Those Who Wait

August 28, 2015

Joyce’s grandmother, Viola Eacret Plummer, stands between her two surviving sons, Bill Plummer (Joyce’s father) on the left, and Jimmy Dale Plummer. Her eldest son died in New Guinea in 1943.
Joyce’s grandmother, Viola Eacret Plummer, stands between her two surviving sons, Bill Plummer (Joyce’s father) on the left, and Jimmy Dale Plummer. Her eldest son died in New Guinea in 1943.

Those Who Wait

by

Joyce Faulkner

It’s mid-February, 1945.

I imagine her – sitting in a chair by the window.

The cold sun sinks behind the trees outside but she does not turn on the lights. The dark holds no comfort, but it does hide her icy tears. In the gloaming, pictures of her two oldest sons sit on top of the console radio a few feet away. She leans forward and twists one of the knobs. The tubes glow. Before the announcer can say much, she turns it off again. She covers her face and rocks back and forth in her seat. Life was never easy for her – but it had been fun. Now fun tastes wrong. So does love. So does hate, for that matter. They told her to keep her routine – but that doesn’t seem right either. So she sits in that chair every day – waiting.

Joyce's Uncle DG is buried at Fort Smith National Cemetery
Joyce’s Uncle DG is buried at Fort Smith National Cemetery

The condolence letter from President Roosevelt made my Uncle DG’s death official – but not real. He didn’t die in battle – he was run over by a truck somewhere far away with an unpronounceable name. They buried him where he died. There was a war to win before they could send him back to my grandmother.

Nanny’s grief was still new, when her second son, my eighteen-year-old father, entered the war. All she knew was that he was with the Fifth Marine Division – and the Fifth Marines were engaged in a fierce fight with the Japanese on a little island known as Iwo Jima. Newspapers reported heavy losses – thousands killed – many more thousands wounded. With one child dead and another in harm’s way, all Nanny could do was wait – and fret.

So it is again. Anxious families display blue star flags in their windows. They check computers for emails from children who are half-a-world away in towns with unpronounceable names. They program cell phones with ringtones – and leap to answer that special one or swallow back tears when an unfamiliar tune sounds.

They remember cuddling apple-cheeked babies with gummy smiles – or chasing wobbly bicycles on first-day-without-training-wheels rides. They touch prom night pictures with the tips of their fingers and tell stories about the day their children graduated from high school or college. But, sometimes, fear taints the best memories like snow obliterating tender shoots. Will their precious boys and girls be the same when they return? Will the darkness of war blunt their sparkle? Will they come home at all? Torn between devouring and ignoring the news, they wait and wait – and wait.

Not long ago, a man that I have never met messaged to say that his son had died in Iraq. For him, the wait was over. I stared at the IM, wondering what to say. Whatever the reason, however it happens — to lose a child is to lose a dream. I wanted to reach out to him, but sensed comfort wasn’t appropriate. His agony was a bonfire that needed to burn itself out. He just didn’t want to be alone. I waited – an anonymous node on the internet — thinking about my grandmother, sitting in her chair – waiting for her boys to come home.

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Author Joyce FaulknerAward-winning author Joyce Faulkner is the daughter and niece and wife of veterans. She writes about things that move her about life. She is a past president of Military Writers Society of America and is the cofounder of The Red Engine Press. To read more about Joyce’s work, please visit her website at www.JoyceFaulkner.com

 

Empowering and Practical: new devotional speaks straight into fear

Posted August 21, 2015

In a conversational tone, author Susan Reichert, Editor-In-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, speaks directly into the fear most of us face at some point in our lives. Be it the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or addictions that can threaten to tear even the strongest families apart, Susan’s empowering message in her new book, Storms In Life, is that we can go to God in prayer. The book is formatted in ten brief chapters, each interspersed with a short prayer, followed by a scripture suggestion for further reading.Storms In Life by Susan Reichert

By setting up several realistic scenarios we all dread, the author draws the reader in. In Chapter 7, a police officer knocks on your door in the middle of the night. This can’t be good. How do you keep standing when the worst news of your life threatens to take you down with it?

Emotional storms are just as real as physical storms. When my youngest son deployed to a war zone last year, I found myself almost crippled with fear. Fear can paralyze us and keep us from enjoying life. Susan takes us to a place where we must surrender the control. Of course none of us are ever really in control, but we like to think we are. So when things go wrong, we sometimes have a tendency to think the world is coming to an end.

This slim volume is never preachy. If anything, I found Susan’s book comforting. Storms In Life is a nice addition to your daily meditations or the perfect devotional book to keep on your nightstand when fear and anxiety creep into your thoughts and threaten to rob you of sleep.

Death is something we all face. Lives can change in an instant. There are going to be storms in life, both physical and emotional, but it’s how we “batten down the hatches” and prepare ourselves with prayer and scripture that we are able to wait out the storms that threaten to blow our hearts apart.

I highly recommend Susan’s book to anyone who is searching for a way to boss back fear without letting it control our lives.

 

Susan Reichert, author of Storms In Life and Editor-In-Chief of Southern Writers MagazineSusan Reichert is the co-publisher of Southern Writers Magazine and Editor-in-Chief. She also is the leader of Collierville Christian Writers Group (CCWriters Group). Susan and her husband Greg live in Tennessee. They are the parents of four grown daughters, have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Texas based author Kathleen M. Rodgers’ poetry featured in new exhibit at The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY

Updated August 1, 2015Aviators, Poets and Dreamers @Cradle of Aviation

Three of my poems from the book Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill 2002, edited by Helmut H. Reda), are on display in this new exhibit which asks the question, “Why do we fly?” Most writers dream of getting their books on bestseller lists or made into movies, but how many authors see their work featured in a museum?

Cradle of Aviation  Museum exhibit featuring A Little Boy's Dream

Aviators, Poets and Dreamers runs from July 18th through Labor Day. The exhibit will then travel to libraries across Long Island. A photo of my husband seated in an A-10 cockpit (circa 1980) appears with my poem, “A Little Boy’s Dream,” penned in 1986 when we lived in Alaska.

Kathleen with her husband, Tom Rodgers (retired USAF Fighter Pilot/Commercial Pilot) and Rod Leonhard, Creative Director at Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY. A photo of Tom Rodgers seated in an A-10 cockpit, circa 1980) appears with Kathleen's poem, "A Little Boy's Dream" to the far left of this photo.
L-R With my husband, Tom Rodgers (retired USAF Fighter Pilot/Commercial Pilot) and Rod Leonhard, Creative Director at Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY. A huge thanks to Rod for selecting “A Little Boy’s Dream,” “The Searcher,” and “To Live To Fly” for the exhibit. Behind me, friend and former fighter pilot Brad “Booger” Hachat’s photo appears next to the poem “The Searcher,” penned in 1987 as a going away gift.

 

kathleenmrodgers' section @Cradle of Aviation exhibitUSAF Capt. Tom Rodgers featured in Aviators, Dreamers and Poets @ Cadle of Aviation Museum JPG

 

 

 

 

To read more about the exhibit, please click here.A Little Boy's Dream by Kathleen M. Rodgers, right of photo

 

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Open 7-Days, 9:30-5:00 through Labor DayExhibit at Cradle of Aviation Musuem

 

 

 

With NJ based writer Barbara Castiglia (L) and Long Island based editor/author Dina Santorelli at the museum exhibit. Barbara and Dina have known each other for years and we are all Facebook friends, but this is my first time to meet them both in person.  Barbara drove two hours both ways to come see me.
With NJ based writer and former New Yorker Barbara Castiglia (L) and Long Island based author/editor Dina Santorelli at the museum exhibit. Barbara and Dina have known each other for years and we are all Facebook friends, but this is my first time to meet them in person. Barbara drove two hours both ways to come see me.

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Johnnie Come Lately named 2015 Winner for Best Covers Contest from Southern Writers Magazine

Posted July 2, 2015

Press Release from Camel Press

Many thanks to cover designer Sabrina Sun and the rest of the team at Camel Press, my agent, Jeanie Loiacono, President of Loiacono Literary Agency, and Gary Fearon, Creative Director of Southern Writers Magazine for making this possible. Johnnie shares the spotlight with bestselling authors Joshilyn Jackson, Debbie Macomber, Mary Alice Monroe, Ann Hite, and Lauraine Snelling.
Many thanks to cover designer Sabrina Sun and the rest of the team at Camel Press, my agent, Jeanie Loiacono, President of Loiacono Literary Agency, and Gary Fearon, Creative Director of Southern Writers Magazine for making this possible. Johnnie shares the spotlight with bestselling authors Joshilyn Jackson, Debbie Macomber, Mary Alice Monroe, Ann Hite, and Lauraine Snelling.

 

 

 

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To read the full story in the July/August issue (Pages 20-21), click here to subscribe or order a one-time copy of the print or online edition. www.southernwritersmagazine.com

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Writing is Messy: Guest blogging for Southern Writers Magazine’s Suite T

Posted June 29, 2015

Many thanks to the editors of Southern Writers Magazine for the invitation to write about my messy process on the magazine’s blog, Suite T. Click here to read the complete essay.

Writing is Messy from Kathleenmrodgers' powerpoint presentation at Houston Writers Guiild conference

Kathleen M. Rodgers signed books at Barnes & Noble, Hurst, TX

Posted June 27, 2015

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“A Little Boy’s Dream”

Posted June 13, 2015

 

"Wings of the City" by Mexican artist Jorge Marin in Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX. As my husband, Tom (a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot), stepped up and spread his arms out against the sculpture, I thought of a poem I wrote for him many years ago when he was still flying fighters. “A Little Boy’s Dream” captures my husband’s childhood dream to fly.
As my husband, Tom (a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot), stepped up and spread his arms out against the sculpture, “Wings of the City” by Mexican artist Jorge Marin in Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX, I thought of a poem I wrote for Tom many years ago when he was still flying fighters. “A Little Boy’s Dream” captures my husband’s childhood dream to fly.

 

 

 

“A Little Boy’s Dream”

© Kathleen M. Rodgers From the book, Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill 2002)
© Kathleen M. Rodgers
From the book, Because I Fly, compiled by Editor Helmut H. Reda (McGraw-Hill 2002)

 

 

 

Kathleen M. Rodgers reads from her novel, Johnnie Come Lately, for The Author’s Corner on Public Radio

Updated August 1, 2015 

“The Author’s Corner® on Public Radio show celebrates new books with brief authentic readings by authors. Enjoy best-selling authors and emerging stars in this fresh nationwide series available free to air on 500 “NPR” stations nationwide, from Maine to Guam.” Click the photo to listen to me read a brief passage from my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately.Kathleen M. Rodgers reads from her novel, Johnnie Come Lately, for The Author's Corner on Public Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why there’s no “happy” in Memorial Day

Posted May 20, 2015

Photo courtesy Brian Brown/Vanishing South Georgia
Photo courtesy Brian Brown/Vanishing South Georgia

The following passage is from my second novel,  Johnnie Come Lately.  (Reader discretion advised).

     Johnnie was about to rave on Granny’s baked beans

when Callie Ann piped up, “Hey, D.J., tell everybody what

happened this morning when you went to buy cigarettes.”

     D.J. looked up from his plate. He put his fork down and

cleared his throat.

     “So, I’m standing in line at the 7-Eleven. The guy in front

of me pays for his stuff and says to this young female

cashier,‘Happy Memorial Day.’ Man, I thought that chick

was going to come over the counter. She shoves the guy’s change at him and

snarls, ‘What’s so fucking happy about Memorial Day?’ ”

     Johnnie cringed.

     Before anyone could say something, D.J. picked up his

plastic fork and stabbed at a pile of baked beans. “Sorry about

the F-bomb,” he apologized. “I’m just reporting what I heard.”

     Johnnie took a deep breath and reached for Brother’s head.

As usual, he was at her side, waiting for a scrap to fall. She

needed to hold onto the one member of the family who wouldn’t judge her.

Wouldn’t judge any of them.

     Running her fingers through his soft fur, she said what

needed to be said.

     “Well, considering that my father died in war, I have to agree

with that young lady at the 7-Eleven. There’s absolutely nothing

happy about Memorial Day. It’s a day set aside to honor the

war dead.”

 

Johnnie Come Lately released from Camel Press 2/1/15 and is

represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

 

The author hugging her youngest son, former Army 1st Lieutenant (P) J.P. Rodgers, before his deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.
Hugging my youngest son at Fort Hood before he deployed to Afghanistan in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Kathleen M Rodgers welcoming home her youngest son, 1st Lt. J.P. Rodgers, from Afghanistan.
At the homecoming for my son, former 1st Lt. (P) J.P. Rodgers. My oldest son, Thomas, is to J.P.’s right.  In 2012, J.P.’s  roommate from Officer Candidate School was killed in action by an IED. Everyday is Memorial Day for the family of 2nd Lt. Travis Morgado. This is why we can never associate the word “happy” with Memorial Day.       

“I’m frustrated by people all over the country who view the day as anything but a day to remember our WAR DEAD. I hate hearing “Happy Memorial Day.” Jennie Haskamp, United States Marine Corp Veteran, for Washington Post.

 

Gypsy Muse Studio hosts author Kathleen M. Rodgers for Main Street Days in Grapevine, TX

Posted May 16, 2015

Gypsy Muse Studio 106 E Texas St, Grapevine, Texas
Gypsy Muse Studio, 106 E Texas St, Grapevine, Texas
L-R Literary agent Jeanie Loiacono, Claudia Hackett, Rhonda Revels, and author Kathleen M. Rodgers gather on the lawn of Gypsy Muse Studio in Grapevine, TX for Main Street Days. Kathleen signed copies of her novels, Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute.
L-R Literary agent Jeanie Loiacono, Claudia Hackett, Rhonda Revels, and author Kathleen M. Rodgers gather on the lawn of Gypsy Muse Studio in Grapevine, TX for Main Street Days. Kathleen signed copies of her novels, Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute. 
Kathleen with Claudia Hackett, who drove from Memphis, TN to meet Kathleen in person. Claudia and Kathleen met on Facebook years ago.
Kathleen with Claudia Hackett,  who drove from Memphis, TN to meet Kathleen in person. Claudia and Kathleen met on Facebook years ago.

 

 

Johnnie Come Lately’s fictional setting takes place in Portion, Texas, modeled after Grapevine. Anyone familiar with the area will recognize certain locations along historic Main Street, such as the Palace Theater and the corner bank building at Worth and Main. The cemetery along Dooley Street plays prominently in the story, as does the nearby lake.

L-R Claudia Hacket, Kathleen, and Meredith, an aviation mechanic from Savannah, GA who stopped by Kathleen's booth and left with autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute.
L-R Claudia Hackett, Kathleen, and Meredith, an aviation mechanic from Savannah, GA who stopped by Kathleen’s booth and left with autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute.

 

 

 

 

Johnnie Come Lately deals with the repercussions of a heat-of-the-moment confession, a son’s enlistment during wartime, and many other issues that American families deal with day to day. At the heart of the story is a woman whose mama has been missing for several years and the family secrets surrounding her disappearance.

Kathleen with Faith, the 14 year-old granddaughter of one of the owners of Gypsy Muse.
Kathleen with Faith, 14 year-old granddaughter of one of the owners of Gypsy Muse.

 

 

Kathleen M. Rodgers is a former freelance writer for Family Circle MagazineMilitary Times, and many other national and regional publications. Her first novel, The Final Salute (Deer Hawk Publications) has been featured in USA TodayThe Associated Press, and soared to #1 on Amazon’s Top Rated War Fiction. Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately (Camel Press), has been featured in Southern Writers MagazineStars & StripesFort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Authors Corner on Public Radio.

She is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

 

 

Southern Writers Magazine presents “The Journey to Johnnie” by Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of Johnnie Come Lately

Posted May 4, 2015

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Click the photo to enlarge the image. If you aren’t a subscriber to Southern Writers Magazine and you’d like to read the entire article, please click here to order the May/June print or online edition with my story featured on page 30.    

 

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Honored to see my name featured with other contributors on the cover of the May/June 2015 issue of Southern Writers Magazine.
Signing copies of my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately, at Hastings Books in Clovis, New Mexico. To read more about my work, please visit my website @ www.kathleenMRodgers.com
Signing copies of my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately, at Hastings Books in Clovis, New Mexico. To read more about my work, please visit my website @ www.kathleenMRodgers.com

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Former Clovis, NM resident Kathleen M. Rodgers visited Clovis on May 1-2 signing copies of her latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately.

Updated: May 6, 2015

Marquee in front of Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. :)
Marquee in front of Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. 

Kathleen signed copies of her latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately, at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, she spoke about her writing journey at Clovis Carver Library.

Kathleen with her literary agent, Jeanie Loiacono, at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM.
Kathleen with her literary agent, Jeanie Loiacono, at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM.
Display at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. Photo courtesy Debi Smith, friend of the author.
Display at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. Photo courtesy Debi Smith, friend of the author.

 

 

 

Many thanks to Mel Eperthener, Manager of Hastings Books in Clovis, and Margaret B. Hinchee, Library Director Clovis-Carver Public Library, for hosting both events.

Purple PressOn Friday, May 1 at 11:20 a.m., Kathleen spoke with the staff of The Purple Press (the high school newspaper). Margaret Hinchee, Director of Clovis Carver Library, joined her. Margaret and Kathleen, Class of 1976, both served on the high school newspaper, Margaret as editor and Kathleen as student writer.

Award-winning members of The Purple Press Staff, 1976, L-R: Michelle Williams  (1976-77 editor-in-chief), Debbie Wetchensky (1975-76 outstanding typist), Margaret Burns (editor for Best Page), Kathy Doran (most improved writer and best story recipient), and Linda Taber (outstanding typist).
Award-winning members of The Purple Press Staff, 1976, L-R: Michelle Williams (1976-77 editor-in-chief), Debbie Wetchensky (1975-76 outstanding typist), Margaret Burns (editor for Best Page), Kathy Doran (most improved writer and best story recipient), and Linda Taber (outstanding typist).
Poster courtesy Camel Press. Library flyer  by Sarah Lewis, Adult Services Librarian, Clovis Carver Public Library.
Poster courtesy Camel Press. Library flier by Sarah Lewis, Adult Services Librarian, Clovis Carver Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIO:

Native New Mexican Kathleen M. Rodgers started writing for her high school newspaper, The Purple Press, her junior year.  She didn’t take the writing gig seriously until she won First Place for Feature Writing from New Mexico Press Women her senior year. The winning story, “Strange Blobs of Light Whiz Through the Night,” was inspired by the UFO sightings over Clovis in 1976. Kathleen is the former Kathy Doran, Clovis High School Class of 1976. Go Wildcats!

To read more about Kathleen, please visit her website. More photos of the Clovis book tour are posted on the Loiacono Literary Agency  website.

Former ENMU Student publishes second novel. Story by Wendel Sloan, Director of Media Relations at ENMU.  

 

War Memorial in Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen M. Rodgers

Posted April 14, 2015

A war memorial plays a significant role in my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately.
Photo courtesy Brian Brown/Vanishing South Georgia
Photo courtesy Brian Brown/Vanishing South Georgia

 

Siobhan Fallon, Army wife and author of the critically acclaimed collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone, says this about my novel:  Johnnie Come Lately evokes the pathos of family life—secrets, betrayals, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and just enough love and forgiveness to make it all worth it. Kathleen M. Rodgers treats her haunted characters with keen insight and empathy, offering them the second, third, fourth chances that all of us flawed human beings need.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnnie’s Journal

December, 1979

Portion, Texas

 

Dear Mama,

I’m up here at Soldiers Park, hoping you might come

swaying by with the breeze. Most of the leaves have dropped

and it’s getting cold. I asked the old soldier, the one you talk to

from time to time, if you’d happened by here lately, but he just

stands high on his pedestal, armed and ready, and gives me the

silent treatment.

He’s not about to give up your secrets—the secrets you pour

into him from this bench. Dark things hidden behind bronze

eyes that only seem to come alive for you.

Pick up the novel at www.johnniecomelately.com

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North Texas Book Festival, April 11, 2015 in Denton, TX

Posted April 1, 2015

NTBFlogoDENTON – The 15th annual North Texas Book Festival, which celebrates all genres of writing, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts. More than 50 authors from Texas and Oklahoma will sign and sell books.

The festival is free and open to the public.

The center is at 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX.

 

Schedule of events, including children’s activities

9:00  a.m.  North Texas Book Festival opens

9:30-11:30  a.m.  Balloon artistry by Al Curlett of Totally Twisted Balloons, the exhibit hall

General Interest Presentations in Craft Room (east wing):

9:15-10:00 a.m.   Children’s Story Time, featuring children’s book authors Andrew Fairchild (“Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color”) and Danielle A. Vann (“Gracie Lou and the Bad Dream Eater”)

10:00-10:45 a.m.   Featured Author Shelly Tucker: “Ghosts of Denton”

10:45-11:30 a.m.   Stories and Songs by Caryl McAdoo, a contemporary Western romance author

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Performing Poetry with cowboy poetry recital by Elaine Fields Smith

12:15-1:00 p.m.  “Boy! That Air Feels Good: The Untold History of Car Air,” by Rod Barclay

Writers’ Block presentations on writing and publishing (east wing):

1:00-1:45 p.m.   Kathleen M. Rodgers and Jeanie Loiacono on working with an agent

1:45-2:15  p.m.   Gale Cochran Smith and Treva Tindol Dawson on writing with a partner

2:15-3:00 p.m.   Miracle Austin, Dancing with Rejection: How early publisher rejection strengthens one as an author

4:00 p.m.  North Texas Book Festival closesUPDATED ROSTER FOR NTBF 319

 

For an in-depth story on the festival, click here:

http://www.dentonlifestyles.com/2015/03/2015-north-texas-book-festival/

 

 

 

 

“No Stress Book Club” of Grapevine, TX discusses Johnnie Come Lately

Posted March 26, 2015

Dr. Cindy Ryan lead the discussion
Dr. Cindy Ryan led the discussion

Dr. Cindy Ryan, a minister at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, TX,  read about Johnnie Come Lately in the book section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and ordered the novel. She was intrigued by the book’s description:  “Johnnie Come Lately is set in historic Portion, a Metroplex suburb that is loosely based on Grapevine, and follows Johnnie Kitchen, a 43-year-old housewife with a secret.”

After Cindy read the novel, she contacted me through my website and told me she’d picked Johnnie for her book club’s March selection. She invited me to attend the “No Stress Book Club” which started in 2006. They’d never had an author visit before.

Last night, this warm and fun-loving group welcomed me with open arms. 

 

Members of the "No Stress Book Club" of Grapevine, TX met at the home of Trudy Hughes (bottom row, far L) to discuss Johnnie Come Lately.
Members of the “No Stress Book Club” of Grapevine, Texas, met at the home of Trudy Hughes (bottom row, far L) to discuss Johnnie Come Lately.

“A beautifully crafted story about family secrets and second chances, Johnnie Come Latley is a guaranteed book club favorite.”  Barbara Claypole White, award-winning author of The Unfinished Garden and The In-Between Hour

To learn more about Johnnie Come Lately, please visit my website.