The predominant characteristic of the pub date is that it’s “soft.” A potentially bothersome quality on other sorts of dates, but in this case, it meant that the release of Cascade Falls was scheduled for March 17th, then suddenly got changed to April 7th.
What’s a writer to do? You’re all gussied up for your date and suddenly it gets postponed for three weeks. Now, I admit, that also happened to me with Tiffany Gluck from Akron, Ohio, but this date proved to be even more annoying. On the morning of March 19th, I sat at the computer in t-shirt and gym shorts, studying the box scores (as I planned to do for the next three weeks), when, just for the heck of it, I opened another window to check my Amazon page. Lo and behold, my date had arrived — with zero warning.
I went into shock. The moment was here and I had no plans. I mean, it wasn’t as if I was going to take my date to see Jersey Boys or anything, but the way the news appeared seemed beyond anti-climactic. I called a few friends to share my soft release dilemma. One said: “I’m on the other line with AT&T, and I pre-ordered the book three weeks ago. Do you need me to call you back?” Another barked: “I’m going to your booksigning before my copy arrives. Are you pressuring me to buy ANOTHER book?”
At least Tiffany Gluck was a happy drunk. This was rapidly becoming the true date from hell. What could I do to save it? Finally, it hit me. The only way out was to head to an actual pub. Down so much Guinness, you forget you ever wrote a book. So I grabbed the wife and off we went. Polished off one or six, then the Shepherd’s Pie arrived, slathered with a generous topping of mashed potatoes. And how were those potatoes? you ask. Ironically, they were “soft.” But very good. Pub date, a success.
As far as Cascade Falls — it’s now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Or if you have a local indie bookstore, get it there. We’ve got to keep these folks in business. Really excited about this novel, and anxious to talk with all of you after you finish!