I just know one day [ha ha] One Fine Day will find a wider readership and be enjoyed by many more people as time goes on. I periodically see a new "like" on my book facebook page and it always makes my day! I've tried to expand my facebook image a little in hopes that more people will take a look at the book. Hey, it's practically free and [pardon me] it's a much better read than "Shades of...".
I've also entered the twitter world a little more even though I'm not at all sure how or if it helps get the word out. It's all great fun though. I really want to work on a second novel but fear I can't really justify doing that if novel #1 doesn't get more readership. I will say, I'm getting tiny royalty checks each quarter [imagine] and that's always a thrill.
My next big trip is to Poland and Hungary in August so I've bit the bullet and started James Michener's "Poland". If anyone has read him, you know what a slog he can be, but he certainly does his research and tries to bring history alive through his fictitious characters. I still keep Churchill on hand [now on Volume III - "The Great Alliance" ] as he has such a wonderful way with words and a wry humor. It's so inspiring to read how dire the situation was for Britain in 1940-41 as Germany not only bombed day and night but tried to cut off life-lines by mining ports and U-Boat attacks on shorelines. This was before the Soviets turned against Hitler and before the US could commit much in terms of aid. In spite of these dreadful times - and Churchill's passages bring the turmoil to light as fresh as today's news - the British never doubted they would prevail. It remains an incredible story. I can't wait to dig into it again.
Also reading Alan Furst's new novel, "Mission to Paris" about the same time period in Vichy France, but much will take place in Poland, so it's taking me there too.