The Morning After

First, before I forget, I updated yesterday’s post to add my own six-word story.

Whew! The promotional blast for The Fall of Onagros, Book 1 of Sage, is over. It is no longer free. Now it costs a whole whoppin’ $3.99 cash American. At its best, it soared to #10 on the Free Kindle Epic Fantasy list, which ain’t shabby. I might have done better (I tell myself) if I hadn’t been happily distracted from concentrating on pushing.

The happy distraction was #4 Daughter’s safe return from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she took a class in art restoration, preservation, and curation at The Hermitage Museum. Naw, we’re not proud of her. Not much. <-For those who don’t speak American, that was extreme understatement, meant to indicate the exact opposite.

Ware mai harmonnika iz at? NOBODY NOZE DA TRUBBLE AI SEEEN
Ware mai harmonnika iz at? NOBODY NOZE DA TRUBBLE AI SEEEN

So she came over and rescued Dasha, the chinchilla, from our clumsy care. We took such good care of her, her mommy got to spoil her when she got home. WE were afraid to give her fruit treats, lest we make her sick, so her mommy got to give her the first piece of papaya she had since we got her. We didn’t have any place for her to safely play, so her mommy got to let her run free in her play area at home.

Now it’s back to work for me. I doing some rewrites on EEL’S REVERENCE — sorry, world, that’s the title, and you’ll just have to deal with it. It is NOT about eels, so get over feeling all squiggly. I got some EXCELLENT feedback from Amazon reviews of the last version, and my new publisher is graciously allowing me as much time as I need to fix the glitches, while my previous publisher is graciously keeping the old version live while I work on the new one. Hydra (new publisher) is having the artist of my choice (Emilie Johnson of Indiana) do the cover, which will feature Loach, the mermayd.

Thanks to everyone who downloaded my free book, and who spread the word about it. I hope some of the folks who downloaded it read it, that some of those like it, and that some of those post reviews and/or tell their friends.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a scene from the point of view of someone giving out free samples of something.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Morning After

  1. Jane

    July 18, 2013 at 9:04am

    Yay! The girl’s BAAAACK!
    Yay! She got to go in the first place!!!
    Happy Dasha!
    Happy Katya!

    Funny thing about the giveaway: I realized I was going to have to review the stuff I’ve downloaded. Well, I guess this project will be on the slow burner.

    Congrsts on the #10 rating! Good job!

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      Marian Allen

      July 18, 2013 at 9:13am

      Yep, everybody’s happy about the girl’s return. πŸ™‚

      I hear you about the reviews. I’m behind in mine. Now that the promo blitz is over, maybe I can do some catching up. πŸ™‚

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  2. Mary Montague Sikes

    July 18, 2013 at 11:18am

    Know how happy you must feel to have your daughter back from Russia. Our youngest spent 1/2 year there several years ago, mostly in Siberia. I was so glad when she got home!

    Downloaded your book and hope to eventually get time to read it. Have it in Kindle on the iPad.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Mary Montague Sikes

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      Marian Allen

      July 18, 2013 at 1:53pm

      SIBERIA!! That is AWESOME!!

      Thanks for downloading my book. πŸ™‚ I hope you like it, once it reaches the top of your virtual TBR pile. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      July 19, 2013 at 8:11am

      Dasha was very happy to be home! Sara said she (Dasha, not Sara) “wall-surfed” in her play area, she was so happy to run free. πŸ™‚

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