Freshly Pressed A Second Time?

By a stroke of luck, the Freshly Pressed Lords smiled upon me last February. My inbox exploded with comments, and my A-cup stats blossomed into voluptuous double Ds.  Of course, deflation soon followed, but my present-day B-cups suit me just fine.

What had I written that was so astounding?

Nothing. The good WordPress Lords fell victim to the same visual deficits I recently experienced during my annual eye dilatation and exam.

See my belladonna pupils? They’re proof that an idiot wasteland does indeed exist.


As elated as I was by WordPress’s hyperopic selection, my evil nemesis, Mr. Nasty Pants, quickly polluted my thoughts. “Damn, Missy. Why couldn’t this have timed with your book’s release?”

Ungrateful, I know. Evil, perhaps. Or at the very least, Veruca Salt-ish.

But I cannot tell a lie. Now that The Seneca Scourge is out, those greedy Freshly-Pressed marketing thoughts have resurfaced. WordPress won’t bite, though. That old “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on WordPress” will keep them in line.


And then it dawned on me. I have been Freshly Pressed again. Not by WordPress, but by you.

Let me explain.

Lots of you bought my book. Many of you already read it. Several of you shot off reviews, comments, and emails.

Some of you even mentioned my book on your sites, either in passing or as a review:

But Wait, There’s More!

You didn’t stop with that sweet sugar alone. Seven of you left, Barnes &, and/or Goodreads reviews. I won’t signal you out in case you’re shy, but readers can click on the sites to see for themselves.

Furthermore, many of you have tweeted in my honor or retweeted my own words. Plus, one of you will post an interview with me soon (I’ll link to the Joy in the Moments post when it’s up; you know my responses will be short and sweet—well, short, anyway…) and another plans a review (but I’ll keep it secret for now in case she changes her mind).

So, you tell me, haven’t I just been Freshly Pressed, after all?

My heartfelt appreciation for the amount of support I continue to receive cannot be put into words. This post merely scratches the surface. My book’s sojourn in the top 20 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Medical Thrillers did not happen in a bubble. Not by a long shot. It was mostly because of you. Please know that I get that, and I will forever be grateful.

All images are from Microsoft Clip Art except the one of my fat pupils and forehead wrinkles.

Note: If someone mentioned my book on his/her site, and I failed to acknowledge the nod above, please let me know. It’s important to me to recognize and remember, because it serves as a wonderful reminder of the village behind my launch.

Update: 9/27/12 2:20 pm

RebeccaV of reading today has just posted a review of The Seneca Scourge on her site. Thank you, Rebecca!!

150 Responses to “Freshly Pressed A Second Time?”

  1. Kavita Joshi

    Congratulations Carrie…one question I would like to ask you – how do you tell that you are freshly pressed?


    • Carrie Rubin

      WordPress notifies you if one of your posts will be Freshly Pressed. When your post is featured, it’s a crazy couple days with lots of site visits and comments. Lots of fun but things tend to return to normal afterward.:)


  2. doncarroll

    good to hear that the book is doing so well on amazon. as soon as the print edition is ready, i’ll be there to snag it up:)


  3. whiteladyinthehood

    That was a very kind and thoughtful post. Your posts are always a pleasure to read.


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you for saying that! But honestly, I was so surprised and humbled by everyone’s support that this was a way for me to express it. My readers have given my book life.


  4. Audrey Kalman

    As always, I’m late to the party, but my review just went live on Amazon: Even with the rapid page turning (or Kindle-clicking), I couldn’t keep up with your other fans, who must have devoured the book in a day or two:-)

    I’m glad you’re getting good buzz–hope it continues and translates into good sales!


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you for your wonderful review, Audrey! I really appreciate and value a review from a writer like you. I suspect it was not your typical reading fare, so I’m honored you took the time to read it.

      Because you are one of the last of the early ‘blogging buddy’ reviewers, I’d be happy to send you a signed paperback version when it comes out in a few weeks. If you’d like to receive one, just email me your address at I promise I won’t put it on any lists. So if you’d like one, just send me an email. If you don’t, you won’t hurt my feelings. Another blogger passed hers onto someone else as she’s trying to limit the number of books in her home, and I completely understand that.

      Thank you again!


  5. 4amWriter

    I’m so happy that things are going well for you. The reviews and the recommendations are amazing! I can’t imagine being able to sit still long enough to write a post with all of these wonderful events surrounding you.

    Do you even have an appetite with all of this excitement? That’s the first thing that’s ruined for me whenever I’m on a huge emotional roller coaster.:)


    • Carrie Rubin

      Hmm, didn’t seem to stop me from consuming a Snickers blizzard the other night…

      But you’re right–it is exciting, even though I’ve apparently jinxed myself as the numbers are trending down. But nothing can pop the bubble of delight I’m living in after receiving such abundant support. It beats a truckload of Snickers blizzards any day!


  6. Diane Henders

    Top 20! Congratulations! :-)

    I’m chafing under my inability to get back to your book. I’m on the road again in another action-packed trip this week, and I can barely keep up with my “must-do” list, let alone my “want-to-do” list.

    Soon… soon… *squirms in anticipation*


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, but I haven’t checked yet today. I’m sure I’ve fallen to my death by now. Perhaps it’s best if I don’t look…

      I always have far more books awaiting me than I can actually get to. I know how busy life gets, believe me. Enjoy your “action-packed trip.” Hopefully it will be less intense than Ayden’s experiences. (Wow–you really did create a multi-dimensional character. I’m still talking about her!)


      • Diane Henders

        Thanks, that makes me feel good! No, so far my trip hasn’t been quite as action-packed as Aydan’s life. I haven’t shot a Glock since Saturday, I’ve only walked the darkened streets carrying a knife once, and this morning I plan to go and whack a wasp’s nest just for fun. Oh, and I’ve driven about 1,000 miles so far. But there’s been lots of cold beer (after the driving was finished), so it’s all good. I lead an interesting life…


        • Carrie Rubin

          “I haven’t shot a Glock since Saturday”—I don’t even know what to say after that great line. You DO lead an interesting life. I’m Dullsville, USA over here.


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