Friday, February 14, 2014

Today's the Day! {Fly Away Home Debut}

There are always these moments in your life when the things you've dreamed of for years and years finally happen. Sometimes it doesn't feel anything like you thought it would--sometimes it feels too natural and easy. I'm tempted to think, "Why doesn't it feel monumental?" but I wonder if it's all the more monumental because it feels natural; because, for once, a dream that you had as a little kid has made it through the wild woods of adolescence and through the first few years of adulthood and is finally here.

Today's like that. Today I'm writing this as a published author and people are going to buy my book and I will be a professional writer because I've actually made a little money off one of my projects. And it feels nothing and everything like I thought it would. It's really quite wonderful.


Guys, Fly Away Home is available for purchase on:

Amazon and in the Kindle store!


In addition, it's Valentine's Day. It's a day for love. It's a day to share special gifts with the special people in your life. Lucky for you, I don't have a guy in my life with whom I plan to spend the day. That means I don't have to buy him a gift and I can offer one to you instead! :) 

I am giving away 2 copies of Fly Away Home to one extremely lucky winner! The idea here is that you will have one copy for yourself and give the other copy to someone you love to show them that you love them so much you're willing to give them a brand new book autographed by the author herself. Yep! Both copies will be autographed by me. Not that my signature is worth much, but having a first edition book signed by the author is a bit of a fun thing.
Also, to kick off this fabulous little debut party, I'm going to be showing up in three places today!


Many thanks to those of you who pre-ordered in the past several days; you are the finest of friends and hold the honor of being my first ever batch of book-signing. ;)

60 comments:

Lady Bibliophile said...

Congratulations, Rachel! I first heard of your blog earlier this summer, and I've been enjoying it ever since. I'm sure I heard of Fly Away Home pretty soon after I started reading your posts, and it sounds like a lovely book. :) I'm looking forward to reading it.

Enjoy your novel's debut!

~Schuyler

Molly said...

Congratulations, m'dear! It must be so exciting!!! :D Happy Valentine's Day!

Hanne-col said...

Hooray! A book giveaway that gives me the chance to possibly read "Fly Away Home" sooner than I could otherwise.

I first learned about "Fly Away Home" here on The Inkpen Authoress. I started following your blog sometime last year and have been devouring each post and snippet of your stories ever since.

~ Hanne-col

Anna Meng said...

Congrats Rachel!

Anna Meng said...

Oh, and i first heard about "Fly Away Home" from you, on your facebook!

Jack said...

I cannot wait for my paycheck to come in on Monday! I am so very excited to read your book!!!!!!!!!

Bound and Freed said...

I first heard of Fly Away Home on Rachel's blog. It was probably very early 2012, wasn't it? I have also heard it mentioned, recently, on other writers' blogs.

ashley tahg said...

when? oh good lord, I really don't know. I heard it from your blog, as I've been a constant follower (just not a very constant commenter) for quite some time.

Elizabeth Rose said...

Beaucoup de félicitations, ma cherie amie! I hope (and know) many people will be blessed by this charming story. Here's to Rachel Heffington entering the publishing world with a bang!

The first time I heard about Fly Away Home was the first time you mentioned it here — way, waaaay back in 2012, almost exactly two years ago. No better way to celeberate the almost-second anniversary than with an autographed copy in hand! ^.^

Annie Hawthorne said...

Congratulations, mon dear Rachel!!! =D I can't imagine how incredible it must be to have such a fond dream finally realized. I'm so happy and excited for you! *hugs* ^.^

I first heard of Fly Away Home waaay back when you did your very first blog post introducing it. Since then I watched its progress with bated breath, stalked all your posts and squealed over the snippets. I've loved the idea of this book and its charming, witty characters from the start. I can't want to have a copy of my own! Soon, we hope. ;) ^_^

Mark Coddington said...

Congrats! I don't comment often, but I have been silently watching the proceedings with great interest (you forced my hand with the rafflecopter ;)).

I'm not sure when I first heard about Fly Away Home... I think I've been following your blog since before you started posting about it in earnest.

Abbi Hart said...

Congrats!! I first heard about this book during the cover reveal since a few of my blogging friends were involved!

Kiri Liz said...

So excited!! Congratulations on publication, Rachel!!! :D

I've been following your blog for a while now, so I'm not exactly sure when I first heard of your novel. I've known about it for months, at least, and I've been anxious to get my hands on it ever since you first posted about it.

Abby said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited that your book is out! I first heard about this book on your blog, I think in a Snippets post. I love all of the snippets you've shared. Now I really want to read it!

Kelly Brown said...

Congratulations!!!
I heard about about your novel months ago through your blog. :)
I can't wait to read it, I'm sure it's so wonderful!

Abbey said...

Congratulations! This is exciting!

Bree Holloway said...

Three cheers for Rachel Heffington, published authoress! (If you can't tell, I'm having way too much fun with this.) Congratulations on a lovely debut novel, dear Rachel.

I first heard of Fly Away Home through your blog a year ago (2 years ago?) and through the ineffable Elizabeth Rose, who keeps me up to date on comings and goings in the blog world. The rest, as they say, is history. ;)

Morgan said...

I first heard about Fly Away Home back in it's beginning stages:):)

Melody said...

When did I hear about it? Um... sometime last year, haha. I think Amy mentioned the beta-reading but I didn't know exactly what the book was at the time. ;)

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Lydia P. said...

Rachel! I am so excited about this book! I downloaded the kindle version already.
I know I've said this before, but you are such an inspiration. Really. You book debuting has spurred me on to be more diligent in my own writing!
I can't wait to read Fly Away Home!
-Lydia
Ps I don't know when I first heard about it. :)

Rachel Rossano said...

I first heard about your lovely book when Jessica Greyson mentioned she had a friend who was looking for a cover designer. I picked up the ebook to read and I hope I can get to it soon. :)

Emily said...

This is so exciting!!!

I believe I first heard about Fly Away Home around a year and a half-ish ago? I remember you were dabbling in Scuppernong Days, which made me wish to follow the Inkpen Authoress... then somehow Fly Away Home jumped in shortly afterward and demanded all fire and attention, knocking Scuppernong to the back burner. I wasn't very pleased with that arrangement. However, I suppose Fly Away Home caught my interest somewhere along this journey, for here I am all excited to get this book! If I win, I even have a friend in mind to give the other one to. ;)

Congratulations, Rachel-dear! <3
- em -

Rebecca said...

I can't wait to read your book! I have been waiting to read it ever since I read your first excerpt on your blog! Congratulations my friend! <3

Kaycee said...

Congratulations! This is so exciting, especially since it came out today, on Valentine's Day!

Hmm...I think I first heard about 'Fly Away Home' from a blog, I don't remember which one. And it was fairly recently, like only a few weeks ago...

Either way, I can't wait to read it! The story sounds awesome and the cover is beautiful! :)

Lauriloth said...

Congratulations, girl!!! I know this is a super exciting day for you. I'm so happy for you! ^_^

I do believe the first time I heard about Fly Away Home was on Mirriam Neal's blog, Wishful Thinking, and ever since I've wanted to get my hands on it.

Happy Valentine's Day! Although I'm pretty sure this is definitely a very happy one for you. ;)

Emma Marie said...

Congratulations, Rachel! I only found your blog a couple months ago, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it!

Tabitha E. said...

Congratulations, Rachel!!!!!
It must be so exciting to see your name in print.

While I not as excite to read Fly away home as some of your other stories. I look forward getting a peck of your work!

Raechel said...

Congrats!! I can imagine how huge this is and how exciting!
I heard about your book on Yet Another Period Drama Blog :)

Emily Ann said...

Congratulations! How exciting!!! I first heard about Fly Away Home from your blog since I've been following for awhile!

Joy said...

Congratulations, Rachel!!! :D Oh, this is so exciting.

I first heard about Fly Away Home about the same time I got 'hooked' unto your blog ;) (I think I bumped into your blog through Jenny and Abigail). You were in the last few chapters stage, if I recall correctly, and the bits you shared of Mr. Barnett, Callie and the snippets piqued me immensely. Then, of course, I got to be a beta-reader which totally wonderful.
I cannot wait to own my own real-life-copy of your novel! Is this giveaway for international users? Pretty please, say yes!

Hannah said...

Congratulations, Rachel! I'm excited to read all the new reviews. :)

Hannah said...

And I first heard about your book from Abigail and Jenny... Or maybe it was your FB page. Hehe. One or the other.

Jessica Greyson said...

Entering just for fun... I about your book because of YOU! :D

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Jansina G said...

Congrats on being published! :) I heard about Fly Away Home because I'm friends on Facebook with the cover designer...then again because I'm friends IRL with Jessica Greyson and Elizabeth Ender! I'm intrigued.

Kathryn said...

Wonderful news, I should say. I first heard about Fly Away Home at the cover reveal. Extremely exciting, and I was even more excited when I read the blurb. I can't wait to read it.

Miss Melody Muffin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It must be a delightful feeling to be a published author.

I first heard about Fly Away Home when I was reading one of your Snippets of Story posts. I was intrigued and looked through some of your back posts to find out more about it.

Abbey said...

I first heard about Fly Away Home from the wonderful Miss Jack, and I'm so glad I did! It sounds like a wonderful book.

Riley said...

I believe I heard about Fly Away home from a blogger friend....either Mirriam or Bree I think!

Lady Éowyn said...

Rachel,
Huge congratulations upon finishing your story and being published and everything. :) The entire book looks lovely! And I first heard of the story through your blog!

Emma Clifton said...

So happy for your release, Rachel! I'm excited to read this and The Windy Side of Care.

Emma Clifton said...

I heard about Fly Away Home through your blog.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Woohoo! I love giveaways! Especially if it involves a book (or two). :D

Congrats on being a published author! Must be so exciting to know that something you've written is actually in a printed book for others to read. Congratulations!

Blessings to you!
Sarah

sarah-plainandaverage.blogspot.com
threemaidens.blogspot.com

Khloe Grace Kendler said...

I first heard about this book at Lianne Taimenlore.:)

Lydia said...

I first heard of your amazing book ere actually and since then I have been waiting for the day it became published. I hope I win so I can read this. If not I'll order a copy

Alyssa Faith said...

I first heard about Fly Away Home from my blogging friend, Amber Stokes.

Patty said...

Congrats on the release of Fly Away Home! I first heard about the giveaway on the Borrowed Book Blog.

pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rissi said...

Hmmm... first time I heard about 'Fly Away Home' was either on Twitter or Blogger from one of my blogging pals. Cannot remember who though!

ScribblerofThings said...

So exciting! I just ordered it and can't wait for it to come.

Katy-Anne said...

I think that I first heard about it from Liza at Scraps from My Workbasket.

Micaela Wood said...

Hi Rachel!

I first heard about your book on Facebook. Also, my best friend said last night she's about half-way through Fly Away Home and that it's really interesting. So now I'm looking forward to reading it even more! :)

~Micaela

www.micaela419.wordpress.com

Kelsey Bryant said...

When did I first hear about Fly Away Home? Very recently on your blog ... I can't remember when exactly. I think it might have been when you started up Chatterbox. (Very fun idea, by the way!) I love the way you write!

Bethany said...

I first learned about Fly Away Home on GoodReads.com. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, I'd love to be able to read your book!
Bethany

Molly said...

Oh, and in answer to the giveaway comment question, I first heard of "Fly Away Home" on this blog, I believe. :D

Molly said...

Oh, but I'm not sure when exactly. :P

Brittany Barden said...

So excited for you! I guess I heard of the book via FB first? Or something. And now I have both your blogs in my Feedly, so I can stay up on ALL the updates. <3

Megan said...

I first heard about it from Mirriam @ Wishful Thinking :)

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