Happy Birthday to Your Book!

We started this month with my birthday (a shameless self-promotion, I realize, but I can’t help it, I just love my birthday).

Let’s end the week celebrating another birthday of sorts: The day YOUR latest book was released.

If your book came out in the last year, tell us about it and include the Amazon link. (If your book is available on Amazon, it’s eligible.) Congratulations to all the published authors!

P.S. Remember, if you want people to click through, you have to provide a link using HTML. Go to this post if you need the HTML code.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Joselyn Vaughn on September 22, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    >Congrats to all the previous commenters! It's so exciting to have a book out.

    Mine is CEOs Don't Cry. It was published by Avalon Books in April.

  2. Susy Flory on September 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    >Rachelle, I love your blog and I love this idea. Thank you!

    What happens when nine amazing women of history inspire a suburban mom to abandon her couch and dive into real life? Cuba, welding, and jewelry for water, that's what! With a March release, here's my latest book: So Long Status Quo: What I Learned From Women Who Changed the World: http://www.amazon.com/So-Long-Status-Quo-Learned/dp/0834124386

  3. Mary DeMuth on September 21, 2009 at 1:24 PM

  4. Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie on September 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    >How do you get beyond "married" to "intimate, close, soul-mates?"

    That's the question behind the book we birthed this year — THE SOUL MATE MARRIAGE: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF BECOMING ONE.


    The first printing sold out in less than 60 days; God is good!

    Makes a great wedding gift!

  5. Robert Liparulo on September 20, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    >Happy birthday, Rachelle. My babies this last year:

    Gatekeepers (Dec. 2008)
    Deadlock (April 2009)
    Timescape (July 2009)
    Whirlwind (Dec. 2009)

  6. Lynnda - Passionate for the Glory of God on September 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    >Happy Book Birthday to all the aspiring-writers-turned-published-authors!

    You give us hope while we celebrate with you.

    Be blessed!


  7. Terresa on September 19, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    >Birthdays are a beautiful reason to celebrate. I don't have a book out yet but will at some future point. Until then, I'll share a bite of birthday cake with all other published authors. (I feel a dwarf among giants here but all the same, it's a great reason to rejoice!)

  8. Chris Morrow on September 19, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    >A Devious Halloween Scheme is a "long" short story. I usually brood over them, but this one came almost spontaneously. I wrote it in five days a year ago and it was released as a stand alone ebook last Halloween. Because it came so quick and easy, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for it.

    A Devious Halloween Scheme

  9. Jenni Saake (a.k.a. InfertilityMom) on September 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    >Happy birthday, Rachelle! And Happy Book Birthday to many here! 🙂

    author to a book baby "born" 4 1/2 years ago and waiting on God's timing for another birthday celebration 🙂

  10. MJFredrick on September 19, 2009 at 7:39 AM

  11. Michelle LaRowe on September 18, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    >My third book, Working Mom's 411: How to Manage Kids, Career and Home came out Feb 16, 2009.

    I hope the book title sums it up!

    Check it out: Working Mom's 411

  12. Kimberlee Conway Ireton on September 18, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    >My book, The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year, came out last October. Almost a year later, I still feel a little overwhelmed that there's a book out there with my name on the cover! (And it's a beautiful cover. I kiss the feet of the designers at InterVarsity Press who created it. God bless them.)

    Thanks, Rachelle, for giving us a chance to brag about our babies on your blog!

  13. Beth on September 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    >Your timing on this is fantastic. I have a story in an anthology that just came out this week – Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat.

    I primarily write fiction, but this is the second cat anthology in which I've been published. It's thrilling to search for my name on Amazon and come up with legitimate results.

  14. donnarobinson on September 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    >My first book, FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS, was published by Barbour, and debuted in their Heartsong book club in April, 2009.

    I'm not sure how to link to Amazon, but if you go to my website at http://www.DonnaRobinsonBooks.com, then click on the "Books" tab, there is an Amazon link at the bottom of that page that goes directly to my book. And if you buy the book, (and like it!), please write a review at Amazon.

    Donna Robinson

  15. jonyangorg on September 18, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    >It's my debut book's birthday this year, from May 14, 20009. It's a YA novel about a young girl adopted by celebrities. (And her BF is named Rachelle actually)
    Exclusively Chloe

    And on top of that, I recently joined this YA debut group so everyone in the Debs has a birthday this year too (some even have two)!
    2009 Debs

    As always, thanks for the amazing blog Rachelle!

  16. Andrew on September 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    >Rachelle, I have an off-topic question and I don't know where to ask it except here…

    How do agents cope with 'genre burnout'? I mean, I can read a few books about a certain topic and then I'm DONE for awhile. I need to change. How do you guys deal with that professionally?

    I'd love to see a blog on that topic.

    Oh, and for those of you who put up the link to your books, and wonder if anyone actually looked at them?

    I did! And I am impressed! Thanks for doing it.

  17. KD Easley on September 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    >Oh, and thanks Rachelle and Happy Birthday!

  18. kd Easley on September 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    >Where the Dreams End arrived on August the 2nd. Happy Birthday!

    Brocs Harley, a repo man with a degree in criminal justice and a background in grand theft and B&E, has never tried to avoid his black sheep label or his father's ire. His little brother, Drew, was the golden boy. The favorite son, heir to the Harley real estate fortune, and recently engaged, Drew had everything a young man could want. When he's found dead of an apparent suicide, Brocs knows in his gut it has to be murder. When the police come to the same conclusion, Brocs finds he's the number one suspect. It will take all of his skills to stay out of prison, unearth an ugly family secret and discover who murdered his brother and why.

  19. Bert Johnston on September 18, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    >My novel of the 1950s, Parson Campbell's Breakthrough, was published in paperback on July 25, 2009. I haven't come down to earth yet. Maybe by its first anniversary.

  20. Andrew on September 18, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    >Well, if we can say that part of an anthology counts…how about

    "Providing External Confinement to Flexural Members to Improve Ductility—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

    apprearing in

    SP-258CD: Seismic Strengthening of Concrete Buildings Using FRP Composites

    published by the American Concrete Institute.

    It's actually about earthquake engineering, and ways to keep large heavy pieces of concrete from squishing people. Kind of cool, and I'm proud enough of it to include it here!

    (and to give thanks to Gianmario Benzoni, my c-author)

  21. martha ramirez on September 18, 2009 at 9:56 AM


  22. Reesha on September 18, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    >Wow. Congrats all! And happy book birthdays! It's so exciting to hear about books getting published. I am happy for you.

    Happy Birthday Rachelle!

    I only have a WIP, but my Birthday was two days ago. *shrug* Wish I had a book birthday.

  23. Cecelia on September 18, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    >Milk Money
    Milk Money is about Emily Cooper, a single woman trying to run her small family dairy farm alone. She hires Franklin Reese, a bitter alcoholic, to do her bookkeeping. Franklin needs to learn to lean on God instead of the bottle…

  24. Marla Taviano on September 18, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    >My book Expecting (January 2009) is a hardcover devotional/journal that takes the expectant mama through the 40 weeks of pregnancy, praying for her unborn child–body and soul. I'll admit–I'm not a "cute devotional" kind of girl, but this one's pretty cool. I love it when moms-to-be AND grandmas-to-be read and pray through it together.

  25. Jan Dunlap on September 18, 2009 at 7:15 AM

    >Last week saw the release of my second Birder Murder, titled "Murder on Warbler Weekend." It's been a week of "birthday" celebration and marketing, starting with a Book Launch party at a local bookstore, signings at a birding festival and event, setting up a book display at a local diner and lots of emails and phone calls. Thanks for recognizing birthdays, Rachelle! I'm at http://www.jandunlap.com.

  26. Timothy Fish on September 18, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    >I wasn't sure I had one less than a year ago with so much other stuff going on, but For the Love of a Devil came out October 8, 2008. It's the story of a school teacher who refuses to let his wife abandon their marriage.

  27. Tamara Hart Heiner on September 18, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    >Happy birthday to your books! How exciting!

    Kaye, how does it work to have multiple books come out in one year? Do your readers buy all three or do they choose between them? Is it more advantageous or less so?

    My book's in the oven–a year to go!

  28. Christine M on September 18, 2009 at 6:21 AM

    >My YA romance When Mike Kissed Emma came out on August 19th this year.

  29. Karen on September 18, 2009 at 6:01 AM

    >A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts came out one year ago next week!

  30. Book Maven on September 18, 2009 at 5:52 AM

  31. Book Maven on September 18, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    >My book's birthday in the US was 18th August but it had an earlier one, ane a different jacket, in the UK. I hope the html works but it's Troubadour, a YA historical novel published by Bloomsbury on both sides of the Atlantic.

  32. Rissa Watkins on September 18, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    >Well, it is an anthology, but my short story is published in it and my name is on the cover. Hope that counts.
    Elements of the Soul

    What a nice way to celebrate special birthdays this month, yours and writers' babies.

  33. Kaye Dacus on September 18, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    >I had three "birthdays" this year!

    Stand-In Groom (January 2009)
    Menu for Romance (July 2009)
    Ransome's Honor (July 2009)

    Thanks for giving us the chance to do this, Rachelle! And happy (belated) birthday!