Another author first to relish

I stopped at our local Barnes & Noble today to pick up the new book by Patricia Briggs. I do so love that woman’s Mercy series. If you haven’t read them, you should.

But I digress. I was also picking up the new Jasper Fforde for my wife. I couldn’t find the Fforde, so I stopped at the service desk to ask. There was a woman there ahead of me, so I stood to the side, waiting my turn.

“It’s about a blacksmith,” she said. That caught my attention. “And she works in the movie industry.”

Okay, about right now, I was getting an adrenaline rush. Granted, I’d spent 2 hours at the gym a few hours earlier, and was still riding those endorphins, but this was surreal.

“And she breaks this sword,” she continues. “I just wish I could remember the title.”

I did not exactly jump up and down with my hand in the air like Hermione Granger would’ve done, but I calmly stepped back to the desk and offered that I probably knew that book.

And, yes… She was looking for Black Blade Blues. My first encounter in the wild of someone actively seeking out my book.

I told them I was fairly sure of the title, since I’d written it.

It was quite delightful.

We discussed the mass market coming out on March 29, I mentioned Honeyed Words coming out on July 5th. I was buzzing.

She had a copy of Diana Rowland’s new book, which I praised pretty highly, and we talked other Urban Fantasy authors we both loved.

I bought my two books, and she was going to preorder the mass market of Black Blade Blues, since the B&N network took that moment to stop allowing the stores to order books. That was a little disconcerting.

Even published authors have stressers and worries. Is the new book going well? Is the one I’m writing any good. Will I get another contract, etc.

And we spend most of our time in seclusion, creating labors of love, praying that the readers will like what we’ve created.

It’s amazing to randomly happen upon someone asking for your work because they’ve heard good things about it.

So, I go back to working on the third book in this series with a heaping helping of pride and gee whiz.

And maybe a little happy dance.

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The wild ox; strength and power.


Creativity; words, music, and art.


The troll cross; wealth and prosperity.


The sun; energy, honor, guidance.


Personally earned or lucky wealth and prosperity.


The harvest; patience and promise.


The chariot; journey and travel.

Note: This is not the real book cover.