Here are the contents of our Family Newsletter:
It’s good to be home as we were only home 6 days out of a 30-day stretch over the last month. We’re thankful for the opportunity to travel and speak, but enjoy when we’re home.
I’ve been devoting a lot of my time to writing. I finally finished, and turned into ZonderKidz Guy Talk: A Christian physician answers your not-so-stupid questions about your body. I’m waiting to see if the publisher will accept the manuscript. If they do, the editing process begins. It’s a long process and the book will likely not be out until early next year.
Now, I’ve turned all my attention to a final push on my first solo novel, Hazel Creek. It is due to the publisher (Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) on March 14. I’m hopeful I’ll make the deadline.
Barb is completing her final edits and cuts, and I’ve been blessed to have ten dear friends, all of whom read lots of historical fiction, read the manuscript. They have made some wonderful suggestions, many of which I’m now putting into the manuscript. It will be, I think, a much better book because of their suggestions.
While I’m finishing the book, Barb will travel to Florida to spend time with girl friends and also take a “girls’ cruise” to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend.
Jack and I will try to hold down the fort.
The Gabon Virus still garnishing good reviews
Here’s a nice review of The Gabon Virus from An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer:
The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walt Larrimore, MD, is the first book in their TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series. I began the series backwards — I read The Influenza Bomb first. It was so good I just had to go back and read the first novel. The GabonVirus did not disappoint, it was better!
A deadly strain of Ebola has been unleashed in the jungle of Gabon. Is it the result of an arrogant pharmaceutical company’s research gone amok, or is it just part of an eco-terrorist group’s agenda to rid the world of humans? A team made up of forensic pathologists, virologists, Interpol agents, and the US military must take on the crisis to find a cure before the virus reaches pandemic levels.
I was describing this book to my husband, who kept rolling his eyes. What, I demanded, was his problem? He said, how could anyone find a book about researchers suspenseful! Well, I did! McCusker and Larrimore combine great writing with actual medical research. The reader gets swept up in the urgency of the crisis as well as the detailed information about retrieving evidence from the present and the past. TSI refers to the fact that the group looks at historical epidemics in order to solve present-day outbreaks.
The TSI series combines fast paced action with great characterization. The research is impeccable, and the spiritual aspect is thought-provoking. Pick up The Gabon Virus and The Influenza Bomb. But get ready for some sleepless nights – because you just can’t put them down!
Events of the last month
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