Weekly Windup and Another New HONEOWP

Good Saturday, everybody! I’d love to draw your attention to yet another new HONEOWP, Amanda Von Hoffman, the wife of my other new HONEOWP Kirk Jones. Not only did Amanda blog about our HONEOWP effort here, Donating Royalties, she also plans to donate part of her royalties from the sale of her novel Behind Green Glass to The American Organ Transplant Association in April! Thank you, Amanda, and welcome to HONEOWPdom.

Second highlight of my week was finishing Ellen Meister’s superb book The Other Life. If you haven’t read this yet, do it! I laughed and cried and I thought the ending was superb. Without a doubt this was the best book I’ve read yet this year.

That said, I’m (finally) reading Kevin Wallis’s short story collection Beneath the Surface of Things, and I cannot put this book down. I’m only three stories in, but it’s awesomely chilling. My apologies to Kevin for taking so long to get to this one. I’ve had it on my Nook for months now but something always came up to keep me from getting into it. That won’t happen this time. I’m aching to pick it up right now! After I finish Beneath the Surface of Things, I have Lisa McMann’s Cryer’s Cross and G.C. Smith’s White Lightning to read, so I should have an active reading life over the next few weeks. Which is good since my writing is definitely at low tide at the moment.

I got some good news about an advertising opportunity for SECRETS OF THE LOTUS this week, too, and though I’m not going to go into any details at the moment, it shouldn’t be long before I can let you in on the, um, secret.

Finally, my friend A.J. Brown blogged about THEN moments this week. As a writer, I totally understand where he is coming from. I think a lot of my low and high tides as far as writing goes stem from THEN moments. It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking post, and I encourage you to take a look: THEN Moments with A.J. Brown.

That’s about it for this week. Thanks for listening!