It's not real until I can hold the paperback in my hands. Now it's real. The paperback proof arrived yesterday. The "Not For resale" banner plastered right over the title is real, too. Thanks, KDP, for keeping me honest. I was so tempted to run out and sell this proof copy on the Black Sea Gods Black Market. I particularly like the way they plastered it right over the title, so I can't check my print quality. Oh well, it still looks good. So, they print version should be ready for order on Monday, too.
It's always weird holding a freshly completed, ready to sell, book in my hands. Six years of effort went into The Bastard Gods, much longer than any of my previous books. It's weighty, much thicker than Tears of the Dead, which previously was my longest book. The cover looks great. I hold it side-by-side to the previous novels, and the covers complement every bit as good as I had hoped. I'm looking forward to book fairs this fall with three novels sitting on the table. (if there are book fairs this fall).
It's been a long road. Almost there.
Just a reminder, the eBook is now available for pre-order. Also, I'm running a special starting Monday where the first two books in the series are FREE on eBook for five days.