March 20, 2018
I’m pleased to announce that my third novel, Seven Wings to Glory, has been named a War & Military finalist for adult fiction in Foreword Reviews’ prestigious 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! In a competition with over 2200 other entrants, it’s thrilling to have made it this far.
Thank you to Camel Press for first saying YES to this book and releasing it in paperback & e-book April 2017. On March 21 (tomorrow) the book comes out in hardback Large Print from Thorndike Press – a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, the leading large print publisher in the US. My writing roots go back to my childhood growing up in Clovis, New Mexico, home of the Santa Fe Railroad, Cannon AFB, and the Clovis Wildcats!
Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.
Books can take you places,
The complete list of finalists can be found at:
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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,
2017 Purple Pride Alumni Hall of Honor Award for “Sports & Entertainment”
July 3, 2016
An hour before I attended my 40th high school reunion in Clovis, NM, my agent notified me that my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, is a semi-finalist for literary fiction in the 2016 Kindle Book Review Awards. What a thrill to learn of this honor in the town where my writing roots took hold my junior year on the high school newspaper, The Purple Press.
Thanks to every person over the years who believed in me as a writer.
To see the complete list of semi-finalist, click here.
Oct. 1 ~ Finalists announced
Nov. 1 ~ Winners announced
To read more about Johnnie, visit my Amazon detail page.