April 9, 2017
Signing a copy of my third novel, Seven Wings to Glory, for the one and only Parris Afton Bonds, my writing mentor since 1984 when she was the keynote speaker at a special luncheon at the Fort Hood Officer’s Club. Parris is a NYTs bestselling author of over 40 novels. She co-founded Romance Writers of America with her dear friend, Rita Clay Estrada. This superstar writer raised 5 sons.
Patron of the arts Tom Rodgers and NYTs bestselling author Parris Afton Bonds meet each other for the first time after they’ve both been encouraging my writing for years. A sweet moment I will always cherish. Parris showed up with beautiful flowers.
With Tom and Brian (a super cool manager at B&N in Southlake, Tx) who is a proud military brat and also served as a pararescuman in the Air Force. Their motto is “That others may live.”
Longtime church friend Tari Sanchez Bauer stopped by with her daughter Mandie. Tari’s bookclub read my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, and they were such a welcoming group.
Janet Terneus, a loyal reader who loved Johnnie Come Lately, grabbed a signed copy of my latest.
With good friend Joyce Hegeman, a fun-loving gal and fellow pilot’s wife. And dog lover, too.
Neighbor and friend Kathi Marrs (a military mama), Katherine Boyer (Retired Library Director of Roanoke Public Library) and dear author friend Drema Hall Berkheimer.
Rhonda Revels (far right) and our mutual friend Leisa Price Rintala. What a glorious day. Rhonda has supported me through three novels…My sons grew up thinking of her as a second mama.
Beverly Logan Jones and I finally met in person after being FB friends the past couple years. We have a mutual friend Wendel Sloan and she wanted to make him jealous. LOL Beverly drove in from Mt. Vernon, TX.
With my best friend from high school, Sherry Dodson Christian, and my best friend Rhonda Revels (since 1992). What a joyous moment! Sherry surprised me. She snuck up and sat down next to me while my head was turned. I had no idea she was there or that she was coming to the launch.
Always fun to connect with FB friends in person. Loved meeting Julianne Hart and her writer friend Scherry Lewis who says she’s been wanting to meet me for a long time. Thank you, ladies.
Four authors in a row…L-R Parris Afton Bonds, Jan Marler Vanek, yours truly, and Jerry Gundersheimer.
With longtime writer friend Melissa Embry. Mellisa went to a writers conference at Tarrant County College/NE campus and stopped by to say hi before heading home clear across the metroplex.
Jerry Gundersheimer, author of the new novel Face of the Bell Witch. Jerry and I have been FB friends for over a year and he drove all the way from Sherman, TX to meet me. Wow, so honored! Such a cool guy!
Family support from son Thomas, DIL Brittany, and Tom.
*Special thanks to B&N Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey for setting up the event.