Here are the contents of our Family Newsletter:
As I write to you, we’re on our annual family vacation. Kate, Barb, and I flew from Colorado Springs to Pensacola to spend a week and a half at Barb’s parents’ beach house on the bay side of Santa Rosa Island. Scott and his wife, Jennifer, along with Anna Katherine and Sarah Elisabeth drove down from Atlanta.
Barb and I have been vacationing here since high school, and at this particular house since Barb’s parents purchased it in 1972. This trip will allow Barb and me to rest and recuperate before the fall season of writing and speaking begins.
After getting a couple of days of rain and clouds out of the way, we woke up yesterday to light breezes below blue skies and a high in the eighties. It’s glorious. And, fortunately, there’s no BP oil or oil residue here!
We’re making fun and delicious meals, having great family discussions, watching movies and reading books, taking long naps and longer walks, and making sand castles and warm memories galore.
Barb and I could not be happier.
Later this week, Kate and I will meet with our dear friend, and my fiction-writing mentor, Gilbert Morris. I look forward to telling him that I’m dedicating my first solo novel, Hazel Creek, to him when it comes out next summer.
Also, I’ll have the chance to visit with a new acquaintance, Libby Kephart Hargrave. Libby and her husband, John, live in Pensacola. She’s the great-granddaughter of Horace Kephart, one of the characters I write about in Hazel Creek.
I’m beholden to Horace Kephart who lived on Hazel Creek and wrote of the people in and around Hazel Creek in the early 1900’s. His observations and writing were an invaluable resource to me. I look forward to learning more about Mr. Kephart when we visit.
Of course, I love the time I have to write here on the beach. Writing is, for me, a most relaxing and enjoyable profession. I deeply enjoy it. And, I’m having the privilege of working on three projects at the same time out here:
Have a great summer, everyone … at least what remains.
HomeLife Magazine Article
I had a feature article published in the August edition of HomeLife Magazine. It’s titled Call the Plays: How to be your child’s health care quarterback. If you pick up a copy of the magazine, you’ll find the article on pages 60-61. I don think it’s online.
Good Reviews for The Influenza Bomb Continue
I’m so grateful my latest novel, co-written with Paul McCusker, continues to be positively received. Reviewers attracted to action thrillers and page-turners seems to be giving it higher ratings than those who like romance and deep character development.
If you’d like a signed copy for you or for friends, they can be ordered here.
Events of the last month
You can get more information on many of my upcoming events here.