April has been a busy month in my world.
The Dream of Shiloh is out, and people are asking for volume 3 of the Shiloh Saga. I have been traveling to share stories about my books and having a wonderful time visiting with friends and family in the process. Let me share a bit of what I’ve been doing…
April 1 was a glorious Easter Day…the weather was not glorious, but the spirit at church was beautiful and the joy of celebrating our risen Savior is always worth the excitement of the best holiday of the year, regardless of the climate. I love Easter. It’s my favorite time of year, in case I haven’t made that clear. This is our Easter picture…Kennedy, Tara and me.
On April 3, two of my high school classmates and I traveled across Arkansas to Winslow Arkansas to do a book chat with the book club of another high school classmate…Mind you, we celebrated out fiftieth high school class reunion last July so we’ve been friends for a long time. Jamae Craft Fulmer invited us to her beautiful mountain home in the Boston Mountains and asked a dozen or so of her Mt. Harmony book club friends in to talk about In Search of Shiloh, which they had read together. Such fun we all had. They asked some of the best questions, many of which I hadn’t really thought about and had to think really quickly on my feet to come up with a good answer. They welcomed us so warmly. They even bought copies of The Dream of Shiloh and want me to come back later to talk about that one! Brenda Davis Thakkar and Jeanette Murray Clayton drove with me to Washington County, and another classmate, Chyrlene Hamby Noblin, who lives in Springdale drove over to join us. We finished the evening with a “bunking party” and went the next day to Crystal Bridges to see the fabulous art display. Don’t let anyone tell you Arkansas doesn’t have a first class Art Museum in the state!!! Fantastic exhibit.
On April 8, I had another birthday, but we won’t linger on that subject…
On the 9th, I took The Dream of Shiloh over to the Greene County Library in Paragould to add to their Local Author’s section. They had already purchased In Search of Shiloh. I wanted to see it on the same shelf as John Grishams’ books, but it was checked out. That was a wonderful surprise. They treated me so special…so graciously and invited me to come back in May and do a book talk and signing for them in their library. Librarians in our local libraries are such fine folks. I hope you support our public libraries when they ask for those tiny mileage increases. This is a selfie my granddaughter Kennedy took of herself on the beach at Muscle Shoals, reading her Nanna’s latest novel.
Two days later, I found that the Crowley’s Ridge Regional Library also had In Search of Shiloh in their collection. I went up there to see it…but found out it was checked out too! Since that is my home county, I need to go up there and donate them a copy of the second book, too.
At home, I’ve been editing Volume 3…Beyond Shiloh. Today I finished chapter 19. I think I have four chapters to go to finish the first read through. I’ll be ready to share it with my beta readers soon. The Lord has been good to me this year….The books are being well accepted and I love writing them. I think I may have found my calling.