Thanks to all readers who have the patience to wait out my vacation and come back to read this week's blog resumption.
On May 10, my younger son came home for a visit. Months after he received approval for his request for leave and after I already purchased nonrefundable tickets, a sergeant nixed his leave. To be polite, we were displeased. My boy petitioned the base's commanding officer who restored his leave. Many thanks go to the commanding officer of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for enabling our son to come home. I hadn't seen Brian since November 2017. He flew back to Alaska on Friday, May 24.
On Mother's Day, May 12, my older son graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He moved back home and will again leave in late June for his new job in South Carolina.
On May 13, I celebrated my 53rd birthday. 'Nuff said there.
On May 14, our llama passed away. Booboo was 19 years old and quite the best llama ever. He came to us, a broken down wreck from years of neglect, and showed the county what such a decrepit creature could do. His stellar disposition paired him with disabled children in 4-H who always--always--brought home ribbons when they showed him. We'll miss the old gentleman.
On May 17, Brian and I went to the training stable to visit Diva, the horse I purchased last summer. To put it simply, the trainer did not uphold her end of the agreement and the visit was horribly disappointing. After eight months of training and an investment of nearly $10,000, I have put Diva up for sale. If anyone is interested in an equestrian challenge, I have the perfect horse for you. Contact me and let's make a deal. I will trade her for a mature, sane, sound, well-trained horse (Morgans and Arabians preferred). Diva comes home on May 30, because there's no use in throwing good money after bad to a trainer who doesn't do as promised.
On May 22, the lovely Lady Anastasia, my 34-year old mare, gave us a scare. You know that ominous feeling of dread when you step into a room and know something very, very bad has happened? Yeah, that feeling. I had that feeling when I stepped into the barn that morning. Stasia was down, cast against a stall wall, exhausted. We called the veterinarian to deliver a final mercy. However, the veterinarian could not come immediately, which gave Stasia sufficient time to rally. My husband and older son rolled her over. Stasia summoned the strength to stand. At her ancient age, the end for Stasia will come soon, but it would not come that day.
On May 24, I finished my latest manuscript. Well, the draft. Now it goes to my editor whose digital red pen will hemorrhage all over it. If she can edit and I can revise quickly enough, The Eagle at Dawn, will be released in time for Independence Day reading. This story will be the fourth book in the Immortal Shifters series, following Bear of the Midnight Sun. As always, each book in any series I write can be read as a standalone novel.
The next project--I'll keep everyone updated--will be another collaboration with Russ Towne. We enjoyed the last one so much, we decided to do it again. This will be a collection of western romances. Look for PG-rated romance set in the 19th century American West. I also have a more story ideas simmering on the back burner, one of which will likely follow Triple Burn. The other may be a May-December romance, or as younger readers may know as an older man-younger woman romance.
During the past couple of weeks, my husband and I have enjoyed being a family again; however, soon we'll have the quiet of an "empty nest." Once I manage to transfer Diva to someone else who can handle her (which isn't yours truly), I'll begin looking for another horse: something quiet, sedate, and well trained. I no longer want a challenge when it comes to horses.
Don't forget to check out my upcoming events. I'll be at the Author's Best Book Fest on June 14-15 in Matteson, IL. August has two events scheduled: the Summer Book Fair and the Mid-Ohio Indies Author Book Expo. In October, I'm returning to the Imadjinn Book Fair & Expo, held in conjunction with the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY. My first excursion to the Imadjinn Book Fair & Expo was both expensive and disappointing, but I've heard it's really improved and hope that a second try will justify the excursion. Registration for the 2019 Summer Book Fair, which will again be held at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company in Springfield, Ohio, is open. Author tables are limited, so any author who wants to participate should register quickly!
Now that I'm back to work, I'm accepting new clients for writing and editing projects. Anyone looking for someone to write blogs, newsletter articles, case studies, white papers, fiction, etc., please contact me. Review my online portfolio of business-oriented projects. Feel free to check out client testimonials. Anyone seeking a detail-oriented, thorough editor, please contact me. I particularly enjoy working with new(er) authors to help whip their manuscripts into shape.
So, welcome back to my blog. Check out my catalog for some summer reading. Drop me a note. I like hearing from people.