Tag Archives: mystery novel

What in the World?

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What does sending a new book out into the world entail? A lot of hits and misses.  Comedy of errors. Insert favorite cliché.

It also involves marketing, which I am learning about at headache-inducing speed. But that’s apparently what we’re supposed to do while having a book on pre-order, and ahead of release date. Luckily, I find this new, enthralling dance fun. So far, anyway.

While going through the ‘to-do’ list ahead of release, I started with goodreads and updated my profile, as instructed.

Voila. So easy, I thought, let’s explore the site.

As I clicked away, there was a part about inviting folks to my page/book, so I clicked and it opened my gmail contacts. I clicked okay, and before I knew it an email was sent to everyone on my gmail contact list, with this message: “check out my book.”

Spam.

I hate spam.  So, if any of you were affected by this oversight, ignore and forgive me. I’m still learning the ropes.

Next on the ‘to-do’ list was a twitter chat.  If someone had articulated this term to me last year, I would’ve shaken my head at the weird word combinations.

Luckily, I have heard of twitter chats when we chatted our hearts away ahead of the blogging challenge. Thank God for blogging.

Fine, I replied. I will chat on twitter, if you want me to.

An hour later, another message:  Okay, you’re on for our twitter chat, Friday March 13th (why Fri. the 13th, of all days?) at 8:30 Central, 9:30 Eastern. Meaning 6:30 AM my time in CA.

Is there no end in sight to this strangeness, you ask?

No idea.  What I do know is that I have a hashtag for tomorrow’s twitter chat, which is #StrangerorFriend. If you happen to be at your computer, and feel like stopping by, come chat with me and my publisher on twitter. It’s something like a short, informal Q&A.

I’m afraid to look at the next item on my ‘to-do’ list.

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There Comes a Day: Stranger or Friend

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In the middle of preparations for the blogging challenge — scanning photos, thinking up words that start with letter Q — my publisher sent this message:

“Your book link is live,” and the link followed. There was more to that email, but I don’t remember another word. I clicked on the link, and there it was.

The mystery novel I’d spent somewhere in the neighborhood of five years writing, re-writing, editing, and shopping around. Available for pre-order on amazon.

The novel will be released on March 24th, but pre-orders help an author (especially a newly published one like yours truly), move up the amazon ranks.

Here is a short excerpt from Stranger or Friend, published by Solstice Publishing:

“Across the gravel road Zoe’s childhood home looked smaller, as if shrunken under the weight of life. Smoke from the chimney caught the moonlight in a slow dance, blurring into the night sky. A place of happiness, but Zoe knew better. She pushed the car door open and stepped out, ready for her final visit home.”

There comes a day, an old friend once said, when you will understand that writing the book was the easy part. :)

Stranger or Friend — Cover and Peaking Nerves

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Preparing a novel for publication is fun, exciting, and positively nerve-racking.  Even though I’ve had short stories published, nothing compares with the release of a novel.

This speaks not only to the process itself — working with a copy editor, cover artist, editor-in-chief, but the idea that my book will soon be out there in the world … an event at once amazing and a bit scary. This is what I’ve always wanted, sure, but now that we’re here … or almost here … I need to sit down for a moment.

This is the book cover, and I am happy to announce the tentative release date of March 22, 2015.

Here is a behind-the-process snippet — what led to the writing of this mystery novel.

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Inspiration, at times elusive, rushes at us like a storm of images when a story can not be left untold.  And so it happened in the writing of this mystery novel — the culmination of two lives at a confluence of cultures: an Eastern European immigrant — yours truly — married to a California native of Hispanic descent.  The result is a fictionalized story, an observation, of many lives across such cultural spectrum, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the wilderness of Wyoming. 

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Is there something in your life you must absolutely write sing or paint about?