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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Dawning of a New Day

Hello, Fire Enthusiasts. I hope you’ve had a good week, and that the new one treats you equally well. Everyone here is well. That list includes my teacher wife, my 15 year old son, my 18 year old son and me. My wife also coaches track this time of year which makes for some long days. The boys come and go with schedules that get harder and harder to remember seemingly every week. They are doing well in their respective schools, are involved in music programs, as well as church, and don’t get into any trouble. Their bedrooms look like war zones, and I cringe every time I glance inside; however, if that’s all I have to complain about, than life is good! Am I right?

As for me, my last week and a half has been crazier than usual. It all began with me simply attempting to perform my daily schedule, all the while plotting the schedule of my new book. I want to build a slow buzz over the course of spring/summer until the eventual release. The cover’s done and frigging awesome, so I want to build a buzz for the reveal. However, I want to make sure I get completely through the editing phase before I get too far ahead of myself with that. Then there’s formatting and researching reviewers for arcs, etc, etc.

That’s when the Plant Manager at my day job pulled me to the side and informed me that there was an opportunity to change jobs.


If you’ve been around me enough you have no doubt heard me whine about my 3 am alarm, my 3:45 am start time, my 11 hours, and more recently about working Saturdays. Well, I work as an Administrative Supervisor in the Packaging Department for Sun-Maid Growers of California - the lady on the red box. Now I was being offered a chance to transfer to another facility that we own and operate that’s just down the road from the main plant. I would go from 100+ employees to about 20-30. It would also be a lot less production lines and items. However, although it would be lateral for the moment, it is basically running the entire facility myself (Processing, Packaging, Inventories, Sanitation, Shipping, Quality – everything except the Maintenance). I’ll have a second Supervisor who handles that part.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Because after dealing with the prospect of having to interview with some Managers, the Plant Manager and the Vice President, and all the stress of that – I got the job. In a few short weeks my schedule will be more like 7 am to 5 pm. Hopefully this will be much better for everything I’m currently juggling, and there will be much less whining. Of course, I can’t promise you anything. *evil grins*


My thanks to all who’ve signed up for a cover reveal that should occur sometime in late April or early May. It will all depend on the editing process. I’m still looking for more help there, so let me know in the comments. My plan is to reveal the cover and blurb to you well in advance, and allow you to make the decision to be involved or not once you’ve seen it. Trust me. This cover is gorgeous! You will not be disappointed. I’ll leave you once again with a short blurb for the Paranormal Romance that I'm calling, Seeing Ghosts.
Seeing Ghosts

Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son. While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with - alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets. Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world - his sanity.
 We’ll talk soon.


  1. Congrats on the new job and the more regular hours! Sounds like a very good move.

  2. Congrats! Don't be surprised if you go through a little phase of wondering how you got so much free time! You'll fill it up soon enough.

  3. Congratulations on your new job and the upcoming book reveal-- exciting things happening in your life. Sometimes life has a way of making shifts when we least expect them, as if it is confirming you are indeed on the right track.

    We have kids in similar age ranges. I have a daughter 17 and son 22, just getting ready to graduate from college. Both of them don't feel a need for pristine (to put it mildly) room decor. But like you, I've always figured this is the least of my concerns when it comes to teenagers and young adults!

    Enjoy your new work hours.

  4. Congratulations on the new job. I'm sure you'll enjoy your more normal hours ... though maybe there will be less inspiration for vampire stories now that you're not out and about in the middle of the night. ;-)

    I'm so out of it, I didn't even know about organized cover reveals.

  5. Jimmy, that's awesome you got the new job. Wow.
    I can't wait to see the new cover (I get to see it before the rest of the world?)

    I could look at some chapters, if you want, Jimmy. Let me know. You know where I am on FB.

  6. Yay for not waking up at 3am! That's huge!

  7. That's great you got the job! Sounds like much better hours and less stress. I get up at five am some days, and three am would kill me.

  8. Congrats on the job! Your wife won't know what to do with you with all that extra time.

    I'm sure she'll manage. ;-)

  9. Congratulations on the new job! I hope it is less stressful for you & gives you more free time!

  10. Oh that sounds like a much better job! Congrats on getting it :)

  11. Congrats on the new job. Looking forward to doing the cover reveal for 'Seeing Ghosts' :)

  12. Congrats on the new job! Sounds like a change for the better. :)

  13. Congratulations! I'd gladly be part of your cover reveal.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  14. Hi Jimmie :-) Congrats on the job, glad your family's all well and all busy staying out of trouble! (Presumably.) Since my schedule's a mess and my blog is way behind, I'll gladly support your launch but it will probably be a seat of the pants cover/blurb/synopsis thingy instead of my formally signing up for a coordinated cover release which I will inevitably flub up/forget to post on the scheduled day. Now, I'm off to finish throwing together Easter dinner. (My poor family.) Happy Easter, and congrats again!


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