In case you’re wondering where I’ve been lately, and even if you hadn’t noticed my somewhat spotty postings, I figured it was time for an update. Seems like ever since Irma smashed our garage and cars about 14 months ago, life around here has been full of what I’ll call “annoying interruptions.” I’ve seen what disaster looks like, thanks to events like Hurricane Michael’s rampage through the Florida panhandle and the truly horrific wildfires in California, so I’m smart enough to know we haven’t had anything close to a disaster here. But we have had a lot of interruptions, causing delays in everything from replanting our crushed garden to publishing my last novella, and a few of the interruptions have been health related.
Some of you know I have had a LONG history of skin cancer issues–and I have the scars to prove it, even on my face, where I’ve had four. This started when I was in my late 30’s, so I’m pretty familiar with the dangers, the treatments, and the surgeries. Most of mine have been basal cell carcinomas, the least likely to spread and the easiest to remove IF you catch them in time. (They can become very large & potentially disfiguring if you don’t.) Three months ago, I had my first (more dangerous) squamous cell cancer on my arm, which was removed successfully. At the same time, a melanoma (the most dangerous form) was found on my back, and that was successfully removed, as well.)
My most recent issue involved a sore on my ear that didn’t look at all like any other skin cancer I’d ever seen, and which I thought was an insect bite at first. After a few weeks, I realized it wasn’t healing, and had my dermatologist take a look. Turned out to be another basal cell. If it had been on my arm, it would have been an easy-peasy bit of trimming, and done. But it was located on my outer ear, in an area where there is very little skin or tissue to work with, without the risk of disfigurement. Continue reading
My heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful writers and bloggers who helped me let the world know that TE2 was out! This includes all 20 bloggers who helped with my cover reveal, the 8 who shared my release news, and every single one of you who checked out each post and shared it on your own social media sites. I’m very, very grateful to each of you!
This was the first time I’ve ever done anything in the way of promotion for a new release, other than sharing the news on my own blog and FB pages, and it was a learning experience, for sure. One thing I learned is that smaller is not necessarily a bad thing, and I will be keeping that in mind when I’m ready to release Wake-Robin Ridge 4: The Light. I’ll also be planning that release at a time when I’m not booked quite so heavily for local engagements, so that I won’t be overwhelmed by the amount of work on my plate. It’s thanks to the generosity of each of you that I’ll have some experience to draw on when it’s Rabbit’s turn to be featured.
For now, I’d like to take a moment to say a special thanks to each person who invited me to guest post on their blogs for the release of TE2. I chose the first 8 people who volunteered, but I greatly appreciate the offers from everyone else, as well, and plan to check with you next time, in case you are still interested.
If you aren’t already following these blogs, I encourage you to do so, or at least stop by for a visit now and then. You’ll find something special about each one, so it will definitely be worth your while.
Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord
Cathy Ryan at Between the Lines
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This online community of writers and bloggers is the most generous and supportive group of people I’ve ever met! You ALL rock! 🙂 ❤
This morning, I have the pleasure of visiting with Harmony Kent, and sharing another excerpt from The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. This is the next to last stop on my mini-tour, and I hope you ‘ll swing by to say hello, and pass the link along on your favorite social media hangouts. Thanks so much!