The Fulfillment: So, The Fulfillment released on Oct. 15. I hope you checked out my blog tour. Big shout out to all the amazing bloggers who participated. And congrats to my giveaway winner, Jess! She won signed copies of all three books. If you missed out on that chance, Deek and I are offering a joint giveaway which ends on our wedding anniversary (Nov. 7). You can check out the deets on his page or mine.
The Prophecy: Meanwhile, in the middle of my tour for The Fulfillment, I found out The Prophecy won a Readers' Favorite 5 Star Seal! OMG! SQUEE!! I may have jumped and danced around our bedroom while Deek laughed from the bed. LOL! You can read the review here:
"Birth of An American Gigolo": First off, I can never spell the word gigolo. I want to put an "a" in it. Sigh. LOL! Anyway, this is Deek's short story, and it's totally awesome! Here's a taste of this delicious tale...
An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband's cheating and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend, inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.
The lovely Anita at RacePoint will be doing the cover, and we're SO totally thrilled about that. She's the bestest in the business, people! In case you didn't know, she's the brains behind the beautiful covers in my trilogy. I'm so stoked to see what she does with a dark piece like "Birth."
Deek and I were talking one night, and he grew very concerned that my readers would be surprised at how much darker his writing is compared to mine. So, I promised him I'd alert everyone. I posted this on my Facebook page, but now I'm posting it again here:
Friends!! Deek's short story "Birth of An American Gigolo" should be out at the end of this year or early next. He's such a talented and FUNNY writer. I can't wait for you to read his work.
Last night, we were talking, and he thought I should point out to my readers how different our writing styles are so you don't go into it expecting Erin Rhew Books.
So, here's my assessment of his style. My husband writes darker stories than I do. He's more literary, and he's far more clever/witty than I could ever hope to be. So, when you go to read his stories, expect to be in a world tinted with a Gotham City style grittiness. Expect to be blown away by the eloquent way he phrases things, and go to the bathroom before you start reading so you don't pee yourself from laughing. wink emoticon
I am so proud of my husband!! I embrace the fact that we're different writers, and I'm proud to be one half of the Rhew team!
Coffee news: This actually does relate to writing. Haha! I've wanted to force myself to like black coffee for years. In the winter, I get so cold, but I don't want to waste calories on drinks like hot chocolate. So, when I moved to the Pacific Northwest (the birthplace of Starbucks--I actually went to the original Starbucks when we visited Seattle), I decided the time had come. I started off slowly with fru-fru drinks like caramel macchiatos and salted caramel mochas (thank you, Starbucks, for using coconut milk for the lactose intolerant). I also drank, and still drink, Califia Salted Caramel almond milk coffee. And then the moment came for me to try black coffee. I made myself down a cup of it one day and then the next. Suddenly, I started having some every day (thank goodness Deek keeps a pot ready). Then...the weirdest thing happened. I began to PREFER it! The night I found out about the 5 Star Seal from Readers' Favorite, I got a salted caramel mocha, and it felt heavy in my stomach. I'd much rather have the smooth plainness of black coffee. Wut the wut? Mission accomplished.
Deek and I spent the afternoon working in the arts district--it's fitting.
In other news:
We visited a pumpkin patch and ate yummy apple cider donuts.
My favorite Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo, but I'll get a pic with Donatello if I have to... ;) This pose is a shout-out to all my ninja ladies at the MMA gym where I used to train! Love you, fierce ninjas!!
Deek and I participated in Back To The Future Day by watching Part II on 10-21-15, despite having an extremely hectic week. Plus, that day was my parents' 20th wedding anniversary, and I blogged about how awesome they are and how hard it is to be apart, especially during big events.
Deek and I spent the evening in Portland supporting local art. This studio was amazing. It's covered from floor to ceiling with paint splatter!!
Working out is a huge part of our lives, so here I am post-workout. I'm trying to finish up a few last minute work items. LOL!
After a LONG day of editing and working on novels, Deek and I donned some hats and coats and took a lovely walk. We discovered the first set of Christmas lights of the season! Yes, already. They're on an old church, which has been revamped to house artisan work, and it's quite beautiful.
My husband and I *may* have slow danced in this little gazebo, oblivious to the rest of the world as we swayed in one another's arms.
Don't forget about our "snicked" giveaway (link at the top of the post) where you can win signed copies of The Fulfillment Series AND a signed copy of 122 Rules by Deek when it releases early next year! Thank you, friends, family, and readers--from the bottom of my heart. You've made my dreams, and Deek's, come true by supporting us and our writing. You're the best! Hugs!