EVERY DAY HAS A NEW CHALLENGE
The past ten weeks have been the most frustrating weeks of my life! Apart from my health suddenly going from ‘fine and dandy’ to feeling like crap inside twelve hours, the road to recovery has also been littered with further annoying obstacles that made me feel it was three steps forward and two steps back all the time! If I was lucky! If not it was the opposite!
I have always enjoyed the summer months and have looked forward to working at school during the examination season. This year though, I’ve missed significant sections of it and that’s been frustrating too. Okay, 90% of the kids we look after for several years as they move through school and their different exam levels leave us & we never see or hear from them again; but a few others remain life long friends. Either way I like to wish them well when they go out into the big bad world. I’ve missed my goodbyes to a helluva lot of this year’s leavers.
The book tours too have had their frustrating moments as has been well documented in previous blog chapters. Because I haven’t felt fit enough to get stuck into much research, nor been inclined to go chasing reviews etcetera, then things have gradually slipped away from me. The reviews via the tours will eventually kick in, as will several from the supreme effort I put in during March and April. Maybe all the stress that built up during that period was the catalyst for the sudden deterioration in my well being. Who knows? Unfortunately though, I don’t feel the payback will be enough to generate the sort of book sales that will encourage me to pursue my dream of writing TWO series beginning this autumn.
Indeed looking towards the itinerary for July and August it feels like a long shot that anything rewarding will come from all the work I have managed to put in. Regardless of which way things pan out, I can hold my head up high and say I gave it my best shot. For the time being getting as fit and well as possible has to take priority.
The book tour has several intermittent stops to make while the Orangeberry Expo is under way as you can see below. Some time in late July and early August a few authors will be rewarded with a nomination for one of the many categories on offer and voting will get under way. For the chosen few their lives will be hectic for a month; just like mine was last year! Perhaps I’ll be fortunate enough to join them again; maybe my turn has come and gone? Time will tell.
If you get a chance to drop in on any of these sites over the next few weeks, I’ll be very grateful:
28th June – Guest Post at Page Turning Books
29th June – Excerpt at Books & Beyond
6th July – (*17)Book Review & Guest Post at Reading My Addiction
13th July- Author Interview at Top Shelf Books
20th July – Orangeberry Book of the Day
27th July – Tweet Me A Storm with OB Book Tours
3rd August – (*18)Book Review & Guest Post at Pages to Covers
10th August – Excerpt at Zoo of Books
17th August – (*19)Book Review & Author Interview at Book Lover’s Dream
24th August – Guest Post at Journey’s thru Books
31st August – (*20)Excerpt at Yesterday’s Book
7th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at Life Altering Reads
I’m off out this evening. Nothing unusual in that you think; well, it’s my first Friday night out to listen to a band in ten weeks! Another challenge! Can I get through the experience unscathed? If I do, then you’ll hear all about it in my next chapter; if not then it will be as soon as I am well enough to post the next one!
Take care of yourselves; enjoy the weekend and I look forward to getting back in touch with you shortly.