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It takes a day to fall in love and a lifetime to forget. Just Once is a World War II-era odyssey about adventure, endurance, and love.
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Just Once is a tale of adventure and romance that spans generations and continents.

Thomas Ericson travels to California from Alaska to fulfill his family's final wishes, and Jane Thibodeaux is forced there by her mother and father, to marry a man she has never met.

They meet by chance in Los Angeles and fall in love, before being ripped apart and dragged to different sides of the globe.

The Second World War engulfs Europe, and they desperately try to find one another as their world comes crashing down.

The first line is:

It takes a day to fall in love and a life time to forget.

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The first chapter is available for download here: http://goo.gl/1k60r

Risks and challenges

Self-Publishing - There is so much to learn. I had to start my own publishing business (Rasselas Publishing) and I'm raising money to buy ISBNs for the ebook, paperback, and audiobook (one ISBN each). I will be purchasing my ISBNs from isbn.org (the official US ISBN supplier).

Shipping - I need to design the paperbacks so they can fit inside USPS priority mail boxes. Shipping costs are a major factor when mailing books from Alaska.

Finding an Editor, Agent, Publisher - The fledgling writer's Catch-22: Editors/Agents/Publishers only want to work with successful published authors...

Permissions - I make use of the poem "Eloisa to Abelard" by Alexander Pope in this novel. I had to get in touch with the company that owns the rights and make sure my permissions were printed correctly (and legally).

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    * Wish you were here *

    As a thanks for your pledge, I'll send you a postcard from sunny Alaska!

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    Save a tree (well, technically 0.6243% of a tree), buy an eBook. PDF format is readable on Kindle, Nook, Android, Apple, and PC.

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    Just Once - the audiobook. I'll read the novel, and do the voices, too! Highly recommended for those who spend a lot of time driving, skiing, or crossing oceans.

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    eBook and audiobook. This option will help you and some friends enjoy the novel!

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    Paperback + Audiobook.

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    Paperback + Audiobook + "The Edge of the World," a full length screenplay. Synopsis: Two brothers tour the Pacific Coast on motorcycles to celebrate their mother's life and discover the true meaning of family on the way. (available in PDF or hard copy (but think of the trees))

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    Paperback + Audiobook + "Mules," another full length screenplay. Synopsis: Young travelers are seduced by the glamorous lifestyle they stumble upon working as drug mules in Southeast Asia and then try to escape the vicious underworld before it eats them alive. (available in PDF or hard copy)

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    8 Paperbacks. Great for a book club!

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    Paperback + Audiobook + both screenplays + a framed photograph from my travels that inspired my work.

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