Before the upcoming release of the sequel, I'm doing a Kindle sale of the first one. Beginning Thursday, January 11th, 2018, my novel, Behind the Mask (Kindle edition) will be available for $.99 at Amazon.com. This deal will run until Thursday, January, 18th, 2018. Click this link to check it out: Behind the Mask Amazon.com
It's been a while since I've updated this blog...almost two years to be exact. WOW, that's bad! I could come up with a million excuses why, but the legit one is that I haven't spent a lot of time on social media or the internet and spent more time trying to finish the sequel to Behind the Mask. For those who don't know, Behind the Mask, is my debut novel that I self-published on Amazon (for Kindle) in November of 2014. The paperback version became available in April of 2015. That novel took many, many years to complete, and the reasons why were because when I began writing it, I didn't think I would actually do anything with it. And because I was afraid to put myself out there. It took me a long time to allow people to read it. But, I digress. The sequel didn't take nearly as long as the first book, and I had a good portion of it completed a long time ago, however, I just felt it wasn't ready and constantly needed tweaking. I'm harder on myself than anybody could ever be, that's for sure.
I learned a lot from the mistakes I had made with the first book and what I need to do with this one. Going the self-publishing route again, will alleviate the grief from literary agent rejections this time around and will allow me the ability to get the book out as soon as I want to. The downside, I have to do everything myself. There's no publishing 'team' to help. But that's okay, I did things a little differently this time. A close friend of mine edited it for me. Last time, a friend from high school went through it after I had published it and picked out some errors for me, which I appreciated greatly, and I know had I asked her before I had published it, she would have edited it for me (but stubborn me thought my editing was enough). I was able to fix some of the mistakes, but even now I still catch some when I skim through that book and debate on whether I should fix them. Or just let them be. UGH!!! Getting back to the sequel, having someone edit and go over it with me has been wonderful and what a difference it makes having someone point out mistakes I clearly missed, even after reading it a thousand times. I also hired a professional designer to do the cover, which was so worth the price, because for Behind the Mask, that little pink diamond on a white background was created by me, which showcased my lackluster Photoshop skills. I wanted the sequel's cover to look great and the idea I had, I knew there was no way I could have pulled that off myself.
So, I know I keep talking about the sequel, but conveniently haven't mentioned the title or posted an image of the cover. I promise that's coming VERY soon.
There are a couple of other things I wanted to update in regards to my writings. The first, I have my own website now called heathercarnassale.com. It's not officially 'live' yet. I'm doing it through Wordpress, which I found is not as easy to navigate as Blogger (just my opinion). It's a work in progress but I'm getting there. I'm one of those people that is determined to figure something out at all costs, almost to a fault. I'll be launching it soon, probably before it's fully ready, but like I said, it's a work in progress.
The second thing, I'm going to do away with the Behind the Mask Facebook page, which most of you know I'm horrible at updating that thing. I think it's more to do with my love/hate relationship I have with Facebook in general than it is with the actual page itself, but I've decided that changing it over to an author page makes more sense now that there will be two books. And my goal is to do a better job at updating it.
It's a new year and time for me to get myself back into the game! Hopefully, my readers haven't given up on me!
It's obvious that I haven't updated this blog in a very long time. I could come up with a slew of excuses, some are good reasons, others not so much, but I pretty much just stopped blogging for a while. So, instead of me posting tons of separate entries on things that have happened, here is a condensed version.
As past entries as stated and as my title of the blog gives it away, I am a novelist. A self-published one that is. And back in November of 2014, I self-published my first novel, Behind the Mask on Amazon and for the past year I've been writing the sequel to it, which I'm proud to say, I'm finally almost finished, the first draft. But I've sort of slacked on promoting the first book while I worked on the second book, which I realize now that was kind of stupid so I'm going to get back into promoting the first, get the sequel finished, edited, and make that one available to the public.
I also haven't given up having Behind the Mask and it's sequel published by an actual publisher but right now just finishing the second novel is my main goal.
Let's see, back in October I quit drinking McDonald's Sweet tea COLD TURKEY! For those who know me, or who have read my post about my caffeine/McD's Sweet Tea addiction are most likely shocked at this happening. Especially being that it's March 2016 and I haven't caved yet and bought one. A friend of mine said McDonald's probably put a picture of my face on their sweet tea cups, with the caption: Heather - Missing in Action. Plus, the workers at the local McDonald's, that I frequented all the time, are probably what happened to me, because I haven't set foot inside of the place since I quit. Like a true addict, I figure it's best to just avoid the substance altogether, so I avoid the establishment just to be safe. But I also gave up all caffeine, because I felt it just wasn't good for me anymore. Not that I turned into some big health nut, trust me, ain't gonna happen, I gave up caffeine, not sugar! But now when I want a Coca-cola, I drink Caffeine-free, if I want hot tea or coffee I just drink decaf.
In February of 2011, I posted about my issues with migraines. Sad to say, in 2016 I still get them, but I've got a better handle on them. Thanks to me finally seeing a neurologist. Only took me 25 years. That's what stubbornness and plain old stupidity will do when you just accept something as is, instead of actually doing something to rectify the problem. For years, I took Imitrex (sumatriptan) when I felt a migraine coming on and for the most part, it would make a headache go away, or at least, lessen the pain. Except at certain times, I would get severe migraines in which the Imitrex was useless, usually because I would puke it right back up. In 2015, I began to log dates and times of when I was getting the headaches, and they were consistent with hormones or in females terms ovulation and menstruation. By November, I couldn't stand it any longer. The severe ones were coming more often, and when I say severe, I'm talking three days in bed, in excruciating pain, puking, dry heaving, and eventually becoming dehydrated. The final straw came in December when I told my husband to drive me to the emergency room because I just couldn't take it, and after pumping me full of narcotics and anti-nausea medications, the ER doc admitted me. He felt I should be observed and treated for 24 hours, which thankfully was the smart move because even after many doses of narcotics, the migraine still hadn't subsided. I also had a CAT scan done which yielded nothing because I pretty much knew hormones were the main culprit. Well, the next day, a neurologist visited me and once I explained my situation, she felt preventative migraine medication might be a good route for me. So, that's what I did. I now take a medication called Topamax. I take it daily and though it's not a cure-all, I still get migraines during certain times of the month, the Topamax does stop the frequency and the severity of them. I also have an injectable form of Imitrex so if by some chance, I do end up with a severe one, I can administer a shot, which bypasses my stomach, therefore, I won't vomit the medication. Hopefully, I never have to use one. It's only been a few months of taking the Topamax but so far so good.