I did it.

It took gut-churning grit and determination, but I did it. I published my first novel, There Is No Lovely End. <—- See what I did there? I LINKED TO WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT! What? You can buy my book? SO WEIRD! I am used to seeing it in a stack of ratty, coffee-ringed papers on my desk. Now it’s all bound and beautiful.

Note: I should say…I didn’t publish this book. The curmudgeons over at Odd Rot did. Odd Rot is a small press “…located in the crumbling remains of a curio emporium next door to a gentleman’s club, across the street from a graveyard.” It is run by two bookworms who specialize in macabre and peculiar fictions. I have never met them. I do not even know their names. They refused to tell me what else they have published – if anything at all. The closest contact I ever made with the pair was traipsing knee-deep in debris (shattered pickled punk jars, rotting miniature books on embalming, bone frame fragments, etc.) and seeing a Nosferatu-esque shadow on the wall reading a book. It skittered away once I called over to it. The only reason I signed with their press was because I received a letter (written in an unidentifiable, brown, chunky liquid on large, yellow leaves) stating, and I quote,

If you do not publish your first novel with Odd Rot, your coffee will furthermore smell of manure, your personal library will fox and turn to ash, and your pen will be stalled – unless writing about modern baseball.”

They also flattered me immensely and sent a raccoon jawbone necklace in the post. So here we are.

Know what makes a pretty book prettier? When you put a BONE ON IT!

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Photo Credit: Chris Cahill

In additional news!

Hear ye, hear ye, I HAVE A BOOK TRAILER! Done by the Fantastic! Patient! And Astounding! Rule2 Productions. With music by The Goddamn Gallows! What? You love the Gallows? ME TOO! Check it:

And if all that weren’t enough to give a gal a grand grin…I AM GOING ON TOUR!

OK, just a mini-tour…but, hey, if you are around Boston, Detroit, or Chicago come say hello. Here’s my schedule the next two weeks:

July 10 – 14, 2014
ReaderCon, Burlington, MA

Friday, July 11th, 4 p.m. – The “Inspire” room – I will be guest reading with the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours.

 

July 16, 2014
There Is No Lovely End Book Release Party

Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, 7 – 10 p.m.
Chicago, IL

 

July 17 – 20, 2014
DetCon1, Detroit

Friday, July 18th, 4 – 8 p.m. – Artists/Author Alley Table in the Ontario Exhibit Hall – I will be chatting and selling my book.

Saturday, July 19th, 11 a.m. – Nicolet A – Econ 101 of Self-Publishing Panel

Saturday, July 19th, 3 p.m. – Joliet A – Join Elwin Cotman and myself for a reading!

Saturday, July 19th, 5 p.m. – Nicolet A – Science Fiction and Heavy Metal Panel

…and then…somewhere around the 7/24 I have a private bookclub event. And then… THEN! I will rest on July 25th. It will be grand. I will READ A BOOK! Not my own. Someone else’s. Perhaps, I’ll finally get to read the Long Hidden anthology.

But now…now I EAT CHIPS!

OH! WAIT! One last thing.

I HAVE A ZAZZLE STORE! Click the pic below to get there.

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(I will also have limited merch [possibly even cheaper] on my mini-tour. Hit me up live!)