Remember the saying, Never ask for what you want, you may get it! I was reminded of that since I last posted.
My first French class came to an end, with me no doubt at the bottom of the class struggling to keep up and finish. The instructor and I spoke and she feels it would be good for me to move ahead (wonders never cease) to the next level, but take only one class a week so I have time to practice (still looking for the handsome Frenchman, who wants to learn English). So I have girded my loins and signed up for the next class which meets for three hours every Friday morning. I can now honestly say that sometimes French words come to me when I am trying to describe something in English! Does that mean that an English brain cell is being replaced by a French one? At my stage in life one hopes to conserve what one has.
You will notice that I have rewritten my Christmas story, What I Want For Christmas (perhaps wishing some of the coolness of winter would lighten the heat and the humidity?). My purpose was to have the romance take place in Nice, France and to offer my understanding of a French Christmas. Please click on my books, and let me know how you like the new version. I hope someday to be part of a French Christmas in Nice and share the traditions and celebrations with you.
My part of an Anthology is done except for the story blurb and tag line (two sentence sum up of the book), and to vote on the cover and the marketing plans. The book will be published on Amazon in August if all goes as planned, and has been an amazing collaboration among a group of authors, editors, marketers, cover designers all laughing on a thread in our closed Facebook group, and volunteering to bring the idea to fruition. As the newbie, I have never belonged to such a supportive group, and can’t wait to announce the release date. Hint: Do you know a sexy firefighter, or have ever drooled at a firefighters’ calendar? If so, this will be high on your wish list to read. If not, take this as an opportunity to expand your horizons.
I remember working long hours, doing things I was good at, but didn’t necessarily excite me. Now I work even more hours, and couldn’t be more excited! And those hours may be mornings (only with coffee), afternoons, evenings, or the middle of the night. My first traditionally published book passed the editorial board’s staff meeting and is set to be launched before the end of July. Stay tuned for an announcement, blurb, excerpt, and links to where it will be available. It truly does take a village to raise an author and a book: the team at the publisher, my beta readers, the selfless and brilliant individual who keeps my website going and turns my musings into life, my friends, and those who have been their to guide and share their experiences with me. My Bio is done for the book’s back cover and I am working on my Media/Press Kit to do’s. I never thought I would need one, and my first experience will be an online book release for authors of my publisher on their Facebook page. I’m scared to death, but will jump off that cliff as I have jumped off others, believing that I will fly. There will be an spot soon for Announcements and Press Releases on my website. Please sign up to get notifications. I promise I will never share your email or data.
I have the beginnings of nine story outlines, and am anxious once the three books n my trilogy are published to dive into them and bring them to life. All at once, there are not enough hours in the day, but there is always time for good friends. Send me a comment. I love to hearing from you and promise to respond.