I’m sure there are hundreds — nay, thousands! — of potential readers around the world who have been waiting in anticipation for this moment. Yet, it was almost not to be.
Dreampsinner Press has been having trouble with their website. I won’t go into the reasons, but I would consider it to be a completely technical issue that was more or less beyond their control. And they’ve been working around the clock to fix it. It’s at least partially back online — the link above should take you to the store, even though the main page seems to still be broken. It would, of course, happen just as my novella is about to be released.
I’ve been concerned about the fact that it will only be available for three days, before Christmas day. It will be available after that, of course, but how many people are still in the mood to read Christmas stories after the 25th? (Well, me, for one, but I’m a freak.)
I completely understand that Dreamspinner has a lot of novels, novellas and short stories to put out the door this month, so not everthing could become available on December 1st. So, yeah, I’m whining. Let me reiterate that I love Dreamspinner and I am very happy to be working with such a wondeful publishing house for my first published stories. But I also want readers!
So read The Christmas Wager! Please.
My short story, The Meaning of Vengeance, has been doing well, in terms of reviews. So far, no bad reviews, and three people have publicly praised it. One wonderful reader even sent a note to Dreamspinner about it! I am very grateful, and delighted that people are enjoying the story. The Christmas Wager is a very different animal, told in what is, for me, rather flowery “Victorian” prose, and concerned with the dire consequences of failing to put on a proper Christmas ball, rather than, say, the paltry matter of falling in love with your brother’s killer.
But I found it entertaining and funny, and hopefully readers will, as well.
In the meantime, the Raymond Town Clerk finally has all of the proper paperwork to issue us a marriage certificate! I will be going down there tomorrow morning and hopefully buying three copies — a couple for us to keep, and one to lock up in the Tower of London. Or maybe the vaults under the Vatican. (Now, wouldn’t that be a hoot?)
My blog issue has, I hope, been “fixed” by changing to a different theme, which has a white background behind the text. Erich figured out the problem with the other theme, but it isn’t something we can fix, and the developer doesn’t appear to be reachable. Too bad. I liked that theme.