First, I did something I really never thought I'd do: I accepted a full-time job. As in, I decided to work for someone else, someone other than myself. So far, I have to say my new boss is nicer than my old boss (har, har, har), but the crunch to tie up some of that freelance stuff before my first day had me anxious. Turns out, that would be the least of my worries.
On the morning of May 8, I woke up with my tummy in discomfort. It wasn't nausea. Constipation? Nope. Run-of-the-mill monthly cramping? Huh-uh. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it was a different sort of dull pain and I didn't feel quite myself. I took my morning meds with a full glass of water as prescribed ... and then the worst pain I've ever felt in my life hit my entire abdomen, doubling me over my desk. Hunched over, I shuffled back to my bed and lay down, ready to nap it off. Dumb, dumb, dumb!
That notion lasted about 10 seconds. I called Enzo, teeth gritted and in the beginnings of uncontrollable shivers, and told him I had "a bit of an emergency situation going on" and he need to come home asap. He was home in no time, no questions asked, and we high-tailed it to the Mercy Jefferson's ER. Long story short, a burst cyst had infected my organs with E. coli, the infection entered my bloodstream, and I was in sepsis. (Sepsis can go from mild to "Boom, you're dead" in hours, so this was serious stuff!) I spent five days on boatloads of intravenous antibiotics and fluids to kill the infection before my doc released me on several more days of rest (and 10 more days on high doses of antibiotics). Needless to say, everything else in my life went onto the back burner. Freelance work, my official start day for the new job. The book. With my energy still flagging 22 days later, most things have ended about a month behind.
Even wading back into work slowly, other roadblocks popped up. The book cover that was so beautiful on the PDF looked awful when the paperback proof arrived. I had to retool it to make everything readable (which is how the new, lovely white title lettering came to be). Each change to the cover or manuscript sets you back about 10 days or so on the paperback, so it's a maddeningly slow process when you're champing at the bit to get a book into people's hands.
Well, today that process has finally borne fruit. Bobbi's Canon: Round 2 is finally available in paperback form through Amazon Books as well as right here in my Bookstore!
NOTES: To sweeten the deal for you, I have several specials you can take advantage of:
- Now through June 17, you can get Bobbi's Canon: Round 2 eBook (works with any eReader) on Smashwords for just 99 cents when you enter the following code: AB99G.
- Purchase Bobbi's Canon: Round 1 and Bobbi's Canon: Round 2 in paperback and get Bobbi's Canon: Round 3 paperback edition for just $7.00 (plus shipping), or:
- Purchase the entire three-book set in paperback and get an eBook set for FREE.
- Purchase Bobbi's Canon: Round 1 and Bobbi's Canon: Round 2 in eBook version and get Bobbi's Canon: Round 3 in eBook for FREE.
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