It is raining here today – as it has been for some time, and will do for some time into the future. We need the rain, without a doubt, but I confess I’m growing a bit tired of staying indoors. Yesterday morning we had to run down to the corner of our property with pitchforks and shovels and clear the drainage pipe that goes under the road. Water was gushing across the road like a river. I am grateful that we do not live where there are mudslides that can carry away your house, or tornadoes that destroy all in their path, or avalanches that ditto.
I suppose to compensate for the weather, I am rereading an old, beloved favorite book, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Frances Mayes. Hard to believe this book is over 20 years old now! Reading about sunny Italy and all the interesting cooking and planting of basil and tomatoes cheers me up no end. Frances has a lovely blog, and I enjoy reading her posts. Here is the link if you would like to read her posts – I recommend them highly! If you cannot get to Italy yourself, this is the next best thing. http://www.francesmayesbooks.com
After a great deal of challenging effort on my part (because I am not particularly tech-savvy), I finally managed to get my first novel, ‘Disfigured, a Gothic Romance’, published in paperback format through Amazon. It has been out as an eBook since last March. It was thrilling for me to open the package I ordered and see this rather substantial, elegant book and realize that every word in it was my very own. Recognizing that I need to submit to the inevitable, I have been working also on creating a Facebook Author Page, so I can promote my series and connect with Phantom fans in the world. I know there are lots of you out there, I just need to find you! I am soooo thankful that YouTube has lots of tutorials on how to set up Facebook pages! I am pathetic at this.
Tomorrow night I am attending my first Book Club group meeting of people who invited me to talk about my book. They read ‘Disfigured’ as their February (romance!) read, and invited me to attend as they are local. I’m excited to do that; it will be good experience for me. Wish me luck! I do hope they all liked the book. I’ll also be reading an excerpt from Book 2 – see below.
Now I am back to work on Book 2 in the Disfigured Series – ‘About-Face’. I’ve been doing research on the first steam ocean liners to cross the Atlantic between Liverpool, England and New York. At this very moment (in my book) Erik is on board one of these liners heading to America.
Now you know why I have not posted anything on my blog for a month!