Last time I spent any time sharing what was happening in my life, I shared that I had been sick. After 5 weeks of medication, meditation, prayers, positive affirmations, essential oils, and sleep, I can say I am better. I got up early yesterday morning for a very special event in South Africa, then I left the house and attended a book signing. My very first book signing. I am thrilled with my day. But I will do this in chronological order so as to stay focused.
October 10, 2017, was the launch for When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit. The Kindle version has been published and is now available on Amazon in KindleUnlimited or sale for only $.99 until November 7th.
The paperback is available at Lulu.com by clicking here.
Signed copies can be purchased at a discount price by emailing a request. Include the name you want personalized and the number of copies. The personalized books will be available for shipment on November 15th.
This is book two in the Dolcey series and the story is one of magic, bullies, dreams, goals, and fears. When Dolcey the Fairy comes to visit, she brings hope and a new perspective to Michael. I hope you will embrace Dolcey and Michael.
Here is an excerpt:
Lying in the dark bedroom, Michael heard a noise, clunk, followed by a thud. Was that a Shuffle? Over by the window, he heard that sound, it wasn’t the usual wind on the window noise. Swish.
There he heard it again. He rolled over and looked at the long window with the streetlight shining through.
What’s that? What’s that shape? He pulled his covers over his head and lay very still. When he heard another odd clunk he peeked over the top of the blanket.
Squinting at the window he noticed what looked like a snake climbing into his room. Michael’s heart was pounding in his chest. He felt his knees begin to clack together.
It can’t be a snake, no one ever had a snake climb in their window. That window was shut, how could it get in here?
“Ga ga go away” the whisper was harsh and did not even sound like his voice. Clearing his throat he sat up straighter in his bed and said a little louder. “Go away!”
He heard a faint voice, “So, you’re awake then?” That was when he heard a giggle.
International Book Launch
Johannesburg, South Africa. Skoobs Theatre of Books allowed an indie author to ply her wares through Skype while sitting on their champagne bar. There was no place I would rather be at 4 AM Eastern Standard Time, than on that champagne bar meeting children and adults via Skype.
I wore my tiara and even brought my fox ears with me in case I had to do a quick change. I was asked to read from a favorite book as a child so I chose The Gull That Lost the Sea. A sweet story that I still love to this day. Both Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? and When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit were featured and are currently on sale at Skoobs in the paperback version.
While sharing this launch with children, parents and other authors in South Africa, we held a contest and Adiba was the winner. She was able to choose the child’s name for my next book which is to be titled, Is there an Owl in the house?
Karen’s Book Barn Trick or Treat Event
Saturday was my very first book signing. I was excited to be seated with Jen Selinsky at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky during the La Grange Trick or Treat event. La Grange is 80 miles from my home and after getting up at 1:30 to do the book launch, I might have started to get tired. That exhaustion passed as quickly as it came when I arrived in La Grange. The entire town showed up dressed up and having a wonderful time. Many parents, grandparents, and children strolled into the bookstore and took a look four of my books. I was happy to have both of the Halloween anthologies, along with The Path of the Child and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? all available in paperback. I was thrilled with the turnout and with the response from the customers. I happily signed for adults and children and a serious young reader that wanted them all. Don’t even get me started on the train that runs straight down Main Street. What a treat that was!
There you have it, my October in a nutshell. The main thing I want to convey is that I appreciate everyone for your lovely thoughts, prayers, love, and kindness. I have the best people in my life, both online and off. I have chosen my friends and family well and have been blessed by those that have chosen to befriend me. My heart is full.
Bring on November and a valid attempt at NanoWriMo. Today I decided to give it a go, win or lose, it is better than not trying at all. If you have not decided to start, then think it over, what’s to lose? If you are participating then let me know so we can be writing buddies. November is going to be another great month.