Secrets, Lies & Chat

Thursday, March 31, 2005

'ON SALE NOW'

Finally, the shopping cart is in place! The books are ready to go! My pen is poised in readiness for signing messages in those books. All I need now is for readers interested in my subject - online chatting and dating - to take that step and read my story. I look forward to hearing from YOU!

www.secretslieschat.net.au
If you want the adventure without the bruising, read the book


Vena
31/3/05



Sunday, March 20, 2005

New Website

It's Sunday night 20 March 2005. Please visit my new website www.secretslieschat.net.au and I hope you like my new home. There's a Forum and a GuestBook for anyone to make use of if they choose to. In the next week there should also be a shopping cart where copies of the book can be ordered. I have 500 in Sydney for sale and will sign them personally if requested.

I finally managed to secure my other website and domains and they are now safely in my possession. secretslieschat.com is parked and anyone accessing the domain will find they are redirected to my new website. I'm very happy with the 'newbie' that Bryan and I worked hard on (Bryan much harder than I did). Anyone wanting any help with a website give me a yell I have some handy contacts now ... easy when you know how :). And Bryan has a wealth of knowledge too about all kinds of bits and pieces for websites. He is the brains :)

It's been a long haul but things are starting to come together now. The official release date in the USA will be 18 May and I am busily sending out review copies in the hope that some of the recipients will read the book and do a short review that I can post on my website and forward to the USA to the publisher. I believe a reprint of the cover may happen if enough reviews are received from enough creditable sources. So here's hoping. I'd love to see some Aussie reviews on the back cover of my Aussie book.

Until next time, yours in chat and writing.

Vena

Friday, March 04, 2005

Best Laid Plans are often best forgotten

Here it is, Friday morning Sydney Australia and the news could be better.

After battling on at work for two days, I succumbed to the dreaded flu and took Thursday and Friday last week off work to recuperate. Not so easy! A week later and I'm still at home after chest xrays and blood tests, two courses of bighit antibiotics, and home nursing by Bryan who flew here from his mountain retreat last Saturday. Unable to drive the car due to the extreme pain that beat me, Bryan became my chaffeur to doctors and specialists and my chief cook and bottle washer, and my personal masseur. This morning I'm faring better although the pain still can knock me for a six. My doctor is convinced that I had pneumonia but I'm more inclined to believe that I have sustained some kind of rib damage even though it didn't show up in the xrays. Monday will be the day of truth when I once more have to get myself to and from work and make it through the day at my desk. My doctor tells me there is a lot of flu around this year and it is untimely now for this to happen. It is also hitting all ages so guess we have some kind of epidemic raging through the country.

Whilst I have been home, Bryan and I have completed work we started on the Gold Coast on a new website. It is now online and we are both happy with our endeavours. The new addy is www.secretslieschat.net.au. It follows the blue theme of the Blog, blue being my favourite colour.

News on the book is not making me too happy but I'm resigned to the fact that this is not going to be easy to complete. My agent in the USA has only just now received the 300 review books, so a release date of 16 March is useless. I am now liaising with the publisher to push the date back to 18 May to allow review copies of the book to be distributed in the USA and Canada. The 700 books to come to me still have not arrived, so I am in the same situation as regards review copies and distribution of same. Whilst I resisted changing the release date in the beginning, I decided it was in the best interest of the book to stop being stubborn and face up to the facts. I have expended too much time, effort and cash to throw it all away through being stubborn, without at least giving the book a chance of some kind of success.

Today is another day. Who knows what it will bring.