She can’t cure everything.
It’s possible she can’t cure anything.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
I hope you enjoy it, and your long weekend, if you have one.
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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