For those of you tapping me on the shoulder, drumming your fingers on your desk, poking at me – the wait is over.
And now for your reading pleasure:
Here’s a little preview:
Sitting on the edge of the bed, Annie Sullivan tapped three sleeping pills out of the bottle and into her palm. After a short debate, she added another one. She set the bottle on the side table, dropped the pills in her mouth and chased them down with a long swig of beer.
It didn’t help any more than water, but it did make her head fuzzy a little faster. At least, that was the excuse she would give to Marcus if he ever found out.
He watched her like an overprotective brother. She wanted to slap him down for it, but she knew he was worried. Going into the fourth month after losing Claire, Annie looked like she was the one who fell into Hell.
She scrubbed at her face, then climbed into bed and stared at the ceiling, waiting for the pills to take effect. For the dreams to yank her in.
It didn’t take long before she was pulled under, slipping into smoke and shadow. Into a dream where she wasn’t alone.
I am excited, nervous – and already working on book 3. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment.
Take care, and until next time – read on.
For those of you who hang out at my site, you may have noticed the title of my novel has changed. I did this for a good reason – and feel like I dodged a bullet in the process.
I thought it would be cool to use song lyrics for the titles of my Claire Wiche books, and I was so enamored of the idea, I didn’t even think of one little detail – copyright.
A random thread brought it to my attention, and after I finished having heart palpitations, I promptly did some research. There is a law known as Fair Use. Wikipedia gives a great explanation, but here is the bottom line – use song lyrics anywhere in your writing, and you better have permission.
A song title can be quoted, since it can’t be copyrighted, but lyrics are like any other kind of writing – and they are protected.
Think of it this way – would you want your opus quoted, and not get the credit for it? Nope, neither would I.
So I decided to avoid the entire issue, and changed my book title. By the way - the new title is from the Bible, which is completely public domain. I checked.
If you want to go ahead and use those lyrics, get the permission, give the proper credit, double and triple check the law. You can also simply refer to them – or write your own.
Yes, you can – it’s not as hard as you think.
Now, for the experiment:
you may have also noticed as you stalk my site that I have my novella exclusively for sale on Amazon. I did that for a reason.
Since this is my first release, it is also my chance to play, try things out, see what flies, and what crashes. My first big leap is a free promo through KDP Select. From today until Tuesday, Feb. 21 at midnight Pacific Standard Time, When Walls Can Talk will be free to download.
The purpose? To bump myself up in the rankings, get on some lists, and get more eyes on my book.
I am going to have fun with it, enjoy the ride – and I’ll report the results next week.
And yes, I believe this calls for a squee!
Until next time – write on