I suppose all of the people and places that brush against our lives shape us, but some more so than others. Some people you can know for years without ever truly knowing them. Others, it takes only a short while for them to become the dearest of friends.
If you read my recent series, My Own Ever After, you might remember me mentioning my local coffee shop, Maple and Main. My oldest son and I have spent an obscene amount of time there in the past six months, at first because the internet at our house in the country was sketchy and now because I’ve yet to hook up internet at our new house in town. Over the course of those months, Jacquelyn and Lyal--the mother/son duo who owns the place--have become friends I can’t quite imagine my life without.
We’ve spent enough time there that they hired Dylan to be a barista. Lyal works with us at 16 Hand, making video and graphics. My younger boys mow their lawns. It’s this fun little money loop, where we’re just passing it back and forth between families.
I don’t know if so quickly formed a bond of friendship because we found people as creative and quirky as us, because we can relate to mother/son team who are friends and business partners as well, or because of the sheer volume of time we’ve spent with them this year. Whatever the cause, they've helped me reshape my world into a brighter one.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book event or made any public appearance. I’ve been in survival mode, I guess, barely eeking out a book a year, let alone enjoying those books or my readers. But that, like so many things in my life, is changing.
What better way and place to change it than with the inaugural book event at Maple and Main? I will be one of three local authors appearing at Breaking in the Bookcase on June 1 from 6 – 8 pm. I truly hope you can join us that night, for so many reasons. The top three being:
So, I couldn't quite bring myself to shut down my website entirely. I've opted instead to work on updating it and only posting current news and notes to the blog. The past couple of months have brought so many changes to my household - me back at work, my husband looking for work (he'd been employed by my now-defunct publisher since 2012), and a dozen books to get back to the market... As I sit here this morning, my kids are at their grandparents for a week and I have a million things I want to do or or should do, and the thought of getting off the couch seems daunting. I'm exhausted - physically and emotionally just wrung out!
But I'm happy to say that my books are at least available on Kindle again. We're working on other retailers and the print versions, but having them on Amazon is a start. I've priced most at my books at $0.99. That's not a sale; that's their new price. I wasn't able to make Throwaway free, so I set it at the lowest possible price, along with most of my catalog, because I want as many people as possible to read them.
I have some giveaways to start - several jewelry pieces featured in my latest release - so look for those in the upcoming weeks!
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.