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So, I had my first ever giveaway promotional contest over the weekend, and it was a resounding success. I've always been afraid of doing something like that, out of a fear no one would enter. It's just one of those thing, you know, an innate fear. I remember many years ago, when my career was just getting going, and my publicist advised me to start a newsletter--so I could update people about signings, books coming out, anthologies I was in, that sort of thing. It was one of those things I was okay with doing--book signings are terrifying, as you never know if anyone is going to show up--and my thought was, this is cool, no one will know if no one signs up, and so forth. When it first got started, I was terribly thrilled to have over a two hundred people sign up! I sent out the first one....and within two days almost fifty people had unsubscribed. Huh,, I thought, I didn't add you to this, you had to join, so you must hate the way I did my newsletter. The second one I sent out, the same thing happened. By the third, over a hundred people had unsubscribed, and yes, I was taking it personally. So I disbanded the thing, and decided I would never do that again. So, it was with no little trepidation that I did a contest to give away some copies of my first audiobook, and was very pleased that so many people actually entered. I am tempted to do another--I have extra copies of Garden District Gothic, as well as many others of my books--but don't want to overdue it. I'll decide this weekend if I want to do it.

It would be a way for me to get rid of all of those extra copies of Bourbon Street Blues and Jackson Square Jazz I have. And a new Scotty is being released in September. Something to think about, at any rate. And actually...it's not a bad idea. I should be selling those old copies, anyway. Hmmmm.

It's actually been a good week for me as a writer, ego-wise, which is absolutely nice, and something I kind of needed. A couple of opportunities have opened up, and people have been absolutely lovely about sharing the release of Garden District Gothic on social media and so forth. And with the upcoming release of Sunshine Noir and Blood on the Bayou--yeah, it's all been rather cool.

Paul left yesterday for his mom's, and surprisingly enough, I slept deeply, long and well last night by myself. I woke up before the alarm this morning, feel rested, and like I can get some stuff done. This weekend is, of course, Southern Decadence (yikes!)which means I'll be on condom patrol Friday evening and Sunday afternoon---so I'll have most of the three day weekend to get things done, clean, and so forth.

And LSU football season starts on Saturday! GEAUX TIGERS!

And now, back to the spice mines.

Here's today's hottie:

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