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What Kate’s Reading ~~ “The Lilac Bus” by Maeve Binchy

I love Maeve Binchy’s stories about Ireland. Circle of Friends was the first of Binchy’s books that I read. The Lilac Bus is a series of stories about all of the passengers who take the bus back home on weekends from Dublin. Binchy is a master at developing fascinating characters and plots.

What Kate’s Reading

A few months ago, I was asked to join the local book club. I’d always planned on joining when it was formed a decade ago, but life and my introverted persona thwarted any plan to attend.

I was excited and frightened to go.  I knew most of the attendees — when you live in a village of less than 1000 people for over twenty years, you get to know who’s who.  My fear was garnered by writer’s doubt.  They would realize I’m a fraud.  They hated my books and were planning to tar and feather me.  Or even worse…they planned to review my book in front of me.

Well, despite my fears, none of the terrible things I thought would happen happened.  I’ve enjoyed my time with the group, their insights and the books that we’ve read.

This month’s selection is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.  The New York Times Bestselling story is about Vance’s family, his youth and the culture of the Rust Belt areas of Ohio and Kentucky.

I felt an affinity to the characters described in this book.  They fought to protect the family and the family fought among themselves.  In my family, we were taught from a young age that “blood is thicker than water”.  Another point the author made was how even as his family moved into the middle class, they were uncomfortable with the difference in the culture around them. Behaviors which were accepted in Jackson, KY were frowned upon in Middleton, OH.

Throughout the book, J.D. Vance chronicles the events of his life and how he could have taken a different road than the one he ultimately did — graduating from Ohio State and Yale Law School.   His story made me laugh, cry and get angry.  Bounced from household to household, a parade of “father figures” and dealing with a parent with substance abuse, J.D. grew up with uncertainty and fear.  His only source of stability were his grandparents.

I highly recommend  Hillbilly Elegy, it is a moving story which helps to shed light on the reasons we have a large social and political divide in our country.  I believe it is important to see what other people have experienced and how their lives are affected by the politics of the day.

What Kate’s Reading…

Check out this 3-volume short story anthology by authors from the One Million Project!

LINKS

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Join Me at the BIG Charity Anthology Event

Hey, y’all, I’ll be live on March 3rd from 10:00 am until 11:00 am Central Time during the Book Launch event. I’ll be sharing a bit about me and my writing, answering questions and giving away prizes!

I’d love to get to know you all better and share this wonderful project.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2014005382200298/?event_time_id=2014005392200297?ti=icl

The Boxes Have Arrived!

Who doesn’t like finding some boxes awaiting when they get home?  What if they were filled with books?  I love it!  And, when they’re my books–there are no words to describe the feeling. 

The paperback edition of Winter’s Icy Caress was in one box, and the other contained additional copies of Exodus

Now, the Happy Dancing can begin. 

Winter’s Icy Caress is now available

The second book in the Clare Thibodeaux Series is now available on Amazon.com!  The ebook is online and the paperback should be available very soon.

There’s even a sneak peek at the first chapter of book 3 —Never Show Your Hand.  

Clare’s adventure continues in Winter’s Icy Caress when she inadvertently becomes the target of a serial killer.  Anyone could be the culprit, and the clues seem to lead to someone with inside information about Clare.  Lee and Wyatt are back, and a few new characters are on hand to stir things up.

I hope you will enjoy the roller coaster ride!

Book Updates

I’d like to thank all of the readers who have purchased Exodus.  The best thing about writing is finding out someone enjoyed your book.  I’m excited by the enthusiasm surrounding the characters of Clare, Wyatt, and Lee.  I love when readers talk about them like they are real people living in Bayfield, Wisconsin.   In essence, they are real as they live and breathe in my head filling it with their conversations and adventures.

Before you think I’m a bit crae crae, I want to reassure you I’m not.  Yes, I talk to myself and say dialogue out loud while driving in my car wishing I could write it down immediately.  I pull over as soon as I can and use the voice recorder on my cell attempting to replicate it instead of trying to text and drive.  (I’m not THAT crazy!)

Work on Winter’s Icy Caress is progressing and I’m anticipating the first draft of the book to be complete by the end of the month.  With over 56,00 words written and thirty-four chapters completed, I’m hopeful I can keep my publishing deadline of May 2017.

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