Happy, happy day, one that's been about two years in the making (something I didn't realize until I checked some old e-mails), but it's finally here!
Lost Without You, which has been out of print for several years, is back, baby! Digitally, that is. E-readers can now download it from Amazon and read it on the Kindle or any device that supports Kindle software (they have apps for PC, iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, and more).
If there's a need for it, I'll pull some strings with my technology department (read: husband who loves me) to get it onto other platforms.
You'll find a badge on my sidebar to buy it from and another link on my website. Or search Amazon for it (be sure to search for the KINDLE edition, because the Kindle version isn't listed on the print edition's page).
In the process of getting the book ready, I decided to go back and do some editing on it. I hadn't looked the book at all in years. (I don't read my books after they're published; I can't do it.)
I found myself noticing repetitive wording, awkward sentences, and even a random point of view shift or two. And then I started having fun . . .
Oooh, having Pat say another line here would be funny. So I added dialogue. I changed parts that leaned toward telling and made them more showing. I caught a couple of inconsistencies (thanks to Lara, I fixed the part where Greg's dimple switches cheeks).
It was fun to see sections that are somewhat outdated (Brooke listens to cassette tapes in her car and ABBA isn't a commonly known music group because Mama Mia hadn't come out yet). But I didn't change the plot. For that matter, it was awesome to find out that I still liked the story after all these years, while at the same time being able to see that I've grown as a writer and know how to make it better.
The final version turned out to be some 9,000 words longer than the original. Ahem. So the "edit" morphed into an expansion/rewrite. I think the extra words improved the whole, and I'm thrilled with the final result.
The timing wasn't intentional, but I find it rather cool:
Exactly eight years to the month after the original release of Lost Without You in July of 2002, the e-reader version is here. (HERE!)
(You can even download a FREE sample.)