Library Journal Starred Review for Once Upon a Rose

Library Journal Starred Review for Once Upon a Rose

I’m so excited! I just heard that ONCE UPON A ROSE is receiving a starred review from LIBRARY JOURNAL! I can’t quote from it yet because the magazine doesn’t come out for another three weeks, but I had to share. (The book itself is coming Feb 3!)

I took a big emotional risk, in terms of stepping into creative entrepreneurship, when I turned down the 4-book contract from Kensington to publish La Vie en Roses series independently, so it really means a lot to me to have the series start off well and to have both the kind words coming back from you advanced readers and this honor from one of the major industry journals.

Thank you all so much for all the support and patience as I got this series off the ground!

And I need advice: One of the things I am supposed to be learning to do this year is to celebrate successes (this is supposed to teach me to overcome anxiety and stress). But it turns out I’m actually not very good at it! I usually just go straight back to worrying about the next thing I need to get done.

How do you celebrate your successes? (You are doing that, aren’t you? Because if not, then we need to develop our own little 12-step plan on how to help each other celebrate our successes!)

What are some ways that work for you?

  • Sandy

    Treat yourself to something special and take some time to breathe, pat yourself on the back a little and remind yourself of this good thing (over and over if needed!) Your books are so fun to read! Thank you!!!

    January 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Sandy

    By the way, my something special can be very small. Just something that I really enjoy, like a cookie from a favorite bakery or a new candle for a local artist! Or it can be a big treat to remind you of what you’ve done. (For me, big is a Louise Marler typewriter print that says “Write On”.) Can’t wait to read your next series.

    January 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  • Taking time to celebrate successes is hard for me too. When I’ve mastered something difficult, I still have to move onto the next thing. Publication schedules and, um, dinner demand it. At least I can usually eat whatever I succeeded at so it has its own built-in celebration of sorts. But for less tangible things? No, I’m not good at that at all.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:17 am