A New Honor

With all the excitement of Journey in Kallisor‘s release, I wasn’t mentioning it outright to my students. Though I’d love for them to read it, I was waiting for the principal and librarian to affirm it was fine for the middle school students. As it happens, word gets around. And the proof copy sitting in my back office was spotted too. 

On Friday, I sent an email out to the parents to let them know of the book and the fact that there is a gay main character. Acceptance is increasing in the country, but it isn’t universal and I’m not looking to stir controversy. If the parents have an issue with it, then at least they were informed. Maybe I shouldn’t be as concerned, but my students’ best interests are always at the forefront of my day, and I wouldn’t want to add any conflict.

Today, one of my students came in to class with the book. And he politely asked me if I would sign it. It absolutely made my day. I gladly offered my inscription and noted that the print date was on Saturday, so he had really just gotten his copy in. 

I wonder how he’ll take to the adventures of Gabrion, Dariak, and Kitalla. Will their battles be exciting? Daring? Wild? I can’t wait to hear!

One Week Ago

One week ago today, Kevin and I went to visit my parents. Together we hovered over mom’s iPad as I logged in to CreateSpace and navigated over to the necessary page. Then, reaching in, we all pressed the Publish My Book button together. I have no idea whose finger actually registered the button pressing and that’s even more awesome. CreateSpace then said it would take 3-5 business days for the book to be available online. However, it was available only hours later! Today is the one week mark of the release of Red Jade: Book 1: Journeys in Kallisor. Within days, the Kindle version will be live. It has been a truly wondrous week! Thanks everyone for your love and support! It truly has been an amazing adventure!

No Greater Honor

This week has been a wonderful experience and it’s only Wednesday. Journeys in Kallisor went live on Amazon and the book is reaching new people now. Yet though it means so much to me that people can dive into the world I created and enjoy some adventures, there is no greater honor than affecting the people around me.

Please take a few minutes to read this post from my dear friend Leanne. It means the world to me and I feel honored that I could have such an impact on others. http://www.waiticant.com/deep-thoughts-tuesday/  

May your day start off as wonderfully as mine just did!

–Steve