Just Desserts: The official launch!


It’s official! I’m excited to announce that Just Desserts: Greed. Lust. Death. Tiramisu. is now available for purchase – and your reading pleasure – as a Kindle Book from Amazon, a Nook Book from Barnes & Noble and an eBook for other ereaders AND as a PDF download from Smashwords.

This launch is such a big deal that cities and towns across the U.S.A. are celebrating with live concerts and massive fireworks displays all week-end long! At least I think it’s for my book launch – maybe something else is going on as well.

What’s Just Desserts about? Among other things, it’s about greed. And lust. And death. And – you guessed it – tiramisu. Here’s the short blurb you’ll find on each publisher’s site:

Vince Fantozzi is stuck in a dead-end rut, kowtowing to his dad’s every demand while he watches his own life slip away from him.

Until Shirley and Jack move in next door.

Suddenly, the pursuit of happiness – or maybe some decent lasagna – shoves everyone into the fast lane and turns Vince’s life on its edge as he careens down a road he never thought he’d travel, accompanied by an eccentric bunch of fellow travelers.

Just Desserts is a novella, so it can slip easily into an empty hour time-slot in your life. I tried describing it as a “one beer beach read” until I was reminded that I drink very slowly, so it might be a “two beer beach read” – especially on a hot day.

Practically none of the genre categories the publishers offer work for me, so here are a couple of my own descriptors to add to “fiction, general” and “fiction, humorous”:

  • sort-of-noir
  • Carl Hiaasen lite
  • noir: over easy
  • Southern-fiction-but-not-really

Just Desserts probably fits into “dick lit” as well (yes this category exists) since it’s edgy and funny and I blow stuff up but no, I can’t go there. I just can’t. Y’all understand, I hope, and bless your hearts.

Here’s what some of my beta readers have to say about Just Desserts:

“I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t Dennis Lehane goes South. Great fun.”

“Grows on you and keeps you curious about what is coming next.”

“I love it! It’s ready for prime time.”

“I like it, Mom.” (I know, what else could he say?) “Especially the last couple of chapters, because I had no idea what was going to happen next.”

Curious? Let me know what you think. You can read the first two chapters by clicking JUST DESSERTS EXCERPT at the top of the page. Then I hope you’ll order and read the entire book.

Now go watch some Just Desserts fireworks and join the celebration!

20 comments to Just Desserts: The official launch!

  • Congratulations! I’m jealous … I didn’t get any fireworks. 🙂

    I have no idea who Carl Hiaasen is, and haven’t read Lehane, or “dick lit” either, but I’m looking forward to reading Just Desserts. I drink beer at a good pace, but I’m a slow reader, so I don’t know …

  • T.A. Olivia

    Hurray for you! You know, down here in my neck of the woods the fireworks have been going on for days and will continue into the next several. You can’t ask for a more grand celebration than that.

    I’m not going to pout about being excluded as a beta reader. I’ll assume that it must have something to do with me being from the south. 😉

    • Thanks. Yeah, fireworks will go on here for days, too, probably, even though personal fireworks have been banned by the county because of our horrible drought.

      Beta readers were primarily people I knew in person and who haven’t been that involved with my writing experiences. I was interested in finding out what people who don’t live, breathe and eat writing thought.

  • Congrats! There was lots of celebration for the release of your novella in my neighborhood last night, and I expect even more tonight! I just bought it. Can’t wait. 🙂

    • Thanks! Glad to hear the celebrations extended to the West Coast! Our dog is terrified of fireworks and is looking forward to the end of said celebrations. She prefers to celebrate with some table scraps and a good doze on the couch.

  • WaHoo! Just Desserts will be the novella of the month on all of the sites! What a great accomplishment to have written an amazing and fun story and taken the next step to self publish. Best wishes for a successful endeavor. Next must be a compilation of stories about the interesting and wacky characters you seem to run into every day.

    • Thanks! A compilation of character shorts is definitely in the works. But I also am interested in following a couple of the Just Desserts characters a little more closely in a second novella. Stay tuned…

  • Holy cow! I go away for a few days and come back to this!! Congrats! I can’t wait to read it! I’m on my way to Amazon right now! I hope you offer it in print soon too. I like to hold my friends books. 🙂

    Don’t forget to push for good search tags like Linda did, I think it’s important for finding readers on Amazon.

    • Thanks, Dayner. I’m working on another novella with some of the same characters and I may bundle them together in print version if that feels right.

      Thanks for the search tag suggestion – I’ve been busy with a boatload of non-writerly activities. (Okay, I was up til 2:30 this morning writing, but it was a court report…)

      I need to start doing some markety kinds of things.

  • Santa

    Congrats! You should be very proud of yourself – I know it took so much time and dedication to complete this project. I’m looking forward to the next installment. Hope this makes you rich!!!

  • Congratulations! You’re terrific.

    The title of your book alone is worth the price. I don’t have a Kindle or any other electronic book so I don’t know how I can read your novella. Let me know if there’s any way I can get my hands on it.

    Honestly, I’m so thrilled and happy for you. You rock, Natasha!

  • Mary Alice Merrix

    Read your book on my Kindle and loved it! It is fast-paced with quirky characters. I was sad when it ended. More please–

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