Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quickie Thank You's and Shout Out

Quote of the Day:
It is not clear that intelligence
has any long-term survival rate.
~Stephen Hawking~

Current Local Weather:
Crap is falling straight from the sky
at an alarming rate and landing on my shoulders.

Currently on my iPod:
Blood Bank
~Bon Iver~

Dear Friends, Family and my Family of Friends,

This is a quickie post. I must say that my week or so on the road to promote my book taught me a lot. I know now why folks do this. As horrendous as it is to give birth to a book it is all worth it in the end. Despite the disappointments, the positives, the love, the hate...I've forgotten, already..., about the pain.

I wanted to thank the following people who have helped me survive these past few weeks and have made them actually enjoyable:

Natalie at Black Cat Books in Manitou Springs. You made my birthday and book release one of the best days of my life. I can not possibly thank you enough for all you've done. You're in my heart forever.

Mike and Ashton Cigars and all the dudes working and hanging at Cigars on 6th in Denver. What a fun time. You guys rock my world and I'm so very thrilled to have you support Ned and me.

Abby Murray and the CS Writers Reading Series: You inspire me beyond belief and I am so glad we're in eachother's circle of crazies. Thanks for having me...

Joni at the Book Lady Bookstore in Savannah, GA for hosting me and for providing love, feedback and a warm, friendly smile when I truly needed it.

Ellen and the crew at Foxtale Books in Woodstock, GA. You guys are so overly generous with your promotion and love that I am still feeling it all the way back in Colorado.

George at Eagle Eye Bookstore in Decatur, GA. Love the yellow hat and even more love the atmosphere you provided for me. Despite the lower turn out, meeting you made it all worth it.

I hope if you're a writer, especially one living anywhere near the vicinity of these fine independent book stores that you'll consider making them not only your regular shop for new and used books but also a place where you will hold your own book signings and events in the future.

Also, if you're looking to read more about how I got to where I can go here:

Guide To Literary Agents ( I was a guest columnist for the How I Got My Agent Section...thank you Chuck!)

You can also pick up a copy of September's Issue of Writer's Digest and see a nod in the Notable Debut section for the New Face of Jazz. If you're a writer, I highly suggest you pick this issue up as it has so much amazing advice for writers it's like getting an entire writing conference's worth of advice in the palm of your hands.

I have some more news I'll share with you sooner or later too. And for those who have emailed etc. I am doing fine and the baby is doing great too. I'm at 19 weeks now! Almost half way there...eeks!

Yours in Surviving, Staying Strong and Skittles,


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Here Tis'

Quote of the Day:
Dream as if you'll live forever,
live as if you'll die today.
~James Dean

Current Local Weather:
Amazingly high spirited winds
gusting across a boosted ego valley.

Currently on my iPod:
Nat King Cole

Dear Family, Friends and my Family of Friends.

IT'S HERE! Need I say more? Go to your local independent booksellers and buy your copy of THE NEW FACE OF JAZZ TODAY! I can't f********* ******** believe it's done. Actually done and available for you to read.

I have readings, signings, parties and more scheduled for a lot of places. Please go HERE
for all information regarding dates. You can click on the header titled TOURS AND SIGNINGS.

I truly hope to see everyone at them. And if you run a jazz organization or radio show or blog about anything relevant to books or jazz, or whatever! I'm more than happy to arrange a signing or schedule an interview. I'm chatty. Trust me. But, if you read this blog you already knew that.

Much love to everyone and I'll tune in for a life from the road post soon.

Yours in Books, Believing Dreams Can Come True and Busting One's Own Ass To Get To a Better Place in Life,

Cicily Janus