What else is there to say?? Holding the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy, otherwise known as an uncorrected proof) in my hands makes this all real. The story and characters I've dreamt about and sweated over are no longer just bits in my mind or files in the computer, but captured in a bound copy for others to read.
I don't know if folks who have umpty-ump books under their belts get the same jolt as I do on receiving their ARCs, but it's a funny feeling. A combination of "wow!" and "last chance!" as this is my last chance to make corrections and teeny changes.
Time to "clear the decks" as much as possible at home and work so I can give it the eyeball. Alas, I was too late to get my Author's Note included in the ARC, but at least it'll make it into the final book itself. And, the ARC has Michael Greer's lovely map of Leadville and drawing of the Silver Queen Saloon!