Giveaway on Facebook! Today Only!

It’s been a terrific year for Baby Grand! To say thank you to all of you who have supported my debut novel this year, I’m running a Christmas giveaway over on my Facebook author page. To enter, all you have to do is comment on the giveaway post with your favorite holiday song. Yep, that’s it. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive this BELIEVE tag and silver ball station chain (a $22 total value) manufactured by Origami Owl.

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Why BELIEVE? Because it’s Christmastime, of course, and also because BELIEVING IN HERSELF is something Baby Grand’s hero, Jamie Carter, must do in order to foil the bad guys’ plans and save the governor’s daughter. (Does she do it? I’ll never tell!) You must be over 18 years of age and a U.S. resident to qualify, and (legal mumbo jumbo) this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. (In other words, it’s mine, mine, all mine!) Contest ends Monday, December 23, 2013, at 9 p.m. EST, and the winner will be announced soon thereafter. Click here to go directly to the post. And feel free to spread the word to your friends and neighbors. The more, the merrier! Good luck!

Meet David Siev

Last Tuesday, I stumbled upon an article in the New York Daily News about NYPD Officer David Siev of the 67th Precinct in Flatbush who self-published a book about police work and the holidays. David was kind enough to grant this blog a short interview for this week’s installment of Debut Author Q&A, making my Christmas anything but blue. :)

Name: David Siev (co-author along with Victoria Siev)

Name of book: Operation: Blue Christmas

Book genre: Fiction (based on true story)

Publisher: Victoria Siev Books, July 2010 (self-published)

What is your book about? This book is about police work in the NYPD, mostly in Brooklyn, and Christmas. It centers around a seven-year Christmas drive, the cops around it, and it goes back and forth between the Christmas drive and policing done in the years leading up to the drive. It also gives an inside look at how cops think, and how they work.

Why did you write this book? Like anyone else, I have a story to tell. Also, something good was done over the course of a few years, and people should know about it.  I’m hopeful other Blue Christmases will spring up.

Why did you choose to self-publish? We don’t know anyone in the publishing game, and we had no idea how to get published otherwise, or how long that might take.  Also, we were happy with our product and didn’t want to go through a series of possible changes that might or might not occur when we deal with a publishing company. Again, we don’t know.

What was your favorite aspect of writing this book? Reading it out loud with our kids – turns out this was a great way to edit. Either the kids get it or they don’t. If they don’t, you better rewrite so that they do. This will make your story read clearer.

Do you plan to write another book? Of course, there are other stories to tell, but until this project pays for itself, they will not come out anytime soon.

Post Book Depression

Post Book Depression. Is there such a thing? Who knows, but I’ve got it.

I googled “Post Book Depression” just to see, and there are folks out there who have already coined the term for when you don’t want a book you’re reading to end, a book that haunts you for days and weeks afterwards. Well, apparently, Post Book Depression hits those of us who write books too. Even more so, I’d venture to say.

Days after finishing revisions for Baby Grand, I didn’t know what to do with myself — and, trust me, with Christmas less than two weeks away, I had plenty to do. I’d get up at 4 a.m. and just lie there in bed. Didn’t even feel like eating — now you know something is up. The malaise has subsided a bit now, but I still feel a tremendous loss, my mind wandering to upstate New York, the setting for Baby Grand, thinking about what’s going on now. I wonder if it’s because I’m planning a sequel, so there’s still more to say. Or is that just the way it is after every book? I wouldn’t know, since this is my first.

C’mon writers, chime in. Do you feel my pain?

Done! (Again!)

28 days.

306 pages.

85,429 words.

13 days late.

But I’m done, done, done with revisions to Baby Grand. (At least for now, but we won’t even go there…)

Woo hoo!

It’s 27 pages longer, but, in my opinion, soooo much better. At least I hope so. It’s amazing what taking a two-month reprieve from a manuscript can to do the eyes. And the brain.

As usual, when I finish a huge project, I’m elated, but exhausted. I’ve worked nearly round the clock for the past 28 days. Totally neglected this blog. Totally neglected my kids. But I’m back! And, as tired as my eyes look, the adrenaline is pumping. I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge when he woke up Christmas morning: “You boy! What day be it?” And then realizing with joy that he hasn’t missed it!

So much to do. Cards to address and mail. Presents to buy. Kids to hug. The next two weeks, it’s all about the ho, ho, ho. I promised my kids that I will buy candy canes for the tree, pay way too much money for an outdoor animated lawn thingy — do all the things that I’ve put off. It all starts with taking them to their favorite restaurant tonight. Friendly’s.

Now the waiting begins again. But that’s fine by me. I’ve got some good cheer to spread.