We are just blown away. A huge, huge thank you to our wonderful readers! You guys rock!!!
We found out about this yesterday, and we're still recovering from shock. It came in initially at #76, but then it turned out that one book was mistakenly left off the list, so we moved down a slot to #77. So, officially, Twist Me was the 77th bestselling book in all of United States last week—out of all books, ebook AND print. I can hardly believe this as I'm typing the words.
Thank you all so very, very much for spreading the word about the book! I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me that Twist Me seems to have touched so many people. It makes my day when I see your reviews (yes, I read all of those!), your comments on my FB page, your Tweets and shares, your emails and blog comments. I adore each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to let me know how much you enjoyed our books—and most of all, for reading the books in the first place.
I don't know if many of you know this, but Twist Me very nearly didn't get published. I started writing it in March of 2013 and blazed through the first 30% or so, and then I stopped. I couldn't take it anymore. The book was too intense, too dark for me. Like many of you, I hated Julian at the beginning for what he was doing to Nora—and when I wrote the scene with Jake, it was the last straw for me. I couldn't bring myself to write more. I was sure no one would want to read something so messed-up, so I set the book aside in favor of writing Close Remembrance—which many of you were waiting for at that point.
Several months passed. We moved to Florida and started writing full-time. As Close Remembrance was getting close to being done, I got the Twist Me itch again. I re-read the book, and Dima and I sat down and plotted out everything. It took a few more months to finish the book, and I was beyond nervous when I first showed it to my beta readers. It was so different from anything Dima and I had done before. First person present tense narration instead of our customary third person past tense. A romance so dark, I couldn't even label it as such. I was sure every other review would be a one star and many of you would hate it.
To my shock, our beta readers loved it. Then a few bloggers loved it. And when the book came out, it went all the way up to #112 in the Kindle store (#15 in Germany a couple of months later). There were some one-star reviews, of course, but the vast majority of you loved it—and told me so.
So thank you, dear readers! Thank you for making our dream come true. When we took the leap and left our jobs to begin writing, we thought it would take us many years to get to this point—if we got super-lucky, that is. This has exceeding all of our expectations, and we are beyond grateful to each and every single one of you for making this amazing thing happen.
I had posted this on FB earlier in the week, but forgot to put it up here :).
We haven't had one of these for a while, so here we go! Three weeks left until September 30th!