My Cherry’s Popped!

Actually, my publishing cherry will be popped tomorrow on Sunday. That’s the day The Wise Guy is released by Noble Romance Publishing. This book is the most recent contract I received, but the book is being released just before the first two books of the Tales of the Darkworld.

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If you want to read more about the book and all the people who did things to actually help me make this happen you can run over to the Lex Valentine blog and read the post about Release Day. Here, I want to talk about this book and the whole getting published thing in a different way. You see, these books are seeing the light of day at a cost I never realized I would have to pay. Yes, this has been a lifelong dream, a dream I NEVER thought I would achieve. The fact that it’s happening strikes at something inside me that I can’t even find words to describe. It probably feels akin to how Obama felt when he took the oath of office. But getting here hasn’t been just hard, it’s been costly.

In order to make my dream come true, I had to give up something I loved. It hurts fiercely and I wear my guilt daily. I had to give up daily reading and commenting on all your blogs. I still play catch up in my feed reader here and there and when I see links on Twitter. However, I really don’t like missing out on your lives and feeling close to all of you. It bothers me very, very badly to the point where I wonder daily if this is all worth it because I feel disconnected from your lives and that makes me unhappy.

Here’s a case in point, (I’m baring my soul and my neuroses here so bear with me) I had this idea for a little graphic, a funny little thing I could use here on this blog when I have a book coming out. I wanted to email Dave and ask him if he would make it for me, but I felt too guilty to do so. The idea was a small round graphic with Lil Dave and Bad Monkey that says “Guaranteed NO TVC”. For those of you who don’t remember the joke, Dave coined the term “Throbbing Vampire Cock” to describe some of my writing. It was hilarious and endearing and so very Dave. But I don’t feel right asking for something when I can’t even find the time to read him every day let alone comment especially when he was so incredibly helpful when I wanted to use his Hawaii images in author AJ Llewellyn’s book trailer. (AJ is now a Blogography fan because of Dave’s Ann Coulter posts!)

Despite the fact that I’m a BAD friend because of chasing this dream, I know that people like Hilly, Marty, Britt, Becky, Susan, Jen, and a host of others including my Bar Bitches and everyone of you who are reading this, all are rooting for me and continue to support me. I can’t tell you how much I love you people. And Gooster… you are the bestest Twitter hug giver of anyone in the world! (I was so close to sobbing on Friday and his Twitter hug saved me.) Eventually, I have to figure out time better or the fucking guilt is just gonna kill me and I’m not even Jewish. (See? I know Mr. Shiny is just gonna laugh at that and not come over here and kick my ass for it. Heh.)

So to celebrate the release of my first book EVAH, Jester offered to have me on his show on Wednesday the 25th at 7 pm Pacific time. I’m really looking forward to that because for one, I’m going to give away a copy of the book to someone who either calls in with a question or comment or who is in the chatroom. I’m also going to give away a book to one lucky commenter on my blog from today until the end of February.

If anyone wants to actually spend their money on the book, it will be available tomorrow morning at Noble Romance Publishing. Clicking that link will take you right to The Wise Guy’s page. If you’re not up on your kinky sex you might want to skip the sex in the kitchen scene. Um yeah, squick alert there…

I’m out of Kleenex so I need to go, but just so you know, The Wise Guy is guaranteed not to have any throbbing vampire cock.

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0 Responses to My Cherry’s Popped!

  1. Amelia says:

    Lex, you had to come here to win a copy in Ame’s group, so here I am :-). I still feel like its a great book with just the excerts that you’ve shared. πŸ™‚
    Don’t feel guilty when you need to pursue your dream(s) & can’t be everywhere all the time or everything to everyone. If nothing else consider it some of your ME time that you might need. We understand that you need to be writing, & between your jobs & writting that is more than full time work for anyone else…. Most folks don’t try to carry the work load that you do, so don’t feel guikty about not being able to stretch any further… Now go take your vitamins & relax!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    (Iknow, I know – I sound like the mom that I’m not)

  2. Amelia says:

    Lex, you had to come here to win a copy in Ame’s group, so here I am :-). I still feel like its a great book with just the excerts that you’ve shared. πŸ™‚
    Don’t feel guilty when you need to pursue your dream(s) & can’t be everywhere all the time or everything to everyone. If nothing else consider it some of your ME time that you might need. We understand that you need to be writing, & between your jobs & writting that is more than full time work for anyone else…. Most folks don’t try to carry the work load that you do, so don’t feel guikty about not being able to stretch any further… Now go take your vitamins & relax!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    (Iknow, I know – I sound like the mom that I’m not)

  3. Jason X says:

    Great accomplishment! Fucking awesome. Good work Winter.

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  4. Jason X says:

    Great accomplishment! Fucking awesome. Good work Winter.

    Jason Xs last blog post..Catch-22

  5. I think ALL of us know this has been your dream, Winter, and that means that you’re going to be busier. Personally, I’m just thrilled to see you put it all out there….including the TVC.
    Big hugs darlin! And Congratulations!!!!!

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  6. I think ALL of us know this has been your dream, Winter, and that means that you’re going to be busier. Personally, I’m just thrilled to see you put it all out there….including the TVC.
    Big hugs darlin! And Congratulations!!!!!

    Jennifer McKenzies last blog post..Welcome

  7. Tamsyn Takamiya says:

    Congrats on the release of The Wise Guy. I’m glad your dream is coming true. The excerpt was good – how come I never have such erotic dreams? πŸ™‚ Would love to win a copy! Tamsyn

  8. Tamsyn Takamiya says:

    Congrats on the release of The Wise Guy. I’m glad your dream is coming true. The excerpt was good – how come I never have such erotic dreams? πŸ™‚ Would love to win a copy! Tamsyn

  9. Debbie Tsikuris says:

    Read your excerpt on “The Wise Guy, Sunday’s Child”, excellent!! Hope this is the chance to win it??
    And like Cissa, will buy if can’t win πŸ™‚
    love
    debbie t

  10. Debbie Tsikuris says:

    Read your excerpt on “The Wise Guy, Sunday’s Child”, excellent!! Hope this is the chance to win it??
    And like Cissa, will buy if can’t win πŸ™‚
    love
    debbie t

  11. Natasha A. says:

    I have been eyeballing this book πŸ™‚ Congrats on the release!! πŸ˜€ I love the cover! I voted for it on that informal poll that Bree put up on the Moira Rogers forum πŸ˜€

  12. Natasha A. says:

    I have been eyeballing this book πŸ™‚ Congrats on the release!! πŸ˜€ I love the cover! I voted for it on that informal poll that Bree put up on the Moira Rogers forum πŸ˜€

  13. Julie Robinson says:

    But does creme brulee come with a cherry on top?!
    πŸ™‚
    Julie

  14. Julie Robinson says:

    But does creme brulee come with a cherry on top?!
    πŸ™‚
    Julie

  15. no throbbing vampire cock??? I might just be disappointed…but I highly doubt it!

    If I don’t win a copy, I am TOTALLY buying one!

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  16. no throbbing vampire cock??? I might just be disappointed…but I highly doubt it!

    If I don’t win a copy, I am TOTALLY buying one!

    Cissa Firehearts last blog post..New Blog Address – Please Update Your Bookmarks!

  17. Maryo says:

    Hey i likt TVC. Only thing better is dragon cock. But hey that just me and my thing.
    I understand how hard it is. Sometimes I have to give up doing things with my kids cause I coahcing other kids. It is tough to know that the people you love are there but you just cant find the time to chat with them. Just keep writing girl. I luv’s me some TVC and TDC!!!

    Maryos last blog post..quick post

  18. Maryo says:

    Hey i likt TVC. Only thing better is dragon cock. But hey that just me and my thing.
    I understand how hard it is. Sometimes I have to give up doing things with my kids cause I coahcing other kids. It is tough to know that the people you love are there but you just cant find the time to chat with them. Just keep writing girl. I luv’s me some TVC and TDC!!!

    Maryos last blog post..quick post

  19. Winter says:

    Marty – I can’t wait until you have something coming out! If you write fantasy stuff like LOTR, I’ve got a publisher for ya!

    Clare – I don’t think anyone’s dropped me, and I always feel as if they are supporting me. It’s just my own sense of not doing what I should be doing that causes so much guilt.

    Lindsay – You should sign up for the Moira Rogers forums too. Both Bree and Donna are on Twitter as well.

    Nat – I don’t have an issue with TVC. Dave’s not a fan, and I don’t blame him. Most het men aren’t really fans of TVC. But it tickles me to no end that he coined that phrase.

    Kelly – There are certainly a few chances to win a copy! Good luck!

    Becky – I appreciate that! It’s had one review so far but it’s not up on the review site yet. It got a 5 out of 5 so I’m excited!

    Dave – Bad Monkey will want to read Hot Water then. It comes out March 5. There’s TVC and a woman who turns into a dragon. And the classic line, “I think you better come home… there’s a dragon in your yard.”

    Con – Thank you!

    Adam – I had this sense that if anyone understood the sacrifice for gaining something you always wanted, it would be you. Hmmm perhaps a topic for Clearly, You’re Retarded is in there…

    Julie – No, but I sure wish. Or at the very least, some creme brulee.

    Thank you all for coming by to comment. I sincerely appreciate your support and good wishes!

    Winters last blog post..My Cherry’s Popped!

  20. Winter says:

    Marty – I can’t wait until you have something coming out! If you write fantasy stuff like LOTR, I’ve got a publisher for ya!

    Clare – I don’t think anyone’s dropped me, and I always feel as if they are supporting me. It’s just my own sense of not doing what I should be doing that causes so much guilt.

    Lindsay – You should sign up for the Moira Rogers forums too. Both Bree and Donna are on Twitter as well.

    Nat – I don’t have an issue with TVC. Dave’s not a fan, and I don’t blame him. Most het men aren’t really fans of TVC. But it tickles me to no end that he coined that phrase.

    Kelly – There are certainly a few chances to win a copy! Good luck!

    Becky – I appreciate that! It’s had one review so far but it’s not up on the review site yet. It got a 5 out of 5 so I’m excited!

    Dave – Bad Monkey will want to read Hot Water then. It comes out March 5. There’s TVC and a woman who turns into a dragon. And the classic line, “I think you better come home… there’s a dragon in your yard.”

    Con – Thank you!

    Adam – I had this sense that if anyone understood the sacrifice for gaining something you always wanted, it would be you. Hmmm perhaps a topic for Clearly, You’re Retarded is in there…

    Julie – No, but I sure wish. Or at the very least, some creme brulee.

    Thank you all for coming by to comment. I sincerely appreciate your support and good wishes!

    Winters last blog post..My Cherry’s Popped!

  21. Julie Robinson says:

    Congratulations Lex!! I just saw your Sunday post, thanks to Daily Digest. I understand completely about the time juggling dilemma of trying to balance your writing with the blogging and other social networking on the loops and spending time with family and friends.

    I have not found the solution and my writing has suffered. There are only so many hours in the day! If you find some sort of time management schedule that works for you, or even if you’re experimenting with different tactics to juggle everything, I’d love to hear about it.

    So, have you had any strawberry sundae’s lately?

    Julie

  22. Julie Robinson says:

    Congratulations Lex!! I just saw your Sunday post, thanks to Daily Digest. I understand completely about the time juggling dilemma of trying to balance your writing with the blogging and other social networking on the loops and spending time with family and friends.

    I have not found the solution and my writing has suffered. There are only so many hours in the day! If you find some sort of time management schedule that works for you, or even if you’re experimenting with different tactics to juggle everything, I’d love to hear about it.

    So, have you had any strawberry sundae’s lately?

    Julie

  23. Blu-Amy says:

    Well add me to the list of would love to win a copy but will buy a copy if I don’t πŸ™‚

    Now off to refer you to a few friends that like to read πŸ™‚

    Congratulations :)and I would totally send you a cheesecake if I could.

    Blu-Amys last blog post..oatmeal, dirt and the sun

  24. Blu-Amy says:

    Well add me to the list of would love to win a copy but will buy a copy if I don’t πŸ™‚

    Now off to refer you to a few friends that like to read πŸ™‚

    Congratulations :)and I would totally send you a cheesecake if I could.

    Blu-Amys last blog post..oatmeal, dirt and the sun

  25. Avitable says:

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

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  26. Avitable says:

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

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  27. Conb00 says:

    COGRATS Lex! Happy release day!! I would like to win copy of WISE GUY sounds GOOD!

  28. Conb00 says:

    COGRATS Lex! Happy release day!! I would like to win copy of WISE GUY sounds GOOD!

  29. Dave2 says:

    Bad Monkey would actually be disappointed at the absence of Throbbing Vampire Cock. He’s a freaky monkey like that…

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  30. Dave2 says:

    Bad Monkey would actually be disappointed at the absence of Throbbing Vampire Cock. He’s a freaky monkey like that…

    Dave2s last blog post..Coma

  31. Becky Ward says:

    Contest
    Would like a chance to win “The Wise Guy”, but if have will buy a copy. Sounds like it will be a great read.

  32. Becky Ward says:

    Contest
    Would like a chance to win “The Wise Guy”, but if have will buy a copy. Sounds like it will be a great read.

  33. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a great book and I’d love to win a copy, but I won’t mind buying it if I have to. But like Nat said ‘What’s wrong with throbbing vampire cock?’ lol I think that spices up the average read hehe anyways I hope you can catch up on your posting now that your cherry has been popped.

  34. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a great book and I’d love to win a copy, but I won’t mind buying it if I have to. But like Nat said ‘What’s wrong with throbbing vampire cock?’ lol I think that spices up the average read hehe anyways I hope you can catch up on your posting now that your cherry has been popped.

  35. Nat says:

    What’s wrong with throbbing vampire cock? (I can’t believe I just wrote that… queen prude that I am.) Oh, I don’t have a book coming out and I can’t keep up my blogs.

    Congrats on the book, it’s such an accomplishment and you deserve to go out and find some hot TC of your own.

  36. Nat says:

    What’s wrong with throbbing vampire cock? (I can’t believe I just wrote that… queen prude that I am.) Oh, I don’t have a book coming out and I can’t keep up my blogs.

    Congrats on the book, it’s such an accomplishment and you deserve to go out and find some hot TC of your own.

  37. Lindsey Ekland says:

    Well I now follow Noble Romance bcause of you and Moira Rogers. I get that you want to be connected but there are only so many hours in the day. So think of your writing as a way of connecting to people and just allow yourself to enjoy your results.

  38. Lindsey Ekland says:

    Well I now follow Noble Romance bcause of you and Moira Rogers. I get that you want to be connected but there are only so many hours in the day. So think of your writing as a way of connecting to people and just allow yourself to enjoy your results.

  39. Clare London says:

    Congratulations, Lex!
    And I hope you don’t mind me chipping in with my feelings, but you struck a chord with me.
    I had a similar culture shock when I started to publish. There were the marketing issues, the need to deal with a million other things rather than sitting and enjoying my writing *lol*. People to meet, groups to visit, blurbs and excerpts to prepare, publishers to approach, fellow authors to befriend and support. It’s been great, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve met some GOOD friends – not just because I love their fiction! – and, by God, I’ve learned a lot of stuff about publishing I never even *imagined* before! LOL

    But other things have had to give. I know I don’t chat enough, I don’t keep up with friends at home, let alone online. I’d like to do more on my website, more on my blog. I’d like to READ more! But I also have a full-time job and lively family, time suddenly becomes a very precious and measured commodity.

    But you said yourself, we follow a dream, and so we should. The guilt is always there, but wouldn’t you understand and want the same situation and success for any of your friends? I hope that friendship is measured in quality not necessarily quality – and so I’m sure your friends won’t ‘judge’ you if you touch base less frequently. It’s not neglect, in any way.

    Anyway, sorry to ramble on, have a good weekend and congrats again on the release!

  40. Clare London says:

    Congratulations, Lex!
    And I hope you don’t mind me chipping in with my feelings, but you struck a chord with me.
    I had a similar culture shock when I started to publish. There were the marketing issues, the need to deal with a million other things rather than sitting and enjoying my writing *lol*. People to meet, groups to visit, blurbs and excerpts to prepare, publishers to approach, fellow authors to befriend and support. It’s been great, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve met some GOOD friends – not just because I love their fiction! – and, by God, I’ve learned a lot of stuff about publishing I never even *imagined* before! LOL

    But other things have had to give. I know I don’t chat enough, I don’t keep up with friends at home, let alone online. I’d like to do more on my website, more on my blog. I’d like to READ more! But I also have a full-time job and lively family, time suddenly becomes a very precious and measured commodity.

    But you said yourself, we follow a dream, and so we should. The guilt is always there, but wouldn’t you understand and want the same situation and success for any of your friends? I hope that friendship is measured in quality not necessarily quality – and so I’m sure your friends won’t ‘judge’ you if you touch base less frequently. It’s not neglect, in any way.

    Anyway, sorry to ramble on, have a good weekend and congrats again on the release!

  41. so excited for you!

    but if i follow that link to order your book, will it be autographed? it has to be autograpghed, coz i know the author, dammit! πŸ™‚

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  42. so excited for you!

    but if i follow that link to order your book, will it be autographed? it has to be autograpghed, coz i know the author, dammit! πŸ™‚

    hello haha narfs last blog post..Confession Time

  43. martymankins says:

    Of course we are all rooting for you. This is great news. And this is just the first part of your writing success. I hope to be joining in on the writing success this year. All of us are working to fulfill our dreams of becoming writers. And you are right there showing that it can happen.

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  44. martymankins says:

    Of course we are all rooting for you. This is great news. And this is just the first part of your writing success. I hope to be joining in on the writing success this year. All of us are working to fulfill our dreams of becoming writers. And you are right there showing that it can happen.

    martymankinss last blog post..Snowy Sunday #14

  45. Catherine says:

    Congrats, w00t!!! Best of luck with this and all your projects πŸ˜€

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  46. Catherine says:

    Congrats, w00t!!! Best of luck with this and all your projects πŸ˜€

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