This is a “where I’ve been” and “where I’m going” update, related to you in a U.S. Marine Corps hymn fashion. Why is that appropriate? My new book, Blue Water, Red Blood was released May 1st and should be hitting bookstore book shelves by mid-month. The “near-history” novel is an added verse to the famous Corps song that’s a tribute to its members heroism and actions of one of its most outstanding officers, Major General Holland M. Smith. It tells the stories of Smith and Don Roebling (Grandson of the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge). Their efforts developing amphibious tactics and the machine to carry them out plus some unbelievable coincidences, made the landings on WW II’s Pacific Island beaches, possible. Visit my web site for more info on the book.
“From the shores of Sarasota” refers to my attendance at the Florida Sister Cities Conference. Several authors including yours truly represented state writers at the “Florida Authors Showcase” sponsored by that organization. Besides enjoying Lido Beach and the Helmsley Sandcastle Resort, I got to meet and enjoy a number of outstanding authors. I particularly enjoyed my discussions with Virginia Czaja (aka Crane), Jane Kirshner-Tuccillo, and Gerard Hasenhuettl. Pick up one of their books for a really quality read. The Sarasota Sister Cities Folks…Gayle, Tom, Linda, Kim, sorry I don’t remember all the names…were so welcoming I felt like a true visiting “sister.”
“To the mountains of NC,” refers to my attendance at the Blue Ridge Bookfest, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I’ll be there Friday May17th and Saturday May 18th. The Bookfest is held at the Blue Ridge Community College. Visit me there! Hendersonville is a very pretty and hospitable city in North Carolina’s mountain country, near an area renowned for its waterfalls.
On my way there I’ll be speaking at the Lake Sinclair Book Club. It’s in Eatotnton GA where my novel, The Cross on Cotton Creek, is sited. I picked the location because of the great impression I had when I met some of its friendly, wonderful people on a chance pass-through and the fact that it was part of the area Sherman marched over on his way to Savannah. Little did I know that this picturesque area spawned three literary notables – Flannery O’Connor (Wise Blood/A good Man is Hard to Find), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Joel Chandler Harris the “father” of Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit, and all the other characters devised for stories that became the the Disney movie Song of the South.
Visit me if you can!
PS – Our manatees are back! We were concerned the extended family that frequents our canal had fallen victim to the “red tide” algae that has killed so many. We had seven that have returned as of yesterday.