Monday, July 26, 2010

New Book Cover & Excerpt!

Greetings Blogger Friends! 





Just wanted you to know that I’ve been trying to keep up with many of your blogs and of course I keep discovering new ones! Wish I had more time to read them, especially on a daily basis.


Got my new cover design and have put it on this profile and over on Facebook, but for your convenience, here it is...



NOTES FROM NADIR will be coming out toward the end of September – don’t have an exact date yet. I’ll let you know when I do.

Meanwhile, here’s another excerpt that dates back to the beginning of my stay in Nadir.  

February 2009 - “Job Hunting In Hell”

Before Mom left for her part time office job at a nearby school, she made sure my laptop was hooked up and I was able to get online there and not on her old Dell PC from the turn of the century. Only a few months ago she had changed from dial-up to DSL!

As she was a senior citizen, she worked at her secretarial job no more than two hours at a time. Wasn’t much time at all, but at least I’d have the place to myself between the hours of 10 and noon. Oh yeah, and the maximum commute time of maybe 12 minutes gave me a little extra. In the old days, she would have walked there—but in the old days she worked 40-plus hours per week.

I lingered over tea and toast and took in the ambiance the gas fireplace created. All I did was flick on a switch, observe the manmade logs and flames imitate a real fire, and about 15 minutes later the fan clicked on and expelled heat. It was right next to the table so I was able to have breakfast in warmth. But I got so relaxed I miscalculated my time as I was reading another Charlaine Harris mystery I’d bought before I left entitled Shakespeare’s Christmas. I liked the heroine, Lily Bard, and she had her own cleaning service which meant she was self-employed. Reading about other places than the Left Coast sort of prepared me for being here. But only sort of. As I was engrossed in the adventures of a small town gal, I suddenly realized I wasn’t alone.

The sight of Mom coming inside lugging her canvas library bag made me feel guilty. I was supposed to be looking for work not lingering over breakfast was the vibe I got but she didn’t say it. When I returned to the sun room, I never referred to it as my room, I got online and began job hunting by emailing resumes. Mom thought I was “playing.”

Being the old-fashioned sort, she lectured: “You have to go out and look for a job. You can’t do it online they won’t remember you. Go out and you’ll stand out.” She also wanted to get rid of me, I reasoned.

I did so, spending the time driving around the area and familiarizing myself with where the farmland began and where the city ended. I was just driving and driving and looking at places where I wanted to work and seeing if there were any help wanted signs. In the age of the internet who hunted for jobs on foot or in a car? Yeah, I’d found my first job, even my third and fourth job that way – during the pre-WWW era.


43 comments:

Susan Fields said...

Great cover, and it's coming out in August - how exciting! Thanks for the excerpt. I'm sure I'd rather eat and read than job hunt, too! :)

DEZMOND said...

congrats on the book cover, Lisa ;)

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! This is brilliant brilliant news!! It's a lovely cover, a great title and I love this excerpt (it very poignant for me reading about mum!). You do the understatement so well! Please do keep us updated on when this will be out in August - I want my copy! :-)

take care
x

L'Aussie said...

Lovely, Lisa. the cover looks fabulous. Thanks for the excerpt. Looking forward to its coming out..:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's exciting!

Nicole MacDonald said...

Lovely cover :)

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I love the cover! :)

Ann Best said...

Exciting. We're all waiting anxiously for the book's release.

Lydia Kang said...

I love that, the pre-WWW ear. At first I was like, what world war was that?
ha ha.
Great cover!

notesfromnadir said...

Susan,
Thanks for the compliment!
Oh reading and having breakfast is much more fun than looking for a job!!!

Dezmond,
Thank you so much!

Old Kitty,
Thank you so much for your compliments. And I appreciate being told I do understatement as that’s always what I strive for. You’re so perceptive.

I will keep you up to date about the arrival date!

L’Aussie,
Glad you like the cover & excerpt. Wish I was done with all the revisions but not yet!

Alex,
Yes, it is but lotsa work, too!

Nicole,
Thank you so much for your kind words & for stopping by!

Amanda,
Thank you so much for your kind words & for visiting!

Ann,
Sometimes I wish it was this month but it will definitely be an improved version that gets onto Kindle!

Lydia,
Thanks, & I thought that myself about the WWW! Creative minds think alike! :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Your cover looks great - you must be so excited! And thanks for sharing your excerpt :)

Christine said...

That's exciting! Good to read the excerpt as I missed that section first time around. Your writing draws me in very quickly.

Piedmont Writer said...

Congratulations Lisa! This is so exciting.

I'm sorry your Mom isn't here, she would be so proud of you!

Melissa Gill said...

Congrats on the cover, it looks great. Those are such fun mile stones to cherish.

Talli Roland said...

Love the cover - and how it ties into the blog.

Thanks for the extract, too. I've missed your writing, Lisa!

Jai Joshi said...

Lisa, I'm so glad you're still around! And that's excellent work about your book release date and the book cover. It looks fab!

Good luck with the job hunt. I know how you feel.

Jai

notesfromnadir said...

Jaydee,
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, am looking forward to getting this book launched!

Christine,
Thanks for visiting! Glad you liked the cover & the excerpt.

PW,
Hi & it’s a lot of work doing all the revisions so I look forward to working on my next project.

That’s sweet of you to say that about Mom!

Melissa,
Welcome & thank you for your kind words.

Talli,
Yeah, I wanted a “familiar” looking cover!

Thank you so much for your compliment. I miss posting 3 times a week, but I also enjoy being able to read so many other talented bloggers.

Jai,
Hello & glad to see you! Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

great cover! I have to admit that I prefer job hunting online rather than going out in person; I always feel shy about doing that.

notesfromnadir said...

NW,
Thank you!
I think we have that in common -- job hunting online is preferable!

Stephen Tremp said...

Cool...looks great. Best wished for your success upon the release of Notes from Nadir.

Stephen Tremp

notesfromnadir said...

Stephen,
Welcome & thanks for visiting. Your kind wishes are greatly appreciated! :)

Christina Lee said...

NICE! Great cover too! August?!?! EEK!

notesfromnadir said...

Christina,
Thanks for stopping by & for the compliment!

Do to all the new revisions, this book probably won't be out until September!

Bossy Betty said...

Oh what great news AND a great cover! Can't wait!!!

notesfromnadir said...

Thanks, Bossy Betty! :)

WritingNut said...

Wow, congratulations on the cover--it's so fitting for your beautiful story.

Missed Periods said...

Pre-www era.

I love it.

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notesfromnadir said...

WritingNut,
Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

MP,
& those days seem so long ago! :)

Reberto,
Good of you to stop by & am glad you left a link. Will check it out soon.

laughingwolf said...

grats on that, lisa... will it be a 'real', or an ebook?

notesfromnadir said...

laughingwolf,
Thanks! :)

It'll be on Kindle, which is available as a free download if you don't have a Kindle reader.

It might come out in paperback later this year if there's a demand for it.

Lani Woodland said...

Love the cover!:)

notesfromnadir said...

Lani,
Mega thanks! :)

Lydia Kang said...

I love the cover! And thanks for posting this passage, I hadn't read the old ones!

Guinevere said...

That excerpt just sound so like a mom!

The cover looks great... congrats!

notesfromnadir said...

Guinevere,
Oh, that's so sweet of you to write that about Mom/Moms in general! Thanks! :)

arlee bird said...

I can identify with this passage, only I don't have a parent watching what I do. But I remember those days. Good luck with the book and I really like the cover.

Lee
Tossing It Out

notesfromnadir said...

Arlee,
Thanks! Oh, & I put my Mom through this more than once over the years!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on getting this moving along.

notesfromnadir said...

Thanks Carol, it's moving along a bit slower than I thought!

Liz Fichera said...

I love the book cover. It looks like train tracks near my hometown in the Midwest. Very intriguing.

notesfromnadir said...

Liz,
Welcome & thank you!
Yes, this picture is from flyover country!

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