Yes, I'm back from my retreat, with a workable (I think... I hope...) full-length book manuscript in hand. The retreat was just what I needed in so many ways, and I'll write more about it later.
And while the horrendous flooding you may have seen on the news is not far from here (the worst of it is about 30 miles north of me), I am high and dry.
But! It is announcement time! You can now pre-order my first chapbook, Breach, from Finishing Line Press. Just go to their New Releases page and scroll down a bit (they're in alpha order by last name). It is 12 bucks, and if you order it before July 25 you get free shipping. Your very own personal copy will be reserved for you and will ship on or about August 22. They take credit cards, PayPal, etc.; if you prefer not to order online, I can give you their mailing address so you can use a good old-fashioned check.
As those of you who've published with Finishing Line Press know, the number of pre-orders determines the size of the press run as well as how many author copies I receive, so it would make me very happy if a lot of people pre-ordered this beastie!
I've set up a web page for the chapbook, where you can read the blush-inducing blurbs (by fabulous poets Diane Lockward and Christine Hamm), as well as several sample poems and a little bio about me. No, it's not a fancy page, but we're all about simplicity here at the Land Mammal blog.
Finally -- and I only say this because a couple people have asked! -- if you would like to have your copy autographed and don't see me on a regular basis, go ahead and order it directly from the press. Then drop me an email (ahaines at gmail dot com) and I will give you my address; you can send me the chapbook when you get it, and I will sign it with a special purple pen and send it back to you. I'll be so flattered that you asked, that I'll even cover the postage to send it back. :) I also have every intention of being at AWP this coming February, and will happily sign chapbooks there (as well as cocktail napkins, oversized tennis balls, body parts, or pretty much anything else you put in front of me).
So, that's the announcement. I am very grateful to those of you who've already said that you will be ordering it! I hope you enjoy it. I know I'm terribly biased, but I think you will. :)