Release Day!

Posted August 1, 2012 by marnimann in News & Updates / 30 Comments

The day is finally here, my friends. Scars from a Memoir has officially been released on Amazon, Kindle, and Nook! I’m so excited for you all to read the next step of Nicole’s journey.

To kickoff the celebration, I’m giving away an eBook of Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales and Scars from a Memoir to two lucky winners. To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post and the winners will be chosen at random on August 3rd.

There are so many people who helped and supported me throughout this process. Most of them I hug virtually on a daily basis. For the others, I want to share my thanks with you and let my readers know how truly amazing you all are.


From the very first word I typed of Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales to the last sentence of Scars from a Memoir, you’ve never left my side, Mom. You gave me more than just your shoulder, your time, and your advice. You gave me everything I needed. Dad, your smile was my fuel. James Watson, my voice of reasoning, you turned ugly into brilliance, panic into excitement; you supported every step I took. Melissa Roske, once again you made my words sparkle; you encouraged me to find what was buried within and helped me bring it to the surface so my best would be revealed. Matthew Merrick, you treated this novel like family, loving, nourishing, and coddling every page, and that will never be forgotten. Jody Ruth and Jo Hall, lots of X’s for everything you both have done for me. Jesse Freeman, Steven Luna, Tracey Hansen, Gale Martin, and Tess Hardwick, your words wrap around me and squeeze me like a hug. Katherine Sears, Ken Shear, and Heather Ludviksson, thank you for believing in me. And finally, to my team Krista Basham, Dawn Higham, and Greg Simanson, you gave this novel everything it needed—a life, a face, a voice, a clear direction—and I couldn’t have done this without you. A special thanks to the Booktrope Lounge and Laboratory. You all rock my world.

***UPDATE: My dear friend, Jesse Freeman (listed above), chose two numbers at random–9 and 13–which means Mark Matthews and CGRIM are the winners. I’ll be contacting you directly so I can send you the eBooks***

30 responses to “Release Day!

  1. Ashley

    Dearest Nicole,
    How amazingly lucky you are to have Miss Marni telling your story! Heart breaking, terrifying and unimaginable as your path might be, you should feel nothing but honor to have this talented author put pen on paper, just for you.

    Dearest Marni,
    How lucky we, your readers, are that you decided to spill words onto paper! How you so eloquently and emotionally arrange your message is a true gift! I am honored to say that this AUTHOR is my friend! You go girl!!


  2. emdashwood

    Thanks for the reminder! I ordered my copy, and will be getting started at lunch today! I can’t wait!

  3. Gemma Colpritt

    Okay Marni, i am still old school and need the hard copy. I will keep checking for the paperback release.

  4. We’re all so excited for this book to be seen by the world so they can dig it as much as we do. You’ve written a really amazing book and you should be insanely proud.

  5. Sarah


    Congratulations on your second book! I’m looking forward to reading it, and considering how the first one was such a page-turner, I am sure this one will be as well!

    Congratulations again!

  6. Nick Eastman

    Ao excited to start reading!!! I’ve got the next 3 days off, I’m sure I’ll be done by the end of my weekend if it’s half as addictive as memoirs.

    Also, proud to say that I know this author!!!

  7. Linda Koszalka

    Dear Marni,
    Congratulations on your second book. As the other comments state, I can’t wait to read it.
    You are a truly talented girl!
    Wishing you the best of everything,
    PS I prefer the paperback so can’t wait till I can buy it!

  8. Congratulations on release day. It’s like childbirth without the weight gain.

    I followed the breadcrumbs here from and after reading the passage, I was impressed. Damn good stuff. I”m an addict in recovery for 20 years, 18 of those as a therapist/social worker, and also author of the addiction-themed novel: STRAY.

    I’d love a copy of either or both! and i also do frequent book reviews on my blog and crosspost to amazon and goodreads.

  9. W.F.Roby

    Your first book came at a perfect time in my own search for sobriety. I was about two days away from a full-blown relapse. (You know how you can just FEEL it coming?) And your memoir was like seeing a newcomer walk into a 12-step meeting with his ass falling off. It brought me back to that place, that unnameable unknowable place. I know that the further I get from my last use, the closer I get to my next, and books like yours keep me coming back to the reality of WHAT IT WAS LIKE then. Thank you so much for your gift to the world.

  10. EllieAnn

    I can’t wait to read this one! I was so amazed by Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, it’s gritty and disturbing and an amazing look into what addiction can do to someone. I love your writing!

  11. CGrim

    My understanding of the world was changed so much from reading Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales. It took me to dark places my husband’s been, but has never been able to describe to me. I’ve stood by him as he’s struggled through his first year of sobriety from alcohol. He’s been clean from heroin and other illicit drugs for 15 years, so I guess compared to the depths he’d been through with those, alcohol seemed “manageable” too, even though that ended with an 8-year prison term, so I guess it wasn’t so manageable after all. I’m the good girl – have never done any of that. I’ve tried to understand the alcoholism, with some success, but on the rare occasion that he talks about his drug days, usually with a fondness for the feelings it brought (or took away), I’ve never had a way to relate. Until I met Nicole. She took me to darker places than I’d dreamed of. I tried to warn her, help her, hug her, do anything to turn her back to safety but I couldn’t. I could only listen. And as I listened, she took me to that dark, scary place I’ve always wondered about in my husband’s past, without my having to go there. But she showed me that part of his life and now I see the impact it had on the man he is now. Thank you, Nicole. Thank you, Marni, for speaking for all the Nicoles out there. I’m eager to see what happens next. I’m eager to see how Nicole learns to live with herself, restore old relationships, develop new ones. I want to see how she handles the day-to-day stresses of life and hopefully succeed and be able to do something for others. Well, in my life, anyway, she already has. I’m looking forward to more!

  12. Hi Mark – I just sent you an email, but if you happen to check this first: YOU WON! 🙂 Thanks for following the breadcrumbs from Kathleen’s blog. It’s so nice to meet you! STRAY looks like a fantastic read; I’ll be sure to check it out on Amazon.

  13. Ash, your message has brought me to tears. I’m honored and humbled by your lovely words and generosity, and for your eyes as one of my first readers! Your support *hugs* me every day. xoxo

  14. I just sent you an email, but if you happen to check this first: YOU WON! 🙂 Thank you for leaving such an amazing comment. Your words have truly touched me, and they’re ones I’ll never forget. I’m honored that Nicole gave you some understanding and showed you a world that you have always wondered about.

  15. Marni, I am so excited to read your 2nd book! Memoirs was so gripping. I’m sure that Scars will follow suit. After reading Memoirs I was left wondering how Nicole’s life turned out…how she was able to pick up the pieces of her life…how she survived the loss of her brother and the toll her actions took on her family. I’m thrilled that I get to find out!

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