Sunday, January 26, 2014

Now in color!

My BEEGEST (that's cat speak for "biggest," except bigger) thanks to my awesome friend and fellow blog buddy Mike D, who brought the cover of my book to life!

 I haven't posted a ton of stuff about the book here because I realized I'm not at all comfortable with self-promotion. But I do thank those of you who have bought the book, and extra thanks to those who left reviews on Amazon!

However, I am proud to promote the illustrator, my bro, Nik Houser, whose first "art" lesson came from my when I was in the third grade and he was in the first. (There may or may not have been stuffed citizens in the class as well. I was thinking big.) After taking one look at his work, I realized at the age of 8 that I had better stick with my day job, since I could not draw a circle round. I still can't, come to think of it.

Anyhow. In addition to penning darkly humorous comics, Nik has also published an ebook and has had his work featured in many sci-fi, horror and fantasy anthologies. So check him out.

Lastly, for those of you who are curious why we have different last names...I really don't have a good answer. Mr. RK's last name is not the same as mine. It amuses him no end when we get mail for "Ms. RK and Mr. RK" because legally, only one of those people exist. I changed my name in college just because I felt like it. You know - the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one!
However, my dad has done some research into the origins of our name and ancestors and apparently it's German for "a Jewish person who takes others into their home to care for them." I think that's rather nice, actually.

Because based many of our personalities, it should be more like, "Smart alec who talks before thinking and often squarely aims for the rock in the middle of the river, rather than taking the smooth path!"

But hey. Maybe that's what my last name means in the original British English. Joey and Claire, is this true? :)


Vanessa Morgan said...

I didn't even realize you had a book out, but then again, I'm also new to the blog. I'm always willing to help out with the promo. Have a lovely week.

Granny Annie said...

Oh in color! I did not know. How exciting. It sure pops now doesn't it. Hooray!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow! The colour cover just BURSTS out, doesn't it? Looks super!

Ms. CrankyPants said...

That is awesome (that you wrote a book and the cover). Wow!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool about the cover. Very nice. I really enjoyed the book

A Beer For The Shower said...

It looks great in color! Congratulations!

Also, my wife's maiden name is Lopez. Sometimes, for reasons I don't understand, I'll get mail for Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Lopez. WTF?

Lynn said...

That's really neat that he did that for you. It's great!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

The color on the cover looks great!
What's that quote..."What's in a name?" As long as you are happy with it, that's all that matters....! Keep writing and keep little brother illustrating---you make a good team.

DWei said...

Sounds better than the meaning for the name "Damian".

"To tame". Seriously? What am I taming?

Abby said...

Great looking cover! It's nice that you and the bro pool your talents that way!

My last name is boring and often misspelled and mispronounced because it looks like a more common name. My maiden name was a question. Hmm...

Riot Kitty said...

Vanessa: Thanks!
GA: I think he did a very good job.
Debra: My sentiments exactly!
Cranky: Thank you!
Charles: Thanks, and thanks again for leaving a nice review! (Ditto on the thanks for the reviews from everyone else as well.)
ABFTS: What the fuck is right. That's pretty fucking funny though.
Lynn: I am indebted!
Naomi: Thank you! It took me FOREVER for him to illustrate that book, so I can't guarantee another one in this lifetime. But I can hope, wheedle, beg.
DW: Really? I like the name, I didn't know that's what it meant. Better than being tamed...unless you're into that.
Abby: Now I am intrigued.

G. B. Miller said...

The cover does indeed pop.

I had a former supervisor who changed her name for pretty much the same reason as you, only it was her first name.

Old name was Lisa, new name was Morgan.

Betty Manousos said...

wow! that's exciting! i'm so proud of you my friend. the colourful cover looks AWESOME!!

Lee said...

How wonderful, RK! I had no idea about your book, either. How thrilling for you. I'd be over the moon. Clever siblings, aren't you? :)

My name confuses some...some think I should be of Asian persuasion; or a male...I am neither!

I was even called "L'George" by someone once. I always introduce myself by my full name..."Lee George"; and the person I'd just introduced myself to must have figured I was of French persuasion, not Asian!

Cheryl said...

I must of been not paying attention along the way...You have a book???? Yay!!! I love that. I will charge up my Kindle and order one.

As for names...I used to put our phone number in the local directory under my maiden name (McGinnis) so when someone called and asked for Mr. or Mrs. M. I could hang up on them. The fact that no one EVER, EVER can say my married name is a whole other problem. Perhaps, I should change it to Smith or Jones.

Riot Kitty said...

GB: Grazie! Interesting. My dad's ex wife knew someone who changed her name to - I kid you not - Star Smiles. This was the 80s...
Betty: Thanks!
Lee: L'George? How exotic!
Cheryl: Thank you!! That's rather clever. My stepmom's last name is Jones, but her first name is so unusual that no one mixes her up with anyone else. However, it's also gender neutral, so she has shown up to interviews and meetings where people clearly expected a man.

Holland said...

Congratulations on your book and with regard to your last name... it starts with MAD... so it would fit a lot of your personalities... :)

Mike_D said...

Thanks everybody!!!

Glad you enjoyed!

LL Cool Joe said...

I didn't understand your question about names sorry!:D What is original British English?

The cartoons look good in colour!

Love the cat down the loo. Ha!