I swear, this week has taken FOREVER to get here. I uploaded Snapshots last week. Which was a good thing because I had to fight with Smashwords' autovetter. The thing is finicky and when you have an error, it tells you only the spot you need to fix. Not what's missing or what needs to be taken out. Very annoying. I got a little moody with hubby later.
Anyways, Snapshots is now available at Amazon and Smashwords. B&N, Apple, Kobo and others will come later. The links will be added to Snapshots' page as I get them.
My biggest issue with publishing Snapshots was the genre. Snapshots doesn't fit into a nice easy genre. Sure, it's YA, but after that it was a little tricky. There are Sci-fi elements, but it's not a Sci-fi story. I could call it Contemporary if I wanted. It also has LGBT elements. Cyc's sexuality is a plot point, but like the Sci-fi in the story, it's not the focus. More a sideline. I had two people suggest Speculative Fiction and after googling it, I agreed. Unfortunately, Speculative Fiction isn't a category listed at Amazon or Smashwords. In the end, I settled on Sci-fi and LGBT. In the tags I put Speculative Fiction.
As with any new release, I'm a little nervous. One night had a hard time falling asleep because all my insecurities rose up. Do the sci-fi elements make sense? Did I remember to include an explanation for this or that. Cyc has his bandana in the deli scene? It took all I had not to jump up and start rewriting stuff. The final read through was done and I was calling it good. No rewrites, no searching for stray typos. My eyes wouldn't see them anyways. Hopefully, friends will catch any stray typos let me know. Then I can get the paperback version ready to go.
Okay, enough babbling. Time for a little teaser.
"Kellen!” I rushed to the small boy’s side. Red surrounded his body. His chest shook with each breath. Tears filled his scared brown eyes and his tiny voice croaked.
“No, it’s Uncle Cyc.” I tore my hat and bandana off and pressed the green fabric to the wound in his chest. “But don’t you worry, your momma’s right here and everything’s gonna be okay.”
I kept pressure on the wound, unable to look up. I sensed the crowd gathered around. The air was heavy with their horror. Finally, I heard Kellen’s mother voice screaming for her son. She pushed through the crowd and gathered him into her arms. My gaze connected with his for a brief second.
The vision was quick, a painful image flashing and disappearing. Head down, I rose and made my way through the crowd. Tyler stopped me. I didn’t need to look up to know what he was silently asking. I shook my head and pulled free. Tears filled my eyes and I fought to hold them back. I could still see the vision. An image of Kellen’s mother holding his lifeless body at the exact moment I told Tyler the boy would die.
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