If all goes as planned, y’all won’t hear from me next week. I’m taking a vacation that begins with the county fair on Friday, June 21, and will extend through the following weekend.

The Clark County Fair is strongly oriented toward 4-H and agriculture. I grew up as a 4-H member and my children were 4-H members and I have been involved with the county’s only llama and alpaca oriented 4-H club for 10 years. This year, we’re taking seven alpacas and one llama to the show ring. This year, Booboo stays home.

Booboo is my rescue llama. He’s 17 years old. He joined our herd six years ago. Yes, there’s a story behind Booboo, one I’ve told many times before. That said, if we’d had a club member who needed a llama as special as Booboo, then he’d be headed to the fair again this year. Booboo is special: he’s the one I match with disabled children.

In 2014, I published my first book via Kindle Direct Publishing. My knees and hands shook with dread and hope. I called a friend to help me weather the anxiety of taking that big step as an indie author.

The anxiety never quite dissipates. Each release is cause for giddy celebration.

On July 28, 29, and 30, Rowan: Branch 1 of the Tree of Life–the first in the trilogy–will be offered for free download through Amazon. Get started on this trilogy and enter a contemporary world of sidhe, shifters, and vampires.

What do I like about this book? The characters are mature adults. No teeny boppers here. Nothing “new adult” overflowing with angst and melodrama. No billionaires. No man-whores. Because supernatural characters can be realistic, you know, and still be drop-dead gorgeous.

Progress is picking up on Russian Pride, the fourth and final book of the Russian Love series. In this book, we come full circle. Giovanni, the cousin of our heroine in Russian Lullaby, is our hero. Our heroine, Inessa, is the daughter of Maksim and Olivia Andrupov. Here’s a quick synopsis:

Domestic abuse victim Inessa is rescued from a beating and sent to recuperate in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Her parents discover that Inessa’s husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and now they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa. In an effort to spare her the triad’s retribution, Maksim and Olivia persuade Giovanni to marry their daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to the marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The triad doesn’t fall for the ruse. That forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

Yes, the description leaves a lot to be desired. I invite anyone who’d like to participate to offer a revised cover blurb. If you’ve got suggestions or something better, please send ’em to me at henhousepublishing@gmail.com. I could use the help.