Note: The 2020 St. John's Regatta has been cancelled due to COVID.
It's a pretty exciting time! The release day for PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE is rapidly approaching. Advanced reviews are already starting to come in, and so far they've been pretty positive. I've changed up the cover for something a little less cheesy, and final edits are nearly complete. Hell, I've been doing so well that I'm even working on several short stories that I hope to get submitted before the end of the month.
So what do I have to complain about? To be insecure about?
Well, there's always fear that the book won't ultimately be received, or that I won't be able to finish the next book, and so on and so forth. But to be honest, the reason I've been keeping so busy with book-related tasks is because I'm more worried about real life.
School is supposed to start in September. Here in Ontario, the government has declared that all schools will re-open, with virtually no changes or additional safety precautions in place, especially at lower grades. Which includes my kids. Canada has been pretty good at keeping the virus in check, but with kids going back full-time in crowded classrooms, I can't see that track record staying intact.
I cannot, in good conscience, send my kids back to that. My wife, son and father-in-law all have health concerns that would be seriously, potentially fatally, complicated by catching the virus. Fortunately I'm in a position where I can keep my kids home, at least for now, but that has its own complications. My kids will miss out on social interaction, which will assuredly affect their mental health. My own work and my wife's health suffers from having the kids home 24/7. Plus there's the uncertainty of not knowing when they might eventually go back, or what it will look like.
Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe school will re-open and everything will be fine (though I doubt it), and in a month or two my kids can go back and things will get back to normal. That seems like a pipe dream, so for now I just have to be cautious and do what I think is best.
In the meantime, all I can do is focus on the things I can control, and try to have fun with my book launch and make it the best it can be!
How's your month been?
Hugs & Kisses,
"Typical Gallant-King - gutsy, original, and savagely fun."-Samuel Gately, author of Night of the Chalk and The Fire Eye Refugee
"C.D. Gallant-King pays an exciting and thrilling homage to the 90s. The story is expertly paced and an excellently crafted sci-fi."-Paul Carberry, author of Zombies on the Rock
"The author has done a fantastic job of crafting the main characters into believable, real life pre-teens."-Damien Larkin, author of Big Red
"I would put him at the top of the list of Canadian horror humor authors, as soon as I find some more so I can actually make a list."-Patrick LeClerc, author of Out of Nowhere
Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.
Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.
Niall, Pius and Harper are dealing with pre-teen awkwardness in the last days of summer before the start of high school. The same night the body is found, the three of them witness unusual lights in the sky over the bay.
Is it a coincidence? Are the lights connected to the rapidly-increasing string of mysterious deaths? And what does the creepy old lady at the nursing home have to do with it?
There is an evil older than time hidden deep beneath the waters of the North Atlantic. It is hungry, and vengeful, and it has its sights set on Gale Harbour to begin its path of destruction. All that stands in its way are a group of kids who would rather be playing Street Fighter II...
Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space will be released on Amazon September 28, 2020.
Interested in an ARC copy? Please drop me a line on the Contact Form, or leave a comment below!
PSYCHO HOSE BEAST BLOG TOUR!
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Hi CD - good luck with the new book ... love the title! Also all the best for the school etc ... it's difficult - but better to be safe than sorry - as it's a really nasty virus. All the best - HilaryReplyDelete
Congrats on your new book. I'd be glad to feature you in Follower News when your book releases. Email me if you're interested.ReplyDelete
I would have a hard time sending my daughter to school this fall too. Thankfully she's an adult and just out of college, another scary place to send your kids.
New cover looks great! Awesome you are getting good pre-buzz.ReplyDelete
Hopefully since kids don't catch the virus much it will be all right.
It must be a really tough decision whether or not to send kids back to school. At times like this, I'm glad I only have to make decisions for myself. Hope things work out with that – and the book too.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! This sounds great. I do understand your concerns about the kids going to school and I hope things will keep fine. Keep safe!ReplyDelete
Sonia from https://soniadogra.com
Love the cover!ReplyDelete
Our area of Northern Ontario has been great - and we're all terrified at the thought of sending kids back to school. We need to half those class sizes before anything else!
I'm so sorry you're worried about school reopenings. I understand that. I really hope you and your family will stay safe and healthy.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the writing progress and on getting some good ARC reviews of your book.
Oh man, I'm so sorry about this. This pandemic has been tough on everyone, but parents have taken a real beating. I hope your family will be okay.ReplyDelete
Thankfully, my university is being cautious so far, and we're beginning classes online in the fall, but what if it gets to the point where I have to choose between my livelihood or my health? It is terrifying.
I'm so sorry I didn't respond to your review request yet--crazy times. I'm terrible at reading ebooks in a timely fashion. Is it possible to pay for a paper ARC? Shoot me an email. And hang in there, my friend.
Just sent you an email!Delete
Woot on your productivity! That's awesome!ReplyDelete
Oof! Yeah, I can totally relate on the school-induced stress. I've gone back and forth with my husband on what would be better for the kids if we had the option. On the one hand, we know my kids need the social interaction (like yours). My son's major behavioral issues come with his inability to control his impulses when he gets upset, mostly when it comes to interacting with other kids. There's been very little of that since he's been home for five months. But on the other hand, where I live has been flagged as a red zone by Harvard's covid map, so the likelihood of them catching covid is high.
I hope they at least add some precautions before they open schools to hopefully give families like yours better options.
With everything that's going on, sinking into writing-related tasks is a good way to cope and distract ourselves. I've been doing that a lot, too.ReplyDelete
Best of luck with your upcoming release!
Congratulations on the new release! And best wishes for your family's continued health and safety. I think you made the best decision you could to keep everyone safe. Here's to hoping homeschool goes smoothly for you all :)ReplyDelete
LOVE your title! Signed up for your release.ReplyDelete
What a painful choice about your kids and school--no easy answers there. I am hearing school re-openings in Europe are going well partly due to kids being less likely to spread the virus than adults? But who knows what the facts are.
Congrats on the positive reviews! I don't have kids, so I can't imagine the stress of school reopening, but hopefully it will turn out best case scenario!ReplyDelete
Hoping everything goes well with the back to school there. I know schools just opened here and they've already sent an entire class home. I'm curious to know what the future holds with all of that. :-/ But the US is treating covid like a political issue and not really keeping everything in check like they should be. It's really frustrating. Luckily I don't have kids to worry about.ReplyDelete
Congrats on your new release! Definitely bask in that! That's awesome!
Awesome news about your book. That's exciting, and sounds like an excellent read. Good luck with your children. We are fully virtual for the first term, and I am afraid of how we will manage, but I also understand that it is necessary in order to protect others. Wishing I could stay home!ReplyDelete
I really feel for everyone with kids... though I am having to think about implications of Eldest Son going off to graduate school in person, I won't have him coming home to me every night!ReplyDelete
Signed up for the tour--I think I might even manage my first read-for-review in months, just for you :)
I'm also wondering what's going to happen when school starts again... My sister (in Ottawa!) can stay home if need be, and I'm still working at home, but as you say, having the kids around 24/7 is a whole other ball game...ReplyDelete
Today our governor (Cuomo) will make an announcement about schools reopening. I've got one kid who can't wait to go. The other wants to stay home. Even though our state is testing low right now, who knows where we will be in a month. I was already nervous about gun safety in schools, but this is on a whole 'nother level. How can I take a chance on their physical health and let them go? How can I take a chance on the mental health and let them stay home. What a mess.ReplyDelete
I hope you have a wonderful debut and book tour.
You have to do what's right for your kids. I wish you all the best with your new book release! Very exciting and sounds like you need it.ReplyDelete
Anne from annehiga.com
Good Luck with the new book!ReplyDelete
Good luck with the book release! I'm surprised they're having kids back when they've been doing so well with everything. Our school district changed to all online only a week ago, with the kids going back August 24. I'd already notified them I wouldn't be sending my kids into school, so was relieved when it became all kids being online. Not sure what I'll do if they choose to reopen in October.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the upcoming release—it sounds like an amazing read!ReplyDelete
Our schools will be starting up as usual on the 25th, but I chose the online option for my daughter. My son will need to go anyway, since he's dealing with all of those college entrance things. It's all crazy...but then, most things are right now.
We're going through the same quandry here in the states. At least in our state, schools are going distance learning, though we have the same reservations about social activity (for a five-year-old and an eight-year-old), as well as so much stay-at-home time. Thank goodness for writing and book launches. Your blurb suggests a nice escapist read, just what many of us need! Best of luck, BethReplyDelete
I thought I'd signed up for this! I don't want to miss it :-)ReplyDelete