It’s been awhile…again. I’ve been working through some stuff both personal and professionally. Trying to find the balance. Answers to life questions like is it okay to have doughnuts with a chocolate martini??? I’ve decided it is…
I love to write but it’s a hard business. One of my publishers closed. Major bummer. Luckily, they were very professional and returned rights with covers. But it still put a major hiccup in my business plan for the year and into 2019 (I had three books scheduled for 2019 with them.)
The life questions…
Do I submit to a new a publisher?
Do I venture into the land of self-pub? It’s expensive but my main hesitation is promo. I hate promo. And I have a very small circle to count on sales from there.
So, what did I do?
I started a new side hustle…that…requires I put myself way out there. I have a passion for journaling…so I’ve decided to share that on a more focused bases. I’ve posted some random journaling things here. But last Wednesday, I did my first journaling seminar. It went really well…all positive feedback. I’m working on a website that I’ll share when it’s up and running.
My first journal workshop…
I’ve also decided that I’m going to self-publish everything that was scheduled and I’m not going to submit anything new to publishers. I currently have a request from Source for my cozy suspense romance but if that falls through I’m going self-pubbed with that too.
Cami Lashly runs a small town bed and breakfast that specializes in yoga and connecting with nature. Her one goal is to find the secret to crispy kale chips and a smoothie that does taste like dredged swamp water instead she stumbles across a dead body. She’s more than happy to leave the investigating to the local police until she becomes prime suspect #1.
Here’s a teaser…
Death In the Blackberry Patch
“I didn’t come for the cookies.” Samuel kicked at the ground and glanced around.
Oh sweet nature. Here it comes. He’s going to ask me out. I’m going to have to say no. I like Samuel. A lot. But I couldn’t go out with him. I had the retreat plan for. I needed to make kale conform and be crispy. I was far to busy to go out on a date.
Licking my lips, I turned to face him. Must say no, I mentally chanted as I stared up into his smoky gray eyes.
He smiled. A crooked thing that made a dimple in his left cheek and contained magical powers because my mental no became yes.
“I’m not sure how to ask you this,” he started and released my arm. He stepped back and pushed a hand through his thick wavy blond hair.
He was so cute. I wondered where he was going to take me on our date. There was that new Italian restaurant Brezlyn had told me about.
“Think about it before answering.”
I smiled. He was nervous that I was going to say no. I should say no but who was I kidding. It was going to be yes.
Grinning and nodding, I chewed my lip. Wait until Brezlyn and aunt Lydia heard this. Samuel asked me out. Who needed to be auction off like a side of beef?
“Will you keep the alpacas?”
Apparently, I did. My jaw dropped, and I sucked in a mouth full of air – including some kind of bug.
All this swings me back to my focus word for the year. Complete. I need to complete things regardless of the hiccups.
I also during my absence, I started a young reader horror series. The introduction novella is FREE and can be downloaded here.