I’m not sure why, but things seem to be looking up. Maybe it’s the upcoming holidays – you know, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years. Or maybe is just relief after the brouhaha of the recent elections. Or maybe it’s the recent success with the free download of “The Big Bend” and all the follow-on sales.
For whatever reason, I find myself overwhelmed by a curious case of optimism, and I don’t know how to deal with it. I haven’t felt this optimistic since I got out of the army in 1970.
I recently re-published the Kindle version of “Hog Valley”, my second novel. There were several formatting issues mentioned by reviewers, so I bit the bullet and cleaned it up. Just this morning I got an email from the nice people at Kindle Direct Publishing, notifying me of a few final errors I had to clean up before they would give it a clean bit of health and send out “Update Available” notices to readers who’d purchased the previous version, so I spent an hour doing that and republished the novel. I hope that will be the end of that.
The nice people at Kindle deserve a shout of gratitude for what they do; “Thanks, Kindle People!”
Along with reformatting “Hog Valley”, I do want to tell you that my small volume on roses, titled “A Primer on Roses” is now available at Amazon in Kindle format:
The price is $2.99.
Here’s the blurb:
A short, entertaining, but very detailed introduction to planting, pruning and caring for the Queen of Flowers. Written for the beginning or amateur gardener who wants to plant a few roses in his garden, this little book will provide all the background knowledge and step-by-step instructions needed to select a location, purchase the plants and get them into the ground so they will have every chance to thrive and produce gorgeous blooms for years to come.
I spent many years in my youth working as a gardener; roses struck my fancy early on, and I have never lost my love of and appreciation for those incredibly tough and extremely beautiful plants. I’ve been thinking of producing a little volume on roses for a few years now, and finally decided to put what I knew into print. I am amazed at how little I knew – it’s only 53 pages long, after all. Then again, I am a fairly concise fellow…
I will be working as a volunteer at the Silver River State Park tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, for the “Ocali Days” festival. This is one of the many days in the year when the park is packed full with visitors. If you’re in the area, make a point of visiting the park. it’s a blast.
I am now officially hard at work (well, kinda-sorta hard at work) on plotting and planning the fifth book in the Terry Rankin series. I’ll begin writing in January, 2013. Way too much to do to get started any sooner.