A long long(ish) time ago, in a cyber-land (exactly) like this one, two young(ish) mothers of two came to know one another through their words.
One is me, the other, Aidan Donnelly Rowley of Ivy League Insecurities. She left a comment or two, and I, in my usual eager curiosity to meet new friends, visited her space.
And I was intimidated.
(Aidan, stop laughing.) (It's true. Your writing astounded me and also, you're reeeaaal pretty.)
Later, I would come to find out, through an email, that she had felt "like a rock star had visited" when I left my first comment. (This made me laugh and say WHY?) We simply admired one another's writing (and I could not be more humbled by the fact that a woman with such a writing gift as Aidan's would find my words appealing at all.)
And today, friends, is a very good day. Because today is the day that I have the distinct honor to ask you to say YES to Aidan's debut novel, Life After Yes. That's right, this is release day and I get to tell you about it!
Aidan, this isn't one bit forced...I loved your book. I got lost in your book, and it's a true gift to me to tell my readers to run to the store on this very first day that the book is available and scoop it right up. I love your characters, the broken Quinn and all the rest. This book resonated with me, and will with anyone who has ever felt that nagging confusion after making a big change, a big decision in their lives. So, this book, will resonate with everyone. It speaks to the many layers of the human spirit with raw honesty, while grappling with issues of grief, humility, and love. Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for saying YES to your dream, you are a true inspiration to me. I really mean that.
Aidan was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of Life After Yes, and I promptly devoured it. Honestly, it's been a long time since that's happened. If a novel does not completely grab my attention in the first pages, I don't finish it. This did not happen with this book. Not even close. And now I'm going to give it away! (No worries, I will promptly purchase more than one copy for myself and friends.)
To win Aidan's book, all you have to do is leave me a comment. No commitment, no hoops to jump through, just a comment. I will choose a winner this coming Friday the 21st at 5pm through random.org. Easy peasy. (United States only, please.)
This post is part of the final installment of Five for Ten at Momalom.
And lastly, once you get your copy of Life After Yes, please join us for a discussion among friends at the Motherese book club! If you don't know Aidan already, you want to, believe me. And then together, when this book hits the big time and everyone has heard of it, we'll get to say, I know her!