IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!
My days are mostly spent in my office sitting at my computer, moving my projects along at what always seems more like the turtle’s pace rather than the hare’s. In fact, the more I’ve sat here over the past seven years, the more I’m even coming to look like that turtle! (Hence my new walking regime!)
In June, 2013, my publishing company launched The Loyalist’s Wife and I was ecstatic. So much work, so many miles traveled, so many people met, places visited, and ideas acted upon. And, finally, a book to hold in my hand.
And before that book was even published I was hard at work on its sequel, The Loyalist’s Luck. This month of October has been crazy busy as we launched number two in the trilogy. In one fell swoop, I went from a mark of 33% to one of 67% for finishing the Loyalist trilogy. (Once a teacher, always a teacher.)
Here are some pictures from the formal launch here in beautiful Woodstock, Ontario.
Fellow author and person extraordinaire, Sharon Clare, Helped me out by reading a section from my new novel. David Butler, an amazingly gifted person in his own right–the man can write!–happens to be descended directly from Colonel John Butler of the famous Butler’s Rangers. He figures in both of my Loyalist novels so far. David said a few kind words of welcome and congratulations. You can learn about David’s famous father, the artist Ross Butler, here.
Laughing at a small slip up I made at the podium.
Sharon Clare expertly reading.
Sue Garner hosted and read, her sassy smile flashing throughout.
We had to have cake! Thanks, Ron, for arranging this and all the other details.
This book table had to be refilled several times as people bought a lot of books.
Joyce and Donna welcomed everyone to the festivities.
Book club friends going through a copy. So wonderful that they came!
We drew names for two free books. I was so happy to see the winners: Olive, my dear friend, and Keith, one of my many wonderful brothers.
There were many more at my launch, including my 93-year-old aunt and a carload of cousins from as far away as Miami who completely surprised me. They drove all the way from South Carolina. So, as any reader can see, my heart is full. All the hard work has paid off when family, friends, people I’ve met over the last year and a half on speaking gigs all show up for the new book. As well, people I don’t know who joined us just thrilled me.
This is a small word to contain the huge joy I feel but here it is:
See you all in two years when The Loyalist Legacy has its debut!
Next week this blog will be back to writing about historical fiction, wonderful readers and tips for writers. Come join us!
The Loyalist’s Luck on Amazon
The Loyalist’s Wife on Amazon
also available on Kobo and in many fine bookstores.
PHOTO CREDITS: Sherry Isaac, Brian Jackson