I hope everyone had a good year. It sure went by fast enough.
2024 is going to offer some challenges for me. I expect I'm going to need hip replacement surgery on both hips. I haven't been able to ride my horse for two months now, and that's very frustrating for me. I am working with him at liberty now, so at least we have something to keep us busy through the winter. But still, he is going to have some time off which I'm sure he won't mind at all.
Other than that, things are going well. The final book of this story arc is coming along. I've got a good start on the cover design and will be starting the interior illustrations early in the New Year. I hope to have the book out this winter, but surgery might put it back a bit.
Here is a quick sketch I did for my Christmas card. It's meant to be a 'feel good' card, rather than a focus on details. I hope you like it.
Departures is now available on Amazon. Type in A.K. Brauneis books, and it should take you to it. If not, try ISBN: 978-1-7335920-5-5.
The Kindle e-book is now available! Go to Amazon, type A.K. Brauneis books in the search bar, and it should take you right to it.
The paperback has been submitted and I am awaiting the author's copy. Once it arrives, I will go through it and make sure everything is how I want it then okay it for publication.
Finally! I know this one took a lot longer than the previous books, and I thank you for your patience.
Finally! No, it's not quite ready yet, but the critique process is complete and now I am working on formatting the paperback.
This is the most frustrating part of self-publishing. The tried and true method starts out well, then out of the blue, everything goes haywire and I have to start all over again.
But it is coming!
I will keep you all posted.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone. And stay warm. We all seem to be experiencing a much colder winter than usual.
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I also like to hear if you all enjoyed it, even if your comments are not for publication.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.