Thanks to Leah for another chance to drop in.

When my first story sold I was so excited—and completely unaware of how this sudden obsession of mine would translate into my ‘real life’. When the first cover arrived I nearly fell out of chair—GORGEOUS, I think you’ll agree. Only suddenly it was a little more real to the kids that Mom Is Writing Books.

No, they can’t read them. Even when they turn 18 I’ll have issues with my children reading them because…well for the same reason my parents aren’t allowed to read my books. I mean, ick. I do read sanitized sections out of the stories to my daughter, and it’s pretty cool when she laughs in the right spots. (She loves TJ…go figure.)

But she wanted to be able to celebrate the releases along side of me. At first I thought maybe I could get a print copy of each cover and post them on a wall. Kind of a Wall of Fame, just for me. Hello, great idea…until I got my third cover.

Part of the ‘children know I write adult books but…’ Sorry, I can’t put that cover up. Not yet. So in her amazing brilliance, my daughter suggested she could buy me a little token to represent the book. Hubby bought into this big time, and he and my son made me a shelf to display the trinkets. He figured it would last me a couple of years.

Well, I’m excited to say it’s starting to get full already. It’s been a marvelous way for my daughter to take pride in her mom. While we’re on holidays she keeps her eyes peeled for the perfect item to add to the shelf. The latest—she bought a set of tiny dolphins for the second in the merfolk series coming out this summer.

Whether or not she ever reads the books, she’s become a part of the memories involved in their writing and publication.

The latest trinket to be added to the shelf goes on later today, as Book 2 in the Six Pack Ranch releases. Rocky Mountain Haven is about family and trust, all wrapped up in heat and love. Not sure what the token is…but it’s sure to be special.

You can drop by Viv’s place to see what other news is on the horizon.

Leah here: Normally I’d offer to give away a copy of Viv’s book, but I don’t want to distract you from the contest she’s got going…so get your butts on over to her blog and find out just how many ways you can win a variety of prizes she’s got going for this crazy-busy month of releases.

Vivian Arend’s Family Project

4 thoughts on “Vivian Arend’s Family Project

  • April 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Viv, that is SO awesome! I love that your family's so supportive, and how fabulous that you've got such a special way to commemorate your books! Write on 😀

  • April 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    What a lovely idea for your kids to collect and display trinkets about your books!

  • April 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks guys- yeah, I get choked up every time I look at it. And my daughter is SOOOO excited about what she's found for TJ's story, Wolf Tracks, but SHE WON'T TELL ME!!!

    So I'm going to be waiting for October just as anxiously as the readers!

  • April 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Viv, I think that is absolutely wonderful and beautiful. What an amazing family you have!! They all deserve some hugs!!!

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