During the long, dreary winter months, I continued writing. I also did a bit of amateur painting. My last watercolor represents my love of spring gardens painted in an impressionistic Monet style during a snowstorm white-out.
T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Waste Land" that April is “the cruelest month”. I’m not certain whether last April was one of my best months or one of my worst.
April 2014 saw the publication of three of my novels. The first was THE BAD WIFE, my 4th Kim Reynolds mystery, published both in print and as an e-book by Perfect Crime Books. I consider this mystery thriller a very special book, the most significant novel in the series.
The second novel published last April was an e-book version of my novel TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS. This paranormal Regency romance was originally published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale/Cengage and in large print hardcover by Thorndike Press. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick provided an excellent cover blurb. Unfortunately, the ebook publisher recently went out of business. And so the ebook version of this novel had a disappointingly short run.
The third novel, which was published at the end of last April, is a YA entitled THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER. Astraea Press, now known as Clean Reads, published this book. It is still available in all ebook formats and a variety of sites such as: iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Online and of course Amazon:
This novel, thanks to word of mouth, has sold well and continues to do so at the present time. I just read an interesting statistic which claims 65% of teen novels are purchased by adults. This doesn’t surprise me. THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER is the kind of novel that can well be read, shared and discussed by mothers and teenage daughters.
I didn’t plan to have three of my novels published in the same month. I found myself spread rather thin. I love each of these novels, am proud of them, and wanted to support them to the best of my ability and so I made a concerted effort to reach out and build a readership for each book.
This April is a much less hectic one and truthfully I prefer it that way. Luminosity will publish my gothic romance DARK MOON RISING in July, both in print and digitally. After that, my next hardcover
Five Star/Cengage novel THE KILLING LAND won’t be published until February 2016. And so I will have time to address short story writing, poetry writing, plays and amateur landscape painting. Long walks outdoors are also indicated as weather permits.
Spring is symbolically and literally the season of rebirth. I am hopeful for new work to come into fruition for me this spring. The orchid plant which my husband gifted me on Mother’s Day last year and which had been totally dormant all winter long is once again in bloom. I take this as a significant, positive sign.
What does spring mean to you? Are you reading or writing something that reaffirms your life?