One Last Book Birthday

Today, we’re celebrating Second Nature‘s book birthday.

Sure, if you want to get all technical about it, its actual birthday was last week, but I was too busy forgetting about it to post then, so I’m doing it today instead.

Second Nature is the second book in my fantasy series, The Coileáin Chronicles. It took a long, long time (because of course it did) to figure out how this particular tale was supposed to come together, but thanks to my village of super supportive people, it did finally make it out into the world.

I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped me make this project into a reality, and everyone who has taken the time and made the effort to read this monster novel. You know who you are (I hope), and I love you all.

Possibly Interesting Fun Facts About This Book

—One of my high school BFFs named it back when we were actually in high school because, apparently, he had a much better idea of what this book/series was supposed to be long before I did. (Why is it the author is always the last to know?)

—I went through four red pens and three blue highlighters during the seemingly never-ending editing process.

—This book contains my favorite (thus far) reference to the greatest song ever written…ABBA’s Dancing Queen (If you didn’t know, I write at least one reference to this song into every book I write). You can find it in Chapter Five.

—An early draft of this book contained one of my all-time favorite typos. See if you can spot it…

(Note: she was supposed to make someTHING to eat. Not someone.)

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I am offering up a little bit of swag, for anyone interested. Pictured below are the bookmarks/postcards for my three published (Quick question: How do I have three published novels?) novels.

It’s the kind of thing I would hand out at book events, if I had any on my schedule (which I do not, for multiple reasons). And now they can be yours for the low, low price of…absolutely nothing.

If you’re interested in having a set of these hard-to-find items for your very own, send me an email (mjfifield at gmail) or a DM on the social media site of your choice (you know, provided I have an account on that site, of course) and I will mail them out to you. (US and Canada, only, please. I can’t afford any other international shipping.)

Thanks for stopping by today! I promise this will be the very last book birthday post for 2021…

Stay safe & well, all!

13 Commentsto One Last Book Birthday

  1. Happy Book Birthday!!!

    And how much do I LOVE that typo?! It’s the perfect line for a scary-with-humor children’s book. 🙂

  2. Jemi Fraser says:

    Happy book birthday!
    That’s totally a typo I could miss. Love it!

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      You should have seen my face when I finally found it. I laughed pretty hard but was mortified that it had been like that for so long.

  3. Kate says:

    Happy book birthday! I wouldn’t have the first clue when mine are… Maybe I should remedy that at some point.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I had to look mine up and write them down at the start of the year. Definitely didn’t use it as an excuse to buy a new notebook…

  4. J E Oneil says:

    You’ve been working on this series since high school? Day-um, that’s impressive.

    Personally I’m all for book birthday posts. It makes me think there’s hope for me to do the same one day.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I have, indeed. The overall story experienced multiple incarnations before I finally stumbled onto the right one (toward the end of my college career, FYI), but high school is when it all started.

      There is most definitely hope for you! I look forward to your book birthday posts. <3

  5. Liz A. says:

    I did not know about the “Dancing Queen” thing. Must pay closer attention.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I admit it’s a far more subtle reference in the first book because, sadly, none of those characters know who ABBA is. It’s a very dark and sad world.

  6. Happy book birthday. It makes you feel any better, this year is Being Human 10th birthday and I missed the date, too.

  7. Chrys Fey says:

    Happy (belated) Book Birthday!!

    I love how there’s an ABBA’s Dancing Queen reference in every one of your books and how one of your high school BFFs named Second Nature when you were in HS.

  8. This has certainly been a long labor of love! I enjoyed reading your interesting facts and your typo. That was fun!