Hunting Down Houses

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here.  It’s been rather crazy in the normal, everyday madness of life that seems to suck all the time in your days without leaving you anything to really show for it.  Am I alone here…. I don’t think so…

At any rate, I actually am working on several projects right now.  I’ve started working on The Captain’s Folly Series, a spin-off trilogy from Seeking Solace.  Those are set to release in early 2016.  For the immediate term, I’m wrapping up the revisions to the first in a new, paranormal series titled Spirit of the South.  Each of the books in that series include some historical fiction, some ghosts and haunted houses, and characters in the here and now dealing with all that.  The first in the series, Revolution, has a preliminary release date of October 1st.

For the Spirit of the South series, I want those covers to reflect the mood and atmosphere of the stories, and as houses are a prominent feature, I want the covers to include some great old homes that are reminiscent to the ones in the stories.  The kicker is that my photographer (and I) are trying to stay within the county for budget purposes.  If this were happening 10 years ago, I could’ve found as many grand, old, slightly dilapidated houses as I wanted.  Now, after hours of driving on back roads, new roads, dirt roads, and non-roads, I have found practically zilch!  And this is eastern North Carolina!  Did aliens beam up all the old houses for research?  Did fairies spirit them away?  Did hobos burn them all for firewood?  I don’t want to use stock photography because EVERYONE uses those and, inevitably, dozens of covers all look the same.

There was one grand old homestead we wanted to use; however, the old bitty that owns it was rather a pill about the whole thing.  So that was out.  We have a backup for now.  I’m just hoping it’ll work.  It’s so frustrating when you know in your head what you want, and the world around you is just not cooperating.  Does anyone else go through this when prepping your books/art/what-have-you?  How do you make it happen?  What do you do when it doesn’t?  I don’t yet have the answer to that last question.  Gonna have to brainstorm with my wonderful photographer guru about alternatives, you know, just in case…

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See!  Google Images has tons of cool old houses.  Why can’t I find any around here?  Le sigh….

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Well-Deserved Down Time…Sort of

So, the book’s been out a couple weeks now.  It’s still surreal to me.  I’ve sold out of print copies, reordered, and those are all now either sold or spoken for, so I still don’t even have a copy just for myself!  LOL.  But–I suppose that’s a good problem to have.

I’m still getting used to openly talking about my book–with people outside a very close-knit circle, that is.  It’s a little uncomfortable, I have to say.  I tend to hide my deeper thoughts and feelings from people, even my closest friends, and my writing is something very intimately personal for me.  Opening that up to others for scrutiny takes a great deal of trust, which I’m fairly begrudging with.  Yet to spite it all, I’m slowly getting more comfortable with it.  I’ve been dealing with some wonderfully welcoming and supportive folks, so that has made the transition to a “public figure” a bit easier.

As you likely know, the month leading up to the release was INSANITY.  Glorious, but still nevertheless, INSANE.  I was also dealing with major deadlines at the day job  at the same time, so I was pretty much running around like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off.  At long last, I am now facing a week of downtime, which is desperately needed.

So what’s going on with my little writer world since the book released– well, I’ll tell you!  A series based on the three bandmates in Seeking Solace has been suggested and is now in the works!  Angus has already been speaking to me at night when I’m trying to sleep, so I have over 1,600 words on his story.  You’ll get to read about Angus, Malcolm, and William starting in January 2016.  I have two other novels currently in draft form that are being either finished as manuscript or in the process of editing.  It’s my hope to release at least one of them this fall.    Then, one more little item–I’m doing a blog tour May 25-30th!  So far, I have 15 stops!  Totally excited to be reaching new peeps, and I am thrilled that so many folks are willing to support a new indie author.

So, I’ll get to enjoy one week of downtime, and then it’s back in the saddle for another sprint!  I’ll make sure to have my planning notebooks with me so if Angus starts talking some more, I won’t miss anything.  (Do any of my fellow writers out there have this problem?  The voices in your head keeping you up all hours of the day and night?  Hope it’s not just me.)

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Need to read Seeking Solace?  Here’s where you can find it:

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seeking-solace-…/1121820583…

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seeking-solace/id990062152…

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/seeking-solace-1

Amazon:  http://t.co/ABPr83RClJ

 

IT’S ALIVE!!!!!!

Well, it’s here!  RELEASE DAY!!!!!

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Honestly, I never thought it would get here.  It’s just seemed like an endless cycle of writing and editing, and more writing and more editing.  But it’s here.  My book has gone live.  Of course, even with the best of planning, things are never perfect.  I found a mistake in my print copies–totally my fault, and I didn’t catch it early.  I had a slight meltdown over that, but then I figured out a relatively unobtrusive way to fix it for the release party this weekend (I’ve already fixed it in CreateSpace, so any future print copies will be fine).  Then, although my upload was accepted to Premium Catalog on Smashwords (this lets my book get distributed to all the other non-Kindle e-book formats), it’s still in process of being “shipped” to the various distributors.  So for today, my book is live only on Kindle.  But the others will be live soon.  We live, we learn, we adapt.  That is definitely what being an indie author is all about, I’m discovering.

And yet–it’s a gorgeous day here in eastern NC, the sun is shining and gorgeous, the sky is clear and brilliant blue, I took a vacation day from the day job, and my book IS ALIVE!  I’ve sold 2 print copies already, and the first is already in her hands.  The second one will go to its new home tomorrow.  I’ve sold a few Kindle copies as well.  I’m still scared “you-know-what-less” about how people are going to react to it.  But…that’s something every author has had to deal with.  Good, bad, or indifferent, it’s mine, and I have finished something I’ve started.

So what’s next on the agenda for this new indie author?  Right, well I have 2 manuscripts in the drafting phase that I need to finish writing, and the first book in a paranormal romance series that is in editing phase.  I also have a mystery series that is currently in the outlining and planning phase…no rest for the wicked!

Want to know what Seeking Solace is all about?  Get the book synopsis and buy link here.  Oh, and  thanks for sharing this moment with me–it’s something I’ve always dreamed about.

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