Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh, those bourbon slings (and arrows of outrageous fortune?)

Once again, life is handing me what might be lemons but which might also become a marvelous Bourbon Sling.

I can't remember if I mentioned this or not, but my web site vanished around Christmas time. It's a long story (best told in a bar at a writing conference), but suffice it to say, I had to come up with a new hosting service, new web site, and new, well, everything. I flailed around for a few weeks, then I designed a new web site, or a web slog: a web site/blog that I can easily update. I'm rather proud of it. Check it here:

I've got a "landing" site, a home site for my mysteries, one for my time travel books (which will be a blog about self-publishing since I'm taking the books that were returned to me and launching them myself), and a site for my paranormal thrillers (one of which got a 4-star RT review. I am STILL pumped about that!)

So there's a BIG Bourbon Sling: a new web site that will be easy to maintain. Whew.

Just when I thought it was safe to relax, I had a book release on me that I didn't plan for. Lie to Me is a cross-country blind date from hell...which turns into a little bit of heaven for Grace Jamison. It's fun, it's sexy, and it released when I least expected it! But I got a rockin' cool cover, it's out there, so hey, life is good, right?

So now I can relax, right?

Nope. My husband and I were contemplating a move to a new state. I've lived here for 20 years, and that's a LONG time for me. We thought we might move. I started to browse for new houses, etc., and WHAM, found one that might just be perfect.

So now: scramble? Prep our house for sale? Put in an offer? Move? Not move? Oh, and my husband is job-hunting and just got a short-term contract our current town. Prep the new house, let him stay here and sell the old house?

Nope. That idea fell through when we investigated a bit more. So now it's back to the drawing board--literally. We may be building a home. 

That sound you hear? It's me, screaming as Life once again piles ... maybe lemons ... on my plate.

But that's okay. I'm somewhat confident there's a bourbon sling at the end of the tunnel...


Carolyn Hughey said...

Wow, JL, I hear ya talking! I'm in the same mode as you with the moving. Unfortunately, the market is so bad here, we're waiting a while, but it's going to happen.

Congratulations on your release of Lie To Me, although unexpected. It's a great surprise.

I'll also be interested in hearing about your experience with the self-publishing. My friend, and fellow FTHer, Marie Force, self-pubbed one of her books. She expected to sell 100 books in a month and wound up selling 150 in a week. She's over the moon with the results. I wish the same for you.

J L said...

Thanks, Carolyn. If you want to track my self-pub progress, check my web site here: That's where I"m going to document the process and the results. It's in the beginning stages, but like Marie, if I sell 100 copies a month, I'll be happy (and more would be excellent!)

Joanne said...

Sincere congrats on your new book. I love the cover! And, best wishes for your dh's contract offer.