Thoughts about the Greywater Chronicles universe

I hope you enjoy Mistakes Were Made: a comedic romance about some of my favorite characters of all time. I wrote this book to explore the dynamics of love, friendship between women (and friendship between women and men), and what happens when adults are stuck in a location together. While the primary plot is Jules’ sweet quest for love, I thoroughly enjoyed contemplating the complexity of adult relationships when everyone is stuck together at a location — the Misty Forests recovery and adult living center.

The book doesn’t explicitly state the location or time period, but there are numerous subtle references to Portland, Oregon throughout the story. I liked the idea of pushing everything forward about 20 years to around 2035, which means today’s teenagers are the adult thirtysomething protagonists of the story. We still have mobile devices of some sort and computers for work, we operate cars (but do we drive them?), and some of my favorite Portland restaurants are still in existence. Misty Forests doesn’t actually exist, but I do have a secret location in the Portland West Hills picked out.

I quite enjoyed give Jules a career as a greywater plumber — still a little unusual now, but I like to imagine that there are many more greywater projects in 2035 and many more women working as plumbers.

There are at least three books in this world, with the second book (Best Laid Plans) becoming available later in December 2015. I so much fell in love with the characters, that I can easily imagine many more. Some of the secondary or minor characters who may need their own books include Jules’ best friend Martha and her new good friend Sue at Misty Forests. I could also see books about Jeff who runs the front desk at Misty Forests, his buddy Melody, the facility manager Neal, and the grumpy but sweet gardener. To name just a few.

How to order an e-book as a gift (Amazon or here)

Physical books are awesome as gifts (and by all means, get a copy of Mistakes Were Made as a gift), but sometimes people want an e-book. This can get a bit tricky, particularly if you don’t know how they read e-books.

Option one: purchase them a copy for their Amazon Kindlekindle purchase

  1. Confirm they have an Amazon Kindle or want the gift of an e-book for the Kindle system, and know their personal email address.
  2. Go to Amazon and select the Kindle version of the book.
  3. As of December 2015, select the box “Give as a Gift” on the right of the book product page and follow the instructions to add a delivery date, gift message, and email address. You can also have the gift email sent to you and you can forward it on. You will need to have one-click ordering enabled.

 

There are additional details on this Amazon page (see the “Purchase Kindle Book as a Gift” second section).

Option two: purchase digital access on this site

This is a great option if you’re not sure how your recipient reads e-books. After you place your order from the Books section of this site, you’ll get an email with information on how to download your book. You can simply forward this onto the gift recipient. They will have access to a Kindle file, an epub file (used by most other e-readers), and a PDF file.

As always, please only send the email if you have purchased the digital copy for them.

Any questions? Cat at Silurian Press can help ( cat@silurianpress.com ) with technical questions.

Beautiful new cover by Heldáy de la Cruz

Mistakes Were Made CoverHi everyone! I’ve finally gotten over my fall flu enough to start posting the great original artwork and designs by Heldáy de la Cruz for Mistakes Were Made: a comedic romance. I first met Heldáy when he was doing some lovely design work for Ecotrust, and he’s a great fit for helping bring the characters of the Greywater Chronicles to life.

His work always shows great heart and creativity. I’m looking forward to working with Heldáy on future covers and layout. If you need any design work yourself, be sure to contact him.

Besides designing the new cover for Mistakes Were Made, Heldáy also created images for social media and the web. Enjoy!