My One Year Anniversary and a Giveaway

One year ago today, my debut novel, My Soul to Keep, went live on Amazon and other online book retailers. It’s been a good year and I wanted to celebrate. I’m glad you came! There’s no better way to celebrate than with friends. Help me celebrate my one year anniversary and a giveaway!  One Year Ago On this day (August 21) one year ago (2018), I pushed that publish now button. There’s nothing more disheartening than the push of an electronic button. There’s no sound. There are no balloons or flags or cheering crowd. I’d done very little promotion and had few sales beyond my friends and family. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate every one of those sales. But when the first person who was not a close personal friend posted a five-star review, I was beyond thrilled. There was dancing and laughing and, I’m not ashamed to admit it, tears of joy. They were nothing compared to the watershed when I held the print version  in my hands.  The physical book was the culmination of years of working hard to learn to write stories. Millions of words written and trashed or put away in a drawer. A lot […]

A Difficult Week That Isn’t So Bad

My writing life has been busy. Marketing, last minute publishing snafus, outlining, planning, my list of things to do is unending. My personal life has been busy, too. This has been a difficult week that isn’t so bad. The Good Much of the week was good. I finished creating bookmarks, images for ads, prizes for an online launch party, approved back covers, loaded paperback books into various software programs, and prepared twitter and Facebook posts. It was part of my difficult week but a planned part of launching my new book. Fellowship went live on Monday–on Amazon and a few other sites. Apple and a few other sites had delays but are up now. Sales are slow, but trickling in. (If you’d like to attend my online launch party see the post on my Facebook page.) Book two for the My Soul to Keep series is in the final planning stages. Writing will begin next week. I started planning two very different non-fiction books. My weekly visit from my grandson was full of play and reading aloud and fun. I love that he brings me books he wants to read to me. This week, I read the first chapter of Diana […]

I Can’t and It’s Okay

It’s Wednesday and time for a post. Normally I try to blog about some interesting bit of history I’ve learned in researching my books. But for the last week life has challenged me. I’ve bounced between sitting with my husband of twenty-five years at the hospital, praying that this isn’t the end of our time together, and running home three or four times a day to let my dogs out of their crates. I managed to get a tiny bit of editing done. Blog posts, newsletters, facebook, twitter, and creative writing have flitted through my thoughts but were seldom acted upon. Self-care has been a struggle. And today’s blog post? Are you kidding? I can’t and it’s okay. I’ll blog again Friday or next week. I managed a Monday blog post: Do What You Love Now. And of course you can look through any of the posts in my sidebar. My husband came home from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. He’ll have home health visits for a while which generally take my presence as well. Plus I have new caregiving duties and a ton of neglected housekeeping to catch up on. Not to mention, three little dogs who’ve been neglected […]