October Round Up

Maybe you can guess what kind of a month it’s been by the fact that I am two days late posting this roundup. I lost my internet service for a time due to severe storms down here, and then several requests from my publisher kept me hopping. In a nutshell here is what October looked like:

Meals consumed: I first tasted fish tacos when I lived in Southern California. Rubio’s are so good that I despaired of finding their equal  here in Texas but  I’ve found two places that come close :  Napa Flats and Fish City Grill. One taste and I’m back on the beach in Coronado. I tried a new dish at Sushihana, our favorite Japanese restaurant–chicken sobayaki. It’s made with noodles, chicken and all sorts of stir fried veggies. My only complaint is that the portion is too big and this is one dish that does not reheat all that well.

Movies watched: Only one this whole month ( see below for why!) but it was a sweet little film that I missed when it came out a few years back. The Magic of Belle Isle stars Morgan Freeman as a disabled writer and Virginia Madsen as his divorced neighbor and friend. Some of the plot points were a little too neat, but this is a rare movie appropriate for all ages. I’m getting it for Mom, who you may remember is recovering from a broken hip.

actressWriting Stuff: A Respectable Actress was published October 13 to very good reviews, including a 4.5 review from Romantic Times which named it a TOP PICK. The reviewer called it “a book readers will treasure forever” and I hope they will! I had a wonderful readers circle who helped with this launch–22 readers from around the country who posted reviews, tweeted and posted on FB,  and generally made some noise for this book. Thank you ladies!! You are the best.

Meantime I turned in  my revisions for next year’s biographical novel, MRS LEE AND MRS GRAY and this week I’m working on the line edits. My publisher just sent the cover which I will be posting very soon. I love it, and I hope you will, too. This is a very special story and I can’t wait for next spring when it will be out.

In my spare time I’ve been working on a new story idea, blogging (occasionally) and chatting with readers on Social Media. Come on over and say hello.

In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, food, and fun.