Around September, I tend to start thinking about doing yoga. It's like some magic switch I think will make my getting another year older in November less painful, somehow. Of course, a few years ago, I was doing yoga most days and went to that writing retreat where I slept on a fold out bed after riding a Greyhound bus (and before riding it again) and sat on the floor a good bit, as there weren't seats for everyone, and I was one of the younger participants. After a couple of days of that, I then slept in the old bed in my old room. I got back to Kansas City and put my back out putting my pants on a few days later.
Yoga didn't save me. Just goes to show you can't control everything.
I've been busy, but I also had some things I was finished with that I couldn't actually talk about. Read further for a June/July roundup.
To celebrate Pride Month, Kobo is running a buy 2 get 1 free on select LGBT books by LGBT authors. I am thrilled to say that Elegant Freefall made the list! Check out these three, as well as the others on the list. This special will run all month, and is only for those customers in Canada.
New to Kobo? When you sign up, you will get a $5 credit in the US for your first purchase. And, the Kobo app works on phones and tablets. So, that is one way US folks can celebrate Pride with Kobo.
Looking to stock up on some good #WLW #LesFic books for by the pool this summer? Starting Monday, May 27, 2019: "More than 100 authors have joined forces to deeply discount more than 200 books so you don’t have to break the bank to get your reading fix. There are over 40 subgenres of lesbian fiction, ranging from romance to sci-fi to fantasy to mystery and so much more." Click the image above to get to the sale.
My books Elegant Freefall and Zamani are in the sale, so if you're into the Kindle version, pop over and check them out there. And, here are the links to non-Amazon stores:
Elegant Freefall links:
From the bus stop at the end of each school day, my older sister, Renee, would run down our gravel driveway yelling “keep up!” over her shoulder as she sped away from me. Inevitably, I would fall down, my metal Raggedy Ann lunchbox skittering across the gravel, my knees red and raw. In my mind, she was running away from me, but in hers, she was blazing the trail ahead of me.
As someone who works at home and lives in a small town, I often seek out situations online where I can be part of a community of like-minded folk who are also involved in the business of writing and reading. What I find, though, is that often these interactions create more anxiety and distraction than if I just hide in my bubble.
This is the state I've been in for a while now. I'm literally 1/2 way through two completely unrelated novel manuscripts, I still find myself looking at job ads that come across my virtual desk and think "I could probably get that job," and I keep thinking that I should start working in earnest on the non-fiction project(s) I've been putting off. Time to set up some concrete goals and get back to work.
I've vacillated in the past: Stay in Kindle Unlimited? Or go wide (meaning my books are available in eBook formats and from retailers other than Amazon). A year ago, I made the decision that I would be exclusive with Amazon and KU. I pulled my books in the Olivia Chronicles out from every other seller, and I planned to publish Elegant Freefall exclusively with Amazon.
Starting March 16, you will find Elegant Freefall at all major retailers of eBooks, as well as being available for libraries to loan through OverDrive when they purchase a library copy. The Olivia Chronicles books will be available April 20.
So, why am I going wide again? Lots of reasons. And none of them really have anything to do with money.
Lately, it seems every week brings a new story--or two--about plagiarists, literary frauds, or just simple pretenders. And, while I look forward to watching Can You Ever Forgive Me? this weekend (yay, RedBox), I am incredibly conflicted about the whole thing, especially now that such scams are probably easier than ever to perpetrate.
Still at the Table. (Spring 2019)
Who's Coming to Dinner? (Spring 2016)
Making the Most of Being a Lame-Duck Resident's Wife. (Fall 2016)
Everybody's Business. (Winter 2018)
The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career by Simonds & Sotile. (Winter 2019)
AMA Guide of Medical Ethics (Spring 2017)
Dreamland: The True Story of America's Opioid Crisis by Sam Quinones (Fall 2017)
Love in the Time of Medical School by Sarah Epstein (Winter 2018)
Memoirs of a Surgeon’s Wife: I’m Throwing Your Damn Pager into the Ocean by Megan Sharma (Fall 2018)
Healer's Heart: A Family Physician's Stories of the Heart and Art of Medicine. by Pamela Camosy (Spring 2018)
Physician Family Blog Posts
"Welcome to Resident Widowhood." Physician Family Blog. July 5, 2017
“Match Making.” Physician Family Blog. March 2, 2016.http://old.physicianfamilymedia.org/http:/old.physicianfamilymedia.org/match-making/ (Reprint from my The Other Half blog).
“Between arriving and leaving.” Physician Family Blog. January 26, 2016.http://old.physicianfamilymedia.org/http:/old.physicianfamilymedia.org/between-arriving-and-leaving/ (Reprint from myThe Other Half blog).
Childless by Choice on Married to Doctors Podcast. (May 2018)