Last night, I sat in a half-vegan restaurant with vintage radios mounted to the walls. I ate over-salted barbecue chips and sucked down a bourbon tea trying to find the vanilla flavor my friends swore they tasted. Only minutes before, I stood in front of these very friends and read a selection from the first chapter of my debut novella, Exit Ghost. I signed books and snapped photos and smiled so much my cheeks still hurt.
My heart still picks up when I think about standing at that podium and reading eight straight pages of words that I cracked open my own chest to write (figuratively, of course). I spent the whole day prior nervous and scrambling for distractions to calm my brewing anxieties. But I did it. For the second time, I stood in front of family and friends and read my work aloud. For the second time, I let my hand cramp from scribbling inscriptions on title pages of books. For the second time, I saw my dreams unfolding in front of me and, for the second time, I was overwhelmed with awe.
I don't think that feeling will ever go away.
And as I sat there in that tiny little corner eatery, the tension in my muscles finally uncoiling and my heart finally settling between my ribs again, talking and laughing with friends, I felt like the luckiest person in the world.
I'm so relieved and grateful to finally be able to share Exit Ghost with the world. It's a story I've been working on for a full year now. The first in a trilogy, it's also a story that's very close to my heart and one that I have big plans for in the future. It means the world to me to send this book into the literary stratosphere.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to celebrate with me last night. The night was made even more special my surprise visits from friends I haven't seen in years, whose excitement raised mine even higher, and whose support I'm so thankful to have. Thank you to the team at the Book Revue, especially to Loren and Genesis, whose hard work made the night run so smoothly and perfectly. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped bring me to this point. I couldn't be grateful.
For those unable to attend last night's signing, signed copies of Exit Ghost are now available at lexivranick.com/shop! Please note that at this time signed books ship within the United States only. The book is available internationally on Amazon.