This was one of the hottest summers in Kansas since I was a little girl, which has been quite a while. I'm not really complaining though, because I spent it hiding out in the air conditioned house or bookstore writing and reading. I telecommute for my day job, so wearing shorts, a tee shirt, and sandals were my daily attire. And much more comfortable than panty hose and heels. And I was able to spoil my dogs by letting them sleep under my desk during the heat of the day. It really doesn't get much better than that.
There's a stack of books I read this summer, and I even finished writing and editing my second novel, Patchwork Family. Traveling around the area to do book signings slowed as the heat rose and it made me worry that Fiesty Family Values would be on the decline (sales wise). But last weekend I saw that Border's West had several copies in stock, so I signed them and put lovely gold autographed by author stickers on the front. It felt great seeing my books on the shelves. (Hum. Maybe it would feel even better seeing them fly off the shelves, eh?)
Now it's time to find an agent and publisher for novel number two. Five Star a Division of Gale/Cengage published Feisty and did a fabulous job. I love the cover. But they've decided not to acquire anything new for the Expressions line. I'm very disappointed, but hey, change is good. I think we tend to forget that sometimes, especially when changes happen very fast and outside of our control.
To be honest, I'm glad summer is over. Fall is my favorite time of year. It's a time for contemplation and long walks. It's a beautiful time for change. I hope you all had a great summer.
Causes B.D. Tharp Supports
Literacy, Women and Children in crisis (abuse), Komen Cure for Breast Cancer, Kansas Writers Association