Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It's Been a Long Time Coming....

I wasn't sure this day would ever come.

I haven't published an original work since Final Hours in 2009. I've published ebook editions of past books, but nothing new. My brain has been on sabbatical--which is to say it hasn't been working. I don't know if it's epilepsy-related or maybe age-related, but I have the attention span of a flea. I fall asleep on my computer--literally. I forget words that once came easily (according to a story that ran on the Today show earlier this week, that can be a sign of early-onset Alzheimers, a possibility that's scary as hell). I'd be lost without my collaborators, Collin and William.



Anyway...when I was finishing Chasing the Wind in 2008, I found it necessary to cut a great deal of material from a manuscript that was far too long. One thing that I cut, with much regret, was a subplot involving Connor's clone, Alex. Alex Stewart was a character I was especially proud of having created. I wanted to show not only the ethical ramifications of human cloning, but what life might be like for a human being who discovered he was a carbon copy (outdated as that expression is!) of someone else.

I intended to write Alex's story as the sequel to Chasing the Wind. I had enough of a storyline for a novel--the problem was that I'd never been quite able to finish it. It's been on the back burner since 2010. Recently, however, a blog post by author Dean Wesley Smith gave me an idea. I'd written enough to publish a short story--the love story of Alex Stewart and Robyn Cantwell, a woman he meets in a homeless shelter.

The digital edition--with a beautiful cover designed by Collin--will be available at Amazon and Smashwords by this weekend, and through other outlets shortly thereafter. Links for purchase will be available at Beishir Books.

Be sure you check out William's post on Vlad the Impaler--I mean Vladimir Putin--at Speak of the Devil. And please stop by the Authors for Oklahoma blog, pick a book bundle and make a donation for a very worthy cause!

*Also posted at WordPress.



24 comments:

  1. Excellent. Looking forward to it.

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    1. We haven't done a print edition as yet, but I can send you a PDF file. It's 25 pages long.

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  2. Congratulations Norma on the new release. I love those characters from Chasing the Wind and the cover is phenomenal!

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    1. Alex and Robyn didn't appear in the published book, but I really wanted to write about them. It was hard to accept that I might never finish the novel.

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  3. Collin did smashing work with the cover, and I'm sure you can expand on this and see the storyline through to its end.

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    1. Collin always does good covers--though sometimes he has to do more than one for a book. This is the fourth cover he did for An Army of Angels!

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  4. Congratulations! Nice cover!

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl--I'm pretty happy with it!

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    1. Thank you, Mark! I didn't think I could ever write short fiction. I was once told I couldn't even write a short grocery list....

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  6. Congratulations !
    You have talked about this book idea before and I always thought what a good idea.
    Adore the cover art !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It took me ten years to finish Chasing the Wind. The epilepsy went undiagnosed and untreated for years. I have absence seizures--as Collin puts it, my brain reboots. I have blank periods where I don't remember things--like washing my hair in the shower and doing it again because I don't remember doing it. That makes concentration very difficult sometimes.

      I do hope to complete the full-length novel eventually....

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  7. Love the title, love the cover, can't wait to read it!!

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  8. Thank you, Susan--that's especially good to hear from an author whose work I admire!

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  9. I'm glad you finished. Looking forward to reading it.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. Shelly--it should be up on Amazon and Smashwords tonight. I'm issuing a freebie coupon via Smashwords.

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  10. I remember you pondering this prospect a while back Norma, I think even then I said I thought it was a really good idea, are they called novellas? Collin really is a brilliant artist, if I ever write a book I'm giving him a call :)

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    1. You did, Grace--and that was one thing that encouraged me to keep going!

      Collin's always open to new clients. Contact him anytime. (But if you do a book, it should be a coffee table-type book of your photography! You, Gayle, London Lulu and Bob Crowe all do work good enough for a book.)

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  11. Congratulations! Beautiful cover--I'll have to get a copy over the weekend;).

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  12. Congratulations. I hope to get to your books soon.

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  13. I hope this isn't a duplicate. Not sure what happened to my first comment.

    Congratulations on another accomplishment.

    I have a book or two of yours on my kindle that I hope to get to soon.

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