Only Two-ish Months Away

First of all, that title up there? Least imaginative ever. But everything I thought of was way too long (not that that’s ever stopped me before) or self-deprecating to the point of deeply awkward. So I went with bland. It seemed like the eh thing to do.

Second of all, my book (it’s called A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, but Martha gets the title mixed up and calls it A Little Bit of Salt and A Whole Lot of Sugar!) comes out in about nine weeks. I can’t think about it / type it / say it / allude to it without wanting to breathe into a paper bag. I mean, I’ve never actually used a paper bag as a breathing aid before, but I’ve seen it in the movies several times and it looks like it’s super effective. And for the record, my runner-up hypothetical coping mechanism is to lock myself in a room and watch all the seasons of Flipping Out. Or maybe I’d watch Veronica Mars. I guess it would depend on my mood.

I’m spending way too much time focusing on my pretend emotions, aren’t I?

Third of all, some talented people who work for my publisher made me a very sassy book page, and it is now up-and-running right here on the blog. For some reason I like the fact that it’s here and not on some official author site (note: I do not in fact have an official author site, so that might make hosting a book page there sort of tricky). REGARDLESS, even though I’m basically 94 kinds of terrified for anyone to read my book, this blog feels like home to me, so it all seems more comforting and less likely to cause panic attacks if the book page is just kind of hanging out here, dozing when nobody’s looking at it and also hoping that somebody might stop by with a bucket of fried chicken or something.

(I know I’m rambling right now. But you must understand that my mind is pretty much A DEATH TRAP OF FEAR.)

So. Here’s the book page. There’s a place where you can download the first chapter if you’re into that sort of thing (it’s actually the table of contents, the introduction, and the first chapter, but I am giving you way more information than necessary because my nerves are kind of WOUND UP right now). And listen – if you have no interest in downloading the first chapter, I totally understand. A little bit of me goes a long way. Especially when I’m feeling like Judy Grimes.

Anyway, thanks for being so kind and supportive and all-around wonderful. And thanks to Tyndale for making the book page, because if the promotion of this book had been left to me, the marketing campaign would look something like this:

I wrote a book. But you don’t have to buy it. I hope I haven’t bothered you. Would you like some bacon?

The end.

edited to add this P.S. – I forgot to mention that there are some Pinterest-y and Twitter-y things at the bottom of the page…just wanted to point that out since there were some very nice people who went to the trouble of designing that stuff, and I think they did a great job. So grateful for them!

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  1. Chapter 1 is so good! Looking forward to the rest!
    What a gift you have, Sophie.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Oh. My. Sophie, so sweet, and funny and touching. My old memories of my “grands” are flooding back. I cannot wait to read the rest. Please don’t be afraid! Your public awaits, and loves you bunches! Thanks for working so hard!

  3. Stephanie says:

    That was wonderful! Looking forward to your book!

  4. Download–DONE. My excitement level about the book is slightly akin to your fear level. Both likely bordering on unhealthy. Nonetheless I still want to be your roadie for the book tour. Ha! Seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the whole thing!


  5. Merri Jo says:

    I’m not a huge bacon fan, but I sure do love you and your writing! And as for a sneak peek–no, I’ll wait and savor every deliciously sweet, salty and delightful word when it is released. After all, I specifically plan ahead to enjoy listening to the Big Boo Casts anytime I go on a trip! Your humor sets the mood for FUN!

  6. Sugar Bostick says:

    Oh my word, I am so excited about your book! I just read the first chapter and my eyes just filled up with tears reading about Mamaw Davis. I can’t wait to dive into what I know will be a book of belly-laughs and heartfelt stories. 9 weeks and counting!

  7. BookPageSchmoochPage.


    I have already got this sucker on pre-order.

    So. there. ♥♥♥♥♥

  8. Lindsay says:

    Well, one chapter in and I’m already teary eyed. I’ll make sure to have some waterproof mascara on hand when the book comes in.

  9. Michelle says:

    I have to say I read everything on Kindle these days, but your book cover is so pretty, I might buy the hardcover! :). I can’t wait!

  10. For the love, you should have warned me that I’d be crying into my Post Toasties. It is SO good. I cannot wait to read the rest. Congratulations on a job well done. :)

  11. Sophie, I’m not kidding, after reading the first chapter of your book, I’m typing this with tears in my eyes. I cannot wait to devour every chapter. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, because I love your conversational and humorous writing style. I can’t wait to devour every chapter of your book, and rest assured, I will be giving a few copies away to family members and friends.
    I’m betting you have lots more stories to tell than are told in this book, and I hope you’re already planning a sequel! :-)

  12. LOVE love love it! So excited for this book to get out there in the world, Sophie!

  13. That clip is freaking hilarious. And I can sooo see you doing that! I love it! Can’t wait to read the book!

  14. I’m so excited for you! And now having read the first chapter, I’m excited for me to read it. No fair bringing tears to my eyes in 6 pages! ;) It looks wonderful and I’m so glad you had that moment of decision to finally write that book! xoxo

  15. Nancy D says:

    Wow. Your first chapter just unlevied a wash of my own family memories that will have me reminiscing all day. And, craving some fried chicken. Love you and your writing.

  16. Phyllis says:

    Oh Sophie. Do you hear that sound?? It’s me over here clapping like mad, cheering like crazy, and doing cartwheels {well, at least in my mind}. And after I read the sample chapter, the sound of sniffles from a little cry {the good kind, like in Steel Magnolias. “Laughter through tears…}. I loved, LOVED the chapter so much and was sad I couldn’t read more. I felt like I was at Mawmaw Davis’ kitchen table, and in the bedroom of the new house when Pawpaw cried as you and Paige comforted him. My goodness. You have always made me laugh the years I’ve enjoyed your blog ~ howl, many times ~ but how you touch me with your description of family life just goes to show what an AMAZING writer you truly are. A WRITER! Of a BOOK!! Wow!! I could not be more proud of you and soooo excited and happy for you. Congratulations, sweet friend. Great job!! I can’t wait for “the rest of the story”!! {Btw, I LOVE the title, the darling graphics, even the font. It’s all so perfectly you!!}

  17. So excited for you! Downloaded the chapter and can’t wait to read it.

  18. Michele says:

    I just pre-ordered. So excited for you!

  19. Oh it is already so good! I am a southern girl from Georgia and reading the first chapter feels like home. I have already planned to give it to all the women in my family this year for birthdays and Christmas!

  20. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a long time, but have never commented, for some reason, until now. I just had to say, good gravy, that first chapter was wonderful! It made me cry and it made me want to receive your book this instant, instead of waiting several more weeks. Thank you for sharing your incredible writing talent! xoxo

  21. I read the first chapter and it is amazing. I can’t wait to purchase the book. Great job!

  22. I loved the first chapter. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  23. Kari B. says:

    So I found your blog about a month ago and have loved catching up on your archives. I’m in deep nursing a 3 month old at all hours of the night, so between you and Big Mama, I have been thoroughly entertained in those midnight hours :). Anyway, I’ve just read the first chapter of your book and love it! I’ve already laughed and cried and it’s only the first chapter, so I can’t wait to read the rest! I’m from South Carolina, so I totally identify with your stories :). Thanks for sharing your life!

  24. Oh, Sophie. Downloaded the chapter. That was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Just like the other commenters, I laughed and I cried. Cannot WAIT for the rest!! And if you don’t come to Houston for a book-signing, well just be prepared for me to try to find you in Birmingham! Love ya, girl.

  25. teresa stout says:

    I, too, love it! Can hardly wait until it is in my hands. I am a loyal blog reader and have been for many years. You are the highlight of my day! It’s not often that someone can put words together like you do. Glad I’m southern, I can so identify with those precious family stories.

  26. Long time blog reader (and actually met you for one moment a few years ago at a Deeper Still event in Las Vegas)… I just downloaded the first chapter, and it’s FABulous. Can’t wait to get the book and read the rest. There was never any doubt, but you done good! :-)

  27. Sophie, I know we are related! Your family sound so much like mine & reading your first chapter brings back such warm memories. Can’t wait to read the entire book! I know what several people are getting for Christmas. Much success to you.
    (BTW, I’m from MS, too. Go DAWGS!!!!)

  28. Can’t wait to read the whole book!

  29. Janet Bush says:

    You have a beautiful way of writing and I’m sitting at my desk with tears streaming down my face. Way to go Sophie – I look forward to buying and reading your book. I’ve read your blog for years and you always make me laugh – something we all need more of in life. Thank you for touching my heart xxxooo

  30. Oh happy happy day!
    I am all kinds of delighted about your book, Sophie! Thanks for sharing the first chapter … and your precious Mamaw and Papaw. I am looking forward to the other 17 chapters!! You are a treasure!

  31. Pat Futch says:

    Sophie, I read the first chapter, and your words swept over me with such an unexpected familiarity. You are a gifted communicator, and your manner is endearing, funny, poignant, and easy to embrace! I will look forward to reading it ALL and sharing it with friends who would otherwise miss out on a taste of life in the deep south. You are an old soul to be so young!

  32. I have had the book pre-ordered for a while, but not that I have read the first chapter, I can’t wait for the book to get here! You are a very gifted writer, thank you for sharing yourself with us on your blog!

  33. I am soooo excited about your book, Soph!! I want you to know that this has been on my prayer list since I learned you were writing one. I cannot wait to get mine and give copies to all my friends!! God bless you for using your incredible writing talent to glorify Him!

  34. Lindsay says:

    SOPHIE! And I call you that like I know you, and it seems like I’m shouting, but my goodness your book! I’ve been an “anonymous” reader of your blog for a few years and have laughed out loud reading your posts, but have never commented. I have to tell you, I read the first chapter of your book today and had to hold back the tears. You have a gift and I can’t wait to read the rest. Congratulations!!!

  35. Loved the first chapter!! It reminded me so much of my grandparents. Sweet memories! And the Judy Grimes video is hilarious!

  36. HUZZAH!!! I pre-ordered way back with Melanie’s book and I am so glad that it is only 9 weeks away now!

  37. Wow. Chapter 1 was beautiful. Like another commenter said, it definitely stirred up a lot of my own lovely family memories. Can’t wait to read the rest!

  38. Christine says:

    Pre-ordered your lovely little book when I pre-ordered Melanie’s, so now I’m just waiting for it to finish cookin’! And thank you for the Pinterest link…I just pinned it to my book page so that the tens of people (which in my case, is most certainly literal!) who follow it can see that I’m very excited for early June when we can all get our sticky little fingers on it! Happy Spring to you!

  39. Stephanie says:

    Can’t wait to read the rest of the book!

  40. I read the intro but I’m waiting until I have the thing in my hand to read any more. I can’t stand it, but I’m gonna. Can. Not. Wait!

  41. Melissa says:

    Love, love, love the first chapter! (I knew I would.) I can’t wait until June – I already see myself hiding somewhere no one can find me and reading this from beginning to end without stopping.

  42. I just cried. I know your pain and your joy. It’s all rolled into one and it’s tucked away in your soul.
    I love it! 9 weeks is a long time to wait!! I’m ready to read the rest!

  43. Smiles, chuckles and tears! I was ready to turn the page to chapter 2!! Can’t wait for “the rest of the story”
    What a gift you have Lady!!

  44. Brittany says:

    Oh, it’s so, so good! I cannot wait to read the rest of the book!

  45. Jeannie says:

    I just read the first chapter and CANNOT wait to read more! You have a gift!

  46. Just read the first chapter and loved it! My husband asked me NOT to purchase your delightful book. “Just forget that you want BooMama’s book cause I’ve been wanting to buy it for you. It would be the most awesome surprise gift ever.” (His exact quote!) Now I’ve got the impossible task of “forgetting” about your book…

  47. Call me crazy, but I’m not even going to download the chapter. I’m just ordering it. (Tomorrow). (Because it’s getting late and I’m on my iPad and I have no idea how to order it from the pad). Anyway, I hope that’s OK. I kind of want to be surprised. I saw that you had a little section where I could see what “people” are saying about the book. From that little list of “people” raving about it, I gathered that a certain William Shakespeare and Erma Bombeck are also giving it a thumbs up from beyond the grave, so I’m good with that. Congratulations on your sure-to-be-bestseller, and thanks for sharing your wonderful self with us!

  48. So good. I can’t wait to read the rest!

  49. Alliosn says:

    Read the first chapter and loved it! I can’t wait to read the rest especially “Because Nothing Says Welcome like Rifling through a Handbag.” My mama would always talk about a distant cousin who would come over and look in all the cabinets and drawers. My family has lots of crazy stories too. Looking forward to the book’s release!

  50. I am pretty new to your blog. Found you through Big Mama- who I am also pretty new to reading also. ANYWAYS- which is probably like my favorite word because I ramble A LOT and it reminds me to get back on track, which is what I need to be doing right now because there may possibly be a word limit on this comment section- which is why I struggle with twitter- I mean who ever thought a person could say anything worth while in 150 characters or less!- ANYWAYS- I just read your cool new book page. I was reading Ann Voskamp’s comments about your book and I thought it said “This is Jerry SPRINGER in a skirt!” Oh my- let me just say- that would be a scary book- Stephen King would probably be the author. ANYWAYS! I can’t wait to read your book. I’ll be sure to pass the word along. Good luck! Amy

  51. Jennifer says:

    This is so exciting. I’m choosing to imagine you less Judy and more Sue–you know, the character Kristin Wiig did who got so excited about a surprise she’d nearly suffocate herself with her turtleneck. So, so happy for you. :) And, yes, the paper bag will work. A plastic bag, notsomuch, so make sure you get that one right.

  52. Cheryl Stanley says:

    God was preparing you for a time like this… fear makes it all the more precious! You are so true to your voice and heart and that part of you that is hesitant to put “yourself out there” is the same part that draws people to you and makes them think they know you personally. I can imagine the whole blogosphere pulling up to the table for some fried chicken and stories all wanting to be part of the family.

    Thanks for taking the leap! Can’t wait to dive in and read the rest!

  53. Victoria C. says:

    I think listening to your podcast should be a prerequisite to reading your book. Those who read the book but aren’t able to hear it in your voice will truly miss out. I have already crowned it my “beach read” for 2013. Very excited for you, and thanks for sharing this gift of yours with us.

  54. I can’t wait to read the book. The title is sooo cute!

  55. Yahoo! Can’t wait!

  56. Meredith says:

    Loved the first chapter!

    Thanks for sharing your memories!

  57. Unlike the commenters before me, I’m NOT going to read the first chapter now, because I’ll get all ansty about waiting for the rest! Hiyever, I have tweeted and pinned with delight, and pre-ordered months ago. Such excitement!

  58. Sophie, Just read the first chapter. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since you told us a book was on its way. While reading, I smiled, and then got teary-eyed. And sighed at the end. I’m ready for chapter 2. Thank you for putting into words what my heart feels but cannot express eloquently. Niki

  59. Beautifully done, friend. Soooooooooooooo excited to read the rest!! Love you!!!!

  60. Oh my goodness…my goodness! I just finished reading the excerpt of your book and cannot for the life of me imagine how I’m going to wait for the rest. I’m all teary-eyed and touched by the sweetness of your words and your family. God bless you and yours.

  61. Bacon… yes. Book… YES!!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help promote! :)

  62. Amanda D says:

    I’m sitting here bawling and missing my Grandma so much. I deeply regret not going to her funeral (she died just 4 months after my husband did and I just couldn’t do the trip with my 3 and 6 year old daughters) and I wish I had been as interested in learning from her when I had the chance as a teen. Now I’m 31 and I have so many questions for her!
    Your writing is wonderful. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book, but I urge everyone to buy stock in Kleenex because I’m going to be needing a bunch if Chapter 1 is any indication!

  63. Yes, ma’am I most certainly do want to download the first chapter and then wait impatiently for the other chapters to arrive. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!!!!

  64. i can’t wait to read it and someday i hope to meet you in real life. you and melanie are just about the last two bloggers i feel like i know and yet haven’t met. can’t believe melanie wouldn’t come to blissdom and sign her book for us. surely dallas is just right up the road from her house. how big can texas be?

  65. Christy says:

    Oh my, Boomama. Just got around to reading chapter one and I’m crying. Such sweet memories for you. Grandparents are a blessing. This Mississippi girl can’t wait to read the rest of your book. You have such a gift.

  66. To quote another SNL skit, “I love it, I love it, I llllllove it!” Sophie, it’s so good. I can hardly wait to read the whole thing. And I can’t tell you how much I love it that you have an Aunt Choxie. That is just perfect.

  67. Sarah Beth says:

    So so so excited for your book, just read the download and cried my eyes out! I already want to thank you for writing this book!

  68. congrats! I can’t wait to read your book!

  69. Sallie Baker says:

    It’s great! Can’t wait to read the rest of it!

  70. I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See I’m just a bit excited!!!!