Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter:
- Finished with Hazel Creek
- Still writing Sugar Fork
- Waiting for Guy’s Body Book
Well, after four years of suffering from intermittent right upper quadrant pain, and despite numerous tests (blood tests, gall bladder ultrasounds, HIDA scans, CCK Stimulation Tests, an EGD) being completely normal, Barb’s family physician and gastroenterologist finally recommended she see a surgeon. His recommendation? You guessed it: surgery.
So last month Barb had laproscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). The pathology showed chronic gall bladder disease and “15-20 small gall stones.” She’s not had a twinge of pain since, for which we are both very grateful.
1) Finished with Hazel Creek
Finally all of the edits are done and the book, my first solo novel, is heading toward being printed and released next March. The publisher has sent out Advanced Reader Copies to several novelists and I’ve been ecstatic with those that have come in. I wanted to some with you:
2) Still Writing Sugar Fork
Thank goodness, the manuscript deadline has been moved back to October 17, 2011, which, I think, will give me the time to finish this, my second solo novel, and the sequel to Hazel Creek. The release date is set for October 2012, which will be about 6 months after the release of Hazel Creek.
As I continue to work on the manuscript, I’ve solicited advice and feedback from a number of readers. Here’s some early feedback that I find very encouraging:
The book Sugar Fork takes a unique look back to a lost and almost forgotten era in the history of the industrial age of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The fictional characters are inter-twined so well with the historical facts that one could believe that they were actual persons living during this transitional period in the history of Western North Carolina. As they interact with figures whose names grace the pages of both local and national history books these characters come alive in a way that will stir the hearts of readers and motivate them to become better people. The research given to this writing is impeccable and the sensitivity to the inward character and integrity of our beloved mountain ancestors is nothing short of inspired insight. I am simply delighted with “Sugar Fork”! (Judy Andrews Carpenter, Director, The Proctor Revival Organization)
3) Waiting for Guy’s Body Book
My book for boys heading toward and through puberty has been renamed by the publisher, ZonderKidz. The new title is … The Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. I’m still waiting to review the galleys. As far as I know, the book is still scheduled for publication in March 2012.
Events of the last month
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