Today is Memorial Day. My family has just finished its backyard frivolity which included toddlers giggling and crying, oohing over the newest baby and challenges during lawn games. But before the fun began, I attended two Memorial Day services. The first was at the War Memorial in Greenup County, Kentucky, on Sunday and the other at the Veterans Cemetery Northeast, also in Greenup County, today.
The speaker reminded us how few Americans service in the military that protects our freedoms and thanked those there for their patriotism. I was pleased to see a number of children and young people at the services instead of the lake or local swimming pool. They recited the Pledge of Allegiance with hands over their hearts along with the adults who ranged from their 30s into their late 80s.
Memorial Day is when we remember those sacrificed for this country. My father was a World War II veteran who came home, raised his family and was proud of his service. We were proud not only of my father himself but the Purple Heart he won in the war.
I hope that on this Memorial Day you also took a moment to remember our fallen soldiers and be grateful for the freedom for which they fought ... your freedom.
Remember being a kid walking into a room full of other kids and hoping they liked you? I do. I remember summer church camp especially. It didn't take long until I knew the other girls in my cabin and we were all pals, but I've never been good at meeting strangers.
I know some people would dispute that. I talk to people all the time when I'm out with my books or someone strikes up a conversation in the grocery store aisle. But I am so much more comfortable here at home with my cat and dog because I know they like me. I hope it's not just because I feed them but I"ll take what I can get.
Whenever I have a new book out, like my most recent "Epitaph," I wonder if anyone is going to read it. I wonder if they'll like it. I wonder if I'll ever find out.
I hope someone tries it, likes my Ancients (they're my very special vampires) and tells others to check out the Shadow Ancient series. And while I love positive reviews, I really care more that what I've created strikes a chord with a reader the way so many books have done for me over the years.
That's right ... another foray into the world of the Shadow Ancients has been revealed! In Epitaph (available from Resplendence Publishing or your favorite e-book seller) enforcer Acacia Stone goes undercover to assure the safety of a special Ancient child and finds herself in the midst of something sinister. Duty requires that she keep her lover in the dark. But she had no idea he was playing with the same fire for his own secretive purpose.
I loved writing this book. Acacia first came to life in Blood Oath in which she played a very minor role. She's young, new to the ranks of enforcers and independent yet she has a knack for sensing trouble that leads Giorgio Montrosa, the chief council enforcer, to trust her with this plum assignment.
Now, you ask, what am I doing since Epitaph has hit the electronic bookshelves?
Reading, for one thing. My to-be-read pile is in danger of toppling over and taking out the cat. Since spring has finally come to Kentucky, I've filled the front porch flower pots and window box with geraniums and petunias. The flower beds are next.
I've also filled my calendar with places to meet readers and hang around with authors. Next up is the Dogwood Writing Conference this very weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill, Ky. The speakers are fantabulous and the $50 registration fee includes a Friday night session plus Saturday's full line-up of workshops, continental breakfast and a scrumptious buffet lunch.
Want to learn more? Check out the Dogwood Writing Conference page on Facebook or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, of course, you can also click on the contact tab on this page and send me a message that way.
So happy spring, everyone, and happy reading!
Did you miss me?
A sudden case of wanderlust overtook me last fall and ... well, let's just say the highlights were a cute waiter named Fernando and too many tequila sunrises. And what else is new?
My laptop has become my best friend again (strictly diet cola now!) and I am oh, so deep in new worlds and adventures that make me lock by doors at night. Plus I've started working out, thanks to a New Year's resolution and far too many fancy dishes delivered by Fernando. The treadmill is not my friend, I assure you, but so far I've managed not to throw a 50-pound weight at one and none of them have bucked me off.
I'm trapped in the house right now by an evil wind and cold temperatures -- doesn't that sound delightful? You are, too? Click onto your favorite e-book site and invite one of my Shadow Ancient vampires to spend a little time with you. No, they won't bite.
At least not most of them.