Getaways, Back to School, and a Free Book in the Kindle Store!

Little tent in the big trees.

So, I’m going to brag a little. I got to take a vacation. Well, a mini-one, which is something I haven’t done in a LONG time, but SmallBoy and I joined my very large and crazy clan camping in the Sierra backcountry for a long weekend before school starts. It was fun, dirty, and so incredibly beautiful. Best of all, I was forced to leave my computer behind and there was no cel phone access at all. So no checking email or rankings or any of the little things that eat up time.

North Fork of the Tule River (our front yard)

Speaking of back-to-school, SmallBoy starts his first year of conventional schooling tomorrow. Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that I home-schooled him for the last three years, but life changes unexpectedly sometimes, and a conventional classroom became necessary. He got to meet his teacher last night and his classroom has a camping theme! Which is just perfect. So, for the first time, I’ll be writing full time, which means that writing and editing will be happening much faster, and I’m very excited about that. It will also free up my evenings so I can have some sort of normal life (and hopefully more sleep).

In case you haven’t caught the excitement, A Hidden Fire was price-matched on Amazon yesterday, so it is now free at the Kindle store! And… it’s been making a bit of a mark. It’s currently sitting at #1 on the Free Contemporary Fantasy list and #13 in free books overall! In one day? That’s way more than I ever expected and it’s thrilling to know so many people are reading my first book. If you haven’t picked up a copy, now is the time! If you like paranormal romance, historical mystery, or just a fun adventure with great characters, you’ll like the book. A reviewer on Goodreads once called it Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego for adults, which might be my favorite review of all time. It’s also a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review “Best Indie Books of 2012″ so that’s pretty darn cool, too.

I hope you all have a great week! I’m considering posting a chapter of the first Cambio Springs novel, which is still untitled, but I’ve got it all outlined, and I’m about a quarter of the way done with drafting it. Let me know if you’re interested in reading and I’ll post a chapter later this week!

Thanks for reading,


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  1. It was fantastic, Mandy! Very relaxing. I hadn’t been camping in years, even though I grew up camping most summers. I’m definitely going again soon. 🙂 Hope you and your family can get away, too!

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