A Shipment of Books, An Amazon Bestseller, and Obliging Trees


First of all …. the shipment of books from my publisher arrived!!


While I didn’t swim in them, as I had previously threatened to do … I was quite excited! My 7-year-old son, who is very nonchalant about my author status now, shuffled through a few of the books in the open box, then looked at me with concern and said, “But they’re all the exact same book!”

Yes. *sigh* I think he must have been under the impression that, with all the time I’ve spent on the computer preparing for launch the past few weeks, I’ve written at least another several books.

Most of these are promotional ones, which I’ll be using to give out in all the giveaways that have been running recently. So if you were one of the several winners – be on the lookout! They should be in the mail soon!


Secondly, The Word Changers made it to the Christian Fantasy Best Sellers list on Amazon this week! To my understanding, the top 100 of any category qualifies for the list. My book started at #94, then went from #47 to #30 just within the past 24 hours.

I realize Amazon’s algorithms are confusing, and oftentimes seem to make no sense (or is that just me?). I’ve watched my book jump back and forth numerous times over the past week or two on various (yet similar) lists. I’ve seen one ranking on Amazon, a completely different one on Author Central Amazon … yeah, confusing.

But I’ll take #30! I’m quite happy with that.

I know that sales, reviews and tags do much in the way of putting books on the radar for other Amazon buyers. So to those of you who are reviewing, tagging and buying … I’m very grateful!


And lastly, I just had to share a fun thing I did today. Such beautifully obliging trees, no? How (or why?) would I even try to resist whipping out my paints and brushes? And they are right next door to each other, so the little gnomes who can now live here will be able to have cookouts together and watch their little gnome children play together in the front lawn …… well, until the next rainfall, anyway.

Gnome door1

Gnome door2

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!


10 thoughts on “A Shipment of Books, An Amazon Bestseller, and Obliging Trees

  1. Aaahh they’re GORGEOUS!! Always so awesome to see the physical book! ^_^ Now I REALLY want to get an actual copy! Soooo purty…
    And congrats on bestsellerish! 😀 Stupendous. 🙂

    EEP the little gnome doors are so lovely and whimsical! You painted those? O_O Wooow… Talent. The top one looks kind of like a squished Bag End door! 😀 I’m sure the local Gnomes will be very appreciative… Have you read “The Little Grey Men”?

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    1. Aw, thanks, Deborah 🙂 I actually own “The Little Grey Men” (found it at a used book sale and couldn’t resist the title or the cover), but am sorry to say I have yet to read it. I’m guessing you recommend it?! 🙂


      1. Haha, it’s not pathetic, it’s perfectly natural! At least, I assume so, because I’m the same way. 😉 (And waiting in line for over an hour in freezing wind just to be one of the first to get in among the books is perfectly natural too… I hope. ;))

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  2. Yay! That is such an awesome feeling, that first box of books. Love your son’s reaction 🙂 very similar to what my 5 year old said when my box of Second Son copies showed up. Having children keeps a person honest… and humble.

    Love your gnome houses, so fun!


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