Sunday, May 26, 2013

Introducing Henri de Montmorency, the Ghostest with the Mostest

Hello.

I am Henri de Montmorency, originally Grand Marshal of France and Governor of Languedoc, but now...I am...a ghost.

I was beheaded on the day before All Hallow's Eve in 1632 by the order of Richelieu, a man who I didn't quite see eye to eye with concerning my religious beliefs.

However, that's in the past. I do not regret standing up for my own beliefs and have accepted my untimely death, but truth be known, the afterlife is as they say in my native land of Paris, France, plus d'amusement.

If you have never been a ghost, I must tell you that we have certain charismatic qualities about us.

Before I was beheaded, I wasn't what you'd call easy to look at. For, you see, I was also a hump back. However, in the afterlife, I have become what I always knew was inside of me all along - verile, handsome and quite the lady's man, much to my surprise and delight.

I have roamed the earth for many centuries, but there was one home I finally attached myself to and it wasn't because I was ready to settle down because now that I was free of the torment of my disgusted appearance, I felt like a free bird ready to take flight at a moment's notice, but this one home was the home of Ezra Anne Thornberry.

And it wasn't because of anything romantic-related; it was because of a beverage she kept stocked in her ice box by the wonderful name of Coors Light.

I'd always loved fine wine in the past, but in a pinch, a case of Coors Light took the edge off mighty fine. Oooh la la! A ghost can't be too picky living in the 21st century, you know.

So, it was, I was kicking back, tossing back a can or two or six of this delightful beverage, when Ezra Anne finds out about a man looking for ghosts and, of course, my ears perked up.

It seems the man's name was Rodger Hawthorne III and he lived in a mansion in the mountains of North Carolina.

Rodger was on a ghost hunt for a woman with whom he was married and who also died an untimely death. Sarah was her name and by what we gathered at the time, her spirit was hard to reach. I could have told them she was there all along, but they had to go and find out for themselves.

Plus, if they did, they would each share the bounty of $1,000,000. Not chicken feed even in these times. Back in my time, it would have bought a whole continent.

Never one to turn down finding one of my own kind, I jumped at the chance to tag along. I couldn't remember a Sarah Hawthorne in the realm I had been in, but as the realms are all so divided and segregated according to what you were up there for, it would have been easy to miss her. But, still, the name rang a bell.

So, this is my story of how six women and one ghost go on a search to find a million dollar ghost.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

We're getting closer....

A gall bladder operation put me behind a little but before I went in, I sent in the info over to our wonderful book cover guy.  I'm waiting until that's finalized, then I'll get my book trailer guy to make a trailer for it, but I am so excited.

I've been published before but this go around it's a collaborative effort between two online friends and myself.  There's a big ol' story on what happened once we found a publisher for it but  I'll save that post for another day (believe me it's not perty).

So this go around we are self-publishing it.  I've gone through 8 chapters so far, looking for things the publisher missed (and it was plenty).  Right now, Heide and Pam are re-editing a chapter they wrote and while they're doing that, I'm going through more chapters.  I wrote the prologue, first three chapters I believe, I'll have to check, and there were a few things I needed to change which I did but now I'm going through these subsequent chapters so I can get Heide and Pam started.

We've made this book even better than before.  How often does one get to rewrite a book?  When you self-publish, you can do anything you want.  In fact, you can put the book up on Amazon, then if you decide to change something, take it down, fix it and put it back up.  This comes in handy for when you want to add reviews later.  I absolutely can't wait until this is done and we've started our tour.

It's only in the planning stage but I plan to put the book on a cover reveal tour in August, then follow up with a 3 or 4 month book tour and I'm aiming for 100 blog stops.  Can I do it?  Yes I can.  The trick is to start very very early.  At this point, the girls and I are still going through it before I hand it over to a lovely gal I commissioned to edit this for us.  While she's doing her thing, I wait for the book cover (should be any day now) and once I have that, I can go on and start setting the cover reveal  and the book tour up.

I am so excited. ;o)