I've had some readers ask why it took so long to publish book #3 of the Klaus Brothers Series. Mainly, a couple of reasons.
1. I had a heart attack.*
2. I had to wait for my publishing contract to expire so I could self-pub the whole series.**
*I am fine now, but had to curtail my writing quite a bit following that health scare. I'm not allowed to sit in front of the computer for 8-10 straight hours anymore. Sedentary lifestyle = heart problems (at least for me it does). So, now I focus on shorter books, shorter periods of writing, and balancing my work load with exercise and eating avocados. Stuff like that.
**My contract expired last fall, and then I re-released book #2 as a self-pub. Now I'm free to self-publish #3 (SWEET ADVENTURE), #4 (SWEET CINDERELLA), and the final book of the series, #5 (SWEET DESTINY).
I intended for the rest of the series to be novellas (around 20,000 words each). However, when I started writing SWEET ADVENTURE it turned into a 45,000-word "short novel" or "Yeti-ish story" or "not-too-long-not-too-short" Christmas adventure. My favorite saying when I'm writing a new book is "it is what it is" and since I self-publish, I'm free to stick with this approach.
SWEET ADVENTURE is now off to the editor! And it will be published on Amazon, B/N and Kobo in November. Stay tuned for more details.
Here's a picture of Yeti with the new promotional soaps for the series, made by Be Greatful. My daughter used the gingerbread soap yesterday and now she smells like a cookie! Hee hee!
Nicholas Klaus = GINGERBREAD
Sven Klaus = CEDAR
Gregor Klaus = BRANDY
Wolfgang Klaus = PEPPERMINT
Oskar Klaus = EVERGREEN
Excerpt from SWEET ADVENTURE, Klaus Brothers Series #3
Coming November 2014
“Fair enough. I’ll lay my cards on the table.” Andi tilted
up her chin. “And maybe you will, too.”
Sven raised a brow so high at that
comment she almost laughed out loud.
“Really? You’re trying to interview
me? Now? After the stunt you’ve pulled?”
She shrugged. “Why not? You said it
yourself. We’re stuck here. Might as well spill our guts, right?”
He gave her a bone-chilling smile
that froze her on the spot. “Oh honey, I don’t think you can handle the truth.”
“Who? Me and Tom Cruise? Sure we
can. I’m already expecting the worst. Child labor. Breaking EPA regulations.
Money laundering. You have secrets. I expose secrets. And I wasn’t kidding
about the ‘pit bull’ nickname either.”
Sven shook his head and sat down
across from her. “Jesus. You are ballsy. You’re one step away from jail time
and you’re still giving me crap. Un-frickin’-believable.” He rubbed his beard.
“And wrong. Totally. Utterly. Wrong. You are so far off the mark, I don’t even
know what to say. Is that why you’ve been so hot-to-trot about getting this
story? You think Klaus Enterprises is covering up some sort of criminal
And then Sven Klaus did something
Also, please enjoy this super low budget, home-made book trailer!
WHY: Party time! Promotional opportunity for authors, to meet and greet readers, sell books, and hand out promo items. Chance for bloggers/reviewers to connect with authors and chat with readers. A great shopping option for everyone...books, promo stuff, give-away baskets, and other home-made items.
Also, sip a holiday cocktail, munch on a Christmas cookie, schmooze with friends, and sing along with Celine Dion Christmas music. (Don't ding Celine!)
What else...EXTRAS: Give-away baskets on the hour!
Authors: This is bring-your-own books (cash sale) and promo items (and any other cool crafts you have that would be appropriate for a holiday fair). If you have the best recipe for gingerbread men, bring them along, too!
If you're interested, please let me know. I'm deciding on how big a space to rent.
Dachshund-lover, cocktail drinker, botanist, obsessive reader, author of quirky fiction. Titles include The Klaus Brothers Series, Lumberjack in Love, Apples Should Be Red, A Taste of Heaven, and Lucy the Wonder Weenie (children's fiction--W/A Nina Clark).
LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE
Because every dog's a super hero.
Penny On The Dark Side (illustration by Scott Fiander)