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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Why The Glass Butterfly's book birthday is a CATastrophe (aka: why I've been quiet as a dormouse the past few days)...

Today is The Glass Butterfly's official book birthday! HURRAH!


(gif by Heather Love King)

However, there's been a glitch. Since I've chosen to publish these books as indie titles (see story behind that decision here), I myself am responsible for uploading every version individually, paperbacks, ebooks, etc... on each and every online site available to indie authors.

Unfortunately, there's a processing timeline that has to be adhered to. It takes most versions at least 72 hours to go through and appear on all the venues for purchase.

Normally, I'm on the ball and can get things done three days ahead. In fact, I had last Friday set on my calendar as upload day, but then something unexpected dropped into my path...this little love, right here:


Friday afternoon while running errands, my daughter and I spotted this teensy 6-week-old baby scrambling around on busy a four-lane street in the middle of town (gif is a representation, not actual location). 



She was so terrified, she finally rolled up in a trembling ball in the middle lane as seven or more cars (and even a semi!) passed over her at full 40 mph speed without slowing down. The tires barely missed her each time because--by some miracle--she was centered between the lines just perfectly. 

My heart stopped with every car's passage. I was praying she'd survive, but had tears in my eyes and averted my gaze each time...the thought of her getting crushed was harrowing. I was trembling myself as I pulled into the closest parking lot to find a way to get her. Fortunately, at the same time, an anonymous, heroic man (who I will forever believe was this kitten's guardian angel) stopped his car mid-traffic and put the hazards on to pick her up out of the street. 



After he rescued her, he pulled into the parking lot where we waited. He stepped out of his truck, wincing, because the poor little love was wound around his ankle like a teensy, furry python and had her claws embedded in his skin. As I helped him get free, he asked if I could take over from there. I said of course, because I knew she was meant to be ours. 

We were only two minutes away from my veterinarian's office. The kitten was inconsolable and yowling so we wrapped her in a towel to protect her sharp little claws (and ourselves, haha) while I drove over.




After keeping her overnight, our vet gave her a good bill of health (another miracle that she had only road burn on her nose and paws from nuzzling into a tight ball on the asphalt to barricade herself against the velocity of the cars passing over), so we brought her home to be part of our family on Saturday. Here she is, happy and healthy in her safe place on the little fleece blanket I made for her.




She's a sweet, resilient tiny kitten. We named her Jujube (like the miniature gummy candies that I loved as a teen).




We call her Juju for short which is fitting, because in the urban dictionary, Juju means luck (bad and good both). Also, if you add a “b” at the end of each “u” it becomes jubjub (like the bird from Alice in Wonderland). 

How fitting is that for the pet of an author who's written an AiW spinoff?




All that to say, due to our newest addition, I didn’t have time to do any work until Monday because we were helping Juju adjust to her home and recuperate from her traumatic experience. 

So, as of now, the only places where The Glass Butterfly is live are Nook, Amazon, and iTunes (apple). Perfect for anyone who'd like to order the ebook versions and start reading today! 

However, if you're wanting a paperback, there is only one venue available from which to order, and it's B&N. Others should be processed by this weekend. I will update The Glass Butterfly page with more buttons as soon as other versions become available, so keep checking there!


Also, in the spirit of her new and bright future, Jujube thanks you for your patience and hopes you'll take part in the festivities while you wait! There's still a fantastic INTL giveaway going on for the prizes below through August 18th, so be sure to enter the rafflecopter before you leave today. And as always, thanks so much for the book support!




19 comments:

  1. Yay!!!!! Congratulations and Happy book birthday/happy adoption day to Juju! I’m soooo happy for both of you! That was definitely meant to be! ���� I bet she’ll be a great writing companion for you.;) You now have your own little version of “Chessie!” �� Having a fabulous new book AND a new kitty baby is the best news ever! ��♥️��♥️��♥️��

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    1. Thank you! Haha. Yep, Chessie's tiny female counterpart. Now she just needs to sprout some wings. :)

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  2. Aww... Juju is adorable! She looks snuggly and happy! ๐Ÿ˜ป

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    1. She is such a little honey, Brandy! I'm in love. <3

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  3. My sweet little Juju...surely a gift straight from Heaven.

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    1. Agreed pallie. A kitten with her very own guardian angel.

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  4. So glad you were there for sweet Jujube. She was meant to be yours. As to the question about ghosts, I think I do.

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    1. Thank you! She's a blessing to us, too. And you know, I've had a few experiences that make me believe in them, too.

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  5. My heart is exploding from the sheer adorableness of Juju and the kindness of her rescuer.

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    1. Thanks Nita! That man was seriously a hero. And I don't even know his name...

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  6. Im glad the kitty is safe! It’s so cute and adorable. I just want to snuggle with it. Unfortunately if I do that I break out into hives. Can’t wait to read this! Off to barnes and noble!

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  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, my heart. ๐Ÿ’œ✨ I had a cat named Julian; we called him Ju Ju and Jujube. I had him for 22 years. I think her luck was very bad turned very good! She is adirable. ๐Ÿ˜

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  8. That's awesome that you took care of the poor little buddy. Animals are always worth it. I love dogs but Juju sure is adorable. :)

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  9. Aww, she is ADORABLE!!! And that is completely understandable that you were delayed by the little cutie... :D

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  10. She's adorable!! Im so glad she had you, your daughter and that hero as her guardian angels!

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  11. That's a sigh-of-relief and sweet story. So happy for Juju.

    P.S.
    I believe in ghosts - the ones with unfinished business, not just because they like to hang around.

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  12. Holy Wow!

    What a story. That kitten is so lucky for you and her guardian angel. She is precious. Please give her a lot of cuddles for me.

    I hope she is adjusting well and enjoying her new home and I hope you all are enjoying her. Jubjub is a wonderful name and just perfect for her.

    Excited about your book but even more excited about your new family member. <3

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