Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Best and Worst of Times

If someone would have sat down with me on January 1, 2011 and said, "This is what your year is going to have:

The worst flu of your life (boo).

Chicken Pox (boo).

A beautiful new baby girl (yay).

Your Advanced Readers Copy of SHIFTING (yay).

Your daughter will fracture her skull (boo).

You'll sell your next two books to Walker Books (yay).

You'll throw your back out and be bedridden for nearly two weeks (boo).

You'll receive your first published book in the mail (yay)."

If someone sat down and told me all of that--and the year is only 2/3 over--I don't think I would have believed them. It has definitely been the best of times. And the worst of times. I'm happy to say that the hard things made me grow, made me wiser, made me more grateful for my health and my kids' health. And the hard things made the good things even sweeter.

Anyhow . . . my book comes out on September 27th! If you want to help me out on Goodreads, click here and vote me best book of September.

And here, here and here are a few places you can read interviews and reviews of SHIFTING.

Any may you have the best of times!


Angie said...

Congrats, Bethany! (And sorry about the bad stuff.)

Christine Fonseca said...

Wow! What a year! And yes, that was my last year - just as volatile. And yes, this year is no better. HUGS

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm sorry for all the bad but so proud and happy for all the good! I love ya, Bethany!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Congratulations on your book publication. Always an exciting event!

Tez Miller said...

Next two books - STUNG and what else? Want to make sure my list is up to date :-)

Wen Baragrey said...

What a year! Boy do I know the feeling, it's been a pretty dramatic one. I didn't realize you'd sold the next two books as well, yay! I'm really looking forward to Shifting :)

Nichole Giles said...

Congrats on your book coming out, the baby girl, and the copies in the mail. So sorry to hear about the rest. I hope that's all the hard stuff for this year.

I am really excited to get my hands on your book. Can't wait!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow, that really is a list of bests and worsts. But congratulations on your girl baby and your book baby, Bethany!!

I'm off to follow your links! :-)

Bethany Wiggins said...

Thanks you guys! Friends have definitely made the hard times sweeter.

Safari Poet said...

Congrats on the release of your first book!

DL Hammons said...

We manage the hard times, and celebrate our accomplishments. If you look at it the right way, we always come out ahead! Congrats to you Bethany...you deserve the successes! :)

xl pharmacy said...

Interesting, just like chapters of a book, but well i wonder why but seems like life doesn't have a real order or at least that's what i think about it.