Just another Monday?

Monday, Monday. The start of the work week. There are songs written about it. People dread it, especially after a long weekend. My weekend started out with a hurricane, but fortunately Arthur blew away. Our city postponed the firework display even though Friday was a beautiful day.

Growing up, the 4th of July was more than just our country’s birthday, it was my youngest brother’s, who was quite a bit older than I was. We lived on top of a hill and from our back file0001266287705porch we could watch at least 5 different displays from various locations and townships around us. It was always a fun day that came with birthday cake!

I can also remember the things that went horribly wrong. The time my “birthday” brother visited me and began to complain it was too hot in my house. We’re Yankees, but I was living down here and and had grown used to the south’s heat. He turned my AC to full blast and it instantly died! It was 104 F in the shade. It was horrible. He wasn’t sticking around for that heat so he left, leaving me with his cake that had sparkler candles, and the big meal.

Then there was the fourth when the toilet stopped up. Except it wasn’t the toilet, but we didn’t know that. My husband stood there with the snake to clear the clog and looked at the bowl. My brilliant comment was oh, pull the bowl. It’s a 89 cent wax ring. Five thousand dollars later, I got a new bathroom and the city had to redo the pipes in the street. It was their problem causing the clog, but we had another one in the bathroom floor!

But there we were on the Fourth of July carrying a toilet into the backyard like a couple of hillbillies while our neighbor threw one of the biggest parties of the year at his house. The kind where there isn’t a parking spot for blocks. They have five big grills going in their backyard, including ours. We’re waving and smiling as we drag tools in and more bathroom stuff out of the house. The backyard smells if hamburgers, ribs, and chicken. My bathroom smells like sewage! Oh, it was not pretty!

But after the fun, things always returned to normal. I’m still not certain what normal is. Back to the old routine? I’d hate to think our lives are totally meaningless walks through life, where every day we repeat the same tasks. In a way the days are, but in so many ways even doing the same thing over and over, it’s not really the same. There would be no progress if it were exactly the same.

But we do like to escape! And we can’t always run far away or watch fireworks. Instead, we pick up a book and read. Escaping kindleinto a story is always fun. For a half hour, two hours, or even several, long evenings, we can submerse ourselves into some other place and be someone else. It’s an escape from the ordinary, the heat, the sewage-clogged drain pipes, or whatever else comes out way.

Do you know what it takes to write a book? Every author has a slightly different method but in general, it starts with an idea. Some folks plot and plan and others just start writing. That’s the easiest part of writing. Writing it well, takes skill. Once the story is down, the rewrites begin. That’s where the author goes back in and begins to fix things. They add more emotion, description, or anything that they realize lacks in the first draft. Then the manuscript usually goes through some critiquing or to a beta reader. The author fixes things based on the critique or suggestions by the reader.

The book will need a cover. Some authors will make their own or they have a family member who is capable of doing it. It WoMS 2d boxed set final 500 x 800requires some art skills and a computer graphic program to make a good cover. Those who can’t contact their favorite cover art company and have one made. Then the book goes to an editor and sometimes several editors! Each time there’s another tweak to the what is on the virtual pages. Finished? Not yet. Now it must be formatted.  If the author can’t format, it goes to a format company who prepares it for your favorite bookstore.

Now it’s ready to be loaded into the book stores’ systems.

Now times that by eleven! Every author worked very hard to bring you a story in Weddings on Main Street. And Mona, knocked herself out to format all those stories in that book. (Three cheers for Mona!)

Months of work went into these stories. Mistakes were made along the way abadmuseWomannd new ideas developed. I overshot the word count and wound up with a second story With This Ring. Kelly realized she had the start of a series on her hands.

From a single idea, we managed to bring you a collection of stories. Behind the scenes, there was panic a few times. One 20140606-073033-27033946.jpgauthor bailed out because of family matters. Several overshot the deadline and still managed to wiggled in. But in the end, the reader is the winner with eleven great stories.

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We hope you grab your copy of Weddings on Main Street and read all the stories. Each is differenWedding on MS2bt and will have you traveling from Eastern Canada down the coast, then to the boggy bayou, over to Texas, into the Rockies, and all the way to California and further north.

Each story can be read in an evening. That gives you eleven nights of pure enjoyment or eleven lazy afternoons. If you loved the book, drop a review wherever you bought it. Good reviews mean the world to us.    WITH THIS RING cover

And don’t forget about my other  novel, With This Ring. It’s available on Amazon.  And if you love a particular author in the boxed set, search out all of her books!

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Plus… I have another River City novel, Campaign, that should release this week. B&R 500x800

Here’s a snippet of Brad and Ryn when when finally get to see each other at the airport.

Excerpt:

Ryn watched Brad furrow his brows. She grabbed her keyboard, her thumbs flying over the tiny keys, “I’m mute.”

Again, he pushed the screen away without looking at it.

She closed her eyes, reached up, and slightly tugged the scarf around her neck, revealing what was left of the scars that crossed her throat.

When she opened her eyes, he was staring at her. The color had drained from his face. The slight shake of his head told her that he now recognized the situation, and it was slowly sinking in. Once again, her thumbs flew over the keyboard, “I thought you knew.” She gazed up at him hoping to find some sort of acceptance. “It’s ok. The only thing I can’t do is talk with sound.” She forced a grin. “Remember when I asked you if you knew sign language, and you said you had learned a little bit when you were a kid?” She typed with lightning speed. “Remember I told you that you needed to brush up?”

“I thought it was a joke.”

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11 Responses to Just another Monday?

  1. monarisk says:

    What a lovely post, E. Yes, we start our stories with eagerness and joy, and then we sweat blood and tears until we manage to polish our creation and bring a bestseller to the world of readers.

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  2. susanrhughes says:

    You seem to have an endless supply of interesting personal stories, E. You’ll never run out of material for your novels.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      🙂 Probably not. But haven’t you noticed the AC breaks on the hottest days of the year and the heater on the coldest? And always when you can least afford it?

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  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Great post, E.! I love the evening escapes of good reads. You’re toilet story had me cringing at the cost, smiling at the party, and saying, “that’s one experience I hope I only have to read about”. Love your stories.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      This house is a plumbing museum! But he pulled the toilet to discover a bad floor, that was not just around the toilet, and clay sewage pipes.Then the city stepped in and said we needed a water cut off and a sewage something-or-other by the street. OMG! But I have a beautiful bathroom now!

      We were supposed to be at that party! We never made it.

      They are the perfect evening reads and who doesn’t need an escape most evenings to unwind from the hectic stress filled day?

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  4. The good thing about an eventful life, is that you never run out of stories to tell, or great ideas for novels to write! Thanks for sharing, as always E. you entertain!

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    • E. Ayers says:

      We weren’t smiling at the time. Now most of it is almost funny.

      I know I joke about the perfect day as being totally boring and everything in the house working the way it should. It’s not a joke! Such is my life! 😦

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  5. Joan Reeves says:

    Oh, my! What a plumbing nightmare. Glad you survived and can laugh about it now. Good luck with the new book.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      We have lead pipes in the street and lead pipes in the house, we have copper pipes with lead solder. Yes, the city knows, and they use special minerals or something in our water that coats the pipes. They’ve also tested our water for stuff that goes beyond normal water testing. Our water is perfect!

      We probably have open electrical wires that run between glass thingies. Everyone else around here does! Oh, this place is interesting!

      We had a neighbor who spent a fortune to have his house completely rewired. Then was in the attic with his wife and said look at this stuff. He clipped the wire between those glass things and the power went out in his entire house. He was lucky he wasn’t electrocuted!

      My husband wouldn’t let my use an sort of drain cleaner for fear it would eat through a pipe. About a year ago, I gave up and bought a bottle of it and used it to clear the bathtub drain. So far the pipes have held. 🙂

      Thanks for the good wishes. Kathryn “Ryn” was an interesting character to write. I think it will give people a chance to understand disabilities from the disabled point of view. But it will also surprise the reader how quickly they will accept Ryn’s disability and see her as a person with her own quirks and frustrations. Because it is easy to forget that she’s disabled.

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  6. Carol says:

    Yes, you definitely have a smorgasbord of stories! Reminds me of when hubby decided to replace the toilet ring himself. He accidently broke the bowl, floor was worse than we thought, and now we have a stronger floor and new bowl. You never know what will crop up when you begin a simple project.

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