With NaNoWriMo and assorted other interruptions behind me, I'm back to blogging. And what better way to return to the boards than with two pieces of good news?
First, Champagne Books has offered me a contract for my novel The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall. The story was suggested by a visit to Miss Laura's Social Club for Gentlemen, now the official Visitor Center for Ft. Smith, Arkansas. It is a beautifully restored house that speaks to a time when women alone had few options for survival--prostitution being on of them. Looking at the pictures of some of those who had "worked" in the house in its hey-day, the thought occurred to me. "What would happen if a visitor recognized great-grandma on the wall?"
The book, scheduled for January 2012, is both a romance and a mystery. It treats the subject tastefully and with compassion for those young women who found themselves in such a situation. Stay tuned!
Second, a fellow author, Linda Swift, is celebrating the release of a new book of poetry, Humanly Speaking: Conversations with God, just released as an ebook by Willow Moon Publishing. Follow this link to Linda's website to read more about the book, including some excerpts.(Click on the above words, Linda's website, as it doesn't show up as a link but does work as one!) I downloaded it yesterday for $5.99 and am looking forward to an afternoon of good reading.Linda will be guest-blogging here in the near future.
During NaNoWriMo I completed just over 50K for the second in my Penelope Pembroke cozy mystery series, The Stubborn Schoolhouse Spirit. It still needs completing, while the first, The Bogus Biker, needs revising. I'm anxious to start work on the other four: The Feedstore Floozy, The Theatrical Thoroughbred, The Possum Hollow Problem, and An Almost-Happy Ending.
First, however, I need to finish whipping another vintage romance into shape for submission by January. Dancing with Velvet is set in my hometown in West Texas during World War II and is close to my heart.
The Showboat Affair from The Wild Rose Press releases on April 15, 2011. More on that later.