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.
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.
Many thanks to members of the Colleyville Book Club for their warm welcome and lively discussion about my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately. As an author, it’s so gratifying to be invited to a serious book club where the members show up having read your book, some with notes in hand, and are eager to meet you and discuss a story that took six years to bring to life.
A big round of applause to hostess Tari Sanchez Bauer for selecting my novel for the December book club pick and a special thanks to her daughter and cohost, Mandie Bauer, for taking the photos. Deep into the discussion, Tari brought an element of magic to the evening when she shared a powerful and personal story about why cardinals are so meaningful in her life. The framed cardinal and centerpiece on her table is a gift from her daughter, Mandie.
Not only were the members eager to discuss my novel, they also wanted to learn more about how the city of Grapevine, TX influenced the setting for my fictional Portion, hometown to protagonist Johnnie Kitchen and her family.
Everyone is excited that I’m working on the sequel to Johnnie, titled Seven Wings to Glory. Thanks to this great group of readers, I came away from the evening with a renewed sense of faith in my work and a whole new set of friends.
Johnnie Come Lately made the book section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on the same day the novel was released from Camel Press, a traditional publisher based in Seattle, WA. While the country was tuned into the Super Bowl, I was still celebrating the official launch of a book that took six years to complete.
Book Launch for Johnnie Come Lately, Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 Time: 2-4 p.m. Where: 1430 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092 (Southlake Town Square) 817-442-0735 I will also be signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute