Today, October 11th, is the official relaunch of Rock Gods & Messy Monsters – and it also happens to be my birthday. Read on for info, updates, and more!
Rock Gods & Messy Monsters Relaunches
Rock Gods & Messy Monsters officially hard launches today, October 11. I wrote an article a couple months ago explaining what a hard launch is and why I’m doing it – check out “Why I’m Hard Launching (Relaunching) My Book A Year After Publication” if you want to know more.
The book’s gotten a facelift with a new cover (see above). Today also marks the release of a hardcover version of the novel, which, I must say, looks way better than I thought it would.
The Holidays Are Coming
The holidays are coming, and know what’s a great gift? Rock Gods in all your loved ones’ stockings!
If you want an autographed copy, I could send you one for $20 to cover shipping if you’re in the U.S. It’s over $30 per book to the U.K. and internationally so not worth sending one – but I could send a sticker you could put in the novel for a couple pounds. Or – just wait until I figure out how to do a book launch or event in London and I can sign U.K. friends’ copies then!
Another Great Review!
This just in! The International Review of Books has reviewed Rock Gods & Messy Monsters….
“Look, let’s be honest. This book is gross, but fast-paced and funny, and all it takes to make that connection is to have experienced being a woman in a man’s corporate world. Or really, just being a woman at all. A timeless struggle, set in a dystopian world where reality and fantasy merge to bring home hard realities with humor and wit. It’s horror mixed with misogyny, and I’ll leave it to readers to decide which is truly more horrific.
The war is real, ladies, and it’s fantastic to see our victories become reality, in life and in prose!”
Why Book Reviews Matter – Please Leave One
I’m not trying to go on too much about the book (okay, I have been…sorry) – but this is my last plea. If you’re moved to leave a review and you haven’t yet (please, be moved!….), you can leave one on Amazon. It means SO much!
The Amazon algorithm that determines how books are promoted and put into public view takes the number of reviews in account. It’s as important as book sales.
You don’t have to buy the book there, but you do have to spend at least $50 a year on Amazon to leave one. If you’d like to help me, I think this link will take you directly to a review page for the book. It’s all I want for my birthday, and Christmas, and every holiday ever to happen again. Thanks!!!
Book Signing and NYC
If you heard about the October Rock Gods hard launch in NYC, I’ve indefinitely postponed it. Maybe I’ll do something when the second or third book comes out, but costs were running up toward $7k. And I was like, what? I’m not at a point in my writing career to fork out that kind of money for two hours. (It was the NYC hotel that was the bulk of it….)
Because I canceled the event, I snuck into NYC a couple weeks ago, before Amtraking down to Delaware to visit my mother. It’s the first time I’ve been back since moving almost three years ago. I swore when I left the East Coast that I’d never go east of the Rocky Mountains again, let alone back to NYC, but, oh, my, I had such a fantastic time!
The city seemed nicer, calmer, quieter – I know! I understand that’s because I am, but I was still shocked. At first I started thinking about moving within commutable distance, but, I don’t know, New Mexico has its own kind of magnetism. I just re-signed my lease, so I’m in Santa Fe for at least another year. I’m letting the universe decide where I’ll eventually land.
I’m committed to finding a way to spend a month or two a year in Manhattan (most likely in the spring during the windy season here in New Mexico). Windy season can suck with both wind and flying dust blowing all over.
For any of you New Yorkers I didn’t get to see, I’m sorry! I’ll plan to come back longer the next time, so I can catch up with everyone. Most of the trip was related to Rock Gods, so I only had time to see a few people. I’ve put a few photos from the trip online if you’d like to check them out.
A huge thanks to the NYC women from my online writing group who met up for lunch and all bought my book, in particular, Noemie, Stacy, Jaime, and Sadie. We even had an impromptu book signing!
And many thanks to Mary Kay, Paula, Libby, Dawn, Janet, Vivian , and Kate for being such great friends and cheering on my crazy efforts to make a living at full-time fiction writing. You all rock!
Writing Update – Book 2
I’m ecstatic to share that my second book (that still has no title) is currently getting a professional edit. I’m nervous – and terrified I’ll have to make tons of changes – but also so happy it’s gotten to this point. If all goes well, and I don’t need to completely rewrite the thing, I’m hoping to release it in spring(ish) of 2024.
It’s a sequel to my current book Rock Gods & Messy Monsters. You’ll meet Alex twenty years later, older but no wiser. It’s the start of her journey toward herself. I’m planning on at least three books in the series, maybe four – depending on how many escapades she has when she starts her personal transformation. More on that to come.
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