Victorine, the ebook, is HEERREE!

I’ve been promising she was coming for a while now, and she’s here! The release was scheduled for her one-year anniversary, but it took more time than anticipated. You can now download Victorine to your e-reader! (She’s also available elsewhere, too. Just check your favorite retailer’s website.)

So many thanks to my publisher, Fleur-de-Lis Press, for all of their hard work on her behalf. A special thanks to Sena Jeter Naslund, Founding Editor, and Managing Editor Amy Foos Kapoor.

An unfortunate side effect of the ebook being released later is that the reviews between formats aren’t (yet) connected. Rumor has it they will be, eventually. I hope so, because people have said some really sweet things about her! But I’m so happy she’s out in the world! (Here’s where I whisper ask if you’ve already left a review for Victorine, would you consider cutting and pasting it to the e-copy review area? It would REALLY help me out.)

I always like to share a bit about my life when blogging, so here’s an update.

A close relative had surgery a couple of days ago. She did well, although they had some trouble getting her to stay awake afterwards, so she’s currently in the ICU. She’s supposed to be moved to a regular room soon. If you can spare any good vibes, please send them her way. (She probably wouldn’t mind if I said who she is, but since I haven’t asked her, I won’t share here.)

On the way home from her surgery, I stopped to get gas. Alas, afterwards my car wouldn’t start or go into gear. Thankfully, Barry and I had driven separately, so although he had just literally pulled in at home from the grocery store where he had bought dinner for us, he quickly put the food away and came to pick me up. He even called a tow truck. Yay for a hubby who rescues!

Still waiting to hear what’s wrong with my Foolish Carriage. (Do you know that car reference? It’s from one of my favorite movies.) In light of my relative’s surgery, it seems a small matter, car trouble. And it couldn’t have happened at a better point — I was safely off the road and was able to go inside the gas station and get a cold drink. And it meant Barry told the mechanic to look at a couple of other things that need tweaking that I had been ignoring. So it is kinda a blessing.

My second novel is still on track to arrive in the fall, although truth be told, I am second guessing its title. Brevity or wit? Which is better? Excited to share more about it as we get closer to its release date! Actually, be looking for an excerpt soon.

Talk to me. What are you reading? What are you excited about right now? And most importantly, are you enjoying summer produce as much as we are? We had a tomato sandwich fest a couple of weeks ago. Ah!

Our recipe: We toast the most mainstream white bread we can find, add sliced tomatoes to a piece of toast, salt them, top them with mayo, and slam another piece of toast atop the first. Sorry, not sorry, but this can’t be improved upon. I’ve had fancier versions, ones with mozzarella, or olive oil, basil, etc., but this is the one I dream of. Barry and I ate SO MANY tomato sandwiches for breakfast in Greece a few years ago. We made them ourselves in the restaurant. There were endless choices for breakfast, but this is what we wanted. We sat on the balcony and took in the view, a beach in the town of El Greco’s birthplace, and ate bites of summer. That was a magical breakfast spot, for sure.

P.S. Don’t forget to get your e-copy of Victorine! And if you do, I’d love it if you left a review.

9 thoughts on “Victorine, the ebook, is HEERREE!

  1. Of course it’s an EPIC novel in any format. And your CBTD reference is so cute! I thought I’d codify it so that people who don’t know could discover the movie as if these were bread-crumb clues! And yes, buy this book in all formats!

  2. Aw, shucks, you’re biased. But thank you!! And I’m teared up knowing that YOU know that movie reference, LOL. I hope you don’t mind that I shared our Greek breakfast memories. Why didn’t we take any pics of those luscious sandwiches? XOXO! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR NOT LEAVING ME STRANDED AT THE GAS STATION, HAHA. Not that you ever would, but some days I imagine it’s tempting.

  3. Agh tomato sandwiches! 🤤❤ I know that sounded like I was disgusted, but it’s ony because I love them so much (that EXACT recipe, except sometimes with sourdough) that I can’t contain this love of tomato sandwiches in my body.

    Sending all the good vibes to your relative…

    Congratulations on the Victorine ebook! I promise to leave my review, when I do, on both versions 😏

    With regards to your second novel (SQUEEEEE!), always wit. I shall never shy from a lengthier tome if I love it.

    Right now I am buried in a blissful library haul (look, I have to go like bimonthly for the kids. I dont have a problem at all!) and Book of the Month stack. Currently reading In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan and about to start Once There Were Wolves (check out the first line of that book and see if you don’t add it to your cart straight away!). I am so very excited that a short story of mine is slated to be produced for an audio podcast this year, The Grey Rooms, which has called a cross between Quantum Leap and Tales From the Crypt. So *commerce high-pitched noises*

    Nice to see updates from you, Drēma!

    1. First off, CONGRATS on your short story being produced for a podcast! I just checked it out, and wowzers, that’s an awesome podcast to be on! It’s had over 1 million downloads!! So, so happy for your talented self! I just subscribed, so I will hear it ASAP. But feel free to remind us all over here, too!

      I just read the first line of Once There Were Wolves and whut…what is happening?! I’m having visions of a Jack London short story. Whoa! So another book gets added to my TBR pile.

      Now we must obsess over tomato sandwiches…ah!! And yum! A sad tale here: I wasn’t feeling well today, so I was still in my pj’s at 11:30 am. I was on the phone when my back doorbell rang. By the time I got off the phone and wrapped in a robe, I looked out to see my neighbor crossing the street to our other neighbors’ house. SHE GAVE THEM TOMATOES SHE HAD PICKED FOR ME! See if I sit around in my night clothes anymore, even if I’m sick.

      She did send me pics of the tomatoes she’s going to bring me as soon as they are ripe. I guess more tomato sandwiches are in my future, though I would have loved to have had some tonight. Glad you and I agree on the best kind of tomato sandwiches. But wait, sour dough you say?? I may have to give that a try.

      Thanks for the well wishes for my relative who had surgery. She’s in rehab for PT and actually had a family member break her out last night for coffee!! While one end of the facility knew where she was, apparently her nurse did not and was in a panic. I imagine they have so many stories to tell on her. She’s a hoot.

      I love library hauls…I live so close to a library, a life long ambition, though I don’t get to it often enough.

      Thanks for the update. It’s been too long. Waiting to hear news about your novel!!

      Take care, Ashley! 🍷💜

  4. I don’t read as much as I should. I don’t read as fast as I could. And I’m so behind in my TBR list that I vow not to add another one until I’m done with what I really want to do— read/review.
    I read very slowly. Love the taste of each sentence. But I want to read and more than anything I want to put up my reviews.
    I’ve been putting out a lot of poetry — but it doesn’t come easily to me. The hunt for the perfect word, you know and then the decision to rhyme or not to rhyme. The form and all that decision making. I could very well stay in research mode all day.
    Anyhoo, I’ll have you know that I just started reading Victorine in earnest this time.
    I figure that by the last week of this month (between writing Christmas Cards, decorating, and all that) I’ll have my review up no later than the last week of November.
    And now that I’ve started I gotta tell you I’m loving your baby. Gosh, what a gem.
    Will tell you more later. It’s past bedtime here.
    Thanks for writing this, Drēma. Girl, you rock! Be well, my sweet. I wish you miracles. xoxo

    1. Wow, thank you so much, friend! I truly hope you enjoy it. It means so much that you would take the time to read it — and a review as well, wow, thank you!! 💜💜

      1. Oh I am. The language is amazing. You did a superb job here. What a gift you put forth to the world. I had to stop reading to check out the art pieces that I had no background for.
        I’ve been living life blind. Not any more.

        Tonight I’m watching the eclipse. Oh. My. so silly how I let myself get so giddy about that moon.
        Be well. I bless you. 👏

      2. Selma, you made my day! I’m so happy you like my book, and that you took the time to look at the artwork. That’s wonderful! I’m sorry to say I don’t have your holiday card in the mail to you yet, but soon! I hope to get it out after this weekend. Have the best weekend ever! And happy reading! Blessings to you as well, Drema

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