Well, this was unexpected! The Search For Sam came out Tuesday as planned and I had an awesome party! It was well attended, people engaged my posts, and my friends had fun too. I figured with my mindblowing number of preorders and that party, it couldn’t get any better.
I was wrong.
Wednesday I checked my stats and discovered that I had made it into the top 100 in one of my categories! My rank crept steadily up until Thursday morning when it peaked at #60, far higher than I ever hoped as a new author.
I posted immediately in my planning group and all the ladies, some of whom are bestselling authors, congratulated me on it! It’s small potatoes compared to them but they were so kind about it. I’m so glad I met them all.
I got another unexpected surprise today at work when I opened my locker after surgery (hence the extra post).
A tiny cake! It’s actually a huge cupcake but the fact that they are proud enough of me to celebrate my accomplishment means a lot to me.
I am so lucky that my family, friends, and work are all so supportive of my writing. When I was growing up, some members of my family said I would never be successful doing it, so I chose not to pursue my English major. While I regret it, I do love my job and I never would have met these wonderful people otherwise.
I’ve got a plan of action for my Christmas novel’s release so I hope I’ll go even higher next time!
If you’ve been reading the pieces of Absence of Intellect that I’ve been posting on Wednesdays, I hope you’re enjoying the story! I’ve had an idea about it and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy that as well.
Once Absence is completed, I’m going to re-edit it and put it up on Amazon and in KU. It’ll be e-book only and permafree, so if you missed a chapter or just want to read the whole thing from the beginning, you’ll be able to own it and read it at your leisure. It’s going to be novella length, probably around 30-32K, and hopefully it’ll spark interest in my other books.
So far I’ve written 15 chapters and have 3 more to write, so it’ll be a couple of months before any of this happens but I’ll put all the news here so you’ll be the first to know when it does. I’ll likely release it around Christmas with no preorder, so no pesky waiting!
I hope you’ll keep reading the chapters of Absence as they’re posted, and give me your feedback on them. I’m looking forward to doing this and possibly started a new story after this one is concluded. I’ve got a bit of an idea sort of rolling around in my head that seems like it could be a good novella.
There’s always the possibility that I’ll get impatient and start updating twice a week or something like that, but we’ll see where this goes. Writing is a wild ride and sometimes all you can do is hold on and hope the brakes work.
Every now and again I need something to take my mind off a novel. As I’m sure any writer will tell you, the blank page can be terrifying. So can the prospect of editing, and if I was going to get anything done at all, I decided I needed to take a tiny break.
Enter The Absence of Intellect.
A while back I was doing the Yeah Write challenges, and while they weren’t chronological, there was a cohesive story to them. I’m going to do something similar here, only with an actual structure. I don’t know that I’ll ever make it into a book, but it’ll be something I can do to relax and hopefully you’ll like it as well.
I plan on releasing a new chapter/bit every Thursday, starting next week. It’s going to be a love story, of course, and SFW (though probably not a sweet romance). I’ll collect the chapters on a separate page as I post them so you can read the whole thing at once, if you like, and I may post it on Wattpad too.
That’s all the news I have for you today!
I was interviewed by Gabi Grace about Drowned History for her blog! Head over there and read it to hear about how my husband and I got back together after 14 years apart, and the most romantic thing that was ever done for me.
Not gonna lie, it’s pretty sweet. My husband is a total keeper. He even does silly Snapchats with me.
Drowned History is only $1.99 for Kindle, $8.99 in paperback, or FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Get your copy today here.
What’s that? You want proof of the silly snaps? All right, but don’t tell him I showed you.
I swear, the worst feeling in the world is that I’ve wasted my day off. The other day at work was crazy, and I was looking forward to having the day off the next day. I planned to go to the gym and do my swim-spin-run combo, finish the outline for my winter project, and maybe start working on the second draft of my current project. Oh, and watch Donnie Darko, which was just put on Netflix and which I haven’t seen in almost 10 years.
Unfortunately, my brain had a different plan for me.
I’ve dealt with migraine headaches since I was 5 years old and was actually hospitalized because they were so severe the docs thought I had a brain tumor. Turns out it was just migraines! They were much worse when I was younger, to the point where I used to have to carry an Imitrex injectable with me to class because I couldn’t commute back home if I had a migraine. Oh, then there was the time my ex-husband and the choir director had to carry me back to the bus in Mexico because I had one so bad I was getting shutter vision! Good times.
So when I woke up at 3:30 this morning with a migraine bad enough for me to feel nauseous, I knew the day had gone sideways. It was one of those migraines where every time your head throbs it feels like an ice pick stabbing through your skull, and I resigned myself to taking one of my Fiorinal and laying down on an ice pack. Then I tried to go back to sleep in the vain hope I could get up and run. That was a big old “nope” because my head hurt so badly that I couldn’t sleep. The bottle says 1 to 2 capsules of Fiorinal so I took a second one and got a fresh ice pack about an hour later. Luckily, my freezer is filled with ice packs for just such an occasion.
Finally, around 8:00 I was able to concentrate enough to be bored by Twitter but my headache still wouldn’t let me write. I did the rational thing and downloaded a crossword puzzle app on my phone and proceeded to blow through a number of easy puzzles. It was enjoyable, and another round of medication, a meal, eleven hours and a forbidden Dr. Pepper later, the headache was starting to fade. I did another crossword and sat down to work on my outline, certain that if I was able to finish it my day off wouldn’t be completely wasted…only to find that I’d already finished it and don’t remember anything about it.
Thanks a lot, brain.
I love sharing good news, so working on projects I can’t yet go into detail about drives me crazy. I love my current project so much that I want to tell you all about it, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear about it. What I can tell you is that next month you’ll be able to get a free book as a part of it! You get get it even sooner by subscribing to my mailing list, and read the story before anyone else. My mailing list will only go out about once a month, and you’ll get previews of my books and be the first to know about new projects in the works. Sign up here!
Next month I’ll get to share a little more about the project and in July I’ll share the cover when the preorder begins. I’m so excited! I know I say that a lot but it’s easy to get excited when you love what you do.
While you’re waiting, you can still buy Drowned History for $0.99 on Kindle or read for free in KU.
Preorders for Only a Rogue Knows are also still happening for $0.99 until June 12th, when you’ll be able to read it for free in KU or buy a print copy from me.
On a related note, this fall I’m going to be doing some book reviews on Tuesdays! I’m looking forward to reading some great books and sharing my opinions with you. Because as we all know, I have plenty of opinions.
I’m super excited to announce that after a couple of hiccups, one of them involving an unexplained delivery delay, the print copies of Drowned History are in my house and being inspected carefully by my QC department. I’d like to thank Strider, Pitti-Sing, Wasabi and Lemondrop for their hard work in making sure everything looks and smells good. They wanted to taste them as well but I put a stop to that.
There are a couple of things I’d like to change for my next book, but I really am happy with the way they turned out. Nothing against Createspace, but the colors on the cover came out much better on the ones I got from KDP.
I’m going to the gym in a little while but plan on picking up some mailers on my way back so I can start sending these off to people as soon as they send me the money. I’m very excited!
On a related note, one of our clients at the clinic where I work came in yesterday and I made sure to thank him for buying a copy of my book. He seemed genuinely excited to read it! I really hope he enjoys it, I’m so grateful to all our clients who bought a copy. My boss was so excited that he put me on our Facebook page and the post was one of the ones that got the most likes ever. Here’s hoping he puts me on the page again when Only a Rogue Knows comes out!
If you would like a signed copy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know! They’re $8 and no shipping if you don’t mind media mail (otherwise shipping is $3). You can also buy a copy on Amazon, or the ebook for Kindle. It’s still only $0.99 for another couple of weeks!
I’m off to sweat off last night’s chicken fried steak. This will be my first spin class in over a year, so I’m mentally preparing myself for how sore my butt is going to be afterward. Cross-training. I just keep telling myself it’s going to pay off later.