Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Guess Who's Back, Back Again?

 The more things change, the more they become convoluted, and you end up having to revert back to how things were.

For the past year, as some of you know, I've been hosting my blog on another webhost. However, the costs involved were astronomical, and required a "premium subscription" to host the site. The only real function I needed was my customized web domain name, but in order to utilize it, the former webhost demanded I renew for the previous 3-figure "premium subscription." To say I thought it was a cash grab was an understatement.

Fortunately, I did some research, and discovered I could return my blog to my former home, and keep my personalized domain name for a fraction of the cost. Granted, it meant I had to extend my contract for another year, so Blogger will be the new home of "TONanookPublishing.com" until May 2023. Gone will be the store, which was the reason I switched webhosts in the first place, but I have a store on my crowdsourcing site. So, no worries there. (FYI, if you'd like to purchase signed paperbacks of most of my titles, you can surf on over to: https://ko-fi.com/dief/store and check out my wares there.)

Speaking of which, this leads to question: What in the bluest of blue hells have I been up to lately? Well, I'm still doing my day job; although, since August, I've been working a modified 3 days in the office, 2 days working from home schedule. However, that is slated to change next month when people will start coming back to the office more frequently, and a pre-COVID working schedule by the end of June 2021. Some people will be eager to get back to their familiar surroundings, while others are still hesitant. Unfortunately, I don't make the rules and regulations in the organization, so I'll be following requests, as needed.

On the book front, I finally released the final book of my contemporary romance series set in rural Saskatchewan. The Prairie Fire Ablaze was unleashed to the world on April 6, 2021, and looks at a budding relationship involving the black sheep of the family, Rebecca. Don't worry, I didn't paint her favorably to start, but it's more of a story of redemption and forgiveness as she tries to earn back her family's trust and love. I think it's a good conclusion to the trilogy, and I hope you, the reader, will enjoy how I wrap things up. (Just don't hate me for the huge plot twist later in the book. LOL)

Signing-wise, I'm just over three weeks until my first appearance of the year, after COVID nixed everything in 2020 (and in some instances, this year, too). In 2021, I will be in Tampa on June 5th, Louisville, Kentucky on July 17th, and in Clearwater Beach, Florida this October 21st to 24th. But that's not to say I'm not booked for 2022. Next year, my touring schedule will involve two trips back to my former homeland, with stops in Niagara Falls in May 2022, and London, Ontario the following August. But the big one will be my attendance at a HUGE mystery writer convention slated for Minneapolis in September 2022. It's undetermined at the present if I will be allowed to sign at the event, but it will be exciting to be exposed to such an environment.

That's all for now from me. Thank you everyone for sticking with me through these troubling times. Until next time, stay safe, get your vaccinations, mask up if you're still hesitant, and happy reading!