Even though I had pre-ordered Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Release date: June 23, 2009), when I found out that book stores were selling copies before the release date, I got excited. I've been looking forward to reading this book for quite awhile. So, at first I kept checking my Amazon.com account to see if they were preparing my copy for shipment, everyday. And each time I checked and it still said the expected receive date was June 25th, I would think, "Come on Amazon! Ship it, ship it! Please!"
So, this weekend I decided I would see if I could find it locally. I was determined to get an early copy, it had become my mission. I know, some of you might be thinking, "Donna, it's only a couple of days to wait." But haven't you ever just wanted something so bad, you had to have it as soon as possible?
Yesterday, Saturday, I went to my local Borders to see if they had Mark of the Demon out on the shelves yet. I asked the sales guy about the book, he checked their inventory and said they had eight copies of the book. He went back to the storage room but came back out empty handed. I got a sinking feeling I was about hear something I didn't want to hear. I was right, he told me that the books were in one of six boxes that they had received a couple of days ago and wouldn't be able to find it just yet but I could come back on Monday. Well, several things ran through my mind as he told me this: 1) I could offer to sort their boxes 2) I could throw a fit until he came back with a copy 3) Just smile nicely, thank him for looking and leave quietly. I did the later, Mom ingrained good manners into me just a little too well.
Today, we went out of town for Father's Day brunch and what do you know? There was a Barnes & Noble right across the street from the restaurant. You see, it was my idea to go to Cheddars, because I knew there was a B&N close by, hence my strategic thinking. Since there was a 30 minute wait until we would be seated, I took the opportunity to go over to B&N to look for Mark of the Demon.
They had it!!! The happy dancing commenced with a giddy smile on my face and I was singing "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" in my head (I don't sing out loud, people appreciate this).
I'm so thoroughly happy right now! I final got my hot, little hands on a copy of Mark of the Demon. Mission Accomplished!
My husband asked me if I was going to cancel my pre-order since Amazon hadn't shipped it yet, I told him "Nope. Probably going to give the extra copy away after I finish reading my copy." So stay tuned folks, because I will be having a contest for my extra copy here in the near future. But for now, I'm going off to read my precious.