The news from my editor, Patrick Munnelly with Literary Wanderlust, is that HEAT INDEX is in its final revision stages. We are soooo close. I’m excited. Not sure of the launch date yet, but as soon as I get a cover and a blurb, I’ll share.
Four more teaching days! Yes, it has been a long year. Productive, but long. Next week, I’m chaperoning our sixth graders in Suzdal, Russia. It’s a wonderful little town. It’s also a UNESCO site. Below are a few pics from Suzdal. I’m looking forward to the gingerbread and pottery master classes.
Light filtered in from the cracks around the door next to the sofa where the girl lay motionless. He sat at a desk across the room, his head tipped back, eyes closed as his fingers tapped to the beat of the song flowing from the speakers on the wall and filling the room with its haunting lyrics. Hallelujah had become his anthem. His victory march. She had been his first dance with death, but she wouldn’t be his last. He opened his eyes. His remorseless gaze burned brightly, adrenaline pumping hard through his veins. Vengeance had been even sweeter than expected. He had been patient. Smart. He had planned just how to get away with it. He had waited for so long. Decades. It had been worth it. The sense of power and gratification had been unimaginable. He relished the memory of her fear, of her life dimming and fading away. He savored that a while longer. The man had chosen his first victim with the simple toss of a coin. Heads or tails? Brother or sister? Lincoln Lawrence was one lucky young man. Fate had favored him. The coin landing on tails had saved his life. His twin sister, Olivia, had not been so lucky.
I cannot believe that it’s almost the end of another school year, and yet at the same time, I’m so ready to be home with family that it feels like this last leg is dragging behind me. That’s okay because I can see the finish line or is it the light at the end of the tunnel?
I’m planning a fun summer with my grandkids. We’re hitting Washington D.C., Gettysburg, NYC and to help my daughter knock something off her bucket list, Salem Massachusetts. Maybe we’ll bring Flat Stanley along. I haven’t seen that guy in a while and I know my granddaughter will love it. IF there’s time and we’re not too weary from our travels, we’ll visit Manassas and Antietam, as well. We are a history-loving family!
It’s been an exciting spring with MASQUERADE: ODDLY SUITED launching and HEAT INDEX in the cover planning stages. I’m still pinching myself and wondering why anyone would want to read my stories. I love them and my characters, but when a reader falls in love with a story or character(s) it is so much more special. So, thank you for that.
I’m almost finished with the first draft of Book 2 of my MIND BENDERS Series–DISTURBANCE. I never thought I would enjoy plotting murders and battles scene, or love triangles and the breaking of hearts. But, I do. I really do. And, I am really going to miss these guys when Book 4 is finally completed and launched. We’ve already spent two years together, and they’re family now. Maybe I’ll do another series and have them do cameos or maybe it will be like my own children during the spring of their senior year in high school and I’ll be ready for them to go! I dunno, though, unlike my real children (characters) these guys do pretty much whatever I say, so…
It’s time to go plot and write and edit and revise and so on… Have a great week and let’s get ‘er done!