Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Release Day! THE SECRET HISTORY Hits the Shelves Today!



It's been five and a half years since I started writing. 

And two and a half years since I typed the first word of what would become THE SECRET HISTORY: A NOVEL OF EMPRESS THEODORA. 

And today it finally goes out into the world

I'm going out with my family tonight to celebrate, and can pretty much guarantee there will soon be goofy pictures posted of me standing next to my book at Barnes & Noble. But today I wanted to say one thing...

THANK YOU. 

To all of you who started reading my blog when I was still writing DAUGHTERS OF THE GODS, (in fact, this blog used to be called Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel), to everyone who cheered me on when things got bleak, and who celebrated all of our successes along the way... 

THANK YOU.

And a special thank you to all my early readers: Renee Yancy, Jade Timms, Amalia Dillin, L.T. Host, Gary Corby, Joshua McCune, and Vicki Tremper. 

And now I'm going to get ready for my big night on the town: dinner, a visit to the bookstore, and, of course, an ice cream cake! (Because no celebration would be complete without an ice cream cake!) 
 

19 comments:

Natalie said...

Huge congratulations, Stephanie! I hope you enjoy your big day! I can't wait to read The Secret History. :)

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Mazel Tov! So exciting. Can't wait to read it!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Natalie--Thanks so much! I was just thinking of you the other day, wondering how your writing was coming along during this summer vacation!

Vicky--And I can't wait to read Anubis Speaks with my daughter!

Kate Quinn said...

Congratulations, Stephanie! Could not be happier to see this gorgeous book released out into the world!

Kristin Rae said...

WOOHOO!!! Congrats, Stephanie!!! You deserve ALL the celebrations!

And what a gorgeous cover!

*throws confetti* *throws ice cream cake*

Amalia T. Dillin said...

SO happy for you!!! I'm shouting about your book to everyone I know who might have the slightest interest!! May The Secret History be the first of many successes!!

Jade said...

YAY!!! I can't wait to hold my very own copy. Super, super excited for you!

Judith Starkston said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it and what an alluring cover. Wow! Hope the ice cream cake was delicious.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Kate--Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from one of my all-time favorite historical authors!

Kristin--No! Don't throw the ice cream cake! (Unless it's being throw into my mouth that is.)

Amalia--You are beyond awesome! (But of course, I've known that for a long time now!)

Jade--Yay! And I never could have done it without you, O Fearless Reader!

Judith--Thanks! The ice cream cake was magnificent! (I might be planning a second piece here shortly...)

Renee said...

I'm celebrating right alongside you, in spirit!

I haven't blogged in almost a year but I'm definitely going to start up again and the first post is going to be all about YOU!

So happy for you, Stephanie. And this is just the first of many successes for you. Hugs.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Renee--You. Are. The. Best. (But I've known that for a long time!)

Heather R said...

Loved it!! I didn't know anything about this amazing woman before but absolutely devoured your book! Can't wait to see what you come out with next!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Heather--You just made my day! Bringing Theodora to life for modern readers was my whole goal!

Donna Hole said...

Beautiful cover; congrats Stephanie.

.......dhole

Vince M. said...

Congrats, Ms. Thornton! And when you get a chance, maybe drop by Pan Historia; there's a congratulatory thread in the Writer's Block reference book for you. ;)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Donna--Thanks so much!

Vince--I'm heading there now! Yahoo!

Gary Corby said...

So I go away for a week, only to discover when I return that there's a new book in the world, and a very good one indeed.

Congratulations, Stephanie.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Gary--Hmm... Does that maybe mean you should go away more often? :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I know I've been in a writing cave, but how did I miss your big day????
Stephanie, I wish you great things from this release and all those to come.
I think no woman in history will escape your notice. ;)