Monday, May 14, 2012

We Interrupt Your Web Surfing To Bring You This Special Report...

Have you missed me? I've been off, playing with both real and imaginary people. And I do have something to show for it... The Kid graduates in two weeks. Two weeks after that she leaves for Army basic training and then off to AIT (Advanced Individual Training), and then four days after that is the release date for my novel, The Carriage Trade.

How do you get to a "Happily Ever After" when you can't remember where it began?

   Carlin "Carlos" Farley's life is an open book. Unfortunately, she can't remember most of it.   She's losing her barn manager, Bill, the guy who's been running her horse drawn carriage business while she's been in extended care recovering from  an accident. Bill has always been there for her, in fact they've grown up together, but now he wants to pursue the career he put on hold and Carlin's resigned to the idea that he's leaving her.

    Bill Fantazma is the kind of guy who always tries to do the right thing. But sometimes doing the right thing is not the right thing to do. He's been in charge of Carlin's care and the business he helped acquire for her, and has accepted the accident and her subsequent brain damage as a chance for a "do-over", since his previous actions to attract her affection were less than honorable.

    Richard Cooper appears the answer to their business problems. Knowledgeable about horses, willing to step in and take over the barn manager position, helpful and solicitous to Carlin, he's not put off by her sometimes bizarre and quirky behavior.
But when Richard sees an opportunity to move in and draw Carlin's affection, Bill realizes just what she means to him and must made a decision; come clean about their past and risk her anger, or step away and allow Richard to have a romantic relationship with the woman Bill has loved all of his life.

    It's a romance she can't remember and he can never forget.

I've been to a lot of workshops and classes and stuff that's supposed to make me a gooder better writer. Brighter, faster, sleeker, etc. Whatever. I still use too many words, but you knew that anyway, right? I had an offer from a small publishing company, but after reviewing several things (the re-writes, for example, and running the numbers, plus they didn't want the sequel...)  I've decided to go it alone. Plus I always knew what I wanted my cover to look like. Being that I am a bit spoiled, do not play well with others, and like to always get my way, it's probably for the best. Plus, if I fail miserably, I will have no one to blame but myself. And I can cure that by adding a little extra alcohol into my daily regimen, and POOF! No more blame.

My personal "branding", as the big kids like to call it, runs several directions. First, everything I write naturally has horses in it. That's just who I am. Second, my covers will be stark black and while with just a dash of color. Why? Because I designed them and I'm not all that good of an artist. Plus if people like the theme enough, I can offer the design on products for purchase. An example is the coffee cup I had made through Wal-Mart:

I love my coffee cup.

Anyway, The Carriage Trade is in the final preparations for  release, and I'm shooting for June 15. It will be available as a trade paperback (Kindle Select)  and eBook. After the first 90 days it will be available on all other eBook platforms via Smashwords. I will of course add the links and if anyone wants to do a blog interview I will be happy to oblige.

Visit my website, feel free to friend me on  and I am also on Twitter under the same name.

Updates to follow as necessary. I now return you to your regularly scheduled internet surfing...

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