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.
This year, I think I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing--walking dogs, moving as much as I can, getting in the pool until sometime in October. And, given that the house is still in chaos and there are people working in here more days than not, the more I can stick to a routine, the better.
So, what am I doing for my birthday? I put the tentatively titled Long Weekend on hold at the start of the year to work on a sweet, low-angst, trope-driven romance novel. That's what I'm revising right now (well, not this minute, obviously). I've got a preorder set up on Amazon for the release on November 14.
Not only will that book come out (novel #5 for my 50th), the price will be 50% off through the end of November (starting with pre-order once that is live). And, Elegant Freefall will be 50% for the month of November. Because The Olivia Chronicles are Halloween friendly books (vampires! voodoo! strippers!), the books in that series (Blood Sisters, Brigitte's Cross, and Zamani) on discount for October at--you guessed it--50% off. Those books are available at all major eBook retailers (Amazon, Apple, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, Google Play).
If you're in KU, you'll also be able to read Homecoming for free as part of your KU membership. Note that I won't keep the book in KU forever, but I will warn folx before I pull it--that way you can "borrow" it and read it even after I pull it from the program.
I currently do not plan to do a paperback release on this one, but things could change. If a lot of folx beg for one, I might reconsider. Paperbacks take a lot of time to do right, making them a labor of love.
Given the release date of Homecoming, I suspect Long Weekend won't hit your virtual shelves until 2020. In many ways, it's good that I put it aside to write the other one--I kept fighting what that book is going to be, and in my break from it, I've accepted it as an ensemble novel that has as the main focus a "second chance" romance--with a straight couple. Don't worry, though, there are plenty of non-hetero characters in the book.
In other news, I participated in Reedsy Discovery with the release of Elegant Freefall, and I noticed there were no lesbian or bi-identified women reviewing over there. So, I decided to fix that. I am now a Reedsy Discovery Reviewer. If you are launching a book soon and want to request that I review it, check out my profile there.