I was going to blog today about being between a rock and a hard place. I was going to talk about how the lead characters in my book, out today, THE SEDUCTION OF LADY X are put into situations they don’t want to be in, and don’t know how to get out — the old damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. The dilemma includes secret admirers, unplanned pregnancies, and heroic gestures that go awry.
But as I was thinking of how to tackle this, it occurred to me that I was kind of between a rock and a hard place, and their names are Suzanne and Susan. These seemingly lovely goddesses also have books out today–MY day, my SEDUCTION OF LADY X day. And they both cast long shadows into my spotlight! Why couldn’t they find their own release day? Suzanne, I hear they are Taming Impossible Rogues in Azerbijan these days. Susan, how about enjoying a Barefoot Season Walk off a short pier?
Then I started to wonder if I ran into them at a bookstore, and they caught me rearranging the books on the shelf so that mine were front and center and theirs were in the auto mechanic self help section, could I take them? Well yeah, one on one, I could take them. Suzanne doesn’t really own a light saber or a giraffe. And Susan is presumably barefoot. But what if they ganged up on me? Or worse, their rabid fans stampeded me and my poor book in their rush to the cash register with Susan and Suzanne’s books clutched tightly in their hands?
It occurred to me that I am ill-prepared to wage this battle. That got me to thinking–if I had to wage a battle, who would I want on my side? Easy: One of my brother-in-laws. He is a former boy scout and a guy who knows how to do or fix anything. Present him with a problem and he presents you with a solution. If I said, “People won’t buy nearly enough of my books as long as THOSE TWO have books out, too,” he’d say, “Okay, here’s what you do…” And he’d have a solution. Probably short of murder. I think.
Maybe it’s just best that I share the spotlight. And while Susan and Suzanne bask in the glow of adoring fans at bookstores across America, I will think about who I want on a deserted island with me. Pay no mind to these tears on my face, they are just the tracks of a former kid who did not work well with others. I will grudgingly admit that having read them both, they are excellent storytellers and authors, and they both deserve the tiny little space on the bottom shelf beneath my rows of books. Susan and Suzanne, you are welcome.
Who would be your go-to person if you had to stage a war? Which goddesses do you think could take which goddesses? Have you ever had to share a spotlight with Titans? Did I mention that I am giving away a Kindle Fire as part of my release celebration? Ha! Take that, Susan and Suzanne!