As you know, my second novel Covenant debuted last Friday, October 28.  🙂  Please click “Books” in the link above to purchase it.  In the case of my books, as well as any other novelist who publishes through Create Space, we get more royalties when you order from the CreateSpace website.  But if you insist, you can also purchase Covenant through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The re-release of Lazarus will, in all probability, be available by the end of this week.  It’s even possible that it could be ready this evening!  It depends on whether I receive the proof today at work and whether the proof is to my satisfaction.  I made some minor changes to the interior and the cover is upgraded, so I just need to double check.

So far, my novels are more-or-less on target.  Epiphany will likely come out in December rather than November, only because me and Neil are working hard to create THE BEST cover in the Old Gold Soul brand.  If all goes well as we hope, this will be the first wrap-around cover that he makes – meaning art on the front as well as the back.

Happy National Novel Writing Month to all of you who are participating!  As you may know, NaNoWriMo is how I finally got over the hump of finishing Epiphany.  I had already had two chapters written for years but I wasn’t motivated to finish it.  Thanks to the peer pressure of some great colleagues, I dove right into NaNoWriMo (unofficially) and just wrote every day.  I made my 50,000 word target with days to spare and I believe I finished the principal writing by the end of the year.

Even though I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo since then, it’s still a great time of year for me.  So many novelists are getting it in!  It’s like a month long holiday of work and creativity.  We “fast” in a sense – fasting from procrastination and other obstacles toward writing.  We use the holidays in November as big chunks of time available to us to write without distraction.  And if all goes well, we celebrate the end of the month with the accomplishment of knowing that when we really want to, we can write a whole damn book!

So if you know a novelist, wish them a happy NaNoWriMo and offer them some support:

  • Hey, I’m working on my dissertation at Panera.  Want to work on your novel with me?
  • Hey, I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving.  Would you like to stay at my place for four uninterrupted writing days!
  • Hey, I know you’re busy this month, so I totally understand if you can’t attend [random event].  Could I bring you a plate after it’s over so you can focus on your novel?

Etc, etc.  Just be a good friend.

I hope you all are having a great week.  Be good to each other!