Woe! It’s Wednesday … Catching Up on What a Year!

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything other than a book review. But I recently looked back at some of my posts from when we were traveling with the drug education trailer and I really enjoyed reading about our adventures and the people we met and the food we ate and the sights we saw and the sites we visited.

At Chihuly in Seattle

The Chihuly Gallery remains a favorite. I’d love to return there someday.

Anyway, I thought I should give an update about what we’ve been up to since we’ve been sidelined.

David took care of some long planned house projects. We put in new flooring, painted our wood-burning stove and hearth, as well as the living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway. We also bought some new furniture pieces and painted some others. The house feels bigger and cleaner!

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Almost, but not quite done!

I kept busy with my day job working in agriculture media and pesticide safety. And I received a long-awaited and very exciting offer to sign a publishing contract with Sunrise Publishing! I’m co-writing a romance novel with Rachel Hauck, a New York Times best-selling author. It will be set in her beloved fictional town of Hearts Bend, Tennessee. We’re hard at work on it now and having a blast. I love being a part of the Sunrise family. Everyone there is a joy to work with. The book will debut in February. I’ll be releasing the name and cover on social media in the next few months.

Signing my first publishing contract!

We were able to take some trips to Yosemite and one to Hawaii. It’s been a blessing to be able to keep in contact with friends and family via Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp. We mostly attended church online, but are starting to go in person again. Social media is both a blessing and a curse and I have a love/hate relationship with it.

We’re not sure when we’ll be back on the road with the drug education trailer. But I’ll keep the blog updated when we know something.

Thank you for reading this far! Talk to you soon!

Book Talk Tuesday: UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY

I bought this one on a whim. I’d heard good things about it and people I respect said it was great. The blurb intrigued me, so I pre-ordered it a few weeks before it released, something I don’t typically do. Good thing Amazon tells me when I’ve already bought something, because I went to order it again a few days before it released, at yet another person’s recommendation.

I started it as soon as I opened the package and devoured it within a couple of days. It’s wonderful.

Amelia is an investigative reporter and she discovers the embryos her childhood friend Parker and his late wife had frozen are now considered abandoned. This sets off a chain of events that bring Amelia and Parker back home and also provides the key to unlocking secrets, some of them decades old.

Harvey writes about the south with authenticity as thick as Carolina humidity on a July afternoon. I could practically shake sand from the pages of my book. I loved it and am so glad I read it. It’s one that will stay with me a long time.