As many of you know, we lost my Mom in early December. Because of that, I was going to push the release of book two (Tracking The Hunter) back until early January. However, my step Dad approached me and said some things about my writing that brought me to even more tears.
He mentioned how proud he and Mom were, and still are. How amazed that I’d made it to International Bestseller on Amazon with my first book. And several other, personal things. Then he paused, took a deep breath and said, “The day before Mom left us, you called and told her that your second book was ready, right? If it is, do you think you can have them publish it on the 15th of December in honor of her?”
I stopped short. My heart crumbled all over again because, you see, Mom was my best friend. My confidant. But mostly, she was my inspiration. All through Middle and High School, she would encourage me to write. “It doesn’t matter if anyone else likes it, or if it doesn’t make sense to them. Just write. It makes you so happy when you do, and we all need that little magical touch of happiness.”
I raced home to publish it that night. Shaking like I always do, full of trepidation and nerves. Then I remembered those words, she would always whisper them to me whenever I asked her to read a passage of a story I was working on.
A week before Christmas, I sat staring at my computer. I wanted to write, but I didn’t. Everything fun about the holidays this year has seemed dulled. We’ve been to fourteen funerals since loosing Gramma in early August. My husband (I jokingly call him MrMan) came up behind me and asked if I was ok. He’d noticed the depression seeping in and was concerned. I told him I wasn’t, but that I would be eventually.
After a few moments of silence, he spun my chair and hugged me. Then handed me a gift card for PayPal. I asked him what I was for, and he told me it was his gift to me and to my fans. On the card was the $75 needed for the paperback cover. He was going to wrap it up and give it to me for Christmas but decided he would do it now. I’m so blessed to have a man, a wonderfully strong man, that supports me in all of my endeavors.
If you haven’t seen it, here’s what the finished paperback cover looks like!
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It’s been a little over a month since she passed, a little over a month since I published book two. And things are starting to fly. I have put book three of the UGS Constellations Series on the back burner temporarily. Don’t worry, I will be finishing it, just not yet.
Instead, I have two other projects in the mix. One is a collaboration with two other fantastic authors. Dawn Montgomery and Trinity Blacio. The other is the start of a new series that captivated MrMan’s attention when he asked about it. So, I will be working on the story of the collaboration and the new series for now. We hope to have it completed in August and I want to have the new story done by Mid March or so!
In other news, I hosted a Facebook release party on the 12th of January, what a success! We had 24 awesome authors join us and over 489 guests attend! In honor of the release of Tracking The Hunter, I put Chasing Constellations on sale for free.
I was not expecting the amount of downloads! There were 2,668 downloads of Chasing Constellations, enough that it skyrocketed into the #1 spot on Amazon’s Top 100 for Science Fiction and #100 for all of the free books on Amazon!
If you’re in the Ottawa area in April, you should come see myself and several other wonderful Authors at Eve Langlais’ Romancing the Capital event!