I’ve started on my new novel. So many readers want to know what happens to Malie from ‘Moose Rides and Wedding Rings’ that I’ve decided to tell her story. Right now she is managing a saloon in Dawson City, Yukon. It’s in the late 1940s. The town is growing and bringing family type people into town, which is bringing unwanted attention to the local saloons and the women who work there.
I needed to know how the Yukon handled ladies of the night. Turns out it isn’t illegal. I was surprised to find that out. I find it strange that it is illegal in most of the U.S. states, yet marijuana is becoming legal. Where’s the logic in that. Anyway, as usual, I’m really enjoying working with Malie and creating new characters, like the new Canadian Mounted Police Constable assigned to Dawson. More to come!
I got some feedback today on ‘Moose Rides …’ Turns out the reader really liked the book, but didn’t like Kathleen, one of the main characters. Said she seemed pitiful. Love hearing how my readers feel about my books.
Our last First Friday of the season was on May 6th. McCullough Blvd. was lined with local artists once again. Surprisingly, we had a fairly big crowd. I talked with several folks who have read my books and made several sales to new readers. I can’t thank Karen Wright enough for organizing this for me.
We were joined this time by fellow author Buck Dopp and his wife Stephanie. We started the evening at Jersey’s Grill for supper. Buck was featuring his latest novel ‘Second Wind’. A great novel with a surprise ending.
Another event Buck, Stephanie and I attended was the local high school’s ‘Night of Excellence’ where scholarships are awarded to seniors. This past year we lost a fellow writer, Paul Bailey. He was a prolific writer, publisher and editor. He is sorely missed by so many folks, especially me. His wife April suggested that instead of sending flowers and such, we collect money and offer a scholarship to a high school senior with a focus on writing. Another fellow writer Regina Olsen coordinated the money collected from several local clubs and it produced a $605 Scholarship. On Monday, May 9th, Buck, Stephanie, April, Regina and I attended the event. Buck gave a lovely presentation speech and April, through tears, shared some thoughts of Paul. It was a beautiful evening and the young lady receiving the award was most thankful.
After the awards, the five of us went out to supper at Barley Brothers. Great meal, great company, great friends. Writers are the best!
With ‘Moose Rides and Wedding Rings’ published and my latest novel about an Irish girl adjusting to being left alone to take care of herself in the town of Lancaster, Calif. in the editing stage, I decided it was time to start a new novel.
Readers liked the character Malie in ‘MR&WR’ and wanted to know how she fares by moving to Canada. I’m still working on a plot, but there will be Canadian Mounted Police, the Finley Clan and of course lots of family dynamics. It’s taking a lot of research regarding the CMP and the Dawson/Whitehorse area of the Yukon, but, as usual, the story will be about people, both good and bad.
The weather here in Lake Havasu City, Az is relatively mild for this time of year. No 100 degree temps so far. But, after living here for 30 years, the hot weather doesn’t bother me. Bring it on!
The book signing went quite well. Lots of support from friends, but several strangers heard about the signing and came to buy the book.
I want to put out a ‘Thank You’ to Denise who runs the bingo games at our Lake Havasu Knights of Columbus. She let me offer three of my books for door prizes to announce the book signing. Since then, I have sold several books to players and a couple of the workers. She is also displaying three of my books for sale. I can’t thank her enough.
I’ve finished my next book about the Irish girl, no official book title yet, and am working on updates noted by my editors. Hope to have it out within the next couple of months.
Also, started on a new novel. Readers wanted to know how things work out for Malie, a character from the ‘Moose Rides and Wedding Rings’ book. It is starting in Whitehorse in the Yukon and involves a Canadian Mounted Police Constable. Only about 1800 words so far.
Weather here in Lake Havasu has been beautiful, no 100-degree temps yet.
I will be signing copies of my latest novel, Moose Rides and Wedding Rings, on April 8th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Scoops Homemade Ice Cream Parlor, 2014 McCulloch Blvd, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Here’s a lead-in to the story line: Patrick Finley’s nature is to act first, then deal with the result of what his family calls his moose rides. Although born in U.S., he was raised in Dawson City, Yukon. As the novel begins, this foot-loose and fancy-free bachelor is back in San Francisco and is now the co-owner of a small airline The bombing of Pearl Harbor motivates him to enlist in the U.S. Army and is he assigned to the Army Air-corp. Based in Hawaii, he finds himself faced with a series of moose ride challenges that include attraction, physical harm, love, divorce, missing-in-action status, arrest and dealing with false arrest.
I’m a graduate of Mohave Community College and have won awards for my writing from The National League of American Pen Women and the Arizona Authors Assoc.
The novel is available as a print and ebook at Amazon.com
What a fun night, despite the heat and the humidity. The turn out was better than expected. So many Havasuvians out for an evening stroll along McCullouch Blvd.
I met so many interesting people who still love to read a book. Had quite a few folks stop by to comment on one or two of the characters in my books. As usual, they loved Lita. And, dear old Deborah got her share of comments. As a writer who focuses on her characters as much, or more, than the plot, hearing how Lita and Deborah affected those readers was very rewarding. If those who made those comments are reading this, THANK YOU!
For those of you who missed it, mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 4th for the next event. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and you will find an amazing display of art, jewelry, pottery and books to view and to buy. Many of the artists allow you to pick up a paint brush and create your own piece of beauty or fun. There are food vendors and music. Almost every person who passed by my table wore a big smile, so the event is evidently bringing lots of enjoyment into the community.
I’ll close with this, “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” Humboldt
It’s WINTERFEST WEEKEND in Lake Havasu City from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Feb 10th and 11th. Venders of jewelry, lotions, perfumes, clothing, hobby ideas, real estate agents and so many more products will line McCulloch Blvd all the way up to Acoma Blvd.
The MOST INTERESTING and EXCITING booth will be selling BOOKS by local authors, including yours truly, at the EASY TIME PUBLISHING booth near Sam’s Shooters Emporium. Along with me will be several other local authors, including internationally known mystery, supernatural and children’s books author, Paul Bailey. If you’re in the area, stop by and say ‘Hi’.
All books are reaonably priced AND the author’s personalized signature is FREE.
I live in Arizona! Love it! However, this past week has been a challenge for my A/C system. But, when I get frustrated I think back to my days growing up in Chicago with the snow, sleet, below zero weather, icy wind and avoiding snowball attacks. Still, happy memories. Chicago will always have a special place in my heart – The Museum of Science and Industry, Riverview Amusement Park, Wriggly Field, Chicago Theatre, Paradise Theatre and riding the El Train. Great memories.
As for my writing, I’m moving forward with ‘Patrick and River’. Soooooooo much research! But what fun! I’ve seen great pictures of Cessnas, the Snake River, The Paiute Native American Tribe, horse tack and tree/water moss. Lots of beautiful images. River is having some second thoughts about his trek from Dawson City to New Mexico, has lost his horse and is beginning to come to terms with the woman who raised him. I look forward to spending time with these characters each day.
My novel ‘Regardless’ is doing well on Amazon. Lots of interest in the way of downloading free books and in Kindle pages read, along with good sales. What everyone seems to love is the characters and I love hearing that.
I’ll close today with ‘There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.’ A quote from Gilbert K. Chesterton.
At long last, I have republished ‘Regardless’. It is available at Amazon.com as both a print and ebook. This gay/sci-fi novel tells the story of two people who fall in, but shouldn’t. The book takes the reader to places across the universe as the two men deal with how their relationship affects their family, friends and careers.
Summer has arrived here in Lake Havasu City. Many folks are complaining about the heat. Yeah, it’s hot, but to this Chicago girl it sure beats snow, sleet, ice sheets, below zero temps and let’s don’t forget the wind. So, yeah, it’s hot, but got to love the A/C.
I’ve left the writer’s group I’ve been with for years. As my writing as progressed, I find I enjoy writing novels rather than short stories. I have found a group of just six writers who are focused on writing fiction novels. We will keep the group at six members and meet once a month to critique a chapter of each other’s work. It has been a blessing. The backgrounds of all the writers, 4 women and 2 men, are so varied that the validation/conflict of any research our novel requires is widespread.
My latest motivational quote is from a movie called ‘Home Run’. One of the characters tell a young boy who is at bat in his little league game that, “Nothing great happens when you hold back!!!” Soooo true.