As mentioned in my previous post, things aren’t going swimmingly with my first novella and first book-length self-publishing project, my forthcoming novella, Stolen Summers, the prequel to Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home. But I still expect to be able to publish at the beginning of next month. So where else would I go with this week’s flash fiction challenge to write a 99-word story about balloons on a bumper?
The run-up to publication was always hectic, whether or not she had a publisher to hold her hand. With so many plates spinning, it felt as if she’d be crossing the finishing line in her pyjamas.
She breathed more freely once her box of books arrived. They made it real. Yet the driver plonked them on the doorstep like an ordinary delivery: the week’s groceries not the sentences she’d sweated over for years. But someone must’ve dropped a hint that this latest book was special. The bumper of the truck that stopped outside her window was festooned with balloons.
Stolen Summers cover reveal
Or you can watch the silly unboxing video from my last book:
UPDATE: Stolen Summers is available to preorder now