My first novel, Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort, just gained its one thousandth review on Amazon. Even better, the book has managed to maintain a 4.5 rating.
It’s not a perfect book. I often tell people that I wrote it with my training wheels on. But I’ve been fortunate to find readers who’ve embraced my baby, warts and all.
I’m still learning. There are now four books in the Happy Valley series with another in the works. With each book I’ve learned something new, gotten better at the craft, but there’s still much to learn.
I appreciate everyone who’s come along on the journey—even those few reviewers who’ve been less than impressed have contributed to my growth and helped make each book better than the one before.
Tomorrow, Valentines Day, 2023, Mayhem will be featured as an Amazon Daily Deal for a mere $1.99 on Kindle. So, if you haven’t yet read it, it might be the perfect time. And if you do, I’d love your feedback.
I have a tendency to eavesdrop. And then out myself by doing something stupid like letting people know I was listening in.
Earlier in the week I overheard a trio talking about the book clubs they belong to. They were sitting behind me at the coffee shop and even as I tried to talk myself out of giving them my card, I turned around and gave them my card, saying, “I’m so sorry for eavesdropping, but I’m an author and here are my books. Just in case, you know.”
They were so gracious, but I kept babbling, apologizing, and I’m certain my cards might’ve been used for kindling later that day.
Then this morning I was in a different coffee shop listening to the cutest college-aged couple play a game. One of their answers was so off base that I burst out laughing, Come on, cereal is NOT a soup, am I right?
I apologized, and they asked if I’d be a referee when they couldn’t agree on an answer. And that is a first for me. Maybe eavesdropping has finally paid off.
I’m not a fan of Kristen Sinema—the Democratic Senator from Arizona who skews more to the right than the left. She’s a DINO—Democrat In Name Only, like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.
On Tuesday night, Sinema wore a bright yellow dress to the State of the Union address. It’s a dress I wouldn’t have worn, but she did and has been attacked by Democratic pundits for her choice.
That infuriates me.
Men in her position basically have two choices: a blue suit or a black suit and a tie that says “I’m in charge or send more money.” Whereas for women there awaits a minefield. Too colorful? You’re an attention whore. Too bland? You’re outdated, boring.
Attack Sinema all day long for abandoning her constituents in favor of accepting money from conservative special interest groups, but ignore what she’s wearing, That shouldn’t matter at all.