Today was release day for Immortal Rider in the UK! I'm thrilled to have my books on the shelves over there! I've made no secret of the fact that I'd live in the UK if I could, so…YAY!
On this side of the pond, Immortal Rider released last week, and this week my US readers gave me an early Christmas present — they put Immortal Rider on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists!!! I can't thank you enough!!!!
I had a really great release week (with one exception I'll tell you about in a minute,) between awesome reviews, bestseller lists, and an appearance in A Klingon Christmas Carol. Folks, if you haven't seen A Klingon Christmas Carol, I urge you to do it if you can. Even my mom, who isn't a Star Trek fan, LOVED it. I got to play a Klingon in a fun scene, and I even had a line — in Klingon! It was AWESOME. And yeah, this is me as a Klingon (makeup and costume wasn't quite finished yet. I'll share more pics later!)
Now for the exception to my great week I mentioned above.
Okay, so remember Hexe, our new puppy? Well, I'm SUPER picky about what I feed her, from her regular food to her treats. She gets nothing that isn't all natural, no grains, and has to be made in the US. I learned my lesson with a diabetic cat that a pet's health can truly suffer from diet (I even have an entire section on my website dedicated to feline nutrition.)
So anyway, Hexe got a treat that was supposedly made from quality, all natural ingredients. And ingredients I THOUGHT came from the US. Turns out, the chicken used in the treats was from China. The FDA has issued a warning about chicken treats made in China (which includes the chicken wrapped veggies and fruits that are so popular.)
I gave Hexe ONE teeny Waggin Train treat, and an hour later, she was vomiting. She vomited nonstop all day, all night, and into the morning the next day. She was horribly sick, so I rushed her to the vet. Turns out that another dog was there with the same problem…same brand of treats.
Hexe is doing better now, but it was scary. She's still on meds and needs tests to make sure her kidneys are okay. And don't think that if you've been feeding your pets these treats for months or years that they must be fine — apparently, the effects of whatever is in these treats can be cumulative, resulting in renal failure and other problems WAY too early in a pet's life.
PLEASE heed the FDA warning and don't feed treats imported from China. It's scary stuff, and it's real. My vet bill will attest to that. It's way cheaper to throw out the treats than to pay vet bills.
Okay, so scary stuff aside, it's been a good week, and I want to thank everyone who has bought Immortal Rider. Your support means so much — and it's the reason I keep writing!