Pumps is out. I officially released my next book, Pumps, on Amazon today. I also pushed it out to most other e-book retailers, but it takes a few more days to show up to retailers like Apple or Barnes n Noble and the others. The release of this book happens to coincide with the anniversary of the passing of Phoebe, our beloved Shih Tzu. That makes it extra special. She was a big inspiration in giving me the drive to write this book. It’s not about her, but the sadness and emptiness I felt over her passing fueled me in a big way.
It still hurts that she is gone, just the same as it did a year ago. I can break down into tears if I start thinking of the sadness, but I purposely try to only remember the happy stuff. Thankfully, our daughter helps too, by keeping us so full of love. It has been a strange year, on one side so vastly filled with the pain of sorrow, yet also so filled by the love of our little one. It is one way that we have found some balance in our hearts. It feels like that, anyway.
To celebrate Phoebe’s life, we will be taking her box of ashes with us to the drive-ins. It was her favorite thing to do with us. I will drive with the window open so she can feel the cool scent-infused air blow through her fine Shih Tzu hair. I will imagine it so, and so it will be, in my mind, because I really know that she is playing in her meadow, chasing butterflies, keeping God company. God loves a Shih Tzu, or else She would not have made them so amazing.
Back to Pumps. As I’ve mentioned before, this is my best work yet. I’m very pleased that it turned out the way it did, and I’m very surprised that I had all that stuff inside my heart and mind. During the self-editing I continuously found myself surprised, which kinda seems stupid because I’m basically saying that I entertain myself. It doesn’t make sense, but it is true.
Either way, this book is for the ladies, whereas LA Ninja was definitely for the fellas. Of course, I truly think there are plenty of guys and gals that would take interest in both of these starkly different stories. I’m curious about that, so I guess we’ll see what happens.
I wanted to mention, lastly, that I’m about to announce to all my facebook friends that I’ve been writing books. They have no idea about it. Not for any particular reason, it just never came up. It really just started off as an experiment and an exercise in some kind of self-therapy, which then ballooned into a full-fledged effort to publish full length novels. I guess sometimes you never really know what’s hiding deep down inside you. It can take a lifetime to find for some. So to all of those that have yet to find that something special within themselves, whether that’s putting lipstick on from your cleavage, or being able to sing like Harold Melvin, keep searching!