Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book News Round-Up

I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who went out and bought the book last week! I'm currently doing very well for a first time indie author, and that is due to YOU. So thank you! 

In particular, I am so grateful for everyone who took the time to write a review. So far it's all been 4 or 5 stars, which is brilliant! (And yes, I am happy for 4 star reviews too, because if it was 5 stars all the way, it would seem too good to be true!) I also got my Goodreads Author Profile all set up, so feel free to check that out! And if you want to read "The Mermaid and the Unicorn" but haven't got the time quite yet, you can add the title to your Goodreads bookshelf.

(BTW - in order to avoid personal hypocrisy, I am making an effort to review more books myself. This will mean keeping my Goodreads account more active! So, yes, feel free to friend or follow me over there.)

Secondly, for those of you wondering how and why I, a Protestant, got into writing a Catholic novel, this interview I did over at Sacrifice of Love really delves into the details of that.

Thirdly, those of you who have read the book know that my next project is a novella focusing on the backstory of two characters in "The Mermaid and the Unicorn." I am currently about 28,000 words into the first draft of what will probably be a 40,000 word product, and well on track to have it out in time for Valentine's Day 2017. If you have any requests for Parisian characters you'd like to see more of in this prequel, let me know in the comments section!

Fourthly, if you are the sort of person to be intrigued by fashion, you may be interested in checking out the clothing design sketches I did for Daphne, Amelia, Maddie, Kate, Abby and Danielle over on my sewing blog.

On the home front, I am obsessively organizing every aspect of my house and life, from labeling all the shelves in the fridge, to starting a bullet journal (which rocks.) Although I still have to take way too much supplements and meds to function, I do have some function again, which means I can take steps to organize my life and accomplish goals. SO HAPPY.

And in Mateo news - he is four months old, 10lbs, and learning new commands and words every day. It is fascinating to watch how he is really learning words, not just commands. For instance, he definitely knows 'outside', can pick up his name in the middle of any sentence and context, and knows the difference between "Mommy" and "Daddy" and can go find whichever one he is directed to find. Just the other day I couldn't hear where Nathan was, so I asked Mateo to "find Daddy" and then I followed him while he led me to Nathan. Not bad for the doggy equivalent of a five year old! Especially a Shih Tzu (the breed is not known for their intelligence, but apparently Mateo has good genetics).

1 comment:

AnneMarie said...

Mateo sounds so smart! I didn't know that dogs could really understand words like that-how neat!
Oooh, I think the novella will be delightful with any of the characters in it, but I did really like the mystery and whimsy of Madame Juliana, so it'd be cool to see more of her :)