I’ve Got the Pre-Release Jitters

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All I can tell you about my book cover right now is that it’s pink—in the most badass of ways.

I can’t sit still.

There’s nothing else I can do at the moment, but the anticipation is killing me. I’m impatient by nature, mostly in an excited puppy way; I want to share this book with the world now, dammit. I got the final cover design from my designer this morning and I’m just itching to get rolling on my cover reveal plan. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about this gig in the last five years, it’s that there is payoff in patience.

I have a plan, and it’s a cool plan, therefore I must stick to it.

So much about this release has been unpredictable, to say the least. My publisher closed and, even though I was determined to get What Happens On Tour out on time anyway, the financial burden of having to re-publish four books in one month kind of threw things off. But I’ve learned something else in the last five years: There is always a way. My choice was either way another month or two, or give crowdfunding another shot.

I’ve done crowdfunding in the past, and learned that the all-or-nothing route doesn’t work for me. I’m thrifty and can make even a little bit work. So this time, I went with GoFundMe, which allows you to keep an open timeline and any donations you receive, regardless of whether you reach your goal. Not gonna lie, I also sold some things on eBay so that I could kick in, too. Within two weeks, we hit our goal.

Even though I hoped to still release on the 19th as planned, I decided to just go with the flow. If I had to release a few days or even weeks later, no big deal. Lady Luck was on my side, though, because my designer was faster than usual. In less than a week, she had a final product for me to see.

And now I’m dying to share it.

This book is a bona fide underdog. I had a hell of a time writing it. But I pushed through career doubts and character clashes, and got it done. If it weren’t for a handful of people, I really don’t know if it would’ve happened. What Happens On Tour is by far the hardest book I’ve birthed, and that’s why it’s the book I’m most proud of.

It also takes the series to a whole new level. All I’m gonna say is, I worked really hard to pull off the story I wanted to tell, and I think I did it. Of course, I’ll let you decide.

Read Chapter 1 now, then purchase your copy on August 19th.

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Elizabeth Barone

Elizabeth Barone is an American novelist who writes contemporary romance and suspense starring strong belles who chose a different path. Her debut novel Sade on the Wall was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She is the author of the South of Forever series and several other books.

When not writing, Elizabeth is very busy getting her latest fix of Yankee Candle, spicy Doritos chips, or whatever TV show she’s currently binging.

Elizabeth lives in northwestern Connecticut with her husband, a feisty little cat, and too many books.

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