You probably think I’m talking about the inauguration.  Yes, that too!  I’ll be forcing the darelings to watch it with me, no matter how they plead for Spongebob instead, and they are going to be completely bored and have no idea what the big deal is – and that is awesome.  Now we just have to deal with the question my eldest burst out with yesterday evening, in the middle of the Lakers game: “Hey!  How come there are no girls?”

But it’s a happy day in the Dare household for yet another reason:

Yes, my ARCs arrived!  But…there are ten of them.  Ten.  Don’t they know I need at least 200?  Ack.  I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with them, but for the moment I’m holding my preciouses close and just staring at them a lot.  Okay, and fondling them, but we won’t talk about that. 🙂

Hope it’s a happy day for you all as well!

22 comments to “Oh happy day!”

  1. Kim
    · January 20th, 2009 at 8:54 am · Link

    Woohoo!! How very cool, Tessa. So, tell me, what did you do when you opened up that box of books with YOUR NAME ON THEM??

    Speaking of fondling…

  2. Courtney Milan
    · January 20th, 2009 at 8:55 am · Link

    Yay! They look so beautiful! I would fondle them, too, if I were you! I mean, uh, lovingly stroke them. In a completely consensual fashion.

  3. Lori Brighton
    · January 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am · Link

    Ha! Thats great! How exciting! Congrats

  4. Lindsey
    · January 20th, 2009 at 9:01 am · Link

    SQUEEE!! Congrats! They look so great. 🙂

  5. Christy Reece
    · January 20th, 2009 at 9:30 am · Link

    Tessa, they’re gorgeous!


  6. Elyssa Papa
    · January 20th, 2009 at 10:50 am · Link

    Ohhh, squee!!! Your ARCs came so early (is that how early they do come?). I think I would’ve started crying and squeeing when I opened the box to my very own ARCs; it’s all very, very real.

    I can’t even imagine how you’re going to spread the ten ARCs around. Or maybe you don’t. You can just hoard them all for yourself. It’ll be like the ring in Lord of the Rings. You’ll rub the ARCs and murmur, my precious. But not as creepy, of course.

    Congrats, and how fabulous!!!

  7. seton
    · January 20th, 2009 at 11:23 am · Link

    That’s fantastic! What a momentous occasion!

    Next time, you should shoot the camera from a really low angle so that the pile REALLY looks towering. 😉

  8. Tessa
    · January 20th, 2009 at 11:36 am · Link

    Thanks, everybody! It’s pretty exciting, I must admit.

  9. Antonia Girmacea
    · January 20th, 2009 at 12:21 pm · Link

    Congrats! The books look great and I’m sure you must be very happy. 🙂

  10. Sarah Tormey
    · January 20th, 2009 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Hi Tessa, I’m new to your blog, but will certainly check back often as I really enjoy your posts. Congrats on the ARCs and I’m sure your publisher has plans to the rest of them, including great mailing lists to all those important industry folk. I think you should keep at least two:)

  11. Lady Leigh
    · January 20th, 2009 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Wow, how exciting! What a huge day! Personally- I’m exhausted from the emotion of it all. A new book is just what I need. Say the word and I’ll send my address 😉 (I can’t believe I am the first to shamelessly suggest that.)

  12. Bev
    · January 20th, 2009 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Oh wow, how absolutely wonderful and exciting. The books look great. Today is an exciting day period and my 5 yr old doesn’t have a clue just how monumental it is AND yes, that’s a good thing. (Though I’m trying to drill the importance home).

  13. Santa
    · January 20th, 2009 at 10:26 pm · Link

    It’s like I can just reach out and grab one! I love ARCs – have I ever told you that? There’s something just so wonderfully raw about them. But do you know what I love more than ARCs?

    TALKING about them! Ya know, just in case you were wondering or anything….

    On another note – Kudos to you for sharing this incredible day in our nation’s history with your kids. They may not remember it but it will mean volumes to their own personal histories and the history they carve out in the years to come.

  14. terrio
    · January 21st, 2009 at 8:16 am · Link

    How exciting. And how pretty. I mean, we already knew the covers were pretty, but now we can see that actually BOOK. I can totally see the need for fondling.

    Since we had the day off yesterday due to the giant snow storm of ’09 (which NEVER CAME!!!!), kiddo and I watched the festivities. The speach was awesome and though she didn’t understand all of it, hopefully someday when she does understand, she’ll look back and remember we watched it together.

  15. irisheyes
    · January 21st, 2009 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Tessa, how awesome! I would definitely do some fondling, too! That and sleep with them and eat with them and take them all over the house with me! Or better yet, place them in strategic places in your household so that every room you enter has your gorgeous heroine staring at you! LOL

  16. Maggie Robinson
    · January 21st, 2009 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Lovely! Lock them away for pristine posterity! This is so exciting, Tessa. Congrats again and again!

  17. Tessa
    · January 21st, 2009 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Thanks some more, everyone! Leigh, I think I’m going to have to start a chain-letter approach or something. Read and pass along, LOL. Anyone interested, email me your snail mail addy.

    Sarah, thanks so much for coming by! Your new site is lovely!

    And Santa and Bev – yep, yesterday was a very cool day to be a mom. 🙂

  18. Darcy Burke
    · January 21st, 2009 at 9:12 pm · Link

    They look fabulous!!!! ‘Fess up…did you sleep with them? I can’t wait to buy copies for my romance reader friends!

  19. Janga
    · January 22nd, 2009 at 12:16 am · Link

    What a beautiful sight, Tessa! The only thing better will be when GOTH is actually on bookshelves at B &N, BAM, Borders, Hastings, and, of course, all out local Walmarts ready for us to buy copies and make sure that any remaining copies are prominently displayed. 🙂

  20. Keira Soleore
    · January 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 am · Link

    Glorious ARCs. They look beautiful!!! Congratulations. What a feeling that, to touch, to smell, to see YOUR book.

  21. Evangeline
    · January 26th, 2009 at 7:15 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The covers are so pretty. Mesmerizing even. I have to say that I’m liking the trend (in both HR and HF) of a person or persons on the top of the cover, and a lush scene at the bottom. Congrats!

  22. Manda
    · January 27th, 2009 at 8:54 am · Link

    Yay! Congratulations, Tessa! They are gorgeous! Gorgeous, I tell you!!! Whoohooo!!!!