Cover Design by Anita at Race-Point!
For those who are seeking to enter the publishing fray, Deek and I learned a great deal as we birthed Birth. First, I gotta give a shout out to Ellie from Move To The Write and Anita from Race-Point! They both worked tirelessly with us as we explored the differences between CreateSpace's specs for book and cover size versus Ingram's. If you're looking for consummate professionals to help you on your journey, get in touch with these ladies!
Some of Ellie's interior magic
Now Birth is all published, in both eBook and print. It's on it's way to all major book retailers, including the Pacific Northwest's very own Powell's Books!
Deek will be doing a second blog tour for Birth from 2/28-3/7. If you're interested in hosting him or reading an ARC, drop us a line!
Soooooo, with all that going on, Deek got word that his novel 122 Rules will be published by Pandamoon Publishing in the very near future. We can't say the official release date until they do, but we're working hard to prepare for that too! So. Much. Excitement!
He has an ARC (advanced reader copy)
If you're interested in being part of the 122 Rules blog tour or reviewing the ARC, please drop us a line!
So, you likely saw my post on Valentine's Day (if not, check it out here). Well, we discussed whether or not to hit up the city, do dinner, and explore a section we hadn't yet explored, but we didn't want to be stuck fighting the Valentine's Day crowds everywhere we went. So, we stayed home and spent a glorious seven hours talking, laughing, and eating food we'd made the day before. I can't tell you how enjoyable and relaxing it was. I love to spend time with Deek. I love to look into his eyes, to hear his thoughts on things, to laugh with him, to feel his arms around me. To me, there is no greater gift Deek could give me than his time, love, and attention. And he does. On Valentine's Day and every day. I am so very fortunate, blessed beyond measure to be with my best friend, partner, and love. <swoony eyes>
Doing our "model" faces for Valentine's Day. LOL!
Then, on February 15, I called my dad to wish him a Happy Birthday! Woot! It's hard to be away from my family, especially for holidays and birthdays. And this birthday was a significant one for my dad, so that made it extra hard. BUT if I'd been back in the South with him, I would have been snowed/iced in and unable to celebrate anyway. So, that helped a little. And FaceTiming him helped a lot. Deek and I spent a good long while talking and laughing with my parents. I love technology!
My Daddy and Deek (at our May wedding)
And I went to the hairdresser to get my hair done again. The gray streaks experiment was a failure. It held for a about a week and a half, and then it faded to a dishwater blonde. And that didn't have enough vibrancy for me. So, I participated in a hair experiment for my hairdresser. She had me try an at home wash-in dye. And let's just say she shouldn't buy that product to sell. It barely turned my hair blue and made it mostly green. Eep! Pool hair in the winter? No! When my experiment concluded, she promised to make me a beautiful head of hair, and we agreed I'd go back to bright blonde.
Hiding the dishwater blonde/pool green hair with a messy bun. And rockin' the Vulcan ears at the same time. #Trekkie
Getting my hair did.
But...even though I went in for blonde, I came out like this...
I just can't resist purple's siren call.
Purple is a huge pain in the butt in a lot of way--purple fingernails if I scratch my head, washing in cold water for a week, purple streaks down the bathtub, purple flyaways dyeing the walls in the bathroom, and wearing a hat when it rains for two week so my shirt doesn't get dyed. BUT, BUT, BUT...I truly love it. Someone on Twitter said I'm a secret nature purple hair (like a natural blonde). LOL! It's true. Purple is my spirit hair color. I can't explain it, but there ya go.
And I'm super thankful Deek rolls with my hair crazy. In fact, he loves it and embraces it. He tells me it's part of my personality, and one of the many things he adores about me. So lucky!
Hope you'll grab a print copy of Birth (Deek's more than happy to sign them)!
Thanks for reading my ramblings, y'all! Until next time...