December 15, 2016
Pop the Champagne!
Hi everyone, and happy holiday vibes coming at you from the Layne household!
This is my favorite time of year, but this is most definitely a December to remember, because I found out yesterday that ...
Someone Like You is a New York Times bestseller!
I don't want to talk "publishing" at you guys, but as far as publishing milestones go ... this is a big one.
It's the first time I've ever made the list, and though I know I'd be elated any time it happens, it seems especially right that it happened with Lincoln's book.
I was sitting on the couch with Mr. Layne, sipping a cocktail and brainstorming for I Knew You Were Trouble when the email from my editor came through telling me the news.
I've never really understood what shock feels like until that moment.
I believe I said, "Oh my God," about a hundred times, until finally, Mr. Layne was like, "WHAT?!"
I spit it out, and then I didn't move for a full thirty minutes, just sitting there in disbelieving joy.
Mr. Layne snuck out of the house under the guise of "taking the dog out" and came back with champagne, which was ... well played, hub. Well played.
I've always been pretty open about "listing" not being my top priority when it comes to my career. I do a lot of preaching about not putting too much stock in external validation, preferring my focus to be on what I can control:
Writing my stories, the best way I know how.
But I will say this: hitting the NYT bestseller while also honoring all of my other priorities?
Pretty surreal. Up there with my top three author moments ever. Maybe my time life moments.
A huge, huge thank you to all of the readers who bought Someone Like You and helped spread the word. It wouldn't have happened without you!
An Amazon Best Romance of December
A couple weeks ago, Amazon named Someone Like You a top romance of the month, and they just posted their review!
What's Up Next
Much as I want to bask in the glow of Lincoln Mathis forever, I'm already getting plenty of people wondering what's next, and the answer is ...
This one is pure fun, a second-chance romance about two childhood sweethearts who implode the summer after high school. Years later, they end up on a two-week road trip together.
I've always wanted to write a "road trip" story and it was even more fun than I anticipated. Reece in particular was a surprise--flawed and grumpy, but with a sweet side that he usually displays in all the wrong (but oh so right) ways.
It'll be out February 14, 2017!
A gift from LL ...
If you're subscribed to eLLf Christmas, I apologize for the redundancy of this announcement, but since there are thousands of people on the LL Weekly that aren't eLLf Christmas subscribers, I'm excited to share the news ...
I wrote a Christmas short story!
It's completely FREE, just as a little holiday treat for all my fabulous readers.
Now, mind you, this is just something I did for fun, it hasn't been professionally edited. There are bound to be more typos than my "real" books, but if you're in the mood for something fun and Christmasy, I think you'll enjoy Matt and Avery!
They're attorneys at the same firm, after the same job. Now they're stuck at the office on Christmas Eve during a freak blizzard.
Also? The used to be married.
(story is ONLY available as a PDF, not as a Kindle, iBook, etc)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Why am I wishing you this now, on December 15th?
Well, because ...
This will be the last LL Weekly until the new year.
Definitely not an easy decision to make, as I love the Weekly, and I will truly miss you guys (I know I mostly talk AT you, but plenty of you reply, which I love!)
So why the hiatus?
Well, you're probably expecting me to plead the holidays and all the festive chaos that comes along with this time of year. I suppose it's that a little bit, but mostly?
I have a book to write!
I Knew You Were Trouble is due at the end of December, and courtesy of my rather colossal underestimation of the time required to launch eLLf Christmas, I'm not as far along in the book as I want to be.
Taylor and Nick deserve my full attention, which I haven't been giving them.
So to the writer cave I go, where there will be lots of isolation, but also lots of champagne ;-)
The Weekly will absolutely be returning in January, along with a big announcement about my schedule next year!
In the mean time, you can stay up to date on LL on Instagram, and I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons!