My dear Readers and Friends:
The first month of 2014 is now behind us, and as it has been a cold, snowy month here on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, I am more than glad to see it gone. Just six weeks until Spring, and I am counting the days not being a fan of cold or snowy.
I have spent the month writing SERENA, the last book in my "Silk Merchant's Daughters" series. It is not quite finished, but will be shortly, and is currently scheduled to be published this coming October. I think you are going to enjoy the adventures of this last Pietro d'Angelo sister who joins her older sibling in England, and the court of Henry VII. Serena is very much a creature of the court. It is, she discovers, her world, and serving the young queen is much to her liking. However as with all of my heroines the path is not easy for Serena, but of course her ending will be a happy one.
And after that? Well, I'm considering a return to Scotland, and an early history of the Leslies of Glenkirk before their en-noblement. We all know that James IV gave the earldom to Janet Leslie's father, Patrick, in my first book, THE KADIN. But who and what were they before that? I hope they will tell me so I may tell you. We shall see after I finish Serena's tale. I will need to read up on some history beforehand. History always inspires my work as those of you who read me well know.
A personal note. I had planned on attending the RT Book Reviews conference in New Orleans this spring. I find, however, that I will be unable to travel at that time. I am extremely disappointed as I have always enjoyed RT's conference, and Kathryn Falk, it's founder, is my best friend. The very first conference was a one day event held at the Hotel St.Regis in NYC back in the 1980s. It was at an early RT conference that I met many of my writer friends including Janelle Taylor. And back in those halcyon days Rosemary Rogers always gave a party one evening at her apartment. It was such fun for us all, and I'm glad I was there "back in the day" as my son likes to say when I speak of those times. Growing older has a tendency to make you look back.
I'm happy to report the family is doing well. Chandler graduates high school this year, but what comes next for him we don't know yet. Cora, who has a beautiful voice, was chosen to join a special music group at the high school. Sophia, as usual, is on the high honor roll at her school. The three younger boys, Evan, Lucas and Liam, are all doing nicely I'm pleased to say. Liam, our youngest, is in pre-K at Sophia's school. He'll be starting kindergarten at Southold school next autumn. I am so fortunate to have such wonderful grandchildren!
Tom discovered that Delilah's sister was still at our shelter. Of course I had to take her home, and so Miss Fiona has joined our household. Sylvester is delighted because now Delilah ignores him having Fee to play with instead. The two girls have almost identical markings, but are different enough that you can tell them apart. Fee is a very sweet kitty, and overjoyed to have a home. Aneta, of course, spoils them all as do I. I wish I had known about her sooner, but at least she's home safe now.
Well there is just no other news to report at this time. It's winter. I'm working, and that doesn't make for much excitement. I hope you are all hanging in. I know you are looking forward to Spring even as I am. Keep warm, and read a few of my back titles to get you through the rest of the cold weather. Until next month, God bless from your most faithful author,