News from the Sunshine State: Home of Richard Noggin and Brandi

There is no way to explain how busy I’ve been in the past two months. I looked at the blank page and didn’t know where to begin this post, so I’ll probably ramble.

As you know by now, Naked Alliances has hit the market. The eversion can be pre-ordered and will be delivered Friday the 23rd. I’m both excited and scared. I’ve sold more copies of the paperback in the first month than I did with Red Clay and Roses in three years. I hope that’s a good sign.

I’ve been signing copies for the rocket scientist’s friends at work. They are making me feel somewhat like a celebrity. There is a woman who works there and has a friend who writes a column for a newspaper that showcases local talent. She’s going to check on getting me a slot.

My publicist assures me that my anxieties are unwarranted. She’ll be contacting me later this week with more details on what she does and what I will need to do.

I have a list of names of people who beta read for me and will send out emails soon asking for your preferred delivery method…eversion or paperback, or both. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done. If you manage to write a review of the final version, I will dance at your next wedding.

For some reason, my list only shows ten and I was certain I had twelve beta readers, so if you don’t hear from me by the end of this week, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and ask me what’s up. I may never know who I’m missing. Sorry about that. Sometimes my brain is scrambled and I think I noted things that I didn’t.

I’ve traveled the state of Florida visiting Native Americans and their homes and communities. I am floored by the information I am gathering with my research and excited to be able to share some of this in my next book. Richard is having a hard time getting Brandi to take her new job seriously.

I’ll be doing the rest of my traveling around in my new Chrysler Pacifica Limited. It’s a minivan transformed and tripped out with all the latest bells and whistles. I call it the grandmother vehicle because it seats six adults comfortably, but there are two back seats which will hold car seats for the two youngest grandchildren in town, and mama, daddy and the oldest grandchild can sit comfortably in the third row, while the RS and I sit up front. It also has room for cargo. The kids can even watch Netflix or play games on dual screens while mama and I work on our laptops. Most importantly, though, my whole six person Pokemon Go patrol team fits in there comfortably with USB ports all around for phones and chargers.

Hey…Don’t judge me. Unlike most old folk in Florida, I don’t play golf, have no country club dues, greens fees, or caddies to pay. I’m not sporting the newest golfing attire and accessories…it’s just my thing to do. I’m socializing and getting out to the gorgeous parks in the sunshine state.

Brandi has been invited to the Lisa Burton Radio Show. She’s looking forward to meeting Lisa soon and talking to you about her role in Naked Alliances. She’ll likely have some things to say about me too. After all, I’m the one who paired her with Richard.

If you liked the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt, you will love Naked Alliances. The setting doesn’t have that small town feel because Orlando is a big city, but Chablis and Brandi were hatched out of the same egg.

<insert cool pic>  (This is where a cool pic of my book on a coffee  table goes but WP wouldn’t let me upload…it errored me out a dozen times, so I’m posting anyway.)

You can pick up a copy to go with your morning coffee at the links provided below. Your purchase will help boost my rankings on release day…or so I’m told. There is a ranking now which was in the 100,000s yesterday morning. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it started out at nearly 500,000, so it’s certainly better. I can’t see how many copies have been purchased through the pre-order. I don’t think I’ll get that data until Friday.



Adapt or Die

I’m going through another learning curve, or two or three.

You know how I feel about the happiness engineers at WordPress. I’m still bitter over the whole blue screen thing and how it’s complicated the manner in which I get in and out of my nice, familiar, professional editor. Well, obviously, they aren’t the only ones who get paid to figure out how to “fix” things.

I updated to Windows 10 a while back and that wasn’t too bad of an adjustment. It scares me a little. My computer has become a bit more animated and interactive. Little windows pop out to distract and let me know what’s going on elsewhere and it’s a little disconcerting that it knows more about what’s going on than I do.

Finding my new pic files has become a chore the way it stores, so I’m fumbling around a lot. (This is so telling…I’m a bit embarrassed to share.) Nothing seems to be where I put it. All of the pretty little boxes on the explorer are wasted on me.


not my computer

Yesterday, the RS decided I needed to update Office and Outlook from 10 to 13…he runs 16 and assures me that I’m not ready for that. I was doing okay with it until I opened a pre-existing Word file (my beloved ms) and it wouldn’t let me proceed. It said I had updated the file too many times for the terms and conditions of the Microsoft agreement and needed to re-register. WTF? Never heard of such. Of course I never read that agreement. That took a phone call to resolve…even for the RS.

When I finally got inside the file I was relieved to see that it was okay, but I opened my original edit file from my editor and nearly freaked out. Thank goodness we didn’t perform these changes in the middle of my edit…all the ways Word 13 tracks changes is so very different from the way 10 did it, I would have been lost and fuming. Heaven help me in the future. Maybe there’s just more to tweak, but all the little red lines on the left side confused me…and when I clicked on them, weird things happened, and it just made it seem like a lot more work. Too many clicks needed to get the manuscript looking like it was supposed to. And the comment bubbles are different. I was so confused I just had to close it and say a prayer.

When I was working in Nursing I adapted to change constantly without problem. It went with the job. Every day there were new meds, procedures, skills, people. I thought writing would remain rather stagnant and I could simply relax and write…but no.

And then there are changes to Outlook, so my mail….sheesh, my mail. The blocks were so big I had to scroll through paragraphs, cursing all the while, until the RS decided to come rescue me and change all my settings and tweak everything until we got it looking as close to normal as we could. Thank goodness for knights in shining armor. I have three major email accounts, so he had to process the same changes in all three, and my many folders were safe.

What’s next?

Am I the only one who freaks out whenever forced to adapt or die?