Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Package Stalker

The title says it all. I, Laura Bradford, am a package stalker.

Or, at least, I was this weekend.

You see, after waiting for what seemed like an eternity (though, in actuality it wasn't long at all), I got word via a fellow writer that January's author copies had been sent off...

A week ago.

While I was away (in St. Thomas).

And to the house I'd been living in for the past few months (yet no longer was).

Ugh.

Once I got word the box had been delivered (and accepted) by the new owner of said former house, I began to stalk. And I mean, stalk.

Unfortunately, as it was Thanksgiving at this point, the acceptee was apparently out of town.

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

How do I know she was out of town? Because there was no sign of life every time I drove by. With "every" time being something like five or six times...

A day.

Until I hit finally hit jackpot yesterday afternoon.

I can't tell you how excited I was to finally have that package in my possession. Wait, actually I can. I was THRILLED!!!

Sure, I've seen my name on books before (both real and pen). And yes, I get excited every time. But this one was different.

Because it's my first-ever romance and it represents a burst of faith I had in myself--faith I grabbed with two hands as I took off in a sprint. KAYLA'S DADDY (Harlequin American, January) is the fruit of that faith in tangible form.

I can't tell you how many times I've looked at that book in the past day. Or how many times I've opened the cover and read the "Dear Reader" and "About the Author" sections. Or even how many times I've thought ahead to the first few readers who pick it up off the shelf in a store somewhere across this country...

It's magical. And it was more than worth the title of psycho stalker.

Really.

So how about you? Have you ever been so excited to see/get something that you couldn't wait for nature to take its course?

Have a great weekend!

~Laura

P.S. A Daddy For Christmas--my first-ever Harlequin on-line read to kick off my first-ever romance novel--debuts December 7th at e.harlequin.com. A new chapter will be posted each day for twenty days (weekends excluded). I hope you check it out!

13 comments:

Lynn said...

YAY! I'm so happy you were able to track down the box.

I wouldn't call that stalking, I'd call it determination. Now if you want to talk about stalking, I could tell you about that time with the guy who said he was going to call but didn't....

Have a great weekend.

Laura Bradford said...

Ooooh, Lynn. Details! C'mon, we're all friends here, right gals?

Lynn said...

Well, it's more pretty embarrassing. I stalked his apartment complex, searched the phone listings, found his number, left probably 100 messages, looked up his ex-wife since he mentioned she worked for the same place I did.... and... I won't go on.

I still wonder why he didn't call. LOL

Laura Bradford said...

Hmmmm. Maybe he was waiting for just one more message.

:)

Marcie said...

I always dance a little bit - okay shuffle my feet - when I get my order from eHarl.

Did the person who had your box - were they planning on contacting you or hold your books hostage?

Laura Bradford said...

Apparently they'd left word with the realtor. It just missed me for a while.

But, wait or not, they sure are puuuurty. :)

Leigh Duncan said...

Laura, congrats on tracking down, er, stalking down, your books. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read KAYLA'S DADDY and A DADDY FOR CHRISTMAS.

Laura Bradford said...

Thanks, Leigh!!!! Hey, I hear the site for the 2010 RWA is FABULOUS! Already looking forward to the Harlequin shindig.

Linda Warren said...

Laura,
Congratulations!!! I can't wait to read Kayla's Daddy.

I'm holding my breath about the 2010 RWA conference. I'm really hoping and praying there will be a Harlequin party. RWA won't be the same without it.

Linda

Linda Henderson said...

I'm glad you got your books. I can't wait to read your new book.

Lois said...

I'm with you about being a package stalker, especially recently. I finally caught up on Harlequin releases from the year that I hadn't been able to get when they came out, so here I am waiting for three separate packages from amazon.com. Two came one day, one only had one book, the other two plus a movie. So, the next day is scheduled to be the bigger one with the rest of the 5/6 books. So I'm watching the USPS site tracking thingy. And it said it was out for delivery at 8ish AM (which of course doesn't mean it's going to be delivered that moment). So, waiting. and waiting. and waiting. And nothing at the site changes.

So, next day, wake up, and the site said that they tried something like 5:34pm and left a little paper and all that. Ah, no. Exactly at that time we were getting a package from UPS, and there was no one else there. So, after a phone call to the post office, in nice yet mad as heck type of way, miraculously they showed up an hour later.

So, moral of the story is, sometimes obsession helps, because well, they lied, plain and simple, and I wanted my books!!! :)

Lois

Laura Bradford said...

Linda W., I hope so, too. I can't imagine RWA running that conference without all the support they get from HQ.

Thanks, Linda H!

Lois, this made me laugh. Obsession is indeed good at times, huh?

Nicole S said...

I'm glad you got your box!

I get excited every time I get books. Especially when I find books I've been looking for at book sales.