Well, the date has finally come – Day One of my virtual book tour. For the next month, my second novel will be featured on various blogs and I’ll be checking in with all of them to field questions people may have. I had no idea what a book tour was until I hooked up with Goddess Fish Promotions a month ago. I had it in my mind that I was simply going to sit back while they did all the work. I Guess Not. I’ve been answering interview after interview, as well as creating guest posts, for the past few weeks. It’s an interesting experience so far, and one I’m glad to say I’ve actually done. It comes at a fairly busy literary time, too, as I’m currently putting the finishing touches on “Obey The Darkness: Horror Stories.” Hopefully, I’ll have that book out my Halloween this year. BTW, the first stop on the “Murder” tour is over at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews. Here’s the link. https://lauries-interviews.blogspot.com/2017/09/murder-in-rock-roll-heaven-by-robin-ray.html
Well, a new year is upon us and, like previous years, started off with a bang. At least for me, anyway. After getting drunk on New Year’s Eve, busting out two windows at a bank, and getting three days in jail for it, I now vow to turn my life around. (Yeah, I know – famous last words). Seriously, though, drinking has to come to an end. It’s a waste of money and often gets me in trouble, not to mention it’s bad for my health and goes against the teachings of Jainism. That said, I promise to give up booze and eradicate anger, hatred, jealousy and ego from my system. What am I going to do now to stay asleep if I give up the likker? I don’t have a clue since one of my bipolar systems is sleepless nights. I’ve been taking the pill Latuda for bipolar and Gabapentin for sleep but neither seems to work. All they make me do is gnash my teeth continually till the muscles in my jaw hurts. I’m gnashing my teeth right now as we speak and it’s driving me nuts.
Another reason for my drinking is the cold weather. No, that’s not a cop-out perfected my the Kremlin; it’s real. The freezing cold weather, in tandem with the bipolar, forced my sleep to end after just one to two hours. I don’t go all the way and swill vodka like they do in Vladivostok just to keep warm, but the beer is better than nothing. It forces more hours of well-deserved sleep on me, and the way I look these days, I could definitely use some beauty sleep.
For the past week or so, I’ve been focused on two things while abandoning a third. The two disciplines which are currently the mirepoix for my sanity are, one, setting up a recording studio in this computer and, two, marketing my mystery novel “Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven.” Man, if I’d known that the marketing of one title was going to be this expensive and time consuming, I probably wouldn’t have deigned to write anything to begin with. Nevertheless, what’s done is done. Since I can’t afford to pay hundreds for a, hopefully positive, review in some online magazine, or afford a proper book tour, I’ll have to take the snail approach with this one. Annoying, but inevitable.
The link above is the nomination site at Amazon for Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven. If I get enough nominations, Amazon will publish the book under their imprint (Kindle Scout) and give me a $1500 advance. Here’s the new cover. I think it’s a little easier to read than the red/white gradient I’d utilized before.