Cheap Book and Keyboard Tip! ALL THE THINGS!

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It’s been a long, well, whatever it is since you started counting, and we deserve a laugh and a break and maybe a little meddling in our brains (shh, I didn’t say that).

So for a very limited time, Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) is just $0.99 in the US AND the UK! OK, the dollar sign doesn’t apply in the UK, but in my defense I can never find the pound symbol on my keyboard. A quick trip to google could fix that.

Ah, let’s try my newfound knowledge. £0.99. EUREKA! It worked. I held down the “alt” key and then typed 0163 on the number pad. Another site suggested “alt” plus L, but that didn’t work.

I think I’ve digressed. Bet Aunty Ida has cure for that. Probably. Maybe. But at $0.99 or £0.99, it’s worth finding out!

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Following Up with a Sequel

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So the Aunty Ida sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) is out and live in the world. It’s an interesting thing, it’s my first sequel, and my first clear continuation of a world I’ve created.

I couch it like that because my short story collection definitely has Ida’s hand in it. Or more like Ida’s brain in it, so there were glimpses of her beyond her adventure with Margaret, but this book is a solid visit with her, as opposed to a quick, flash-fictiony peek.

(As an aside, it is warmer here than it’s been in days, and yet my place feels colder. I am currently typing this in an awkwardly clunky fashion, because my fingers are cold, while the rest of me is draped under an electric blanket. I am like a new dish at some chic, overly-cutesy gastronomy restaurant, the Warm-n-Cold).

Back to business. I wasn’t, when I first wrote Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) thinking about a sequel. But at some point, the story just needed to be told. I’m not sure that Ida wasn’t the one who forced me to write it, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to do it again.

I actually enjoyed the feeling of a sequel. You know your world by then, you know the essence of the people who inhabit it. It allows you depth into character you don’t get the first time around, because your readers are already acquainted. They’ve already made the small talk.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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The Aunty Has Landed!

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Well, it’s here! Aunty Ida finally has a second adventure, and you can read it, right now, if you want. Go ahead, stop what you’re doing. Unless you’re driving. Although if you’re driving, why are you reading this blog? Eyes on the road!

Anyway, you can now get Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) on Amazon, if you are so inclined. You might want to read Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) first, though. Or not if you’re a rebel.

Aunty Ida loves rebels.

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So I hope it’s another fun visit to the world of Aunty Ida, and I hope you leave it with your brain intact. Or mostly intact. You can’t have everything.

Reminder, Aunty Ida is FREE Today and Tomorrow!

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If you haven’t gotten your copy of Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), what are you waiting for? It’s free through tomorrow, December 27. Get it while it’s still loony. Or before you’re loony. One of those two things.

Though it’s also convenient if you’re already loony. Oh well, it doesn’t matter, just get reading!

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I hope you enjoy it, and your long weekend, if you have one.

 

 

And the Series is Called…

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Honestly, I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m getting ever closer to making the Aunty Ida sequel available for pre-order, and I’m so excited. And nervous, if I’m being honest.

This will officially be my first series. And here’s the funniest part about it.  When I wrote Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) I assumed it would be a standalone novel. A series? With that bunch of lunatic characters? How could it be?

And then Aunty Ida started nagging. And nagging. She popped up in short stories, which you can find in Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities (you can pick it up for free, if you’re interested). But short stories weren’t enough for Ida. Nope.

She wanted another book. And more, I’m sure. She’s not the kind of character to let things go.

So I’m off into brand-new (for me) territory. Hopefully everyone who enjoys that funny, strange world will enjoy the sequel, I think it’s another weird, good time.

Oh, and I promised you the series title, and here I am nearly forgetting to put it into the post. So, once again, please get your imaginary drums ready. The series shall be named “An Aunty Ida Comedy Invention.”

Because it is all of those things.

So I have a few more tasks to cross off, and then before you know it, Aunty Ida will be showing off her new adventure. I can hardly wait.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only). 

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Contemplating the Supreme Manuscript of All Reading

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So here we are, back at Monday again. Funny how that happens. It’s like Joni Mitchell’s “Circle Game,” only smaller.

Last week was a fun one. For anyone who missed it, I revealed The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management’s new cover:

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and I announced that Aunty Ida, of Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) infamy has forced her way back out into the world for a sequel, title to be revealed later.

Her Cousin, Much Removed tried out life as a bargain book, and suddenly it was Friday.

So what’s on for this week? Stuff. Lots and lots of stuff, she said cryptically. On that I’ll have to keep you posted.

What hasn’t been on, with all these other things happening, is writing. Remember that manuscript I was working on? As far as I know, it’s not going to write itself. Or maybe it is. Maybe I have created some kind of super-intelligent manuscript which somehow knows how to keep going all on its own.

Of course things that convenient and useful always turn evil in the end, so there would probably be a downside when it started attacking other manuscripts in order to be the Supreme Manuscript of All Reading, or kept going until it was millions of words long, making itself uneditable  in a highly sophisticated and evolved show of self-defense, but I think I’d be willing to live with that.

If it would let me live, that is. You know what they say about pens and swords.

Very Special Announcement, Now Plus GIF!

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Well, I promised an announcement about that book I kept talking about cryptically, and here it is! What better way to express myself than through GIF form? Actually, there are a lot of better ways, I found this more challenging than I probably should have, given that there are likely thousands of 5-year-olds making GIFs at this very moment. Anyway, enough about that:

 

f8klrThe GIF doesn’t lie! Aunty Ida is returning for a sequel. I’ll be doing a cover reveal, and before you know it, it will be available for pre-order. I told you this was going to be a very exciting week!

For anyone who doesn’t know, Aunty Ida is the overly-intelligent troublemaker behind Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) and she flatly refused to stay confined to a single book. So she’s getting another one.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this news, I’ve been holding it in way, way too long. You could say I feel like dancing. Brain dancing, perhaps.

Here’s hoping you’ll stay with me through the fun of the sequel launch! Hold onto your brains, everyone, you’re going to need them.

Check out  Her Cousin Much Removed (only $0.99 for a limited time),  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only).

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