I’m having a hard time getting myself to write this.

I, in response to a challenge on another blog, one which, I am certain, the author regrets ever holding, wrote and self-published a book, of sorts, within a strict time limit of eight hours.

And, unlike many who answered this challenge, I did it using my own name, so any of you who have idly Googled me since September may have already stumbled across this.

The challenge was based off of books that were more joke than content, deliberately using tropes and bad covers on a lark. I couldn’t quite bring myself to match their taste, or I couldn’t think of an original idea that didn’t feel like it would be insulting, or, probably closer to the truth, I was afraid to put out my actual sense of humor for sale and see whether others agreed or not.

So I took an idea I had already had, of making a blog entry about trail markers for my hiking blog, and ran with that instead. And I wrote some words for it and added pictures and made a cover and published my book. E-book. Well, more like an e-pamphlet. Still. It’s out there. And I gave away a couple hundred copies in the first few days after the blog promotion and then forgot about it.

Recently, I took a look and discovered to my surprise that a minuscule number of actual sales had been made. So, I talked it over with Ambrose and he convinced me to post this.

On the one hand, I do like it. On the other hand, it isn’t perfect. And I like to be perfect when I can.

But there’s no such thing as perfect.

So, here you go: Stay on the Trail by Jeanne Bustamante

Tomorrow and Friday (11/14 and 11/15), it’ll be free. Otherwise it’s 99 cents. And it will be free again some time in the future, possibly with some updates and additions (and when it’s updated, anyone who has previously downloaded it will have the option to get the update for free), when my second non-fiction book comes out. With any luck, that will be before the end of the year, and I will be posting a blog when I release that one, no hiding it for almost three months.

I promise.

Or is that a threat?

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