By Laura Spinella
Today is November 5, 2013. And just for today, I’m going to be a rock star.
Today only, it’s going to be all good. I’m greeting fans and signing autographs. I’m going to be that person who runs on the power of positive thinking. That's me, sewing an S to my chest. Alicia Keys is the house, belting out a chorus of “This Girl is on Fire.” For these few hours, a single rotation of sun and moon, I refuse to put worry in the driver’s seat, much less let him get in the car. (Yes, I believe worry is a man. A small sinister man with gnarly teeth and a twisted spine) The mood today, my pub day, is jubilation, and I’m here to tell you how grand that is!
Let me start by sharing a little about PERFECT TIMING—a book with a stunning cover and a heartfelt acknowledgement page. (I think ack pages should be read as carefully as the first chapter of every book) It’s the author’s opportunity to publically say, "Hey! My book would be nothing without you!" It is true for me, and I hope you’ll read mine. This book is my sophomore effort. It’s also a trunk novel, resurrected and reinvented because I believed in its characters that much. I wrote two books in between PERFECT TIMING and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, but I always had an inkling that Aidan and Isabel’s story would find its way to publication. Its message is as positive as the attitude I’m wearing today. At a glance, PERFECT TIMING could be taken for a romance, the kind with a damaged yet sexy rock star at its epicenter. And if this is all you come away with, I’m okay with that. I suspect the reader will have enjoyed the moment, and often that’s all we need to ask from a book. Personally, however, I see more. It’s true that Aidan Roycroft’s occupation falls into the realm of musical prodigy with a genetic predisposition for universal good looks. So much the better, if you ask me. That’s a risk—and not the literary kind that comes with taking on serious social subjects. In his element, I believe Aidan earns his ovation. But that’s not what this story is about. It’s about the rhythm of lasting friendship, and the beat of a love story subject to incredible odds. It’s about family and figuring out what makes you happy, then being brave enough to embrace it. PERFECT TIMING is relationship fiction set to the sometimes extraordinary and always precarious tempo of life.
I’ve been a fan of this novel’s heroine, Isabel Lang, since she turned up in my sunroom, itching for a part in a book. She’s sassy with a serious streak. At the same time, I hope I invented a relatable girl, one who seeks the same things we all do. She’s the perfect, while not always obvious, complement to Aidan and his more unbridled persona. I’m equally excited about this book’s subplot, which does take a turn at social subjects—and I am that much richer for having spent time with Eric and Patrick. I’m proud to have put them on the pages of my book.
|They finally arrived!|
Last week my birthday came and went. It was lost in the shuffle, knowing that the bigger date was around the corner. I spent that day designing bookmarks and scrambling for a reputable printer. I was knee-deep in paring down a wordy press release and chatting with the local paper. I spent time chasing down my author copies, which hadn’t arrived at the time of this writing. In between, I’ve taken brave peeks over at Goodreads, where PERFECT TIMING is testing the waters. So far, so good… But I’m not going there today. Nope, no way. This is about accomplishment and celebration. This day is the unlikely result of a simple vision about two friends who grew up to discover that perfection, for them, was all about timing. Of course, it’s my hope you’ll go straight from here to Amazon. But, if not, that’s fine too. You can just hang here and enjoy the celebration! I’m giving away two copies of PERFECT TIMING! Just leave a positive comment and you’ll be in the running! And keep the comments coming! I'll pick winners on Friday! Have a terrific November 5th!
Laura Spinella is the author of the newly released PERFECT TIMING and award winning novel BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Visit her website at lauraspinella.net.