I've had a post ready to go for two weeks, but there's always something that keeps preempting it. Lots of stuff happening lately.
On the book front:
The good people at Indie Books Blog showcased The Devil To Pay on Tuesday. I'd been out of internet range most of yesterday, so I was a little late in talking about it. But pop over if you want to find out who my favorite authors are or why I decided to self-publish The Devil To Pay.
I also got a really nice review for The Devil To Pay from The Forbidden Bookshelf. I generally don't mention reviews here because I figure I'm the only one who'd be interested in them, but I dropped the ball and didn't get a chance to tweet my thanks the other day so I needed to do a proper penance.
The sequel to The Devil To Pay is DONE. Yes, it has a title. No, I'm not going to spill the beans until after it's been to the editor. I'm just superstitious that way.
My CPs have it now. While they're picking at it, I'm going to start on the new cover. This story is going to revolve around ousted angel, Liam, so expect a sexy guy for the cover of ----- -- -----.
Around the country:
We had an earthquake on the northeast side of the US. Really rattled some nerves. According to the news, there was no major damage. Some folks in California were poking fun at NYers. Yeah, we'll see how tough they are the next time California gets snow.
My friend LD Masterson sent me a news article about author Christi Craig. Apparently, she used Texas's anti-littering slogan, Don't Mess With Texas for her book title.
Sorry, but you can't do that with a trademarked slogan, especially one that's been used for decades and has had major celebrities appear in commercials repeating that slogan. I can't believe no one caught that.
It might seem odd that the Texas Department of Transportation wants to sue the author and Hachette Book Group, but I don't blame them. People are just too free in borrowing any old thing they see in the media. Unless something is in the public domain, it doesn't belong to you. Don't touch.
I have not opened Twitter or Facebook at all lately. It's been that busy.
The heat is still with us. We've now beat the second longest triple-digit days on record. I've lost several trees and almost all my foundation plantings. Even my ajuga gave up the ghost. The Mexican heather has made it though. And the American beautyberry might survive if I keep watering it. Deer eat those berries so I want them to make it.
In the garden, only the okra is still producing.
The chickens are doing well. I set them free during the day so they can find their own shade. But the rascals know the sound of my screen door opening and they come running out like voracious ants to see if I have anything for them. They're such mercenaries.
I've been through heatwaves, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ice storms, and blizzards, but never an earthquake. Unless you count that one time when Greg rocked my--oh never mind, I'm sure you don't want to hear about that. :saucy grin:
Earthquakes scare me. I mean, where can you go? There's no warning.
What's the worst natural disaster you've ever survived?