Working Title

Hey y’all! I have finished the sequel to The Conservative Congregant and now have a working title. The title, as of this moment is “And Time Stood Still.” It encompasses the book pretty well, I think .

If you have read The Conservative Congregant, then you know it is about a woman who leaves her comfort zone to make a meal for the “unhoused” congregation of The City of Hope. The City of Hope is a church for the unhoused or homeless folks of the city. It is set in Dallas as the book is based on my actual church, The Gathering. The Gathering was a dream of Archdeacon Jim Webb  of the Episcopal Diocese here in Dallas. Thankfully, he was able to see it come to fruition before he passed away .

Back to the book. Because Eloise Dowager stepped out of her comfort zone to feed the homeless, many blessings come her way. I don’t know if you have noticed it, but that is truly what happens in real life. TCC  follows her as life takes her through the many changes that take place in her life, up to and including the day she makes the dinner. The blessing she receives is much more than one could ask for and she is truly blessed.

The sequel follows up on her blessing and all that entails. I cannot go through it with you for obvious reasons. But, suffice it to say that something big comes out of this book. I am very excited about it and hope to publish it to be released in June 2016.

My plans are to publish one or two more novellas and then publish the novel that will tie the story fully together. I hope you will follow me in this exciting journey and pick up the books as they come out in print or on Kindle.

Have a great week  and keep reading!


Talking in the Library?

I am so excited! This coming Saturday, I will be at the Melissa Public Library giving a talk to a writers group about the writing and publishing process. I was always told to be quiet in the library, but this time, I get to talk! How cool is that?

It is interesting to me that I would be speaking to this writers group in this little town. You see, my mother was born in Melissa, Texas. She  passed away in 2004 and it is a sign to me that she is up  there in Heaven watching over me and watching this accomplishment. That’s such a comfort to think she knows what is going on with me.

Writing a children’s book a bit different than writing for an adult novel. For one thing, one has to think about the illustrations. What kind? How many? Photos? Drawings? Age of the child reading the book. Those types of things. I am also in the middle of writing my first novel for young adults and adults and let me tell you it is pretty different and in some respects, easier than writing for children . No matter who you write for you, you want your reader to be satisfied.

So many things going on and more engagements upcoming. After this weekend, May 1-2 , to be exact, I will be in Dennison, Texas at Authorfest! I cannot wait!  Then, the book signing at Half Price Books in Rockwall, Texas May 16. I have some things just after that and will let you all know about them when they are firmed up.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit. Have a good night . I hope you are reading something good. If not, try reading Boy Band by Jacqueline E.  Smith. She has one more amazing book on her hands. Enjoy!

New Kid on the Block

Everyone knows that I am publishing my Jack Learns to Grill Book. I’m super excited (and I haven’t used that phrase in years!) to say that I have uploaded the manuscript and except for a few small issues I am done. These issues involve placement of the illustrations so the words fit the way they are supposed to. I can’t wait til it’s out!

In the meantime, however, I have begun another book – one for adults. I have to admit , I am having such fun writing it and it is about church. That’s all I know right now. I’m not sure in which direction it is going, but I really am enjoying writing it. And really, that’s what happens when I get in a writing mood- I just never know what might come out.

I have two more Jack books to publish and then I hope to have this new kid on the block shaping up into another one to publish. All I can tell you is that it is about a conservative Christian lady who is about to have her world turned upside down when she least expects it. The rest is every bit a mystery to me!

Writing is like having a baby, I think. It takes 9 months for that baby to be perfected. Growing pains for mother and child alike. Whether the writing time is long or short, I can guarantee the growing pains are there as well. Write, revise, revise, write some more. And when it’s time to deliver either the baby or the book, the joy is overwhelming . That’s about where I am just now . That’s where I hope to be for a long time to come.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. Can you?