Sunday, June 22, 2008

Catching Up

Happy Sunday morning. I know my warm weather schedule only has me blogging Monday, Wednesday and Friday but it's stormy here, much too wet to go outdoors, so I figured I'd drop in and see how you're all doing.

Everybody enjoying their weekend so far? I hope you are. We are. We've gotten to spend some time with family, so that's a welcome pleasure. There never seems to be enough time to spend with family and friends, does there? So many things to say, so many hugs to share and so much news to catch up on...

Speaking of news, I've got some updates to share.

Sniffing Sand, the first book in my Chincoteague Island series, is set to release July 1st. Pre-orders are already coming in through the link at the top right-hand corner of this page. If you'd like a signed copy, just shoot me an email and we'll get your name on the list. (And thank you for your interest and support!)

Sniffing Sand is already getting great early reader response! It is a romantic suspense set on one of the most gorgeous spots on earth, Chincoteague Island. Oh, but I love that place!

Sniffing Sand cover blurb:

Building the perfect house on idyllic Chincoteague Island is a dream come true—or so Nina thinks. But when her marriage ends just as the finishing touches are put on her beachfront home, Nina’s pleasure turns to pain. To further complicate things, a body washes up just outside her back door. Not just any body, either. Facedown and seaweed-covered, the corpse is her ex’s new lover. Now that presents its own share of problems!

Maxx Tallman, Chincoteague’s Chief of Police, is smart, handsome and fast on the trail of the murderer. He just might be the man to help Nina free herself from the web of intrigue that ensnares her. Who knows? He might be the one to help fill her lonely nights, too.

But first they’ve got to catch a killer. Fast—before the tide pushes any more bodies onto the sand.

At present I'm working on edits for my September release, Legal Tender. It is a paranormal romance mystery about a feisty ghost and the granddaughter whose life is turned upside down by her untimely demise. The cover blurb:

Lindy thinks she has it all. An exciting life in New York City. Career prospects. Men. And she does, too. That is, until Granny Walker is killed. Then, all bets are off.

To satisfy the terms of Granny’s will Lindy must step into her grandmother’s orthopedic shoes and assume her place on the family farm. She’ll have to uncover the mystery between a raging bull and a mustang, all while finding a husband and fighting off a nasty cousin.

Life on the farm makes a white sale at Bloomie’s look like child’s play!

Can a woman who’s more comfortable in stilettos than boots move from the city to the country and still have everything she’s always dreamed of? Maybe she can—with some luck and a lot of help from Granny Walker herself.

You see, the wise-cracking, advice-giving ghost isn’t quite ready to give up the old homestead. Not yet, anyway.

Edits on Legal Tender are moving along well so I'm very satisfied with its progress. The book was fun to write, mainly because Granny Walker is such a saucy, wise-cracking old ghost, and it's proving to be an enjoyable edit as well.

Lest you think all I'm doing is releasing and editing, I'll share the news about Sandswept, the second Chincoteague Island book. I've been working on putting the finishing touches on the manuscript. I had it nearly complete but it didn't feel "just right" to me so I pulled it apart and reworked it. Now, it feels right, and I am happy.

Whew! Life has been busy, but it's all good. No complaints here. But if you're one of the folks who's waiting for an email, letter or phone call from me I'll bet you've got a complaint or two. Or maybe three. Please know I'll get back to you as soon as things settle down a bit here. I haven't forgotten you; I've just not been spending any time at the computer that hasn't been work-related.

And what's been going on besides writing news? When I haven't been working I've been enjoying life on the farm. I know you know that, don't you? I saw that Miss Piglet stole my blog on Friday and took you all on a little tour. That sneaky little feline is something else, I tell you!

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! :)


Marianne Arkins said...

You're a busy, busy lady!!! Nothing wrong with that.


Anonymous said...

I am amazed. BTW, I loaned Vineyard Mambo to my sister and she loved it! We can't wait to read Sniffing Sand.


Unknown said...

I've already put my order in for Sniffing Sand. I am soooo looking forward to that one! All this talk about that little island makes me want to visit it someday.


Anonymous said...

It's good to be busy!

Sniffing Sand sands wonderful, and YAY on the pre-orders coming in!

Anonymous said...

Down here in Chincoteague we are looking forward to reading the Chincoteague series. I am going to order the first two books as well. Keep up the good work!

Renee D.

Dru said...

I can't wait for the release of Sniffing Sand.