As some of you know, I’ve been in the process of not one, but two life-changing events these past months. I’m not sure “husband retiring” rates as high as death or birth, but it has to be right up there with moving across the country. So please excuse my tardiness in posting. My calendar shows a big blank spot on today, and I didn’t even question it, that’s how brain dead I am.(a photo of our new backyard!)
I believe I’ve wondered before how our ancestors managed to pull up roots and move to villages where they knew no one, or crossed countries not even knowing where the next water might be found. With all our 21st century technology, moving is still a frustrating, terrifying, and stressful experience. We had two cars, cell phones, and walkie-talkies driving over two thousand miles, and I was a wreck at the end of four days. Four months of watching oxen kicking up dust on my covered wagon would have killed me. At least I had the sense to jettison most of our household goods before we left!
So now we’re wrestling with new banks, new utilities, abysmal internet service (In California! Who would have thought it?), new equipment, and a hunt to replace all the furnishings we left behind. We’re enjoying seeing our daughter and her family and friends and looking after our granddaughter for the better part of the summer. But it’s all new and I have no routine! When do I sit down to write?
Fortunately, I finished working on NOTORIOUS ATHERTON before I left. I did not, however, organize a release campaign. There’s only so much organization I can manage, and the move took priority. So on July 23rd, B&N will be the first to release the e-book. I have an excerpt on my website (There are two links on my home page and apparently only one of them works, I’m just noticing.) The cover is another brilliant design from Kim Killion of Killion Group.
The Amazon and Kobo e-books will be out in August, and in October, Book View Café will do a special release for the print version. I bet my pioneer ancestors didn’t produce books while moving across country!
I can’t compete with kitty pics, but if you’d like to tell our readers about your favorite book that includes a protagonist being uprooted from home and settling in a strange place, I can send one winner an e-copy of NOTORIOUS ATHERTON.
And then we may return to kitty pics because in true Mercury retrograde fashion, Andrea’s computer blew up today, taking her blog with it. I do love a good retrograde!