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A January 1st post. Goodness. No pressure in that, is there?
Happy 2016, everyone!!!!! Wow! Seems like yesterday I thought the world was going to end at Y2K. We survived! Who would have thunk?
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I tend to go for my goals all year round, and with my oppositional personality, setting a New Year’s goal just makes me irritated. I know, you would think all of those years of therapy would have solved that issues. Not so much.
This January of 2016 is marking a change for me, though. One I’m completely excited about and thoroughly terrified over. It marks one year in my tiny little house and sixth months since leaving the world of paychecks behind. 2015 saw me through the career change and the loss of my second pup, Dolan, and the writing of three novels. Starting January 18, the first of those three novels enters the world. All three will hopefully be out by June or July. The next six months determine if I can continue writing in the fashion I have been or if it is onto plan B, or C, or whatever letter of the alphabet I’m on by now. I might be recycling through them again. Not only am I hopeful that people buy the books and allow me to keep writing, but I’m so hopeful they enjoy them. It’s been such a different experience to be able to dive into writing a book and stay in that world all day everyday. I’m curious whether or not that will show in the reading of the novels or if it is merely a change in my writing process.
I will put a link to the first book, The Imperfection of Swans, below this blog. I do hope you will check it out, it is available for pre-order. It is loosely based on my best friend (who is on the cover). It is set in Boston. As many of you know, when I decided to leave teaching, my boyfriend decided to go for his dream as well. Traveling. He is accomplishing this through travel nursing. He just finished six months in Boston. I’d never been there before, but completely feel in love with it. As soon as I entered the city, I knew I had to write a book there. So, Swans is about one of the people I love the most and set in a one of the most beautiful (and delicious) cities I’ve ever visited. Oh, and there’s a ton of wedding dresses and wedding cakes thrown in for good measure.
As I write this, I am waiting to board the plane taking me from my boyfriend’s family in Louisiana back to Denver. I will wake up at five or six tomorrow morning and drive to Wichita to pick up, Alastair, who I will be adopting. He is a 2-3 year old corgi who was abandoned and has fear, anxiety, and confidence issues. I don’t remember the last time was this excited. I have all of Dunkyn and Dolan’s old leashes and beds and such for him to use. I thought about getting him new things, but I really wanted him to smell the boys. I know needed him to know his ‘brothers’ somehow. I will post a picture with this blog once I get him.
That has been a truly beautiful aspect of facebook for me. So many of you had read Then the Stars Fall and and got to know Dunkyn and Dolan through that book, that I felt like I had others grieving along side me. And now, as I bring in a new fuzzy love into my life, this MM family has celebrated with me. I can’t tell you much that means. Thank you. I love you for that!
I also love you for another reason. The MM world pulled together and was able to raise enough money for Eric Arvin to get his Quadricier that could change his physical situation (and mental). Thanks so much to all of you who gave and shared his campaign. The link (which I’ll paste below) will stay up for awhile. We are trying to raise a bit more money (and we’re close-ish) to get a device that will allow Eric to write again!!!! More Eric Arvin books? Uhm, yes! Awesome, right?
I wish each of you a wonderful 2016. I can’t express how honored I am to walk along this road with you. Thank you for helping make this a possible reality for me. So much gratitude and love for you!
Eric’s GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/4was2zm8
Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.
Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.
With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.
About Brandon WittBrandon Witt resides in Denver, Colorado. When not snuggled on the couch with his two Corgis, Dunkyn and Dolan, he is more than likely in front of his computer, nose inches from the screen, fingers pounding they keys. When he manages to tear himself away from his writing addiction, he passionately takes on the role of a special education teacher during the daylight hours.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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