It's a very rainy day here in The Big Apple, and though I am EXHAUSTED I am exhilarated! It's been a very busy week, filled with very satisfying happenings!
My week began with an "Author Spotlight" interview with my friend Katie Salidas on her blog (http://networkedblogs.com/jDvUr). Katie is the author of the popular Immortalis vampire series.
She also featured an excerpt of the first chapter of "Sinner's Ride", however, be forewarned, this is not a G-rated excerpt. Continuing on, I participated in her Virtual Tour in anticipation of the release of the third book in her series "Pandora's Box" and wrote reviews for the first two books in her series. That experience was really, really cool!
My work week went well, busy, but normal. By the end of the week I, along with other authors (Michael R. Hicks and Paul Antony Jones) were being interviewed by Jorge Salgado-Reyes on the Indie Authors Press "Shining the Spotlight on .." series (www.salgado-reyes.com). This one was really interesting. It's on a forum where not only Jorge asks you questions, but so do viewers of the thread and you truly are virtually under a spotlight. This is an ongoing interview and can take place over several days. Also on the site, you can join to become a participant of a Writers/Beta Readers Circle and share ideas, support other indie writers/authors and do critiques.
Regarding ongoing work, I've slowly begun to focus again on my ongoing WIP, "The Radocians" series and "Resurrection of Dead Dreams" which will be book one. This one's much harder to write than "Sinner's Ride" was because it's so personal, but I think it is that personal touch that will make it interesting.
Things on the family side are fun too! My grandson is now heading to the fourth grade and my daughter seems happier than I've seen her in a while. The highlight was spending time with my nephew/son who was in town. It's crazy when the three of those get together! It was like having a house full of kids again! They drove me crazy -- but it was a good crazy! Today, I'm taking my grandson and his friend to see "Green Lantern", and a burger dinner afterward. I'm telling you, I have had my fill of kids' movies!
And finally, my book signing event which is this coming Friday! I am a little nervous -- not good being in the spotlight like that. I am more the observant/in the background type. But, I am extremely excited and I can not wait to see friends and family members I haven't seen in a long time. Some of those people I haven't seen in decades! So psyched! So, for more info on that event, please go to http://lahongrais.blogspot.com/2011/06/sinners-ride-book-signing-event.html?spref=tw. If you are in the NYC area on Friday, please consider joining us. Lots of fun stuff planned, including a specially created drink just for the occasion is in store!
I can't leave this space without plugging my book :) Remember, "Sinner's Ride" is available in e-book format, so why don't you download a copy before you go to the beach?
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!!