About two years ago, I sent an email to Barry Crowther that can be summed up like this, “Hey, I was wondering if you’d look over a couple of poems I’ve written and tell me what you think?”
Barry’s response was to read the poems, and email me back, asking me how many more I had. What followed was two months of Barry very kindly guiding me through everything on the road to publication, and setting me on a path in my life I had no idea I was going to take.
Among the many things that have happened to me since the day I published The Color of Dawn in January of 2012, the biggest blessing has been the friendships I have made. Barry Crowther is clearly one of the most significant, but there are three others that have stood out, and will always stand out. Justin Bog has been one of my biggest cheerleaders, always there with a kind word, an offer of help, always reminding me that he loves me and is there for me, however I might need him. Scott Morgan is another, and not only is he one of my awesome editors, he’s also taught me more about writing than I’ve gotten from any classes I’ve taken, and does me the grand favor of non-bullshit responses to my work, as well as being one of my biggest supporters in my personal life. And Dionne Lister? Well, what can you say about a woman who I’ve recorded over 80 podcast episodes with, come up with some ridiculous projects together, gives me the most comical track notes on my work and been my unpaid therapist for the past two years? Nothing except she’s amazing, and I am blessed to have her in my life.
I can recount what brought me to the Indie Author Arena, but I’ve done it several times and everyone’s sick of hearing about it. What I do know is that a gift of a Kindle E-book led me to a life I had only dreamed of, one that I am very grateful for. It’s led me to the most amazing relationships of my life, and career possibilities I’d never even considered.
Back in February of 2012, there was talk between Dionne Lister, Justin Bog and myself of meeting up in Hawaii in the Spring of 2013. But life has a way of getting in the way of excellent things, and the trip was postponed and then cancelled. And then, as a way of making up for it, Dionne told us she would be in Hawaii in October of 2013, and would be heading stateside, right to Dallas, Texas to see me. And Justin said he’d join us, and then Charity said she’d make the trip. Then Ben Ditmars figured he might as well join the party, and since Tracy James Jones lives in Dallas and Scott Morgan had moved to my neck of the woods? Things started getting larger, plans were made, hotels were booked, and other people asked if they could join in.
Which led us to IndieVengence Day. Saturday October 12, 2013, from 1 until 5 p.m., we’ll have fifteen authors at the Half-Price Books on NorthWest Highway in Dallas, Texas signing their books.
So to celebrate IndieVengence Day and my excitement at finally meeting so many wonderful people who are more like family than friends, I am marking all my books at $0.99 from October 7 until October 17.
And if you’re awesome enough to attend the signing and meet in person all these amazing people? Well, I’ll be thrilled to meet you as well, Dear Reader. And if you buy one of my books, I’ll give you a coupon code for a free e~book download of the same book at Smashwords.com.
I hope to see you all there!
Buy my books at $0.99 here, starting October 7, and you can pre~register to attend the IndieVengence Day Signing here.
Lots o’ love and huggles,