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Publishing Virgin

Publishing a novel for the first time is exciting and scary. While it generates pride of accomplishment, it also spits out gobs of self-doubt.

For instance, a friend says, “You wrote a book! How cool!” and your ego soars. A minute later though, you're wondering if a little plastic surgery is in order. That nose of yours sure does show up big on your book’s author photo.

Hell’s bells! Releasing a debut novel is a hoot—it’s just a nerve-racking one.

At least, with Curse Me Not, I can report that I enjoyed the hell out of writing it. My heroine, Elzetta Swan, is someone I’d hang out with any time and I admire her for taking on a life makeover when she comes into her rare gift—the ability to lift revenge curses from people’s auras.

Elzetta may be a Southern unsophisticate but she has the right attitude. Her new vocation as a “bodywasher” means she has to deal with people who usually deserve the curses put on them, but so what. As the story opens, Elzetta is about to finish her first year as a licensed bodywasher with a trendy new lifestyle and a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank.

I hope you’ll join Elzetta on this, her first foray into the darker side of what it means to be gifted by the pretercosmos. In Curse Me Not, she will face a duo’s serial hunger for revenge that not only threatens her new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for an unlikely urban white knight. It could also create in Elzetta a vengeful rage all her own.

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