Today—this day, March 4th, 2014—is publication day for me.

The Moon Sisters is out there in the great wide world, ready to be loved or not by Others who will never be the one who loves it best.

It’s scary. It’s exciting. It’s finally here. I’ll put up a Q&A about The Moon Sisters in just a bit–something fun and unusual. And I’ve kicked off a sensory contest about the taste of *hope* on my website (prizes: scented oils, chocolates, check it out). What else?

I could ask you to buy the book – review it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Goodreads, Shelfari – Tweet about it – Facebook about it – blog a review or a quick word of love for it – once – twice – three times – because the first few weeks after a book is published are the most significant when you’re published traditionally – turn it face out if you ever see it in a bookstore – order a few copies if you don’t see it in a bookstore – tell all of your book club friends to consider this story – leave a copy with your hairdresser for his clients to see (this really does work!) – ask me to Skype along with your club if I’m not able to see you in person – send a note to me to tell me you loved the book if you did because I need that fuel – like the reviews you read that resonate with you (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Goodreads, Shelfari) – take out a billboard – fly a plane with one of those giant banners that flits about proclaiming, “This book! This one! Read it! You will love it!”

But what I want most to say today is this:

Thank you.

Thank you for being my community. Thank you for making this the place I can be myself. Thank you for supporting me through the ups and downs that were my reality throughout the creation of this story.

You helped more than you know.

Besides, The Moon Sisters is not the only book fresh on the shelves today. Two other WU contributors have brand new books releasing today as well!

Please share the love with Barbara O’Neal (The All You Can Dream Buffet) and Erika Robuck (Fallen Beauty), and check out all three of our books on our fancy new Book Table page, where you’ll find synopses, reviews and a plethora of buying options too. Give me a little time, and eventually this table will be populated with books by other WU’ers as well and connected to our header. (Full disclosure: our Amazon affiliate code is keyed in, so a little kickback to the blog if you buy through our link. That kickback helps to pay for things like the Book Table plugin and much more.)

Buy books. Love books. Support books.

Read on!



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About Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed in 2006. Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal and BookRiot. Her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, sold to Random House in a two-book deal in 2008, was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books, and was a Target Breakout Book. She's never been published with a lit magazine, but LOST's Carlton Cuse liked her Twitter haiku best and that made her pretty happy.