First of all news, news, news! THE BOOK SHELF in Tryon, North Carolina will be stocking HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY. Many thanks to Penny for having faith in an Indy author!
PARK ROAD BOOKS in Charlotte, NC is now stocking JORDAN’S WAR – 1861. The folks there are always wonderful! I also saw Yola (the store dog) for the first time today. What a cutie!
JORDAN’S WAR – 1861 is now available online at Barnes and Noble both as a paperback and a Nook book. It will also be available on Smashwords and iBooks soon. I have to go through another painful round of formatting.
JORDAN’S WAR – 1862 AND HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY are also available at Barnes and Noble online as well in paperback and will be available as Nook books around December 16th, Smashwords and iBooks around the first of the new year.
The HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY book giveaways at Goodreads and Booklikes have ended. Congrats to Micah, Marissa, Jessica, Alisia, Arlena, and T.A. Your books are on their way. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your reviews!
Now, onto to other stuff . . .
I’m still editing JORDAN’S WAR – 1863 and since I left my proof copy at my office (30 minutes away) I won’t be working on it over the weekend. It’s probably for the best because I really, really, really need to clean my house.
I also contacted an old colleague who happens to have a photography studio regarding some author photos. Time to make a press kit. I probably should have done this months ago, but as I’ve said in earlier posts, I’m not photogenic.
Lizzy’s softball season is officially over. Jennifer and I took her to Myrtle Beach last weekend for the final tournament. She did great. She played solid defense and turned a beautiful double play at 2nd base on Sunday. She also hit a home run and a grand slam. She would have had two home runs if one of the games hadn’t been played on a men’s slow pitch field with a 300ft outfield fence, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. The team went undefeated the entire weekend and only allowed three runs in six games (I think).
Lizzy got hit three times, twice by a pitch and once when she was running from second to third. She said she tried to jump over the ball, but I didn’t see her jump. The out didn’t matter much because we were way ahead. She does have a few bruises, but the coach give them money for each time they turn into an inside pitch and gets hit. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but some girls do get into college softball by being able to take a hit.
Lizzy also got a job at the local batting cages. She starts tonight and she is a little bummed because tonight is the Independence / Butler rematch at Memorial Stadium uptown. Butler beat Independence two weeks ago, putting us 4th in the conference. Hopefully tonight will go our way. GO INDY! Look at me, typing “us” and “our” like I’m still in school. Pathetic!
Tonight Jimmy is wearing what looks to me like a yellow uni-tard (I don’t think that’s even a word) to the game. I’ll post a picture if I can get one. He tried it on last night and looked completely ridiculous. He borrowed it from a male classmate. I didn’t want details.
Jimmy’s grades suck. His attitude towards school sucks even worse, so I’ve told him he’s not playing lacrosse this spring. He’s mad, but heck there are consequences to being a slack ass. I gotta be honest, it’s weird having a kid that doesn’t play a team sport. Not bad, just different. I feel terrible about punishing him this way, but he’s got to learn that school is his priority. After tonight, he’s going to be spending a lot of time around the house.
Jennifer is coming home for Thanksgiving on Tuesday and Joey is coming home on Wednesday. I can’t remember the last time the family was together. I’m thinking the beach, but I could be wrong. It’s been awhile. It’s going to be nice having everyone home. Lizzy is going to have to clean all of her crap out of Jennifer and Joey’s bedroom. She is the only one still on the main floor of the house and she’s kind of living in all three bedrooms.
Whelp, I’d better get moving. Lots of stuff to do. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Two down, one to go. JORDAN’S WAR – 1862 is now available in paperback at Amazon.com and soon at other online bookstores including Barnes and Noble. I’m pretty excited about the new cover. The old e-book cover didn’t translate to print very well, so I had to redo it. Lizzy helped.
I also have two FIVE STAR reviews for JORDAN’S WAR. It’s not as many as other books have, but since mine have only been out for a few months and I’m the primary publicist, I’m okay with it.
Also, in addition to the book giveaways on Goodreads (see link to Goodreads on the right =>), I’m also giving away 2 copies of JORDAN’S WAR – 1861 on my Facebook page. You can click LIKE and automatically be entered.
I’m still in the final proofing stages of JORDAN WAR – 1863 and should be done by the end of this month. Then it will be on to STEALING HOME, which I hope to have done by the end of this year. It needs quite a bit of work . . . and a cover. That will be four books published this year. Not too shabby.
Frances Robertson Howard – I came across this name while doing some research for another project. She lived in my hometown and according to the Register of Deaths, she died in August 16, 1916 of a broken neck. Her story is sad. A nurse who was loved by everyone, her husband Dr. Oliver Arnold Howard was convicted of killing her because she believed that women had the right to vote. That’s what the newspaper said, although today she would be considered an abused spouse. It’s sad. This woman died for a cause that many women don’t even bother with anymore. We take too much for granted and I need to know more about her.
Tomorrow Lizzy, Jennifer, and I will be driving to Myrtle Beach for a girls weekend / softball tournament. We did this two years ago and had a blast. However, two years ago we went earlier in the year when the temperatures weren’t at record lows. If I had “long johns”, I’d definitely pack them. It should be fun.
Hubby gets the weekend off, but he’ll also have to do his own laundry. I’m not sure what Jimmy has planned and I haven’t seen Joey since the grocery store run.
I’m currently reading GRAIN BRAIN by David Permutter, MD. It’s scary since all of our lives we’ve been taught to eat high carbs and low fat. The part where he says sugar is like tiny shards of glass ripping the pancreas really freaked me out. GLUTEN – who knew it was so bad for us. Today, I haven’t had bread or any wheat products. I’m too scared. Yeah, I’m starving, but scared.
Well, I’d better run. I have things to do before we leave tomorrow, mostly, printing out directions. I have navigation on my phone, but I require paper backup. Yep, I’m old-school that way.
Look! JORDAN’S WAR Print Editions! Well, these are just the proof copies, but I think they’re stunning. JORDAN’S WAR – 1861 will be available in paperback early next week.
I’m still proofing JORDAN’S WAR – 1862 and I hope to be finished by the end of next week. 2013 certainly has been an exciting year for me. It’s been years since I actually read Jordan’s Story and when I read it now, it feels like someone else wrote it. A few parts made me tear up a bit. Is that strange?
As for the title of this post, I try to catch up on some of my favorite blogs as often as I can, but lately when I visit some of them I see there hasn’t been an update . . . in a loooooonnnnggggg time (ahem . . . Terri, Lara, and especially Colin). I suppose everything has a shelf life, but heck, I look forward to reading author blogs and I certainly enjoy keeping my own blog. I’ll admit, sometimes life gets a bit hectic and I don’t blog as much as I’d like. While I also enjoy Facebook and Twitter for snippets, there’s something about reading what others authors are doing with their work that fascinates me and I need it in more than 140 characters.
Hubby and I went out to dinner last night to a small local grill and I don’t think I’ll be going back. The food wasn’t that great and the service seemed a bit rushed. I’m not one to plant myself at a restaurant table for hours, but can I finish my damned drink before you start rushing me??
Then we drove to another watering hole where we were just going to have a couple of beers and go home. The band was warming up and the singer had a really good voice. Well, we made some new friends at the bar and then some old friends joined us and yada yada yada, we didn’t get home until almost midnight. Hubby’s not feeling the greatest this morning, but I wisely stopped drinking around 10 pm. I just kept the half-empty beer bottle in front of me so the on-the-ball bartender wouldn’t keep giving me fresh ones. She was certainly efficient.
Lizzy had softball practice at 9 am this morning and although she’s perfectly capable of driving herself, it is also social time for hubby so he drove her there. He looked rough when I sent them off with their freshly brewed coffee. Jennifer volunteered to work this weekend, so she left about forty-five minutes later. I made her coffee too. Jimmy is still asleep and since all the coffee is gone, it’s a good thing he doesn’t drink it.
I saw Joey yesterday after I picked Jennifer up at school. We met at the grocery store so I could buy my poor, starving boy some food. Well, he’s not really starving, he’s just been eating out every meal and costing us a fortune. He also took his sister’s card so he could eat on campus this weekend. She can’t possibly use all the meals remaining on her meal plan, so he volunteered to help her out. The meals don’t roll over to the next semester and heck, we paid for them. I told them to work out a plan so they can both eat in the dining hall and use them up.
It’s getting colder and colder here. I don’t mind the cold, much, but I hate when the skies are gray day after day. Today is sunny so I’m good. I got most of the laundry yesterday, so today will be kind of lazy. I’ll probably clean a little, possibly get a manicure, proof JORDAN’S WAR some, and take a long afternoon nap. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Last week I saw that I had 8 days of paid vacation to take before the end of the year or else I’d lose it. I counted 8 more Friday’s in the year, so I’m taking every Friday off until the end of the year. Hello three-day weekends!
I went to bed early last night with a massive migraine and Lizzy packed lunches and set the coffee pot for me. I love that girl. This morning I scrubbed my shower, washed the sheets and blankets on my bed, and a load of towels.
This afternoon Jennifer, Lizzy, and I got a much need haircut. My hair is way past my shoulders and had more than a few dead ends, which are all gone now. I hadn’t had my hair cut since last February. After the appointment I came home and the girls went to dinner with their grandma.
I have to clean this house this weekend. Well, me and the two remaining helpful children who live here. I haven’t heard from my oldest son so I guess he doesn’t need money. I did see his Jeep parked at the frat house when I picked Jennifer up so I guess I could have stopped by. How embarrassing would that be? :)
I got another package ready to send out to a book reviewer for HODB and I’m halfway through the copy edits for JW-1861. I plan to have those completed by Monday. I’m also working on JW-1862 paperback. This process is getting easier the more I get into it. Except for the covers. The covers are always a challenge.
Well, it’s getting a bit late and I have lots of reading to do. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend.
Look! My books! On the shelf! IN THE BOOKSTORE!!! It is an awesome feeling.
I received a 5-star review for JW -1861 on Goodreads and a 5-star review on Amazon. Hopefully more will trickle on over the next few weeks. I also mailed a couple of review copy requests for HODB to review sites. It’s slow going but it’s still moving forward, not backwards so that’s good news. I’ll be working on copy edits for JW -1861 for the rest of the week. It is coming along nicely and it should go live by the end of the month.
Don’t forget, you still have time to enter the HODB book giveaway on my Facebook page and on Goodreads. They both end November 20th.
On a side note, the cover for Allegiant by V. Roth is beautiful, but I guess early reader reviews on Amazon of the book aren’t so great. I shouldn’t have read them because many were so pissed they didn’t even bother with the usual SPOILER ALERT warning. I should have stopped reading them, but I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the site.
Anyway, Lizzy has to read it first and then some of her friends, so I guess it will be a few weeks before I get to read it, maybe longer because they all have midterms to study for.
I’d like to say I’m tired of the hot, sticky summer days and am ready for cooler temps, BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY HOT, STICKY SUMMER DAYS this year. I can’t even recall one day over 100 degrees. I feel so cheated. :) I drove back home to WV last weekend and missed the fall color by about three weeks. The weather was nice, cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Mom is doing well and even went out to breakfast with me. Baby steps.
Jeff is gone to Kansas this week so it’s been pretty quiet. I fell asleep and completely missed Sons of Anarchy last night. Thank heavens for the DVR and a night with no planned activities, except a few loads of laundry. Guess what I have planned. I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
If you haven’t already, please like my Facebook Page. I’m giving away two copies of HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY just for clicking. I’ll put all the names in a hat (ball cap) and have one of the kids draw on November 20th.
HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY is now stocked in Park Road Books in Charlotte. Hopefully more bookstores will add it soon, but Park Road Books is the first! The folks there are lovely so if you get a chance, please stop by and peruse their store. I also purchased two books while I was there – ALLIGIANT by Veronica Roth and MICHEAL VEY 3- BATTLE OF THE AMPERE by Richard Paul Evans. Oh darn, I guess I’ll have to drive back there on October 22nd when ALLIGIANT is released.
I also received the proof copy of JORDAN’S WAR – 1861, so the rest of the week will be reading through it and then it’s back to the rewrite of STEALING HOME.
Today was a sick/mental health day home from work. I’m developing a sinus infection and my head felt like it was about to explode when the alarm went off this morning. I’ve began the antibiotics and am using the neti pot, so hopefully it won’t get any worse. I am going back to the mountains this weekend, so I can’t be sick.
In other news, Lizzy is done with volleyball for the year. They lost their 2nd round conference game to a team of giants, but they held the score close so they have nothing to feel bad about. Jennifer surprised me last night. She came to Lizzy’s game with a friend’s mom. It was really good to see her. I did hear from Joey. He needs $74.00 for something or other.
Jimmy has been sleeping A LOT lately. I threatened him with a piss test if he didn’t stop. I think he’s gotten into the habit of taking a nap after school and he keeps sleeping longer and longer. It came to a head last week when he didn’t want to go to lacrosse practice. I told him just to quit then, knowing darn well he wouldn’t. I feel bad when he misses practice. His new coach drives about an hour each way to practice with the boys. I know he gets paid, but it’s not a lot and I think Jimmy is being disrespectful to the coach when he misses. He’s done better this week, but tomorrow night’s practice will be the big test. He’s also been burning up the phone talking to some girl. Great.
I had email words with a teacher who was showing the Daily Show in class, portraying it as news. Of course, he’s been taking it out on Jimmy ever since. I’ve nicknamed him “The Great Indoctrinator.” Of course there is nothing I can do about it, and in hindsight, I should have just kept my thoughts to myself, but sometimes we have to say something when there is something going on that we don’t agree with. Political satire on a Comedy Channel should NOT be shown as news. These types of lesson plans coupled with NC Common Core implementation makes me glad my kids are almost out of public school. It’s a disgrace.
I have a question. My family, those of us who still live in the house anyway, have a bad habit of texting or calling when we need something instead of getting up, walking to where the person is we need to speak with, and having an actual face-to-face conversation. Is that normal behavior these days, or are we just being lazy? Something to think about . . .
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Since, I’ve published my books, many people I’ve known for years had no idea that I wrote. And . . . that my books are actually pretty good. It’s a pleasant surprise. They ask me where I find the time while raising four kids and working pretty much full-time. My motto – always put family first.
I’ve been writing since July 2000. In 2004, I got my first paying gig, writing serial fiction for KIC (which folded about a year later), which produced some pretty good work. I made okay money there, it got me used to writing on a deadline, and I got a little experience with marketing. It took off from there. I’ve written 8 novels since 2000, if I count the one that will probably never see the light of day anytime soon. It wasn’t terrible. In fact, it got me a literary agent, but no sale. The problem, as I see it, is I don’t write main-stream books. I’ve never been one to write to a particular market or even stick to one genre. If the story hits me, I write it.
I write when I can. It’s gotten easier as the kids have gotten older, but when they were little, I squeeze out a few words at ball practice, a few more after they went to bed, and anytime I had a few free minutes. I’m sure (although few would admit it) other parents around thought I was rude and stuck up because I’d sit under the nearest shade tree by myself with a notebook and write instead of socialize.
Now, I primarily write longhand during my lunch hour at work and type it out in the evening. It’s slow, but it works for me. I can’t remember the last time I went to lunch with anyone from the office.
Sometimes (like now) I have to stop working on a new project to rewrite an old one. I try to stick to a “finish by” date but I have a life, so it doesn’t always turn out the way I want it to. In my current re-write, one of my main characters needs a bit more angst. He’s going through some bad stuff so I have to make him suffer more. Oh darn. :)
This coming week it will be all about the paperback release of HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY. There is an indy bookstore in town that will sell my books on consignment, I have to send out about 4 copies for reviews and I plan to have 3 book a give-away on Goodreads. This is in addition to the rewrite.
On the home front, Jennifer is home for fall break but had to go to work this morning. Lizzy is currently at the school taking her SAT, and Jimmy is outside doing something. I haven’t heard from Joey and hubby is downstairs watching golf.
All in all, it’s another beautiful day in the south. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
. . . give the establishment the middle finger and make your own damned decisions. For years I listened to agents and publishers who although liked JORDAN’S WAR, they wouldn’t take it on because they said a boy-centered Civil War Historical wouldn’t sell. Since 2004 (I think) this story sat on an external hard drive. It just sat there . . . for years . . . just because I believed the establishment.
Well, it pleases me to say that my sales are pretty darned solid even though it’s only an e-book right now and the only marketing it’s gotten is from my personal and author Facebook pages, some tweets on Twitter, and of course, all my lovely FB friends who shared my Amazon page with their friends. Sure I’m not on the best seller list (never plan to be) or even the mid-tier list at this point, but it is making money. I’m still considering moving it into paperback, but it won’t be anytime real soon.
I have evolving technology to thank for all of it.
I have another novel, a boy-centered historical set in the Civil Rights-era that my lovely beta-reader is finishing up now. At least I hope she is. That’s my next project for both print and e-book. This story is solid and relevant and again, most agents and publishers I contacted said they loved it, but it wouldn’t sell. STEALING HOME will be coming out before the end of the year. Here’s the blurb:
Set in 1972, Ricky Lewis is a white eighteen-year-old high school senior coping with his father’s terminal illness. Truman Parker is a young black child growing up in the shadow of his mother’s delusion that his father, James–a civil rights leader who was murdered by the Klan the year Truman was born–is still alive. By chance, Ricky and Truman cross paths and become unwitting pioneers for integration through the simple sport of little league baseball.
But Ricky’s father is a retired police officer who knows more about the unsolved murder of James Parker than he should. His deathbed confession details a desperate act to keep a promise to Ricky’s dead mother by accepting a substantial bribe to hide evidence in the case of Truman’s father. With this bribe, he is able to finance Ricky’s education, thus keeping him ineligible for the military draft into the Vietnam conflict. This bombshell rocks the very foundation of integrity and honor in which Ricky was raised and if he tells the truth, he’ll destroy his father’s memory. If he doesn’t, a killer will go free. This horrible revelation forever binds Ricky to Truman and together they learn that family is not about birthright and skin color, but about love, forgiveness and letting go of the past.
Leave a comment here or on my Facebook page and let me know what you think!
On a personal note, it’s been a quiet weekend and I actually had the whole house to myself last night. Hubby and Lizzy are in Raleigh at a softball tournament, Jennifer drove to Chapel Hill to visit a friend for a few days, I haven’t heard from Joey, and I just picked Jimmy up from a friend’s house after their sleepover.
I spent most of the weekend finishing up the last of the copy edits for the paperback edition of HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY and a ga-zillion loads of laundry. Jimmy vacuumed the upstairs and I didn’t even have to yell at him.
Poor little Lilly (my kitty) fell off of the elliptical and crashed pretty hard. Now I know that cats don’t always land on their feet. But a little TLC from me and her sister, Sprout, and she was good as new. I love those girls!
Today is more of the same – finishing up the last of the laundry, picking up grandma from the airport and later, driving the girl back to the dorm after she brings her car home. I hope every has a wonderful rest of the day.
I received my last print copy to review today in the mail. It’s getting closer and closer to release date for HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY print edition. I made some changes. The cream pages look loads better than the white pages, I updated the acknowledgements added an “About the Author” page in the back. I’m thinking my birthday, which is October 1st. That’s a realistic date.
I stopped writing 7 Pillars today and went through the first two chapters, underlining every “I” I saw. Writing in first person is new for me and even though it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I can still rewrite some of it to decrease the number.
I also finished uploading my books onto Goodreads and finished my Author Facebook page. If you get a chance, scroll down on the right and click LIKE.
The kitties chewed up hubby phone charger so they’re in kitty prison, so to speak. They chewed mine up a while ago. It’s a good thing they’re cute.
I talked to my mom for awhile today. She’s doing well as possible since my sister died. She’s getting out a little more and seems a little happier on the phone than in the past. She still tears up a bit, but that’s okay. It’ll take time.
I won’t get into politics today, but let me say bravo Senator Ted Cruz! God bless that man . . . as well as Senator Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul. Hopefully, Senator Richard Burr will learn something about standing up for voters and quit riding RHINO coattails. I’m disgusted with both parties and fully believe it’s time for a third party. Okay, maybe I’ll say just a little bit. :)
Well, I better get to reading. This book ain’t going to proof itself!