“Are we there yet?” I don’t know a parent that hasn’t been subjected to the phrase. I’m sure I was guilty as a child. My father probably thought I was a broken record as we went on one of our many fishing trips. He learned to answer me with some generalized platitude he could mutter without giving much thought to the issue.
Most every woman I’ve ever met has told me the they had the same feeling toward the end of their nine months. One lady told me that she cold swear that her babies could, magically, reach out of her tummy and grasp the arms on the clock, slowing it to a crawl. That creates a weird visual for me every time I think about it.
My editor must feel the same about me as my father did and the ladies I’ve known who were expecting. This “trip baby” is the publishing of my latest novel, Blue Water, Red Blood. It seems like it took forever for this one to clear the womb. The long suffering Rebecca has had to listen to me whine as she went through the throes of completing a major up-grade to her publishing house. Like a trip with my dad, I can see the “lake” straight ahead. We’ll get there on May 1st! That’s for both print and electronic copies.
I’ll have copies of Blue Water, Red Blood for my next events. I’ll be in Punta Gorda, FL at Fisherman’s Wharf for the ABC’s Authors Market on Saturday April 27th form 10 until 6. The following Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I’ll be appearing at the Sister Cities of Florida’s Authors Showcase in Sarasota. The Event will be held in the Helmsley Sandcastle Resort, in the main lobby across from the registration desk.
All you Second World War and Florida history buffs will enjoy this “near history” novel about the development of amphibious warfare. Don Roebling grandson of the Brooklyn Bridge’s builder and Holland Smith the Marine General who led most of the island invasions across the central Pacific are two real-life characters who made this possible. I’d worry about inventing them as pure fiction…their lives and personalities were way out there and might not be believable to some. A big part of the story starts and ends in Florida. The 1928 hurricane started its development as a rescue vehicle and ended with the Florida manufacture of the critical vehicle which made the amphibious war possible.