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Sunday Update – July 10, 2016

What a busy week! Even though we started off the week with a holiday (July 4th), it still felt like a really long four days. We took it easy last weekend, not really doing much but going to the pool and relaxing. On July 4th, we also went to the pool, left early, had showers, and went out to dinner. Then my husband left to catch a plane that evening to the UK. He was gone most of the week so I was on my own!

I think the week would have gone better if the weather had been better. Almost every day was REALLY HOT, and I'm fine with it hot, but every afternoon it rained, which meant no pool. Then the weather turned crappy for Saturday, cool and rainy, when we were supposed to have my youngest kid's birthday party at the pool. Sigh. We had a rain date planned for this next Saturday so fingers crossed the weather holds out.

I also had a new release! The second book of my Miso Cozy Mysteries series is out! THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER is doing well, actually. I'm getting a few sales every day and people are reading the first book of the series and moving onto the second one, which is amazing for me. When the first book of the series came out, I was bummed because sales were practically non-existent. I was holding out hope that when the second book came out, I would do better. A month or two after the first book came out, I decided I would make the first book free and hope that people would download it and try it out. This is not something I normally do. I'm not one to give away my work for free easily unless I have other books for people to buy in the series. Because HOO BOY am I in debt over my books. I have yet to make back my investment on ANYTHING I've written. Anyway, I've already given away over 13,000 copies of the first book. I'm hoping people are loving it.

I've also started working on two new projects. I'm working on a non-fiction project I hope to finish before the end of the month, and I've started plotting out the third Miso Cozy book! I'm excited about this next installment of Mei's life. It'll be the book in which she grows the most.

What else happened this week?


I'm eating a ton of salads because we're up to our eyeballs in lettuce from our CSA. I think I had a monster salad pretty much every single day this past week.


Ugh. There's construction happening next door and the contractors pulled out OUR bushes between the properties (we've had words with them) and now I have to look at it every day. If they had left the bushes there, I would have been blissfully unaware of it. My neighbor across the street heard me yelling at the contractors. Lol. I think I have a reputation now. ;)


The night before release day I was nervous and couldn't do anything. So I watched GATTACA, drank wine, and ate chocolate. As one does.


I treated myself to a decadent breakfast on release day and then went to get the oil changed in the car. Lol. Fancy!


I decided to color instead of checking my sales a million times. It was relaxing until the green pen gave out on me and then I was just frustrated and started watching TV. Lol.

This week on the blog: SFRB Blog Hop (which is live on my blog right now but hasn't started yet), one more Teaser Tuesday for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER, a Book Chat, and possibly a discussion post. Check in on social media to see posts about THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE BRAVES THE WINTER blog tour!

S. J. Pajonas