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Getting By With a Little Help…

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Folks, this past week has been a whirlwind. I’ve had ups, downs, two band rehearsals, book promotion activities, all that…but one thing is certain:

I appreciate my friends, in and out of the writing community.

Friends are amazing. Having people in your life who understand you is one of the greatest blessings available on this Earth. No, it might not be up there with chocolate, or romantic love, or the Milwaukee Brewers winning the World Series (that has to be on the horizon sooner or later, right?), but friends make a huge difference in your life.

I know this, because without mine, I would be in big trouble.

This past week, I had several friends step up and help me in various ways.

First, Chris the Story-Reading Ape posted a book spotlight for CHANGING FACES, my new novel, at his very busy blog on less than three hours notice. I did not expect this at all — that he’d do it, yes. But that he’d do it in less than three hours? Um, no.

Thank you, Chris!

Next, I reached out to Jason Cushman, the Opinionated Man himself. Jason has a huge blog following of over 60,000 people over at his blog HarsH ReaLiTy, and he agreed to host a guest blog from me less than a day after I asked him.

That guest blog, Music and Love in CHANGING FACES, got a number of positive comments and I made at least one new fan out of it from India. (She thinks I should start up a YouTube channel on music, because I know so much about it. I had never considered that before, but I am now…thanks to her.)

Thank you so much, Jason!

Then, I reached out to Sally Cronin, a wonderful woman who has a solid and eclectic blog following of her own. Sally agreed to host something about me, my overall work (including my short stories and previous two novels in the Elfyverse as well as CHANGING FACES), and let people know I had a new release available within a few, short days as well; that blog also featured authors Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

Thank you so much, Sally!

(My goodness, I am blessed with friends, aren’t I?)

And that doesn’t count the people who shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, much less my friends over in the Marketing for Romance Writers group, not to mention my writer-friends Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Mr. and Mrs. N.N. Light, Jason Cordova, and Chris Nuttall, who all gave me encouragement as I was afraid my book would just sink like a stone.

I mean, there is nothing else out there like CHANGING FACES. Nothing whatsoever. And that makes it a challenge to market. It’s about music, love, friendship, sacrifice, all that — but it’s mostly about what makes a person, her soul or her body? (Obviously, I think it’s the soul. If it were the body, why would human beings be so concerned, as a species, about a positive afterlife?)

And yet, it’s not a Christian inspirational. It’s not a NeoPagan inspirational, either. There certainly are a lot of LGBT themes in there, as it features a lesbian wedding at the beginning and a wedding between my protagonists Allen and Elaine, now both transgender, at the end, but I like to think it has broader appeal as well.

In other words, I believe that CHANGING FACES is timeless. Anyone who believes in romance, much less likes music a great deal, should find a way to appreciate it.

No, it’s not like anything else. But it is honest, it is heartfelt, and it has a lot of interesting stuff in there about music, writing, the meaning of love, and how LGBT people are just like anyone else that may intrigue you, if you only give it a chance.

I am proud to have written CHANGING FACES. And I hope that you will look for it, and buy a copy, as it’s only ninety-nine cents (or ninety-nine pence in the UK).

First, here’s a link to the sample chapters:

Next, here are all the links to the various places where CHANGING FACES is on sale, courtesy of Chris the Story-Telling Ape (he put it into this format, and it makes sense, so I’m going to keep crediting him — thank you again, Chris!):

Barnes & Noble


USA  –   UK  –  CA  –  AUS  –  IN

Finally, here’s a link to my Amazon Author’s page (at Amazon US only, sorry), which may give you an idea of other books I’ve written, to show range and all that other good stuff (note that CHANGING FACES is not yet listed there, but it will be, and soon, if I have anything to say about it):

Written by Barb Caffrey

February 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Many thanks for the shout out Barb 👍😃

    The Story Reading Ape

    February 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    • Chris, I am always glad to tell people about you and send ’em your way. Thank you so much, again. 😀

      Barb Caffrey

      February 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Barb Caffrey is celebrating the release of her latest book Changing Faces – we all want to promote our own books.. but if all of us share one author’s book with our own connections today…that makes a huge difference to that author and to us as a community.. So please head over and share Barb’s post and make a difference.. thanks Sally

    • Thanks, Sally! 🙂 I agree.

      I also hope people will check out Angie’s and Deanie’s books, too.

      Barb Caffrey

      February 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm

  3. Phew, I’m exhusted reading about it all. Fantastic to have so much support. Good luck!

    Mary Smith

    February 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm

  4. Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Barb. Wish you all the best. 🙂

    Let's CUT the Crap!

    February 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  5. I shared your book across my pages, Barb. I really hope it does well in sales. It’s a topic more people need to become aware of. I have a transgender friend and shared her anguish of feeling trapped in her body from a young age. She transitioned and has come to know the meaning of happiness 🙂

    Tina Frisco

    February 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    • Thanks so much, Tina, for doing that.

      Right now I hope I can just get people to realize my book is out there. I think it’ll help people if they read it to understand the trans community a whole lot better.

      And hey, if they read it, maybe I’ll get a few reviews from people who understand what I’m talking about, too, and appreciate my take on souls being more important than bodies. (Besides, love is love. Who cares what it’s outward packaging is? Just appreciate the love, appreciate yourselves, and be happy. That’s my motto. Everything else is frosting on the cake.)

      Barb Caffrey

      February 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      • Amen to that, Barb. Our spirits have no gender. When you realize that, your whole perspective on life changes …

        Tina Frisco

        February 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

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