We did it! With 3 days to spare! LOL
I got the file back from both beta readers, dropped in their edits and corrections, did a little flourish and fill, then uploaded the final version to Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. It’s not quite the way I’d like it to be but I think it came out well. As I was going over it the last time I kept saying myself; Hey man! This is pretty damn good! LOL
I’m still hoping to produce a paperback but I’m not keen on having CreateSpace listed as the publisher and I’m still pissed over having to pay $99.00 for something that just a few months ago was $10.00. Eventually, I suppose, I’ll just have to swallow my pride and go with the “free” ISBN and suffer through CreateSpace being listed as the publisher. The main reason I’ll do it is because I want a paperback. In fact, I have to order a bunch of my own paperbacks because I’ve given almost all of them away and, as self-centered as it is, I do like having my own books on my bookshelf.😛
I didn’t mess with the dedication . I left it just the way it was. I did think hard about it but decided against it.
All that’s left now is the promo and even that’s almost done! I sent the ARC out to 3 readers (I asked 4 but haven’t heard back from 1 of them yet) so with any luck at all on Release Day there will be a couple of reviews for it. This series doesn’t get a lot of reviews or readers for that matter because it’s not written in a popular genre. It’s a labor of love. That’s ok with me because I really do love this series and these characters. Call me old-fashioned but I think that’s more important than making a bunch of money. I hired 2 tour companies. Goddess Fish will do a 1 day splash event on August 31st and Just One More Page is doing a week long tour for me beginning September 3rd. I heard back from more blogs that I contacted and set up dates with them…I gotta get a schedule up on the site. Hell, I gotta get “Prodigal Son’s” PAGE up on the site! LOL But, the good news is, I only have 2 promo posts left to complete. Yep, I did all of the others already. Yeah, go me!
We’re in position to take the rest of the summer off. I was planning on just a week or two but it’s so damn HOT. Sitting here in my office after work just isn’t going well because the sun is shining on this part of the house at that time of day making my office feel like a sauna. Even with 3 fans going! ICK! Hopefully, around the end of August when the tours kick off we’ll start a new story. There’s something rolling around in my head and most likely our dear old friend Ares will be the star of a brand new show. He’ll like that. In the meantime, I’m just going to try to stay cool and tend my plants. They’re doing very well, I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, and even a few cucumbers out there. I’ve been very meticulous about watering them once or twice a day. I even bought myself a watering can so I don’t always have to drag the hose around.
There are very few giveaways associated with this release instead the novel is $0.99 for pre-orders and it will be $3.99 on release day. That should give people the price break they want without going crazy giving copies and gift cards away. Nobody ever buys the book when they win a gift card anyway. Drives me nuts! So I decided to stop doing it.
Anyway, hubby will be home for the weekend in a few hours…in his own car! Yeah! Finally! We’ve only been renting a car for him to drive for the last 3 1/2 weeks and that’s been a strain on Ye Olde Budget. What a nightmare this whole thing has been. I’m not sure I’ve going to survive another year of this but I am becoming very self-sufficient. Yesterday my car broke down. Yep. I went to leave work and it wouldn’t start. I didn’t panic. (That’s so unlike me!) The head of the Painter’s Union gave me a hand and we discovered a boatload of corrosion on the battery. We cleaned it off but it still wouldn’t start. We couldn’t get the connectors off without breaking the bolts. He gave me a ride home. Unknown to me he went back to my car, busted the bolts, totally cleaned the connectors, and replaced the bolts. I took a cab to work this morning. Today he pulled up, gave it a jump, and it started right up. It may be time for a new battery because even though I let it run a good 10 minutes, when I went to leave work it didn’t want to start. I threatened it with a trip to the junk yard. It started. I made it home. LOL
I’m out of here until Monday. I hope you have a great weekend.
I received unsettling news this morning. I was just sitting here at my desk at work when my phone let out a little bling. It was my brother. I knew before I opened it something was wrong. We hardly ever talk and we don’t text or chat. I looked at the icon of his smiling face, opened the message to see; Are you OK w/ not good news in message form?
I was pretty sure I knew what was coming next and I was right. Last night my birth mother took a handful of sleeping pills and made her exit from this world.
I’m not sure how I feel about that and, not very surprisingly, neither does he. I’ve always considered myself the lucky one in this strange situation as I got out at birth but he was stuck with her and she was pretty damn crazy. There’s no nice way to put that and glossing over that fact doesn’t do anyone any good. I had a very tumultuous relationship with her for a few years and then I spent a good deal of time trying to get rid of her because, like I said, she was nuts. Then she’d go away. She’d come back out of the blue. We’d try again, it would work for about a week then she’d go off the rails. She’d go away. She’d come back and repeat the process. It went like that for well over a decade. Yes, mine was not the storybook reunion one tended to see on talk shows a few decades ago. We’ve talked about that here before on many occasions. Still, I didn’t wish her dead just out of my life. I was pretty damn firm about that the last time around until she finally left me alone. In fact, I hadn’t heard anything from her for years. I hadn’t even thought about her.
As we chatted in text messages I looked down at the date on my computer and realized her birthday was just about 2 weeks ago. He said to me he knew she was going to do this when he didn’t hear from her on her birthday–typically a time of year she was known for having a blow-up of some kind either in his direction or, for a while, mine. We tried to hash out how we feel about this and basically came up with ‘a little sad and a little numb but not shocked’. I feel for him because he had to deal with her the most and that wasn’t easy on him. Still, she was his mother and everyone on some level wants to love their mother but it isn’t always possible. When it isn’t then one shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about it or for trying to make the best they can out of their lives for themselves and their families. Now he’s worried about going to the funeral because he’s afraid he’ll be blamed for her actions. That’s just messed up. But, that’s the kind of ‘family’ we’re talking about here. I told him to grieve and to say his goodbyes privately, no sense in putting yourself in a situation like that at such a delicate time. It wouldn’t be good for him and it wouldn’t be good for them. He can always visit the grave at some point if he wants to and if it gives him some peace. Me? I don’t do cemeteries. There’s no one there. The idea of talking to a headstone gives me no solace. If I want to talk to the dead I can do it the same way I talk to the Gods; with an open heart and from wherever I am.
For very selfish reasons, I can’t stop thinking about the timing of this event. I can’t help but wonder if I should dedicate “Prodigal Son” to her, after all, she’s all throughout that series in the background but never a character. Not really, but, well, maybe she was ‘Adelaide’. Who, incidentally, killed herself. More than anything she was the catalyst for the story line. I started writing the Sister Christian series shortly after I was able to get in contact with my brother without her being in the way of the relationship. No, I’m not ‘Hannah’ and my brother is not ‘Mason’, still I wish my birth mother had been as strong as ‘Hannah’. I wish she’d been able to see her life from a different perspective but she always seemed to choose to wallow in the bad stuff. And then blame it on everyone but herself. I wish she would have read the series and maybe gotten something out of it but, then again, she liked to tell me I was “a shit writer”. So…maybe she wouldn’t have seen it for the dramatized reflection on the situation that it is. I suppose the ending would have made her angry on some level. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil that for you because you might read it one day and it might make you happy. Maybe instead of her I’ll put my brother in the dedication. That seems appropriate.
I can be here for my brother and do my best to help him find his way through this. After all, he is the one good thing that came out of that entire mess and I don’t want him to feel alone. Not that he is alone, he has a beautiful family that loves him. I’m glad that I get to be a small part of that.
Other than that, I guess all I can really do is say; Rest in Peace, Toni. I hope you find in death that which you never seemed to find in life.
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