I'm home again from a short trip down to Salem, MA. Part mini-vacation, part book promo, it's safe to say that my trip down to Witch City was everything I'd hoped it would be.
I love Salem, not only because every day is Halloween but because everyone is super friendly and very welcoming.
The first day, my family and I spent doing the tourist thing. We shopped...
and I tried fried green tomatoes (which were delicious)! We toured a few places, the cemetery, memorials and some of the museums.
And then on Wednesday I set up a book table at Wicked Book Books where I got a chance to chat with a bunch of cool people throughout the course of an afternoon.
Overall it was a really fun experience. I met a lot of people from all over the place and everyone was super friendly. Some folks took pictures with me, some wanted to chat about writing and life as an author. I met a lovely writer named Bonnie who invited me to join her at the New England Author's Expo and I met another writer named Michael who has a western comedy rolling around in his head.
I had folks ask me some interesting questions as well, like Are you a witch? And, Do you believe in Astrology? For the most part, despite the fact that I was a tourist too, I felt like I really fit in and belonged there. I'm really glad it all came together and I was able to bring my books (and my kids) down there for a bit of fun.
I am regretting not partaking in some of the other entertainment while there. I was right next to a psychic on book promo day but didn't get a chance to sneak over. There are many places to have your fortune read, whether by psychic, tarot, or runes, it seemed to be a pretty common service.
Even the police have witch's on broomsticks as their badge! Everyday is Halloween down in Salem for sure. (One day I hope to get down there in October!)
All in all a great trip and a much needed mental break. I feel very inspired to get back to work and craft some new tales about magic and supernatural creatures.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Rerelease day is quickly approaching. I'm having a special contest running for just my newsletter folks and there's still time to enter. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, you really should. I'll be sending the next one out July 31 with contest details/reminders so CLICK HERE if you're interested.
And just a reminder, all of my ebooks are on sale for the low, low price of .99 cents! Super great deal!
Entangled is having a mega sale on all of my books (sale price is across retailers). If you have been meaning to check out my worlds, now is the time! CLICK HERE and select the book you're interested in, and the retailer you prefer!
Also, there's a fantastic contest going on where you can win a Kindle ereader, a $10 Amazon GC (from me) and many amazing ebooks! CLICK HERE for the entry form.
I'm going to be in SALEM, MA at Wicked Good Books selling my paperbacks (for a great price), chatting with readers and being all witchy inspired on July 26 from noon to five! If you are in the area and want to pop by, I'll sign your books and give you some swag!
As many of you know (especially my FB friends who have listened to me whine for the past few weeks) I had surgery in April. It wasn't life or death surgery, but it was quality of life surgery and it needed to happen. It also came with four weeks for recovery.
Yay for four weeks off work....or not so much because I'm very type A and very much a control freak when it comes to my day job. I feel no shame in admitting that.
So, recovery...yeah...it's been hard. I underestimated how hard it would be. I mean, I knew I'd be in pain but I really, really didn't think about all the things that could/would happen. The surgery went well, I stayed for a night in the hospital, which did not go well...I had this roommate who was the spawn of Satan. When someone else was in the room, like a nurse's aid (not the nurses, they pretty much saw what I saw) or her relatives visiting, she was this sweet little old lady...but when they were gone she was horrible. She tried to engage me repeatedly in conversation by moaning about what a crappy hospital it was and how horrible the nurses were...lady, I just had surgery...ouch, be quiet...and when I didn't respond, she would bring her walker over and ram it into my bed to get my attention...which usually meant she'd wake me up. That night...oh man....that night she set up camp in the chair next to my bed and SNORED like a fucking I-DON'T-KNOW-WHAT-BUT-IT-WAS-LOUD!!! In the chair, next to my bed, for two hours!!! (I tried calling a nurse for help but I guess they were busy...no judgement...)
When I finally escaped and came home I actually stopped taking the pain meds that were prescribed...why???? Well, because I wasn't feeling any pain...hahahahaha...no pain....I was even shocked about how little pain I was feeling and did some day job work...lots of it (I'm sure I'll hear stories about how coherent I actually was at that time). I did some writing too...and finished off a proposal for a publisher. Lots of important things happened in that time. I feel I should not be held accountable probably. ;-)
And then the pain came...oh boy, it came. And it was bad....it was really fucking bad...and I got super scared that I was getting an infection...so I went to the ER and basically balled my way to the front of the line. I'm not proud of this...crying in public...but the pain was at like a 20 on a scale of 10 and I thought my surgery was failing...the stitches were opening and it would be like the last two weeks of healing didn't happen. Seriously. lol So dramatic, I know. Anyway, I still waited a long time before I got some pain meds but I was seen by my surgeon and he felt I needed to stay and get pumped up with antibiotics...so there I was...back in the hospital...and when I arrived in my shared room, what did I see???? A WALKER! Omg....I thought I'd been cursed with another bed rammer.
Turns out that guy was quiet and left the next morning and the next lady was quiet too, so all was good in roommate land. I got lots of good drugs and we whacked that infection away after a few days. Unplanned sleepover for a couple of nights in the hospital with portion controlled meals and nothing to do but zonk out on pain meds...it wasn't that bad actually.
So I got out, went home and pain, pain, pain...mega pain all week...got the green light to go back to work in a week and suddenly the pain is gone...vanished...weird, I know. And now I'm just exhausted...like three naps a day and at least eight hours a night exhausted.
At some point I have to drive. I have a week to get myself sorted...with a long weekend coming, so that's good.
Recovery has really kinda sucked. I've had a lot of folks checking in with me though and that's been lovely. My husband has been taking care of me, getting me peanut buster parfaits on demand...he's a good man, and reassuring me when I think I'm dying....recovery means a lot of crying apparently. lol
I have gotten some work done...that I'm sure is just fine...and makes sense...probably. I'm off the pain meds almost completely and have much hope that my quality of life will continue to improve.
It's been an adventure...an unwanted, unpleasant kind of adventure but maybe it'll show up in my next project in some way...keep your eyes open for a walker.
I'm baaaaaack! Wasn't gone long, but it was long enough for my liking. I have an announcement!
Entangled Publishing has contracted my entire backlist of books! The Order of the Wolf and The Dark War series will be rereleased! That means new covers and it also means I'm going to get to work on writing more in those worlds.
I'm not sure about dates yet but the goal is sooner than later.
I can't tell you how happy I am that my books have found a new home and how excited I am to be working with the fantastic team at Entangled.
I'll update as I know more but for now....I have some work to do.
And don't forget to preorder your copy of the limited edition hardcover, Erotikos, featuring my dark erotic story, Sweet Baby Girl.
Once again I find myself writing a post about Samhain, my beloved publisher, closing. This time though, there's not going to be a sudden come back. This is the end. For real. Samhain is shutting down as of Feb 28 and that means that all of my books published by them will no longer be available.
This isn't the end for me, though. I am in the process of figuring out what to do with my Samhain books. Once I get it all sorted, they'll be up for sale again with a promise of more to come.
Thanks for all the support over the years. I'll keep you posted as I know more.