It’s nearly a month since I self-published my first book, GAME OF WIT AND CHANCE: BEGINNINGS. While I’m confident it won’t be pushing John Grisham or Nicolas Sparks from the New York Times best sellers list, I’m thankful for the action it’s been receiving.
The book is part of a three book (at least) series I started two years ago for a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. I wrote the first draft of the third book, PSYCHOLOGY OF CHOOSING, in November 2013; the first draft of GAME OF WIT AND CHANCE in November 2014, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the second book, ONE FISH, TWO FISH, BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH this November (2015).
I’m excited about the series and the next two books, which I’ve promised to revise, edit and publish in 2016. I’m also excited about a couple of other projects in the works, one specifically designed around a previous work I’ve never published whose name will remain…well, unnamed, because I’ll be changing it.
I’m especially thankful to my friends who have taken the time to help me grow as a writer, through both positive and constructive criticism of previous drafts of this and other stories. While writing seems to be an extremely individual effort for me (I don’t write well in group settings) it can’t be done in a vacuum if I have any expectation of ‘success’, as defined by number of books sold and/or number of ratings / average rating received. Feedback is always appreciated. Even if you don’t like it, I know you gave it a shot.
So, if you haven’t read GAME OF WIT AND CHANCE and would like to, check out the home page of my website to see where you can find it.
If you have read it and want to help out with a review, please do! Any review is fair…I mean if you really hate it I guess I won’t beg you to put that on-line, but reviews are personal opinions and everyone’s opinion is valid…if you like or love it, I’d be really thankful for the review at your favorite site; Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Nook, and Kobo are all places authors benefit from review feedback.
Back to Thanksgiving…you know what I’ll be doing (see above), and I will tell you I’ll be enjoying it…I wish all of you a great holiday as well. Take time to look back on the year you’ve been gifted with…I hope you find many people and situations to be thankful for and I wish you all the best as we move toward a new year.
Finally, here’s a new book blurb I’ll be posting in a few different book sites, but you’ve seen it here first:
What happens when you bring together love of adventure and love of country?
In ‘Game of Wit and Chance’ you get sailor, smuggler, singer, sister.
When an estranged Filipino falls in love with an American girl mired within a shattered family, they redeem each other’s happiness and create the beginning of a saga revolving around the sea.
Within each person there is potential for good and evil, while some seeds grow and flourish, others wither and spoil.
Game of Wit and Chance is about the struggle between two brothers and how their directions are influenced by their heritage, the people in their lives and the things that separate them.
The story, full of both tenderness and tragedy, picks at the layers that build a family, showcasing the smooth outer skin as well as what is beneath the scabs, producing suspense, as well as hope for the future.