Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Well, don't just sit there shaking like a leaf. Open it!"

Captioned photo made by my dear friend Melody, who very kindly put up with her
Tween's exuberant, breathless squealing over the phone on Monday night... ahem...
I've been thinking it's high time this blog had a giveaway... don't you agree?

And since Only a Novel by Amy Dashwood has just hit the virtual shelves on, today seems like the perfect time.  

I haven't yet run in circles, screaming and shouting, "I'M AN AUTHOR, I'M AN AUTHOR!" a la Jo March, but I must say I'm pretty excited.  (SQUEEEE!)

Okay, okay, so Eponine's not exactly screaming for joy in this pic, but you can pretend she is. :P
I blogged over at The Quest for Stories about my mixed feelings on the subject-- you can read the post here.  It was incredibly thrilling to hold the proof copy in my hands on Monday evening, and now that the book's actually available, I think I'm in a state of semi-shock.

So please, check back this afternoon or evening when I'm thinking a bit more clearly, and you can enter to win a copy.  Sink me, I can hardly wait.

This is a pretty good depiction of the mysterious smirk on my face right now. :P
(Oh, and all those of you who might think that I was using this post as a good excuse to share a bunch of my favorite pictures-- I have no idea what you're talking about.  Nope.  Not a bit of it.)


beastsbelle said...

Congratulations! What an exciting day for you. :) Can't wait to hear more. :D

Jemimah C. said...

Words fail me at the present...but let me just congratulate you, Miss Dashwood. You're officially an author! And I didn't even know you were writing a book. The plot sounds interesting, by the way.

PS. The pictures here are epic.

Molly said...

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I know I said this on The Quest For Stories, but I am just so happy for you. And I love boasting about you, m'dear.

Anonymous said...

New follower chiming in... Congratulations on your new book!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

"I am all astonishment!"

Okay, now that my first extreme surprise, delight and wonderment are over I can speak a tad more rationally on the subject. But first I shall indulge in a happy dance in your honor. heehee :)

Congratulations and a huge round of applause to you m'dear Amy on finishing your book!!!
Now, wait a minute, is 'Only A Novel' really available for purchase in paperback form on Amazon??? I could hardly believe my eyes but there it is in black and white, well in color, before me! That's awesome! I shall have to acquire my very own copy post haste!

P.S. I love all these photos, they illustrate your feelings so well! :)

Miss Melody Muffin said...

How exciting for you!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll definitely check back later.

Kiri Liz said...

Congratulations, Miss Dashwood!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Well, yes, I'm excited for me, too, to actually read the book and say that I (sort of) know the author! But congrats again!!!! :)

Treskie said...

Oh yay, that is so exciting! I'd like to read it!

GreenMedallion said...

Wow, I'm so excited for you. Congratulations! What an achievement. ;)

Jessica said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *dancing for joy and wishing this font was bigger*

Bekah said...


Isn't it just thrilling to finally be a published author?!?!? :D

I remember that feeling... ;)

I'd love to get the chance to win a copy!!!

Melody said...

Congratulations AGAIN, Twinnie dearest! I'm glad you liked that picture... and, haha, "put up with" is not quite accurate. ;) It was beyond swellissimus. (I know I said that already... hush up, can't you? ;))
This is SO exciting. IT'S ON AMAZON, SQUEAL! This is beyond delightful! It has been so much fun helping with this project, and I can see that all your hard work is about to pay off. :)


An Old-Fashioned Girl said...

Congratulations, Amy dear! I'm sooo ecstatic and thrilled for you!!

Anonymous said...

Chauvie, you're just plain awesome. =) Love you, girl, and congratulations!!! =)

Alexandra said...

(Happy dance)


(hugs hugs hugs)!!!!!

Hayden said...

Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!! So can I even describe how much I am squealing right now?

I just looked it up on Amazon. heehee! There it is!!!

I'm so happy for you!!!! :D

And I'm entering. Just a head's up :)

Jessica said...

I am so impressed!!!How wonderful!Congratulations to you! Hope I win! :-)The plot looks great.

Lauren said...

Enormous congratulations to you Amy!!!! How exciting that must be! Way to go at actually doing something most people only dream about:-)

Maria Elisabeth said...

When I first saw this, I was SO surprised. I had no idea you'd be actually publishing and I thought I'd have to wait for years and years. I'm delighted!

In other words, this left me speechless and I have not stopped talking of it since.

Abby said...

Wow, congratulations! This is ever so exciting - I'm so pleased for you :) You're now officially an author!


Rachel and Sarah said...

*Joy and Jubilation and a deal of confetti thrown about Amy's delicate feet!* ;)
I am sooooo proud of you my darling! Let me congratulate you with a hearty handshake and a peck of a kiss on thy lovely cheek. ;)

birdienl said...

That is really wonderful Amy, congratulations! I'm sure this is just the first of many!

Anonymous said...

Oh. My. STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it!!! You SERIOUSLY PUBLISHED your BOOK?!!! *faints*

I can't believe it. Whoa. That is so amazing - and I didn't even know until today!! I looked on Anne-girl's blog to comment that I'd reached the 50k mark (about halfway thru my novel, heehee), and saw she said something about you publishing your novel and I was like, "WHAAAAA?!"

Oh, my stars. Even if I don't get the autographed copy, I am SO buying it!!! Congratulations, m'dear!!!!! And I didn't even know that you were thinking of publishing it - and in paperback, too!! WOW!! Who's it published by?!

Congrats again!!

Sarah H. said...

How exciting! Were you homeschooled? Because I have a blog that features homeschooled authros.

Miss Dashwood said...

Awww, thank you everybody for your sweet comments!

My book is actually self-published right now. I did it through CreateSpace, which is an Amazon affiliate.

Yes, indeed I am homeschooled! I actually follow your blog. :D

Sarah H. said...

Great! I will add your book to my list!