By: Lena Diaz
April 23rd is my release day, a day I should be happy about, a day when I should be tweeting and facebooking and announcing to everyone who will listen that I have a new book out.
But I’m not.
In fact, I haven’t even announced my new release to my readers who signed up for my newsletter.
Because my new book is called EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. What do you think it’s about? You guessed it - a bomber, a serial bomber. Yes, it’s fantasy, pure fiction, but in light of what happened recently in Boston--terrorists using bombs to kill and maim innocent people--I feel sick about this book coming out at this time.
Is it a good book? I think so. RT thinks so and gave it 4 ½ stars. And my editor thinks it's the best book I've ever written. Do I want my book to succeed? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. Of course I want it to succeed. But right now, on this day, while I’m writing this blog post, I just can’t find any enthusiasm to promote a fictional story where people die at the hands of a bomber.
Maybe tomorrow. Or the day after. But not today.
Instead, I want to pause and thank the first responders who ran towards the bombs instead of away from them. I want to thank and honor all the people who helped the injured in their time of need. And I’d like to thank all the people who continue to support and help the survivors who now face months, and years, of painful therapy and rehabilitation.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, the people of Boston. Stay strong--Boston strong.
~ Lena Diaz