October 2020 Looking ahead
Record-breaking wildfires swept across Oregon mid-September. Thankfully, our little corner escaped evacuation notice, but the air quality was
hazardous and kept us confined indoors for several days. Our hearts go out to those who suffered unimaginable loss.
Temperatures have cooled, days are shorter, and the garden is gearing down. My husband dug up twenty pounds of red potatoes last weekend.
A friend gave us two crates of apples, and I've been busy coring, slicing, and chopping. Some are going into the freezer, some into the dehydrator.
And there will be a pie (or two?) baked soon.
Edits on Come Snowfall are going well and on target for a November 24 release! Look for the announcement to appear on my home page in the coming weeks.
Here's the back blurb:
The sweeping Western tale of a young girl's enduring spirit and courage.
In the summer of 1880, twelve-year-old Alice Calder is left alone to run the family's horse ranch on the outskirts of Baker City, Oregon, after her ma, pa,
and little brother die of smallpox. The ranch is all she has left of her family, and she will do whatever it takes to hold onto it, even if that means greeting
strangers at the business end of her Winchester rifle.
But when a man bearing an uncanny resemblance to her ma rides up and claims to be her Uncle Hank, Alice must decide whether to turn away blood kin or accept
his help. It's a decision that will ultimately lead her on a journey of strength and resourcefulness across two territories, as she comes to terms with the meaning
of family and just how far she's willing to go to save it.
I am thrilled with this gorgeous cover!
One final note: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins November 1st. With my current project so near publication, I'm hoping to hammer out 50,000 words
of something coherent enough to build the next adventure from. To learn more about this annual, internet-based, creative writing project,
go to https://nanowrimo.org/.