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Somehow, I missed sending out a newsletter entirely in August. I think I was a wee bit preoccupied with getting Emily ready for full-day kindergarten (and, to be honest, gearing myself up, too!). I still recall a good friend’s advice when Emily was born, along the lines of, “Don’t sacrifice time with her for writing. You’ll never regret not writing more books, but you will regret not spending more time with Emily.” So, I made it a point not to sacrifice time with her for anything. Writing was squeezed into the schedule like sleep (and I never got time enough for either). But, boy, is being a mommy fun! For five years, I got to spend every day watching my child grow and thrive. I talked to her and read to her, until she was talking up a storm of her own and reading by herself. I saw her bond with other kids and make real friendships that I hope she remembers forever (and, if she doesn’t, I will). I’m like a kid again, going to museums and the zoo, art classes, dance classes, and tea parties with princesses. Em and I have chased butterflies and balls, paddled around the pool, slid down slides, and jumped in bounce houses. We didn’t miss a beat, as far as her early childhood goes. Though I won’t pretend every moment of motherhood is rainbows and unicorns, I wouldn’t ask for a refund on any part of it thus far.
When the first day of kindergarten arrived, I knew we were both ready. I was prepared for tears, but they didn’t come. Emily was happy, and I was happy for her. Now I will have time again to write, and it’s a good thing, too. I have Walk a Crooked Line due October 16 (my new deadline and my old birthday), and I aim to get ‘er done.
In the meantime, I’ve got a super special September Steal to share: Amazon has priced Walk Into Silence at $1.99 (e-book) for the entire month! So, if you haven’t yet met Detective Jo Larsen, now you have no excuses. Read it or give it to a friend, and you’ll all be ready for Walk a Crooked Line when it’s out next July. Just click here to buy.
If you’re more comfortable on the cozy side of things, the fourth River Road Mystery, Come Helen High Water, is currently available in paperback, audio, and e-book. Just go to my Mystery page to find it.
If you’re not a friendly Follower on BookBub, I would love it if you’d join up! You’ll get notification of my newest releases, plus alerts on special pricing for all my books.
Finally, my deepest gratitude to everyone who sent their condolences on the passing of my father in late June. Your kind words meant a lot to me, and I appreciate them (and you) so much.
That’s about it from here. I need to get back to writing!
Happy September and Happy Reading!