Hello from Las Vegas! It’s not quite Monday here in the US, but this post is late, according to Sydney time, so here it is, my first US post!
After a long and somewhat hellish trip, we finally made it!! We left for Sydney airport at 7am Saturday 17th, flew out at 10:30am, the flight was 14 hours, on which the food made me ill. We arrived in LA at 7am Saturday 17th (weird, huh? lol) then went through customs etc and left LAX for Las Vegas at 9am. Arrived and checked into the hotel by 12:30. Then, approx. 30 hours without sleep, two bouts of vomiting and three migraine medication doses later, I slept like the dead.
We woke up this morning all set for our first day. And after a full day of shopping and walking and experiencing The Strip, I can say Vegas is pretty damn cool.
My kids love it. My husband, who is doing some international recognised gaming course which includes tours of casinos, loves it too. The weather today was a fabulous 99F today, the a dry, baking heat is just like home! Most people we saw were walking the streets and casinos, half dressed and half (or mostly) drunk, but it’s a party town on the weekend, so I get it. It’s part of the deal, and I can appreciate that people come here to let their hair down. But everyone’s been super friendly, and very helpful 🙂
I will say this though. Iced coffees at Starbucks are NOT what we get at home. I drank it anyway, but it wasn’t good LOL. And not only do y’all drive on the wrong side of the road, but it also means foot traffic stick to the right, where we instinctively go to the left. Even escalators are on the wrong side! It’s a left side/right side thing, and that is a habit hard to break. I’m sure we’ll get used to it, it’s just one of the main differences I’ve noticed on our first day. 🙂
In book related news, The Weight Of It All has done fantastically well. Six days after release, Henry and Reed are still NUMBER ONE in SIX countries, and #3 in two more countries!!! And, not only that, but it peaked at #64 in all of the Kindle Store, which is AWESOME! And my Author Rank went to #30 in General Fiction.
These might just sound like a bunch of random numbers, but I can tell you these figures are impressive, and I am in awe of how incredible my readers are. The love and support for this book has been HUGE, and I am so grateful for each and every person who has bought, read, reviewed, pimped, liked, and posted about this story.
Please know, I could never write the books I do without you.
I really do appreciate everything you guys do. Truly. And it just reinforces something I’ve been saying for years: I’ve got the best readers on the planet.
So, I will still be in Vegas next Monday and should be able to post, but after that I will be in transit somewhere between New York City and Montreal, so I might miss a post or two but I will always try. I’ll also try and upload some more pics for you all. These aren’t too exciting LOL I have to get used to the idea of actually putting myself in the photos to share. Will try again tomorrow 😉
Until next time…
I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO MEET HENRY AND REED!!
TWOIA is now live and available on Amazon/KU! *twirls* I’m soooooo relieved to have this book out in the world. Now I can concentrate on this US trip that I’m so overwhelmingly not prepared for… LOL
*looks at calendar*
So apparently no one has yet figured out a way to stop time. I have to say, I’m disappointed… LOL I am fresh out of days. We leave for Sydney on Thursday, before flying out to the US, for what will be five weeks for my family, six weeks for me. That’s a hellalong time to be travelling and living out of suitcases, especially with two teenagers, but I’m also really excited!
This post will be suuuuuper short, just for me to say all things going well, I’ll be loading The Weight Of It All into Amazon (it will be on KU) tonight or tomorrow. I’ve done a final read through, tweaked a few things, and now just have to make those changes to the document (I proofread on a Kindle – my brain finds mistakes if it’s on a Kindle, not in a word document. I don’t know why LOL) and will attempt to finalise the ecopy and paperback copy online tonight.
Today is accountant appointments, chiropractor appointments, vet appointments, crossfit and tennis. Tomorrow is a dog groomers appointment for Ruby – I’ve told her it’s a day spa, but I’m pretty sure she knows. Have I ever mentioned that Ruby hates bath-time? LOL And I still want to tidy my Tupperware drawers/cupboards and pantry before our house-sitters arrive, so they don’t think there was an earthquake or a break-in or something.
Wednesday is meeting with the school to arrange/collect any school work my kids will need to do, and I hope to do some packing at some point… >.<
Oh, and I also decided that 10pm on Saturday night was the perfect time to rearrange my office and the front sitting room, swapping furniture, moving lounges and bookcases. Because I didn’t have enough to do before this… o.O
I am expecting my new website to be up and running soon. Everything should transfer over smoothly, so there’s no need to worry about doing anything. I can’t wait to show it off. It’s gorgeous!
Anyway, that’s it for now. I have no clue when I will post my next Good Morning Monday post. But when I do, chances are it will be from the US. Eeeeeeeeeek!!
Much much much love,
Until next time.
Another busy week for me. I’m not long home from a rushed trip to Sydney, which I enjoyed, but am now exhausted. This post will be short because I am in dire need of some sleep. I still have a horrid headache that I’ve not been able to shake for three weeks. It was a residual side effect from that cold/flu thing I had about a month ago, and none of my usual meds/heatpads/massage are relieving it. I have had neck issues and migraines for years, so I’ll go back to my chiropractor this week and hopefully be rid of it once and for all.
Coming up, I have a busy week of appointments and trying to get The Weight Of It All ready with edits/proofing. I also want to try and get the paperback ready before I leave, even though I won’t be able to proof an actual copy in time. I’ll just have to trust the process that I’ve done for twenty other books and pray it turns out okay LOL.
Oh, and just a heads up, there’s a good chance I’ll be offline for the few weeks I’m overseas. I’m hoping to not be, but with the travelling and busy schedule I might not be posting my normal Monday Morning posts. I will try and post pics when I can, and maybe even set up a new tab dedicated to our vacation and travels across the US. If not, I’ll just upload them all when I get home.
But to whet your appetites with The Weight Of It All, I’ll post some picspiration of Henry and Reed.
Here’s who I envisage for Henry <3
Yep, James Corden. Love him, and he’s perfect for Henry.
And here’s Reed 🙂
You’re welcome 😉
Okay, that’s it for this week. Fingers crossed I’ll have buy links in next week’s post.