Let's blast the trumpets and break out the wine! Or, if you don't imbibe, we'll do it in reverse: break out the trumpets and blast the wine!
J.R. Mackenzie is now the proud owner of her own author website which I am happy to say has a few pictures of me on it.
And--the first book in the Temptation of Christ Parish series is complete. She's been fiddling with the manuscript for about five years now and word has already gotten out to frighteningly good critiques.
Here's the conversation we had when she laid the news on me:
JR: Our site is done. Finally. Done, done, done!
TOM: (hesitates) Um, remember, you told me a Sister Paul Marie said 'only turkeys are done,' and to use the term correctly. You're a writer, you should know these things.
JR: Oh, for heaven's sake, Tom. Not another digression.
TOM: Okay, okay. (pauses) Do I have to confess this one?
TOM: You said we have to confess them.
JR: Transgressions, Tom, transgressions, not digressions. Besides, I only said that to keep you on track.
TOM: Oh, that's mean.
JR: Never mind. Let's start over. The site is finished and there's the book, too.
TOM: (a mite sarcastically) Wow!
JR: Everything came together. I'm so happy.
TOM: I'm impressed.
JR: Now, all I need is an agent.
TOM: A what?
JR: You know, a literary agent. Someone to help me find a publisher.
TOM: Oh, that kind of agent. (stops to think) I know one.
JR: You do?
TOM: Sure. A really nice one. Talk to him all the time.
TOM: He wasn't impressed. Said you didn't have a prayer.
JR: (gulps) No?
JR: Not even one single rosary bead?
TOM: Not even.
JR: That's mean.
TOM: Just kidding..
Got her, didn't I? No, I love her book and I think you will, too. If you want more information, go to my address book above for the link. I'll continue my blog about this 'n that around here with occasional visits by you-know-who. You're invited to go right to the site, read the book's excerpts, her bio, and don't forget to sign up for the contest! C'mon--you know you want to, even if it means listening to a talking cat.
Hugs to all. (I'll keep you posted on the agent part.)