Miracle of the Concrete Jesus
I have a new e-book available for Kindle—only $1.99. Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories is a collection of nine short stories, six of which are recycled from my print book, The Girl Who Raced Mules & Other Stories. Two of the others have been published elsewhere. One hasn't been published before—but it won a contest. Anyhow, once the e-book was on my iPad, Chloe checked out the cover.
Here's the book's description: One woman’s surprise gift to her church produces an unexpected result, another woman gets advance warning of an ice storm, another gets down and dirty at the grocery store, another finds a mystery in library books. Add a mule, a kiddie beauty pageant, a dressed-up pig, a bootlegger, an escaped convict, a wannabe best-selling author, and a jar of ashes, and you have Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories. These prize-winning humorous down-home stories feature resolute women as main characters: “Miracle of the Concrete Jesus,” “Angel on Ice,” “Down and Dirty,” “The Mystery of Emmaline Carter,” “Insult to Injury,” “Fixing the Blame,” “Eye of the Beholder,” “Query Letter From Helen,” and “Phoenix Rising.”
I spent several weeks getting the text reformatted properly for Kindle. I uploaded the book three times before I got it to where I was pleased with the result. Meanwhile, my cover designer—Eduardo Mitchell—and I conferred back and forth via email about how the cover should look. I sent him a photo I'd taken; he removed a lot of extraneous stuff—tree branches, part of a building, etc. The he worked on selecting a suitable font and arranging the title on the picture. Here are two of the early attempts:
I'm pleased with the final result, even though certain cats (like Tanner) aren't impressed.
Now, Gentle Blog Readers, if you'll just pop over to Amazon and buy the book. . . .