're all crazy sometimes. It's okay, really!

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  40. Congratulations! I can imagine what you're going through, yet I don't think you would have wanted to miss out on seeing your new baby in print.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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    1. So true, Pat. Wouldn't have missed it. Namaste.

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  41. Good luck with your new book baby! It sounds amazing. I love mysteries and suspense.

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  42. Congratulations on your book release. Wishing you much luck and best of success. Thank you for co-hosting!

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  43. What wonderful news! Sounds like you have some great cheerleaders behind you and I would believe in them too :)

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  44. Congratulations on your book. I bet you'll be thrilled with the feedback on your newest "baby."

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    1. You're right; it's already happening. Thanks, Liza.

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  45. Insecurity breeds books or is it the reverse? Congratulations on rising above them.

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  46. Congratulations on your book, Joylene, and good luck with the sales. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  47. Being insecure is part of being a writer - I think when we put something that's so personal to us out into the world, of course we're going to be worried what people think! But so long as YOU love your novel, that's all that counts - and your publisher clearly loved it too, or they wouldn't have published it :)! Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  48. That's an awesome book tour! Congratulations on the release. Glad you're already feeling better - you deserve to celebrate.

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  49. Congrats on your new release. Exciting yet insecure. Know that feeling. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  50. Congratulations on the release of your new novel! Do we ever get past being insecure. I've been sifting through rejection letter from NY. But they're the best rejection letters! Ha. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for co-hosting this month!

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  51. Congratulations. You got it going on. Enjoy the ride. HUGS
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

    If this comment post then you are 2nd blog today that accepted it. I have spent all day commenting to have the eaten trying several times to no avail and googling fixes and none of them working. I'm tired and done for the day. I really hope this one post.

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    1. Yours is here, Juneta. Sorry about the commenting issues. Frustrating, I know. Thanks for making the extra effort.

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  52. Congrats!! And wow, you'll be quite busy this month. I pray your insecurities stay away and you'll enjoy the ride :-)

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  53. Joylene, Sounds like you're going on a whirlwind book tour! The cover looks fantastic, and I honestly mean it. Thanks for hosting a wonderful IWSG! Wishing you all the best!

    Julie

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  54. Wow! That's a very busy schedule! I'm impressed. Best wishes for a smashing success.

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  55. Congratulations on your new release! It's always nerve-wracking to send your baby out into the world. Best of luck!

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  56. The plot sounds intriguing, Joylene. All the luck with your new release. You have a wonderful list of blogs for your tour. I'll check out some. Thank you for sharing this with your followers. I've joined your blog.

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  57. Congrats Joylene and sending 'Good Vibrations' your way.

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  58. I can so relate!
    Congrats again on your awesome book!

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  59. Oh my, Joylene, I'm so excited for you! Your book sounds wonderful! Good luck with your get-the-word-out go-round. You have quite an itinerary laid out. I've made a note in my iPhone to order your book as soon as I get home. And thanks for co-hosting this month. Shake those insecurities off and enjoy this special time!

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    1. Have a safe trip, Louise. Can't wait to see more pics.

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  60. Good luck with the release! I'm not sure there's ever a point in writing where we aren't insecure.

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  61. A small home improvement project needs so much of planning and effort for execution. A book project, I believe, is such a mammoth affair and you have finished it. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thanks, Brajadulal. Must be why I'm exhausted. LOL.

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  62. Holy Cow Woman. What a schedule for a book tour! You are working working working and my mind swirls with all the blog posts you had to work up for the tour. Congratulations on this new release! Ordering as soon as I finish up comments on IWSG writers. What a thrilling time for you. Doin' a happy dance with you. Enjoy it, don't spin your wheels about what others think. Just wallow in the joy of having a new book out there to shout about. Please come to my blog and be my guest anytime. Hugs.
    JQ Rose

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    1. Thanks, Janet. You name the date and I'll be there. Have a great day.

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  63. Relax and enjoy the success.
    Thanks for co-hosting IWSG with me this month! What a flood of blog hopping!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It was my pleasure. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  64. Congratulations on a beautiful book cover and what appears to be a very thorough and successful launch. I sympathize with your insecurities. I have those as well. All I can do when I feel that way is remind myself I've done my best and try to let go of the rest.

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    1. Good approach, Karen. And you're so right. Thanks.

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  65. Ah, insecurity. A writer's best friend since it keeps us humble. And our worst enemy because it shows doubt. No need to worry and keep growing your confidence. Already so many love and support it. And many more will too.

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    1. True. I felt better after writing this post, and I've continued to. That is what I love best about IWSG. We stick together.

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  66. Put it this way, if you weren't feeling insecure right now, I'd think there was something wrong with you. This is THE time to feel insecure. I remember the period directly after putting out my first book, Sept. '15 onwards, while I waited for people to read it. That period seemed interminable at the time, and yet, reactions (positive ones!) rolled in after only a week or so. You'll get there, Joylene, this is that inevitable dip we all take. In another minute, you'll be through to the other side and riding high. Fantastic news, my friend, well done. I'm so happy for you!!

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  67. This is a test comment to see if I can post now.

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    1. I feel for you. I've had some terrible computer days. They're never fun.

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  68. Okay I am logged in through google not WP here. I'll try that on others that allow google sign on see if that make a difference for the others. Thanks for visiting my blog and Happy IWSG day.
    Juneta

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  69. Congratulations on your release. I can totally relate. I just released four children's books I adore, but worry others won't. I like your cover an the premise of your book. It sounds like a winner. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Toi. And thanks for your kind words.

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  70. Been there. Done that, with every release.
    Wishing you much success.
    Hugs,

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  71. I have the same feeling every time I put out a novel or send out a short story. "What if no one likes it?" It makes me feel like I'm a kindergartner on my first day again. :( But I'm sure everyone will love it!!!

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  72. Congratulations, Joylene - wishing you much success! I'm thinking by the time you're done this tour you will be in serious need of a nap. I'll write you a note granting permission if you need it. :)

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  73. Congratulations on the release! *throws confetti* How exciting! I am glad the insecurities leave sometimes, so you get to enjoy the moment and not spend it being worried. It is a bit nerve wracking having a new book in the world. Looks like you have a lovely blog tour to get it out into the world. Best of luck!
    ~Jess

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  74. Woo Hoo! Looks like the tour is still going strong.

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  75. Congratulations on your book, Joylene, I'm buying!

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    1. Thank you so much! Really. Have a great day.

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  76. I get those insecure feelings about a new release. We writers are good at thinking up all the what ifs that could happen, but celebrate the fact that you have a new book for people to read. That's definitely a positive, despite the insecurities. Congrats!

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