It’s that time of year. Anticipation is in the air.

Some of us watch and marvel at the first buds of spring, anticipating the glorious flowers to appear.

purple flower

Others, like my high school son, anxiously await spring break to arrive this Friday.

It’s of course, the time for Easter and Passover.

And for many authors, it’s the time when new books are released. Including mine. I was trying to explain the feeling I have inside, the anxiety surrounding a new release and it’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t in the creative field. But for those of us who are, you get it. It’s unveiling the work of art for the first time, playing your new song in front of a live crowd for the first time, that butterfly inducing, fingernail biting feeling.  And sure, reviews are already appearing, so I’m already getting accustomed to the good – and the not so good – that my newest creation is attracting. All I can hope is that on May 1st, when IN THE MIRROR is officially released,  the good reviews outnumber the bad and that like a bright field of flowers, my words will touch some readers’ hearts.

That makes the anticipation and the work, worth it!

PS: This helps, too. Check out what Kirkus, Foreword, and the US Review of Books have to say about my newest baby, IN THE MIRROR!

Real You: Cover reveal! IN THE MIRROR is coming out May 1st!

Goodreads Book Giveaway In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda Giveaway ends April 30, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win And to celebrate, my publisher is hosting a Goodreads Book Giveaway! Enter to win by clicking the link, or simply hop over to Goodreads and search giveaways! I’d really appreciate it if… Read more »

Real You: Happy New Year book news and woman power

I hope you’re having a great start to 2014! So far, I’ve been enjoying my family, recovering from food poisoning (a pickle, of all things), and trying to get back in the writing saddle. The end of 2013 left me a bit adrift, from the writing standpoint. But, I should have some good news to… Read more »

Real You: Making your dreams come true

Reality check time! Here is the most important notion I’ve learned during the last five years: you are responsible for making your dreams come true. That’s it. The truth. You can wish for help, you can pray for assistance, you can even believe in somebody who says they can make your dream come true. But… Read more »

Real You: Hometown Memories

A friend of mine from my hometown of Upper Arlington, Ohio, asked me last summer if I would write my favorite memory of my time there. Hmmm. I was stumped. It took me until this fall to finally write the piece. Here’s what I came up with. What’s your favorite hometown memory? It’s hard to… Read more »

Real You: Welcome Author Meg Waite Clayton

I’m so excited to welcome my friend, the New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton who is celebrating the publication of her newest novel, The Wednesday Daughters, to my blog.  Below Meg explains the history of her writing career – and her firm belief in the comfort of writing friends. Take it away, Meg:… Read more »

ALL THE DIFFERENCE is National Indie Excellence Winner!

I’m so excited to announce that my second novel, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, is a 2013 National Indie Excellence Award Winner, one of four finalists in the fiction suspense category! As the Indie Excellence press release notes, “Not only has the number of entrants increased, but the excellence has risen to a whole new level. Advances in… Read more »