Willy #4, Email Subscribers, Congrats, & Some Personal Stuff

I am up to my ears in final edits for Barry the Lonely Reindeer & His Bashful Elf (Willy #4). In the next day or so I’ll be uploading the edited manuscript to Amazon so the final product will go out to readers on November 1st. To those who have pre-ordered the story, thank you! I hope you all enjoy Barry and Ricky’s story. There are quite a few changes I’ve had to make in the past few days. All I can say is thank God for editors. Mine found some things that sounded perfectly fine to my little brain when I was typing the story but don’t sound fine at all in the grand scheme of things. I modeled a secondary character after someone I know well in the real world. Apparently I wrote her too much like that person so I’ve had to tone her down. The last time I modeled a character after a real person in my life I swore I’d never do it again. We see how that worked out. There’s inspiration – like David Garrett who inspired Sy in Eros – and there’s taking a person I really know and writing a character like them. I think I’ll stick to the inspiration pics from here on out. 😉 Both above-mentioned characters turned out to be a pain – in more ways than one.

If you’ve not checked out ‘Barry’ yet, you can find the Amazon pre-order link here and more info here.

Email Subscribers

When my site decided to go Poof! and disappear a few weeks ago, I lost all my email subscribers and their information. I’d called myself backing things up but I obviously didn’t do it well enough. While I do know the email addresses of some of my subscribers because I’ve spoken with them via email, I don’t want to add you guys without your permission. I don’t update a lot but I don’t want you to miss when I do. If you have a problem re-subscribing, let me know and I can manually add you. The offer of a free e-book of your choice for subscribing still stands, even for those who’ve subscribed in the past and already received a free book. You can find all my books and their info here.

On Top Down Under Book Reviews

Congrats to On Top Down Under for their 5th anniversary! Kazza has been one of my biggest supporters and I’ll forever be grateful. If you’ve not checked out the 5 year festivities, pop over there here.

Some Personal Stuff

I apologize for being a little ‘out there’ or not quite ‘out there’ lately. I’ve been dealing with bad headaches again so until I see the doctor again (on the 26th) I just have to deal. I’ve been pretty much nonexistent on social media because I’ve not felt 100%. Hopefully I can get back on track in the coming days.

That’s all for now. Back to the manuscript. 😀

I hope everyone is doing well.

~Candi

Heartbroken

I woke up Monday morning to the horrific news of what happened in Vegas. I’d actually gotten text alerts throughout the night but I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of what had occurred until I got up and turned on the news.

It absolutely disgusts me that people can’t even go to a music festival or a nightclub or anywhere else these days without worrying about some idiot opening fire. This post isn’t about gun rights or politics so please don’t leave comments or email me about that. It’s about the sad fact that there are such evil people in the world who care so little about others that they do stupid shit like firing guns into crowds of innocent people.

There’s no excuse for it.

In June I was in Orlando. My husband was working there for a few weeks so I went down Father’s Day weekend. I knew I couldn’t go to Orlando without going by Pulse nightclub. I almost didn’t get out of the car but my husband told me that if I didn’t I’d regret it later. Knowing he was right, we parked and we got out. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life. All those innocent people killed. For what? I’ll never understand it, just like I’ll never understand why the people were killed in Vegas.

This man looked like the man next door. He didn’t look like an evil person or a monster. He looked like one of us. Monsters don’t hide under the bed anymore in just our imaginations. They’re living among us and it makes me ill, and honestly, it scares me.

I also learned the bad news about Tom Petty. Another part of my teenage years gone. Damn the Torpedoes will forever be a favorite. I still have my original copy somewhere. Some things are special. That old tape is one of them.

My heart is broken for a lot reasons today. My thoughts and prayers go to everyone affected by what happened in Las Vegas. As for Tom Petty, I’ll be listening to his music tonight as I again remember my younger years, just as I did when we lost Prince, George Michael, and others.

Hug your family a little tighter tonight.

~Candi