There Is A First Time For Everything

I remember my first day of kindergarten. I recall the mixed feelings of excitement and anticipation that I had waiting for the big day. When the day came, those feelings of excite quickly evaporated. My mother led the way and held my hand as I shook like a leaf. I was so scared. I watched everyone with saucer wide eyes while walking on short stubby legs, stumbling and jogging to keep up. I remember feeling like I had walked into a land of giants as everyone towered over me. By days end, I didn’t want to leave. It was so much fun!

I recall the same feelings when it came time to release my debut novella, Better Than 8 Fantasy. Well I tell ya, I’ve got none of those anxiety…. okay, maybe a smidge. Or more than a smidge, maybe a kernel. Okay so whatever, I’m just saying, I’m excited ya’ll!! Today is launch day!It’s out! It’s available! You can see it. You can talk about. Recommend it to a friend. Shout it from the rooftops. Have the town crier break out his megaphone and announce it to the the whole world. Better Than 8 Fantasy is available today!!

The heroine in the story, Amara Simmons, experienced many firsts in this book. Despite being plagued with self doubt, she pursued what she wanted and she inspired me to do the same.

Wait … (scratching my head), did she inspire me or did I inspire her? Did anybody ever find out if the chicken came before the egg or vice versa? Anyhoo …. you can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Books and Goodreads.

And you can read more about Better Than 8 Fantasy here.

I got one word for you…GIVEAWAY… ok, two words, “BOOK GIVEAWAY.” All weekend long.

You can get your very own copy of my first book, BETTER THAN 8 FANTASY!

Starting today, comment on this blog post about a first that you experienced in your life and you are automatically entered in my awesome MEMORIAL WEEKEND BOOK GIVEAWAY.

Here’s how it works!

  • You can enter as many times as you like but can only win once.
  • I’ll be picking two winners 3 times a day: Saturday, Sunday and Monday! 11am, 2pm, 8pm, all times Pacific. Double your chance to win! I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winners.
  • First draw for winners starts Friday, May 27th at 8pm Pacific.
  • Giveaway ends Monday, May 31st 8pm Pacific
  • Ebook available in PDF, epub or mobi format.
  • Be sure to include your email if you’d like to win!

Thanks, and good luck!

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth Barany
    May 28, 2011 @ 01:37:54

    My first day of fourth grade at a new school was hard; it was only my sixth school in four years. But I do remember liking my teacher and running around to play tag by the end of the day. I loved chasing those boys around the school yard! LOL


  2. T.F.Walsh
    May 28, 2011 @ 03:35:21

    When visited Seattle for the first time last year, I tasted my first snickerdoodle cookie as I lined up for PAX… now I’m hooked, and have managed to get everyone I know in Australia addicted to them… you see most Aussies don’t know about snickerdoodles… Yum yum yum.



  3. Erin Jamison
    May 28, 2011 @ 04:12:43

    It’s official. T.F. Walsh just won the first free copy of Better Than 8 Fantasy. This weekend will be a week a firsts. I encourage you to stop by and share your firsts and increase your chances to win. Stay tuned!!


  4. T.F.Walsh
    May 28, 2011 @ 04:29:12

    Ohh I’m so excited… can’t wait to dive into your story:) PDF works for me as I can transfer that onto my kindle.

    That’s made my weekend:)



  5. Ashley
    May 28, 2011 @ 22:04:44

    Congratulations on your book! How exciting! If I am chosen, I would like it in a pdf format. I remember the first time I tried to play the flute. I was in 5th grade and ready to learn this beautiful instrument. I opened the case and admired the silver shine. I picked up the three pieces and fitted them together, not knowing if I was doing it correctly. Then, I put the mouthpiece up to my lips and blew. No sound came out. I tried and tried again, and still nothing. What did happen, however, was me getting incredibly dizzy. 🙂 Days later, with instruction from our school band teacher, I could produce sounds out of my flute. It was exciting. 🙂


    • Erin Jamison
      May 28, 2011 @ 22:34:38

      Thank you very much Ashley. I played flute for years and graduated to piccolo. They say that playing a flute is the hardest wind instrument to play. I dunno…the oboe looks a whole lot harder than the flute.

      I have great news for you. You are a winner!!

      You have won you very own copy of Better Than 8 Fantasy. I hope you enjoy it. If you like it alot, remember to tell your friends all about it. Tell them Amara wants to know, “If you could pick the size of your lover, would you sign up to”


  6. Patricia Royal
    May 29, 2011 @ 04:14:17

    I played clarinet but I did get to play with oboe reeds and a flute in band. I had an easier time with the oboe.
    And since I’m on the topic of music, I remember the first time I picked up a tube mouth piece. OMG I swear I could fit my head in it! It was huge and to this day I can’t quite figure out how people play that instrument. (Of course I also couldn’t figure out how to purse my lips for a trumpet and that’s ten times smaller.)
    If I’m picked to win I’d like epub please.
    Oh and congrats on the release!


  7. Erin Jamison
    May 29, 2011 @ 04:27:34

    Thank you, thank Patricia. Giggle. Yeah I remember band. I will remember my band teach forever. He was soo funny although I think it was unintentional. Maybe. When we would march around he wanted us to march in chorus line style. Straight and crisp. When we would run through drills, he would call “About Face”. Then he’d come up to you with a grin. Ask you how your day was going. You know have a conversation. Then he’d ask you to turn to your other left. He was comical.

    Thank you so much for sharing your first. You win my friend!! I hope you enjoy the book and tell all your friends about it. Check out my calendar of dates and past interviews. Thanks for stopping by!


  8. jennifer121
    May 30, 2011 @ 23:23:14

    HI Erin! Saw your post on Goodreads – congrats on your new release! My first time I remember the most is…the first time my book got published! I had worked so many years, with so many rejections and I finally got the call. Then it took two whole years for the book to be published. I remember getting the book in the box at my address and staring at my cover for hours. One of the best experiences of my life! Enjoy – your book sounds great.


    • Erin Jamison
      May 30, 2011 @ 23:40:56

      I so know what you mean Jennifer. When I uploaded the book to Amazon, I fell into a ridiculous fit of laughter because I could now call myself an author. I also recall when I got the cover back. That was my name on the cover and it looked professional. I did that and it is pretty cool!!


  9. Karen C
    May 31, 2011 @ 03:52:49

    I remember the first time I had to do a presentation for a group of my peers (all officers in a bank operations department). I’ve never been a very confident person, so I was extremely nervous; I managed to make it to the ladies room before I lost the contents of my tummy!! Never overcame the nervousness, but did finally stop losing the stomach contents ….

    Congratulations on the release of your first bookl!

    kacbooks at hotmail dot com


    • Erin Jamison
      May 31, 2011 @ 13:47:14

      I can sympathize Karen. I had a project management class that I took and I had to present what we thought to be a viable option for the client. I was nervous and I have a habit of putting my hands in my pants to hide my shaking hands. I asked a rhetorical question and was completely thrown off guard when they answered me. I was a little flustered after that.

      BTW, you win!! Congrats on winning your ebook copy of Better Than 8 Fantasy.


  10. Karen C
    May 31, 2011 @ 14:23:26

    Thank you so much!! I’m really looking forward to reading Better Than 8 Fantasy~~


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