So here's the skinny. I've been super MIA for the past year. No posts, very few social media shares, and zero new books. I know. I kinda suck. But there's a reason for all of this. Well, really two reasons.
1. Last school year I went back to work, or as I like to think of it "undercover", and worked in the high school cafeteria. Wow, talk about a breeding ground for new story ideas. Anyway, the point of my sojourn into the workforce was so that I could quickly pay off the student loans I've been dragging around since 2002. The good news is that I am officially student debt free. The bad news is that working full time and still keeping up with everything my family needed left me pretty drained and writing was a struggle.
2. I'm currently in the middle of a legal battle with Amazon. Yes, the battle is over money and yes, it has been expensive. I'm not going to go into a lot of details until the whole thing is said and done. For now I'll just say that due to the legal rigmarole I've been very hesitant to spend funds on editing, covers, advertising, etc. Add to that the emotional toll of battling one of the corporate giants of America and there's not a lot left in the tank or the bank. Ha, I rhymed. I'm hysterical.
Anyway, the point of this is to let you know that there is a small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I'm done with my undercover stint so I'm back to actually writing. Yes, that's new words on new books. Also, I'm cautiously optimistic that my Amazon debacle should be finito by the end of the year (or sooner, please!) and that means I can stop being so miserly with my moolah and get some books out there.
Thank you to all of you who have sent me messages and emails asking if all is okay. I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond to everyone. I would ask for your understanding that I wasn't in a good place for the last year to try to put on a pretty face when it came to my author career.
But now we are moving on to, hopefully, bigger and better things. Tomorrow kicks off the Fall 2019 YASH (YA Scavenger Hunt). If you've participated in a hunt before then you know how fun these are. If this sounds foreign to you, don't worry. Tomorrow's post will explain everything. Just know that there are tons of authors participating and you'll have lots of chances to win gift cards, books and other fabulous prizes. You won't want to miss it.
So with that, I will bid you adieu until mañana!