Where Is Papa's Shining Star? will be released by The Wild Rose Press on July 9, 2010.
Finding Papa's Shining Star will follow on August 13, 2010.
I've signed on to participate in October Obsession, a writing group project similiar to National Novel Writing Month. I don't have all the details yet, but it appears that we set individual goals and then support each other in achieving them. Since I can continue with my work-in-progress, The Showboat Affair, I decided to give it a try. (For inspiration, I purchased this picture of my characters "Nick and Jean" from Fotolia where I get the pictures for my book trailers.)
October 8-10 is the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This will be my first writing conference, and I'm looking forward to it. The keynote speakers and those leading the break-out sessions appear to have a wealth of information to share, so I plan to come home a lot savvier about writing in general!
I'm taking a one-sheet to the conference "just in case" since I really want to find a home for Four Summer Days. I really haven't done much to try to find a publisher. It's an odd combination of genres, and while the feedback from those who have read it has been really positive, I've drug my feet. Here is the picture (also purchased from Fotolia) that I've used on the one-sheet. When I saw it, it was exactly the way I'd pictured the old Pope homeplace in my mind!
November 1 kicks off the annual NaNoWriMo event. The goal is 50,000 words of a brand-new novel during the month of November. If a returning participant has achieved that goal the previous year, he/she may continue writing on something already begun, but the 50K goal for the month of November stands. I'm hoping to finish Showboat during October, so I'm not sure what I plan for November. Last year I did Dancing with Velvet, then rewrote it later, but it is still awaiting more rewriting before it's anywhere close to fit for submission! (The house elf--who else?--designed the cover for this one!)
It's going to be a busy fall season. I like busy.