Dangerous Games is almost ready to go to print. As usual, I will order an author copy first and proof it one more time before it's available to purchase.
Meanwhile, if any of you who bought the Kindle version, and have read it, would like to leave a review that I can include in the paperback, I would greatly appreciate it. Secondly, if while reading the Kindle, you came across any typos, etc., please let me know. The beauty of self-publishing is that I can always go in and make changes even after it has been published.
I also like to hear if you all enjoyed it, even if your comments are not for publication.
Oh, and reviews on Amazon are also greatly appreciated.
Finally! Book Three of Change of Leads: Dangerous Games is now available on KDP in eBook format.
The paperback version with illustrations is going to be a while yet. I'm aiming for the end of June.
2020 sure was a disasterous year for most of us. I did manage to get lots of new pieces done, but with no shows to help generate sales, I am still the proud owner of most of them.
The third installment of Change of Leads is coming along. I had hoped to get it out sooner than this, but the pandemic delayed many things from working out. I do expect to get the manuscript back from my editor by next week. Then I can start going through her suggestions. The front cover is close to complete and I will likely use one of my own photographs for the back cover. This will save some time. I started out with another idea for this cover, but with my shoulder not cooperating, I decided to do a faster, simpler design. Though different from my usual covers, I like it. This might be the beginning of a new trend. Along with that, two of the three interior illustrations have been started. Things are on the move.
However, they are on the move in another way, as well.
My husband and I have decided to sell the studio and then begin our search for a larger house so we can combine our studio/gallery and our residence into one location. We're not sure where we'll end up, but it is likely we will be leaving Western Washington. We will be going on a road trip in late spring to check out various areas and then make a final decision. If we can find what we want here on Camano Island, at a price we can afford, then we would consider staying. But with the cost of living already high, and getting higher all the time, I kind of doubt this will happen.
So, we are now busy with getting the studio house packed up and ready to list. Not only is this taking time away from my art and writing, but it isn't helping my poor shoulder to heal. Once the studio is listed, then I can relax a bit and focus on getting book three completed and out there. I hope to have it published before we move.
We're off on another adventure.
Listen to my podcast from blogtalkradio.com where I was interviewed on Saturday, July 25th, 2020 about my latest book:
The Navarre Link Chronicles, Changing Leads - Book 2: Aftershock
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After numerous delays and struggles with the second book in the series, it is now finally available on Amazon. ISBN: 97817335592017. This book includes interior illustrations that I hope everyone will like rather than finding them a distraction. I enjoyed creating them, that's for sure.
I am also re-vamping THE LOST SHOE. I have inserted illustrations into this book, too, and have made some revisions to the trial scenes. My life-long friend, Lisa Baird, made her career as a legal secretary so she is far more familiar with courtroom jargon and procedures than I am. She kindly offered to go over my courtroom scenes in THE LOST SHOE, and to do a complete proofing of AFTERSHOCK, and I must say that she did an excellent job. But I sure had a lot of rewriting to do! This is one of the numerous reasons for AFTERSHOCK being late getting to the publisher. But now it's done, and it's a better book for the delay.
If you're interested in getting the second edition of THE LOST SHOE, hold of for a bit, as I'm still working on it. I will announce here when it is ready for purchase. I will also revise the e-book, so you don't have to put out the full price for another book.
So, Mary Trimble and I flew down to San Antonio, Texas in October for the yearly convention.
We had a wonderful time there, and enjoyed the hotel so much that the next time Paul and I are in that area, we'll make a point of staying there again.
My experience at the convention this year was much more positive than it was in 2018. My stories, being about two men rather than two women, were not accepted with open arms. I even had more than one suggestion that I should re-write the whole saga and change the protagonists to women. That wasn't going to happen.
I also got hit with negativity concerning the layout of my saga. Several publishers and agents said that cliff-hanger endings are not done in Westerns. It's okay to do them in SyFy etc., but not Westerns. Again came the suggestion that I re-write my saga and make each book a stand alone. This, also, was not going to happen. Image taking a book, spiting it into three sections and making each section a stand alone. It can't be done. The story was already written.
The experience was so negative that first year, that I considered the wisdom of attending again.
I'm glad I did though. This time around the response to my saga was far more promising. Though stories about women are always going to be the main focus, I didn't get quite the same snubbing as I had the first year. Also, the publishers I spoke with this time around didn't have any problems with cliff-hanger endings. The problem now is that I already have the first book "The Lost Shoe" published through Amazon. And of course, the only reason I did that was because last year, I was told that no one would take it, so I figured I'd just go ahead and self-publish! Oh dear.
Anyway, on-ward. If the traditional publishers don't want my story for one reason or another, I will simply continue to self-publish. All is well.
Here is the current cover design for book two "Aftershock"
I expect to have Aftershock available in May just in time for the Studio Art Tour here on Camano Island, WA!
It's been a busy summer with conventions, writing, drawing and shows. Here a a couple more illustrations for the second edition of The Lost Shoe. It'll be a while before this edition is available, but sneak previews are always fun.
THE NAVARRE LINK: CHANGE OF LEADS
IT'S HERE! This follow-up to ICE is everything I hoped it would be. It is both harrowing and heartbreaking. Life changing events occur during a reunion with the Marsham family. As hard as it is, they stay true to their word to see things thru to the end, whatever that may be. Very much looking forward to part two.
THE FIRST REVIEWS! TWO LOVELY REVIEWS FOR ICE