Talk about a hot summer! The heat, the smoke, the rain, tornados, and the red lantern flies in the Northeast. If you see four men riding on horses (Red, Black, Pale, White) hitch up your pants and run like the wind! But seriously, there is a lot of energy swirling around us. Do you ever feel like you are in the spin cycle of the washing machine? Hang on, my friends. Think good, calm, cool thoughts. We too can be bursts of energy, so let’s focus it on good stuff. I know it can be difficult to find good stuff when you’re dealing with a boatload of chaos, loss, stress, and strife. You name it. But there is always something to smile about. Sometimes you have to look in the most unlikely places. Where? Your friends—I know you’ve got at least one or two—your pets—your family. I try to look at life like I’m watching television. If I don’t like what’s on, I change the channel until I find something amusing, engaging, or entertaining. I suppose that’s why people have hobbies. They are a distraction, and hopefully satisfying. Me? I enjoy diddling in the garden, but the biggest joy are my pets. (Don’t tell my kids, or the grandkids. LOL.) Speaking of gardening, some of my vegetables didn’t make it through all this heat, but the tomatoes are hanging in there. Literally. It’s a bumper crop out there!
I mentioned this once before about the “Dog Days” of summer. I always thought they were called that because the dogs would look for shade and pant their way through the month. But that’s not correct. The term actually started over a thousand years ago when the Greeks discovered Sirius, known as The Dog Star. Sirius appears in the night sky in August, hence “Dog Days.” Who knew? The Greeks I suppose.
August 22 will be the release date of LIAR! the third book in the Lost & Found Series. This time Luna gets locked in an armoire and discovers a disturbing message. This leads our main characters on a wild goose chase to find its origins, while they grapple with the mystery of a long ago kidnapping and ransom. They travel to New York for an art opening not realizing the two situations are connected. From “old money” to “new art,” follow them to lesser-known and historical parts of Manhattan, the city that never sleeps. In fact, this month’s contest includes a limited edition of LIAR! and the two preceding titles, HIDDEN, and SECRETS. As a bonus, there are two sisterhood novels, and a stand-alone novel of suspense. And, another bonus is a zippered tote bag to carry all your books, groceries, or whatever you choose.
All the best,