by Molly Jo Realy (@MollyJoRealy)

Are You Ready to Visit NOLA?
(Or, How I’m Celebrating the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made in My Life)

This is typically the pre-post point wherein I give you an update on NOLA. You know, something witty, adorably personal, maybe with a touch of Bohemian humor.

Well, I hate to disappoint y’all, but there will be no pre-post update.

Awww, don’t cry! It’s okay. No, really. It is.

Wanna know why?

Well, I’ll tell ya:


How do you like them beignets?

NOLA, by Molly Jo Realy

Isn’t she pretty? I’m so in love with the cover. Like, crazyinlove with it.

Ah, but first. The celebrations.

It was exactly one year ago today I woke up, and I just knew. I knew in the way no one questions the blue sky, or green grass. I knew I had to move to South Carolina.

What started as a five-year plan so became a one-year plan. Then maybe a six-month plan. Then God smiled and said, “Fasten your seat belt, honey. You’re on a race track and there are no stop signs.” Four months later, I unlocked the door to my new home.

That’s Celebration No. 1.

Celebration No. 2, of course, is finishing NOLA.

Like, really finishing it. Not just typing “The End” and going back to fix what wasn’t broken. But hiring the book designer, stop micromanaging the character dialogue, and just letting it simmer. Let a tea kettle on the stove on a hot summer day.

Which, come to think of it, is kinda what today is.

And you know what? That tea kettle is singing for attention. Yup. That’s right. I pulled that baby right off the burner, poured it over some leaves, let it cool, and now we have a nice brewed book ready to be drunk in with all the love a sweet summer tea can offer.

NOLA will be available through Amazon starting Wednesday, June 26.

That is Celebration No. 3.

And a very significant anniversary. It was seven years ago to the date that I started NOLA. What began as an idea for the name of a free-spirited character evolved into a short story until it became apparent a novel was born.

NOLA Research

And now here we are. I’m becoming Josie. I’m living in the South. And my book is a real thing. I just don’t know what to do with all this goodness except drink it in, toss my hair back, and smile.

Yup. It’s time to party.

Oh, did I mention I’m having a Launch Party on Facebook? You can join now if you like: NOLA Facebook Live Launch Party. There will be posts, polls, and lots of fun stuff for the next few days. The Live Event will be Wednesday, June 26 at 9pm EDT. Did I also mention gifts and prizes? I didn’t? Must’ve slipped my mind …

Well, much as I’d love to stay and chat, it’s super late on Thursday night and I need to make sure this gets posted. I also have some beignets to order.

Leave a comment: What are you celebrating this summer?

With a cup full of chicory and heart full of love,
Happy Writing.
~Molly Jo

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Molly Jo is better known as the Bohemian Hurricane. She is the author/curator of The Unemployment Cookbook and several eBooks available on Amazon. Her work-in-progress, NOLA, is a romantic mystery novel set in New Orleans, and the first in her City Series. [Note to Self: Time to change the bio info. #shazam!]

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