And we are live!

Real paper-and-ink version of Secondhand Shadow is now on Amazon! I’ve not received my copy yet, and my library is having trouble ordering it, so whatever caused the delay may still be causing problems somewhere — but we are definitely orderable on The Big Book-Ordering Site, so right now life is good!!

(I’ve also been interviewed again, this time on M. Kircher’s blog, so check that out if you want to hear me talk about myself! Also her blogs looks kinda cool on its own, even without being graced by my beautiful face.)

Today is a pretty tough day for me — I have to work a split shift, which means I’m trapped in Montgomery for 12 hours plus commute time, and this is because we’re in the midst of our annual Purgatory Back-to-School Boot Camp, which, as an introvert who abhors chaos, I find terrifying and exhausting. So things like “good news for my book!” are what keep me going. …That and donuts.

My life has been further complicated, though in an adorable way, by this little hitchhiker I picked up off the side of I-85.


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We think it’s a girl (hard to tell at that age) and she’s just so tiny and sweet and darling. /wibbles. My sister wanted to name it Oliver, as in Oliver & Company, so now it’s Olivia. She’s living in a large carrier in my bedroom. She smells and has worms but she’s such a sweetheart! I wish we could keep her, but we already have two cats and three dogs. My sister, who owns the house, has vetoed the idea completely, and after all, I can’t afford another cat. I’m barely keeping myself and Lucy afloat, what with her diabetes expenses. So we’re networking, trying to find a home for the little gal. Wish us luck!

It’s aliiiiive! …sort of.

I’ve said all along that my book wouldn’t feel “really published” until it was out in print (as opposed to ebook), specifically when I could hold it in my hot little hands. That was supposed to happen on Thursday.

[insert utter lack of Amazon link here]

Well, to be fair, I doubted I would hold it in my hands on Thursday, though I did presume my contract-mandated free copy would be mailed. For all I know, it has been, I suppose. But it was supposed to be available for my friends and family and library to order. It was supposed to be on Amazon! I was supposed to have arrived!

Instead my authorly train has broken down in a tunnel somewhere.

When half of Thursday had passed with no sign of it, I emailed my publisher. She replied, very apologetically, that she had forgotten to release it and would do so as soon as she got back to her computer. ……Okay then. And so she did. She emailed me a while later saying the book was now available on CreateSpace and would be on Amazon within 24 hours. Considering that “24 hours later” was well into the day after my release date, this wasn’t the best news ever, but whatcha gonna do. I waited.

24 hours came and went. And technically my book is out there. It’s here on CreateSpace, the printing press Astraea apparently uses (owned by Amazon), and you can totally buy it there, and I even get a bigger cut if you do. But it’s just not reeeeal. Come on, people! The trains have a schedule to keep! Get me out of this tunnel!

Oh, P.S.! I has been interviewed! Krysten Lindsay Hager, who I interviewed here not long ago, has returned the favor on her blog.