Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Flower Has Bloomed (Paperback Arrival!)

I had a very special (informal) photo shoot today...preceded by lots of squealing. I'm thinking you'll be able to guess why when you see the pics!

My baby came - almost a whole week earlier than the arrival estimate!!! Go CreateSpace!

So. Unreal. Didn't Lena Goldfinch do such an amazing job on the cover and formatting??

I love the atmospheric back cover... How the top starts out bright, like the beginning of the synopsis - then leads down to the darker fog-shrouded hills, showing that the reality of "what true love really involves" is often hard and sobering, though not without growth (the greenery) and hope (the light breaking through).

Have to share the spine, too (along with the spines of some books in my TBR stack!). Love how Lena did this! Looks even better when seen in conjunction with the front and back covers. =)

Sally and I among the flowers. You know how we love 'em!

A lovely day for a lovely blessing!

Here's a closeup - we're sisters in pink, haha!

The final step in sharing Bleeding Heart with everyone - we're taking flight!

...because situations like this call for a little craziness/silliness!

If you'd like to learn more about Bleeding Heart, check out www.bleedingheartnovel.blogspot.com. And if you'd like to order a paperback copy, it's now available in the CreateSpace store for $9.99! It should be up on Amazon in the next few days, as well.

Thank you all so very much for sharing this journey with me!! *Big hugs all around!*


Lena Goldfinch said...

Awww, that just made my day! I'm so glad you're happy with the way the print edition turned out. It was a joy to work on. And you're a joy to work with, Amber!


Lena Goldfinch said...

Still smiling.

Ganise C. said...

I SQUEALED!!! And am now grinning at the screen as I'm writing. What a joy, Amber! What a blessing! My sincere, heartfelt congratulations! You look absolutely loooovely :) And so does the book! Goodness, I can just imagine the excitement. Great job Lena!

Hurray! Hurray!

Katie McCurdy said...

Congratulations, Amber! I'll have to add a copy of Bleeding Heart to my order the next time I buy something off of Amazon. :-) Looking forward to reading it!! So excited for you, girl!

Melanie said...

Congrats, Amber!! So happy for you! :)

Grace M said...

Woohoo! I saw the joy on your face in the pictures. :-D Congrats, Amber!

Kate said...

Yay!! That is awesome!! Congrats!

Rissi said...

WOW! Big congratulations, Amber! This is definitely an awesome post and one I have been waiting for - though I am sure my excitement doesn't touch yours. How thrilling to actually HOLD your novel!

For sure going to purchase Bleeding Heart once it appears on Amazon. This is just... epically cool. :)

Platypus Pianist said...

Congratulations! What a fantastic day!

Hannah said...

Oh, how wonderful! I"m so happy for you, Amber!

Rosie Wilson said...

Congrats!! I can only imagine what you're feeling. :D

Carissa said...

Congrats Amber can't wait to buy the paperback copy.

Ysa Rivas said...

Yay yay YAY!!!!!! I actually laughed out loud and jumped up and down with excitement - which if you'd ever meet me in person you would know is something I never do..... mostly because I'd rather not look insane lol - and I am now laughing with excitement as I mess up everything I type and have to re-type it!!!!! YAY!!!!!
Excellent Amber and Lena! :o D
I'm going to stop trying to put my mind-blowing excitement in a crazy little comment that can hardly convey ANYTHING!!!!!!!

Love you Amber!!!!

OHHHHHH I'm happy happy happy happy happy......... This is absolutely positively excitedly jump-up-and-downably incredibly thrillably wonderfully amazingly awesomely laughingly astonishingly electrifyingly delightfully excellently fantastically EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!


Jamie Lapeyrolerie said...

So so exciting!! Congrats!!!!!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Awesome! Lena did a spectacular job all around -- a great cover for a great story. I love your fun pics to celebrate too! I act like a total goofball whenever I get books from authors I love so I can't imagine how I'd be with something of my own! :-p

Kara said...

I was grinning all over when I saw this via Pinterest!!! So happy for you, Amber! I can only imagine how awesome it feels to have all your hardwork in book form and looking all pretty. Yay! :D

I'd definitely be doing the exact same thing were it me in your shoes. Dancing all over the grass for hours! Enjoy these moments, my friend. And know all the rest of us are dancing right along with you. (Only in our heads, mind you. ;)

Cathy said...

This is so exciting! Can't wait to buy my copy. I think the front and back covers look equally beautiful.

Congrats Amber!! : )

Crystal said...

That's so exciting!! Congrats Amber! I'm so happy for you :D

oh and I just want to let you know that I haven't had a chance to finish reading Bleeding Heart, but i'm really looking forward to finishing it :D I've enjoyed what I read so far and am just itching to get back to the story.

Btw I love your top, it's so pretty!

Abbi Hart said...

Wow congratulations! That is so awesome and I'm so excited! I love how happy you look in all the pictures and the book looks so beautiful!

Ruth A. said...


Rebeka B. said...

*jaw drops* ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Wow. I am so happy for you, Amber--you've worked so hard for this! I hope you enjoy every moment of this experience! I seriously want to reach through the computer screen and pick up the book from that pile, lol.

Sandra Leesmith said...

What an exciting event. Your first book in your hand. That is the BEST feeling. I know you're happy. Me too. You did a great job and LENA, love your work also.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You're so cute. Congratulations!!!!!!!

Ysa Rivas said...

I just seriously got some money for my birthday "to tide me over", so Bleeding Heart will be a buy ASAP!!!!! :o D
Yay yay yay yay yay YAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Look at you!!! Love the pictures, loved the story, and love the cover! Congratulations on the "hard" copy!

Amber Stokes said...

You all are such dear, dear friends - thank you so much for the very kind words!! ♥

Lena: And you made mine by making this possible!! Thank you, thank you!! So blessed by your friendship - it is a joy to work with you, as well! :D

Ganise: Awwww, the fact that you're sharing my joy is a huge blessing to me! Thank you for the sweet words (*blushing*)!

Katie: I so appreciate that - thank you very much for the support!!

Melanie: Thank you so much, my friend! :)

Grace: Thank you! I actually had the pics of me taken a bit after getting home, 'cause I wanted to make sure I was showered and dressed nicely, haha. The initial squealing happened while I was in my sweats! ;)

Kate: Thank you so much!!

Rissi: You have been such an awesome encouragement to me! It really is a special feeling to hold the paperback - to see the characters' names in print, to cherish the awesome job Lena did in making it looks so professional. :) Thank you for being willing to buy BH in print!! Amazon's almost there... ;)

Platypus Pianist: Appreciate your kind comment - thank you! It was definitely an exciting day. :D

Hannah: Thank you so much! :)

Rosie: Thank you! It's a special moment, for sure - but especially when taken as one special moment in a writing journey full of them. :) Wishing you lots of those to cherish, too!

Carissa: Aww, thank you! I really appreciate that. :)

Ysa: How do I properly respond to such a sweet comment as that?? Good gravy, girl, you keep blowing me away with your enthusiasm!! You have such a generous and thoughtful spirit. :D Thank you from the bottom of my heart for celebrating this moment with me - love you, too! ♥

Jamie: Thank you so much! :D

Renee: Didn't she, though?? I'm absolutely thrilled with it - the formatting on the inside is just lovely, and you know I love the cover! :) Now I'm getting all excited for the direction Forget Me Not is headed - Lena is so talented! Thank you so much for the kind words, as well. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who acts a little goofy about books... :P

Kara: So appreciate those grins and your friendship, dear friend! And what, you're not actually dancing across the lawn?? ;) Hehe.

Cathy: Aww, thank you so much! I love how the front and back covers go together - didn't Lena do such a lovely job? So glad you agree! :)

Crystal: Thank you so much, my friend! :D No rush at all - I just appreciate you reading it, and I'm so glad you're enjoying it so far! And thank you! I got it at Ross - I love flowy sleeves when the cut is right. :) I also wanted to tell you - saw on Goodreads that we're birthday buddies! My birthday is June 3rd, and I'm also 22. :)

Abbi: Thank you so much for the sweet comment! :D

Ruth: Thank you!!

Rebeka: LOL - love it!! Lena is so talented, and I'm blessed by the work she did on this. :) And I'm blessed by your support, my friend!

Sandra: It truly is a special feeling... Now I know how exciting it was for you when Love's Miracles finally arrived! :D Isn't Lena so awesome?? Thank you for the kind words!

Juju: Hehe, thank you!! ;)

Ysa: Awwwwwwww! I'm flattered! :D And happy, happy birthday to you!!! Hope your day was/is awesome!

Julie: *Hugs* Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the post!


Ysa Rivas said...

My sis Mo says "Whoopity-doopity-doopity-doo! Yippee-doo!" lol ;o ) As you can tell that's one of her fave excitement words. She continued "Yay! I'm so excited! ... Give me that book. I want it." :o D

I am longing for the lovely book already! lol! as soon as possible I am buying it along with allllllll the other books I have been dying to have in hard copies!!!!!!

Amber Stokes said...


LOL - awesome words! ;) That's so sweet of your sister! Thanks for sharing that!

And thank you for your excitement, Ysa - I'm touched by it. :) *Hugs*


Ysa Rivas said...

She says in response "You're welcome. That's all I have to say. No it's not. It wouldn't be but I can't think of anything else." lol
You're welcome! I'm glad that we can touch you no matter how far apart we are and, pretty much I can't help my excitement! lol :o D **hugs**

Amber Stokes said...




Miranda A. Uyeh said...

Aww! Congratulations Amber! Indeed a flower has bloomed. Lena did do a terrifc job, and I insist the paperback looks better than the e-cover. Clearing space on my shelf for that one! *winking*

Amber Stokes said...


*Hugs* Lena did a terrific job, indeed, and I agree with you about the paperback vs. e-book covers! Having the spine and back cover just adds a whole new dimension to it - not to mention just being able to hold and admire it all. ;)

You're so sweet! Thanks for making room for my little story! :D