Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cover reveal!

As promised . . .

Adventurous Me will be out in the next week or so. I love the cover - thanks, Kellie Denison of Novel Graphic Designs! It's beautiful. She took the few things I told her and came up with this. It was like magic. I have to say, I love it. So thanks to Kellie, and look for Adventurous Me in the next week or so!

Friday, January 3, 2014

I'm speechless

That doesn't happen very often, me saying to my partner, "What do I write on my blog today? I have nothing to say." Truth is, nothing's going on here.

I spent the day in Nashville going to a physician appointment, then to Amerigo for lunch (god, I love their mussels!). Then we went to the woodturning shop in Franklin and then to Target. On the way back, we stopped at the Walmart in Princeton, Kentucky, to pick up some things we really needed for the weekend, seeing as how it's supposed to snow.

Big mistake. We got the next-to-last carton of eggs they had. Customers were lined up through the women's department just trying to get through the checkout lanes. It was madness. And there was one really loud woman shouting to people she knew at the front of the store from the back of the line. My partner looked around and said, loudly, "Is there a burlesque show going on around here somewhere?" My thought was, Geez, don't give her any ideas, please.

Back on the road, we made a stop in Eddyville, Kentucky, at the NAPA parts store. It was already closed. We didn't want to go in - we wanted to make photos of the wall that my partner's nephew ran through with his truck. Yes, you heard me right. Failed brakes my ass.

We finally made it home, but I'm exhausted. I did, however, finish the final edit on a book while he was driving. So answer me this:

I can't read in the car, even look at my phone or anything like that. I get horribly carsick. So why can I use the laptop? Makes no sense. At all.

Do you want a cover reveal this weekend? Somebody had better say something or I'll just keep it to myself. And this is not only a pretty one, but the book's great too. So if you'd like to see it, let me know. Otherwise, everyone at Amazon will see it before you do. Wouldn't you rather be first?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year everybody!

2013 is finally over! I know, you're not supposed to wish your life away, but this year has been hard. Good, but hard.

So to everyone who's still hanging in there, here's hoping 2014 is even better than 2013! We decided to go out tonight and have a little fun. We went to dinner at a place we love in our arts district, then went across the street to the local art center for a reception where several people I know were exhibiting in a new show. It was great fun. Here's a pic that our server at the restaurant took for us.

Yeah, I know it's kinda dark and hard to see, but there we are. We look sort of happy. I guess that's what two huge, custom-made sangrias will do for a woman!

Here's hoping tomorrow is good for you - and that you can remember everything you did tonight!

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's so exciting!

Today I got the finals on the cover for a book that will be coming out pretty soon. You've already seen an excerpt - it's Adventurous Me! So let me give you a brief synopsis.

Trish's husband of almost 30 years announces that he is leaving her because she's boring, tiresome, and predictable. This guy married her, moved her far away from her family, and didn't even want any kids, although they'd talked about it beforehand and he was all for it. So Trish sets out to prove that she's anything but a bore.

She and her friend, Sheila, go to a bar, where Trish proceeds to get tanked. When another bar patron tries to pick her up, she stands, only to stumble sideways and fall into a man who'd been sitting there all night, completely unnoticed by her. He steadies her, runs off her would-be lay for the evening, and sits her down to wait until she's sober enough to go.

As they talk, she divulges the reason for her inebriated state. After questioning her, the handsome older gentleman makes a discovery which he shares with her - that she was not the 50% of the relationship who was boring. He then produces a business card with a single word on it: "Bliss." He writes his name and an address on the card and invites her to visit the next night if she'd like an "adventure." On her way home, she decides to go.

Sheila backs out on her the next evening, but Trish is determined to find an adventure, and sets out for the address. Upon arrival, what she finds at the address is an adventure the likes of which she would've never dreamed she'd find. With her new-found friend as her guide, she dives into the adventure of a lifetime.

A few short weeks later, an event held there changes her life forever. She's determined to embrace the situation and come out victorious . . . if she can just survive it. And even if she does, what kind of tatters will it leave her heart in?

Adventurous Me is the story of a woman's life changed forever. If it were rated like a movie, this would be a solid R+ rating leaning toward X, but it's also sweet, tender, funny, and tearful. I started out with the first dozen lines, not really knowing where it was going, and then Trish's voice took over and the book wrote itself. It's a whole lot of fun wrapped up in a nice package, and I think readers will fall in love with Trish, Dave, Clint, and Eric, and maybe even come to despise Ron (the rat bastard). Cover reveal SOON - keep an eye out for it!