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
On the eve of my husband’s surgery to remove a pancreatic cyst, two quilters from our church’s quilt group dropped by the house to present this “prayer quilt” to Tom. Ellen Boston and Pauline McCallum told Tom to wrap himself in its warmth and to know that he is loved and cared for.
As we gathered in a small circle in our living room and Ellen began to pray, Tom lifted the quilt to his heart and opened himself to prayer.
Many thanks to so many people who’ve reached out to us these past few weeks.