Monday, April 14, 2014

TODAY IS THE DAY: Birthday & Book Launch!

Today is the day!  After three and a half years of writing, seven months of querying, a few weeks of agonizing decision making before deciding to just go with my gut, four months of planning and changing and editing...today is the day my novel is released.  And it's also my birthday!

I am simultaneously thrilled and terrified.  I'm a whole bunch of other things too, but I think those two words sum it up best.  It is absolutely insane to me that the words I wrote that make up the story I created are now bound together in a book that anyone in the world can buy and read.  INSANE. 

I cannot see what happens with this and where this road leads.  I am so incredibly thankful for this journey, and if nothing ever comes of it, I am still so proud to have gotten to this point. 

If you have been following along on my blog, thank you.  If you've left encouraging comments or congratulatory emails, you have no idea how much that means.  If you have supported me in any way, whether that's by reading this blog or buying something from my shop or pre-ordering my book, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You will never know how much that support means to me. 

I'm off to celebrate with the people I love more than anything in this world.  First, though, here's a giveaway of my new book!  I'll write you a special little note and mail it to you myself!

Have some cake or an extra cup of coffee today for me.  It's a good day to celebrate. 



 






60 comments:

  1. My friends and family make me happy to be alive. Congrats on your book release and happy birthday. What a wonderfult day for you!

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  2. Happy Birthday, and happy book release day! :D

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  3. Happy Birthday! I'm happy to be alive because of the people and the world I surround myself with! Nothings strengthens me more than a positive, loving environment!

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  4. Ahh!!!! Happy birthday and happy book release day!! I'm so happy for you, and I've loved learning about your publishing process :)

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  5. Congrats girl! And happy birthday! Just the beauty of life makes me happy to be alive :)

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  6. Congratulations!! Something that makes me happy to be alive is the ability to run and especially to run outside in the sunshine<3

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  7. Oh my gosh- talk about BEST DAY EVER for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I'm SO excited for you and seriously cannot wait to read your book. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you feel some major love today!! XO

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  8. Happy Birthday!!! What a great way to celebrate :) Can't wait to read it! I'm so happy for the beautiful spring weather that is popping up overnight. Have a beautiful day

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  9. I know it's kind of an obvious answer, but my family and my Savior make me happier than anything else.

    Sue//Chevron and Lace
    susanstange.com

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  10. What an amazing day! Happy birthday and huge, huge congratulations on the release of your first book! This is something most people only dream about, and you made it a reality! Can't wait to see what's next for you! And my answer to your question- Jesus, husband, and family make me happy to be alive.

    Congrats again!!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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  11. Happy birthday and congratulations!!!!! Spending time with my sweet dog makes me happy to be alive!

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATULATIONS! This is such an exciting time for you. Soak it up!

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  13. What a perfect day!! Congrats!!

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  14. Wow! Congrats on your book launch! Sounds like a great book.

    http://www.annascanlonblogs.com

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  15. Living at the beach makes me happy to be alive!

    Have an awesome day full of fun and laughter!!

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  16. I am just SO excited for you, friend! I hope this is a day that you never forget! :)

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  17. CONGRATS!! :) So exciting for you to achieve this goal!!!

    Something that makes me happy to be alive is ice cream. Plain & simple, I love it :) And there are so many other things, but I'm just gonna go for the simple one and say ice cream :)

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  18. Congratulations!! And happy birthday :) What an exciting day!!

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  19. Happy Birthday and congratulations!! This is so amazing for you! :)

    Danielle xx
    missglamdan.com

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  20. AHHHHHHHHH! I am so happy for you! Girl, this is so awesome! Congratulations on your big day!

    And you know what makes me happy to be alive? The sunshine and Jesus and my sweet husband and this amazing life. :)

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  21. Happy Birthday and Congratulations girl!!

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  22. My husband makes me happy to be alive - every day - is that too cheesy of an answer? Because there's also sunshine, long runs, chocolate and good books!

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  23. Happy birthday lady and yay for the book launch! Getting married in 39 days makes me happy to be alive!

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  24. Happy Birthday and Happy book launch day! What a wonderfully exciting day! I hope you are out smiling in the sunshine and enjoying every single moment of this milestone (:

    My darling little puppy makes me happy to be alive, oh and coffee, coffee plays a big part.

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  25. Awe yay!! Happy Birthday and Happy release day!! So exciting!! Waking up every morning healthy (with a healthy little fetus kicking) makes me feel very happy to be alive!

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  26. First off, happy birthday!! Secondly, CONGRATS! Hope today is awesome in every way!

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  27. Ahhhh congratulations!!! This is SO exciting!! And to answer the question, the sunshine is making me happy to be alive today :)

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  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Maybe some day I'll get there too. : )

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  29. CONGRATULATIONS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - I will be purchasing the ebook (iTunes) anyway so my entry is more coveting a 'signed first edition' of the book. :D

    You give me inspiration to finish the book I'm currently writing, which is making me happy to be alive because I love creating stories. :D

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  30. I'm so freaking proud of you! Happy Birthday!

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  31. Sunny days make me happy to be alive! ;-)

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  32. Yay! Congrats and happy birthday! I'm looking forward to working with you on your blog tour!

    -Christen Krumm (Nester @ Litfuse Publicity Group)
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  33. Yay! Congrats and happy birthday! I'm looking forward to working with you on your blog tour!

    -Christen Krumm (Nester @ Litfuse Publicity Group)
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  34. Congratulations!!!! I'm checking out this book now!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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  35. What an exciting day! You have so much to celebrate! Congratulations!

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  36. So excited to read this book!! Friendships make me happy to be alive :)

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  37. YOU have arrived! For now...because I'm sure there are many more books in your future! This is so wonderful. It makes people feel so inspired to follow your journey (even if some of us are new to it). I love to hear when hard work and perseverance works out for wonderful people! Happy Birthday!!!

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  38. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I hope that you had an absolutely wonderful day!

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  39. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! I hope all of your dreams come true!

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  40. Congratulations on your book release and happy belated birthday! I hope it was a great day for you :)

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  41. Girl! This is crazy amazing! This is so so so awesome! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! Jesus makes me happy to be alive! P.S. Happy Birthday!

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  42. My dogs make me happy to be alive.

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  43. Woohoo!!! Congrats on everything--the book, the birthday, the awesome!

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  44. First of all, I am so excited for you! Such a big day, and it takes a huge amount of hard work to reach this point. Congrats. What makes me happy? The changing of the seasons and all that it brings;)

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  45. Something that makes me happy to be alive is being able to wake up each day. Each day I wake up it is a fresh start to the day and love from God!!

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  46. Happy birthday and book release!!!

    That is so awesome

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  47. I haven't been following your blog for very long, but congratulations! I've watched my sister struggle with the publishing journey for the last few years, and seeing how happy she was when she finally signed on with an agent & sold her first series was incredible. It's not an easy thing to do--so happy for you!

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  48. This is so cool! I just found your blog and what wonderful news to start with! I'm an aspiring writer so this is so exciting to see! I shall have to get your book :) congratulations!!!!

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  49. you go girl! Enjoy your day of celebration.

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  50. Congrats sweet girl, I am SO proud of you!
    I will be buying this tonight.
    I am writing a story more non-fiction of my life story going through the same thing, and I cannot wait for you to be my inspiration to keep on going!

    So happy for you!

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  51. Jvdksjfvisudnvkjscb kjznvksjdnksjf!,!!,!!,!!!!!
    This is way too exciting! Congratulations! Eeeeeep!

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  52. Congrats on the book release and happy birthday (belated).

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  53. That's amazing Chelsea! You're such a rockstar!! Congratulations. I'll for sure be picking up this book STAT. <3

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  54. oh, and as an entry: my daughter- of course. Even on the worst of worst days, she somehow gets me to smile and thank God for life. :)

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