At about 9:20pm, I found out that The Love Gave debuted on the USA Today bestseller list at #65. I freaked. Crying, shaking... You name it. I went crazy. I spent the next forty-five minutes on the phone to my very excited and proud big brother calming down and laughing and crying and generally pulling myself back together.
That was it, right? It couldn't get any better than that.
I found out not long after that - not even an hour later - that on the 05/05/2013, The Love Game will debut on the freaking NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!! #25!!! Needless to say, my hormones went through the roof and I proceeded to cry hysterically for the next five minutes. And I mean hysterically. I still hadn't got my head around hitting the USA Today list, I still haven't almost 12 hours later, so as you can imagine I barely slept last night because my head was spinning so bad.
I'm a nineteen year old pregnant mother of one, living in a small town that most people have probably never heard of. I prefer wellies to heels, live in pj bottoms/sweatpants, and I sing the praises of dry shampoo. I'm nothing special. I'm just an ordinary person with a big dream - that is now a reality.
I never imagined it would ever actually happen. And it's even more potent and meaningful that out of all 52 weeks in a year, it happened on this week. And I'll tell you why.
In two days time I will make my annual trip to buy a bunch of flowers, wimp out of going to the crematorium, and put them in the window instead. That day - the 27th - will be 18 years to the day that I lost my father to cancer. I was 20 months old. My whole life I've had one aim. Make Dad proud. This year I can set out those flowers and know in my heart of hearts that I have made him proud, and no words can express the feelings that makes me feel. There are no words for knowing that I've finally done that.
And it's all because of you. It's not just a list.
So... Thank you. Thank you a million times and then a million more. To every person that has bought a copy of The Love Game in the last few weeks... Thank you for helping me make my father proud of me. Thank you for helping me know I've made him proud.
To celebrate, when I hit 1,000 likes on Facebook, I'll give away not one, but THREE full e-copy sets of the Memories series - including ARC's of Always Remember. So come and like me HERE.
And... THANK YOU!!!! <3 <3