A Salute to Libraries Around the World Carrying the Large Print Editions of Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory

May 20, 2018

Featured on page 2 in the March/April 2018 issue of Southern Writers Magazine.

A salute to libraries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: Thank You for carrying the hardcover Large Print editions of my latest novels, Johnnie Come Lately and Seven Wings to Glory.

I am most grateful to Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States, for releasing these lovely new editions, and to Camel Press for first saying “YES” to my main gal, Johnnie Kitchen, and her loyal companion, Brother Dog. And a big virtual hug to readers who’ve invested their time and emotion in my stories.

When I was a little girl growing up in Clovis, New Mexico, my big sister and I used to ride our bicycles across town to visit our local library. We’d prop our bikes on kickstands and step into a world infused with the sweet aroma of old books and magazines. A friendly librarian greeted us over the rim of her spectacles, and sturdy tables and chairs offered us a quiet place to read and rest before we checked out a week’s worth of books and pedaled toward home. While my selection mostly consisted of picture books, my sister, Laura, was already devouring chapter books by then. 

When I declared myself a writer in high school, I could only imagine what it would be like to see my byline in a national magazine or on the cover of a book. Nearly forty-five years later, I can look back and see how every story I wrote and got published served as a steppingstone to the next level. 

Today, I’m grateful for every opportunity that’s come my way in the publishing world, from my bylines in Family Circle Magazine and Military Times, to the publication of my three novels, which all portray military families in contemporary settings. As I work to complete my fourth novel, a story that deals in part with the family of a MIA Vietnam War pilot and also the mysterious death of a lecherous cad, I’m reminded that hope and hard work and lots of good people have helped me along the way.

Take care and happy reading,

Kathleen

  • My original plan was to compile a list of the libraries who’ve ordered the large print editions and publish it here on this blog. But to my amazement, I soon discovered that the list far exceeded a hundred and counting so I stopped counting, too. It’s a glorious feeling as an author to know my work is getting out there and into the hands of readers.  Worldcat.org, the world’s largest library catalog, features a listing of many of the libraries carrying both titles in large print, but also trade paperback and e-book. Not all of the libraries carrying my books are listed on Worldcat. I found many other libraries simply by searching the Internet.  Both titles are available from Thorndike Press under their clean reads program.

Johnnie Come Lately

Seven Wings to Glory

When a Museum Comes Calling: One Author’s Story in Southern Writers Magazine

May 8, 2018

In 2015, I flew to NYC to see my work on display at @TheCradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, NY. It was a heady experience. I share my story in the May/June issue of Southern Writers Magazine. Here’s a glimpse of the opening lines.

 

Seven Wings to Glory releases in hardback large print from Thorndike Press

March 21, 2018

A woman whose son is fighting in Afghanistan uses her newspaper column to expose a shameful legacy of racism in her small Texas town.

Seven Wings to Glory releases today, March 21, 2018, in hardback large print from Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States. As an author, it’s exciting to know this latest edition will be arriving in libraries around the country (and Canada). Although this book is a sequel to Johnnie Come Lately (which released from Thorndike Press in large print last month.), it can be read as a standalone. 

On March 20 (yesterday), I learned Seven Wings to Glory has been named a Finalist in Foreword Reviews prestigious 2017 #ForewordINDIES Book of the Year Awards. 

Thanks to Camel Press for releasing the print and e-book editions April 1, 2017. Johnnie Come Lately originally published Feb. 1, 2015.

Both hardcover copies are available at most online booksellers, including Amazon, B&N, BAM, & Indie Bound. Libraries can order directly from Thorndike Press.

My writing roots are planted deeply in the soil of eastern New Mexico where I grew up. I’m working on my fourth novel and grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

Take care,

Kathleen

Seven Wings to Glory wins Honorable Mention in 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards

Update: June 15, 2018

Seven Wings to Glory wins Honorable Mention for War & Military in the 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards.

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.

A round of applause to the judges for selecting my book, to Camel Press for launching this story and the prequel, Johnnie Come Lately, into the world, and to Thorndike Press for releasing both novels in hardcover large print.

#honorablemention

#warandmilitary

 

Books can take you places,

Kathleen

The complete list of winners can be found here.

 

#ForewordINDIES

About Foreword: Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the only media company completely devoted to independent publishing. Publishers of a Folio: award-winning bi-monthly print review journal, special interest products, and daily online content feeds, Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, with staff based around the world.

Seven Wings to Glory gets top billing in Thorndike Press’s March 2018 Catalog!

January 19, 2018

At the top of page 30 in the March 2018 catalog from Thorndike Press.

My third novel, Seven Wings to Glory, gets top billing in Thorndike Press’s March 2018 catalog. Thorndike Press is the leading large print publisher in the United States. The book releases in hardcover large print March 21, one month shy of the anniversary of the original publication in 2017 from Camel Press. 

 

I wrote this novel under contract on a tight deadline. I’m thrilled that Thorndike bought the rights for the new edition, and I’m equally thrilled to see the blurb from Southern Writers Magazine.

Thorndike Press will release the prequel, Johnnie Come Lately, in hardcover large print on February 21, 2018. I posted about it here. Both hardcover copies are available at most online booksellers, including Amazon, B&N, BAM, & Indie Bound. Libraries can order directly from Thorndike Press

Meanwhile, back at the writing desk, I’m working on my fourth novel which deals in part about the family of a military pilot missing in action since 1972. 

Thorndike Press to release Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory in hardcover large print editions

December 15, 2017

Dear Readers, Friends, and Family,

I’ve been sitting on a secret since May. I’m thrilled to announce that Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States, will release my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, in hardcover large print library binding February 21, 2018. The sequel, Seven Wings to Glory, will follow on March 21, 2018. This is a dream come true and will help my books find a whole new audience. Thorndike Press calls both novels “contemporary, issues-driven women’s fiction featuring warm and spunky Johnnie Kitchen and her family.”

Johnnie Come Lately received top billing under the publisher’s “Clean Reads” line on page 22 in the February 2018 catalog. To view the catalog, click here.

To pre-order either title, please visit the publisher’s website

Check with your local library to see if they carry large print books. Ask them to order both books.

I am deeply grateful to Camel Press, the original publisher for Johnnie Come Latelyand Seven Wings to Glory, for making all of this possible. Both books are available in paperback and e-book. Johnnie is out on audio.

Season’s Blessings,

Kathleen

The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio host two hour special on publishing industry

September 6, 2017

Join me Thursday, September 7 at 7pm Pacific time on The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio. During this two hour special, we’ll be discussing the publishing industry in general.

Hope you can tune in,

Kathleen

 

Building a new book

July 30, 2017

In late January of 2017, Diane Nine, President of Nine Speakers, Inc., an established literary agency based in Washington, D.C., offered to represent my future work. At the time, all I had to offer Diane was a one paragraph premise describing the novel I planned to write. I am forever grateful to Deborah Kalb, an author and journalist I admire and respect, for recommending me to Diane.

My work in progress is my fourth novel (if you don’t count the two half-baked manuscripts in a bottom drawer). I hope fans of my first three novels, The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately, and Seven Wings to Glory, will embrace my next story starring a brand new cast of characters in a contemporary setting I’ve longed to write about, my native New Mexico. 

I’m about a third of the way in, and I hope to have the story complete by the end of this year or shortly thereafter. Because I’m building this new book from scratch, it’s taken me a while to get to know my characters. I’m finally at that point in the story where my characters are waking me up in the middle of the night or nudging me in church to scribble notes in the margins of the bulletin. Don’t tell the preacher. 😉

Thanks to all of you who’ve followed my career over the years, whether you’ve read my books or my work in Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Every day when I sit down to write, I remind myself that I live in a country where I have the freedom to explore controversial subjects and to express my imagination.  

Thanks for reading,

Kathleen

2017 Purple Pride Alumni Hall of Honor Award for “Sports & Entertainment”

 

 

Senior Circle Book Club in Granbury, TX welcomes Seven Wings to Glory author Kathleen M. Rodgers

July 14, 2017

Last September I was invited to Senior Circle Book Club in Granbury, TX to discuss my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately. When I mentioned that my third novel was releasing a few months later, they invited me to come back with the new book.

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to this warm and attentive audience. After I read a few passages from the opening pages of Seven Wings to Glory, several members asked questions about my writing process and how long it took me to write my third novel. One lady was curious about the title. I got a kick sharing how the title came to me in a dream.

I enjoyed telling the group how my first novel, The Final Salute, was a sixteen year effort and ended up being featured in USA Today and The Associated Press.

We also talked about two of my favorite subjects: dogs and the military. A few of the women in the group came up to me later to tell me about their loved ones who’ve served in the Armed Forces. One lady who’s not pictured in the photo remembers her early childhood when her family lived on land which is now part of Fort Hood, the massive Army post located in central TX.

After my talk, I signed books and we enjoyed some delicious refreshments. Many thanks to Cory Johnson, Director of Senior Circle, for making the arrangements to have me back for the second visit. 

 

                                                               Happy reading,

                                                                   Kathleen

Dogs of Summer

July 8, 2017

Jav and Denton drinking from the same source.

Dogs play an important role in my life and in the lives of my fictional characters. All of my dogs have served as inspiration for my canine characters in my last two novels, Johnnie Come Lately and Seven Wings to Glory

I’m working on my fourth novel and soon a new canine friend will appear to show my characters the way. 

Pets and books: they’re always there for you.

Happy reading!

Kathleen

Former Clovis resident Kathleen M. Rodgers to read from her latest novel at Clovis Carver Public Library

Update: June 5, 2017

 

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Clovis Carver Public Library

Location Address: 701 N. Main St. Clovis, NM 88101

Event Description: I’ll give an informal talk, read a brief passage from my latest novel, Seven Wings to Glory, and host a Q&A session. 

While I’m not allowed to sell books on the premises, readers can order online in advance, and I’ll be happy to sign their copies. Books are available at Amazon, B&N, Target, and Indie Bound. I also hear that a fella in a big white Suburban out in the parking lot may have a few copies on hand. 😉

On Saturday, May 13, I’ll be receiving The Purple Pride Hall of Honor Award for “Sports and Entertainment” from the Clovis Municipal School Foundation. This is a huge honor, and I’m grateful to be nominated. My writing career began my junior year as a student writer on the high school newspaper, The Purple Press

Hope to see you at the library,

Kathleen 

(CHS Class of 1976)

“A nuanced portrayal of military connectedness…. Rodgers writes convincingly of relationships, foibles and struggles. Johnnie’s worry over her son is particularly tangible, informed by Rodgers’ experiences as the mother of a deployed soldier…. In Seven Wings to Glory, the author has created a satisfying story, one that reveals the variety of military family experiences.” 

—Terri Barnes for Stars and Stripes

 

My Chat with the hosts of The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio

April 29, 2017

If you missed my live interview on The Writer’s Block on LA Talk Radio, you can tune in to the archived edition where I chat with radio host Jim Christina and his co-host Russ Avison. We discuss my latest novel, Seven Wings to Glory, and about writing in general. Great fun.

I’m also glad I had the opportunity to talk about our military and veterans. BTW, Jim Christina is a Vietnam Vet and Purple Heart recipient.

You can purchase the novel here:

Amazon

B&N

Target

Indie Bound

 

 

“Passing 50” Radio Host Robin Boyd chats with Kathleen M. Rodgers about writing

April 13, 2017

“Why worry about each passing decade? Let’s celebrate our voices of experience!” ~ Robin Boyd, host of Passing 50

Join Robin and me for a lively discussion about the writing process and my latest novel, Seven Wings to Glory, on her new radio talk show, Passing 50. It’s always an honor when the person conducting the interview has read your work. To listen to the interview, click on the show’s homepage and our interview appears to the right under the title Seven Wings to Glory

Have a great day.

Kathleen

 

 

Watercolors Inspired by Seven Wings to Glory

Updated January 18, 2018

Seven Little Girls by Jenny Zovein
Mama’s ’59 El Camino at Johnnie’s House by Jenny Zovein
Mama at War Memorial by Jenny Zovein (Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory), published by Camel Press.

 

Early in the writing of my third novel, Seven Wings to Glory, I reached out to watercolorist, Jenny Zovein, whose work I’d admired on Facebook. Her whimsical style appealed to me and I wondered if she could paint a few scenes to inspire me as I worked to bring the story to life.  I was on a tight deadline. She agreed and we arranged a time to discuss the project by telephone. Each time she sent me a completed painting, I propped it up in front of my computer and felt the spirits of my characters come to life.

To see more of Jenny’s work, please visit her art page on Facebook.

Seven Wings to Glory released in print and e-book from Camel Press in 2017 and is available at most online booksellers:

Amazon, 

Barnes & Noble

Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States, will release Seven Wings to Glory in hardcover, large print library binding on March 21, 2018. The prequel, Johnnie Come Lately, releases on February 21, 2018. Both books come under the publisher’s “clean read” category. Both hardcover copies are available at most online booksellers. 

Copyeditor Joyce Gilmour talks about her job in the 2017 March/April issue of Southern Writers Magazine

March 4, 2017

You can read my complete interview with copyeditor Joyce Gilmour  by subscribing to Southern Writers Magazine. The magazine is a great resource for both authors and readers and is available in print, online, and digital editions.

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