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New Things

by Bethany Maines

Yesterday was the first day of Kindergarten for my
daughter.  She looked a little bit
nervous, but mostly seemed to be taking it in stride. Many of the other parents
weren’t.  Someone kindly went around and
passed out tissues.  My husband and I
made it through without tears, but we did feel a bit glum about our baby not
being a baby anymore.  And like many
events that are symbolic markers of something new, even when we poo-poo it as
“just another day,” there is still the sense that it is the time to begin a
project and shake up the routine.
Toward that end, I took a stab at cleaning my office.  It was a very small stab.  Sort of a paring knife kind of stab rather
than a meat cleaver, but efforts were made.  Then I started a new short story because,
let’s face it, I’ll do anything to avoid cleaning my office.  This one I think will be a reverse Miss
Marple (the old lady is the killer). 
We’ll have to see how it turns out.  I also started a Facebook Group called the Reader B’s.  Facebook groups add greater interaction and flexibility than pages, making them more equivalent to conversations.  If you would like to belong to a group
dedicated to readers and authors, please do join.  I’ll have posts about books, book reviews, posts
from other authors and discussions about all of my books and short stories.
My next novel, The Second Shot, is releasing October 24 and is now a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Literary Contest.  If you have a netgalley account and want to read a great new book for #free, check out this blogger/reader sign-up!  Don’t want to be officially a part of the excitement, but want to keep tabs on all the news? Add The Second Shot to your Goodreads list or pre-order for iBooks today.
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Bethany Maines
is the
award-winning author of the Carrie Mae
Mystery Series
, San Juan Islands
, Shark Santoyo Crime Series,
and numerous short stories. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or
kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing
her daughter or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
You can also catch up with her on Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and BookBub.