What do you mean, says Herself? Didn't Vicki get my email?
So then Herself goes on to say that she loved it and thinks it's the best thing I've ever written. . . says she was totally enmeshed in it . . . says the characterizations were rich and fresh and the novel-within-the-novel was strong and instantly compelling. Says she hated for the book to end.
Well, okay, then!
Well, okay, then!
Now I'm waiting for the edited manuscript to arrive so I can address a few quibbles Herself had about one plot line and give the whole thing another good proof reading.
Meanwhile, aside from enduring the hottest summer on record, I've been working in the yard and the garden and thinking about what my next writing project might be . . . something in Cherokee, reuniting Rosemary with an old friend? Might be a possibility.
Or another standalone . . . about a very special place hidden deep in the mountains of Marshall County . . . or . . . or . . .
I'm out of contract with this just handed in manuscript and will have to come up with something enthralling to tempt Herself to offer me another contract. The publishing climate isn't great these days and publishers are ending series with less than stellar sales right and left.
Much will depend I suspect, on how The Day of Small Things sells.
Mary Maupin says: "I'm reading "Cutting for Stone", by Abraham Verghese. It's an engaging story and well-written. Put it on your next year's reading list, when you have time to read something other than the books being delivered to your door, required reading."
Deb Dandolino writes: My reading lately has given me a lot of pleasure from some of the books. Interred With Their Bones and Haunt Me Still are two great books by Jennifer Lee Carrel. The first book is set around a search for a lost play that Shakespeare wrote. The second one posits the question - did Shakespeare base his Macbeth witches on actual witches and could the real witches have given Shakespeare information about actual spells. Both of the books had me up way past my bedtime.
Another series that I have loved is the one from Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, The first is Dead Dancing Women which revolves around older women who have been seen dancing around a fire (gasp! ;-)) and such and are now being killed. If you haven't read it, do - I think you would like it. The other two books are Dead Floating Lovers and Dead Sleeping Shaman. There is another planned for fall but Elizabeth didn't give me the title. Last, but definitely not least, is The Crossing Places and The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. Both have to do with archaeology in the marshes of Norfolk, UK. The first one starts out a little slowly but, if you persevere, you'll find a great book.
Pat in TN has this to share:
Just wanted to tell you that I am completely and utterly in love with my Kindle! I was a little apprehensive at first, but it's not that complicated and is oh so easy on the eyes when reading. I whipped through my first book on it, "Requiem by Fire", by Wayne Caldwell, (Great book!) and am now reading a 'real book' that was on my TBR pile. What a world of difference ... I do find my eyes getting more tired reading this book ... who'd a thought!?!?! I have 3 more books on my TBR pile, so am going to alternate between them and the Kindle and then I'll go Kindle all the way.
I also ordered "The Secret Garden" on my Kindle this morning ... couldn't believe that it's one of their free books! I have never read it and after your raving about it and almost everyone commenting on it, I thought I'd better give it a try.
And Janie Matthews says: I'm still reading "Inherit the Land: Miss Maggie's Will Meets Jim Crow. We've had different house guests for 3 weeks, so I haven't had much time to read.
We've been enjoying watching the humming birds and also two turkey hens and their poults who are daily visitors at our bird feeder.
Yesterday I went to a threshing demonstration -- more about that over on my daily blog!
A slide show of some of July's highlights!