And while I'm at it Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Festivus! Hope that covers everyone.
Yes, I know I didn't post ONCE during the holiday season, but my dad died on October 22, so I've been grieving. I know I'm biased but man, he was a great dad—not just to me but to all eight of his children. That’s one thing my siblings and I can all agree on. As far as dads go, we got a fantastic one. He lived a long and generous life, loved each of us in a way that made us feel special, and died a peaceful death at home. Even in dying he was kind to us in that he went quickly and with no pain, so none of us have been left with the anguish that long sickness and suffering can unintentionally inflict upon the survivors.
Having a great dad means that I’ve been able to grieve him completely. I have no mixed emotions about losing him. There was nothing left unspoken between us. I feel no guilt or anger at his passing. I am purely sad, and I know I am lucky in that. I loved my dad deeply and I have been grieving him just as deeply. That’s the only downside I can find in my relationship with him. Losing him has been the biggest loss of my life so far and I’ve been struggling with the enormity of it.
Which is why I’m going to give away some books for free.
Okay, while that may seem like the clunkiest transition in blog history, hear me out. I get joy out of giving, and in the spirit of the holidays that just passed, I'd like to give you all a little something. As some of you know I’ve written two books set in a fairy tale world I’ve named Lucitopia. I always intended to give this series to my readers as a thank you for sticking with me the last ten-plus-years. At first, I posted Lucitopia on an app called Radish to put it out in what I thought was an orderly fashion, but lots of readers found that app confusing, not very user friendly, and more importantly, not very free. Now that the manuscript is officially back in my possession and I can do whatever I want with it, I’m going to give it away on my site in the most non-confusing way possible. I put the first seven chapters up already, and now I’m going to give you the rest.
I created Lucitopia because it made me happy to think about it. I absolutely love escaping to this world. I wrote the first book, Illustrated Girl on a lark and since it was so much fun, I wrote the second book Dragon because no one stopped me. Both books are full of love and humor and puns and silliness and heartbreak and of course they have wildly happy endings. There are strong female leads, hot men, some (dare I say) clever twits, and fast-moving plots. Both of these books put a smile on face.
And after the year I’ve just had, I want to smile! I want romance and magic and humor! I want to think about unicorns and dragons! I want to overuse exclamation points and I want you to do the same!!!
Anyway, tune in on Wednesday for Chapter 8 of Illustrated Girl, Book 1 of the Lucitopia Series. I’ll be posting the rest of the chapters on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, until all 21 chapters are up. And after that, I'll post Book 2, Dragon.
I hope you enjoy them!