I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. The COVID rollercoaster seems to continue to be in operation. It’s been so long since this thing started I’ve almost forgotten what life is like without it although my fur family doesn’t have a clue!
Yes, the cats are on a hooligan rampage. I think they’ve broken everything possible in the house. I shrug. It’s just stuff. So here’s a tip: if you ever adopt young cats lock everything up that has any value, although I think Miz Boo can pick locks. She surely knows how to turn the water on. Speaking of which, not sure if I shared this last time but she fell in the toilet. Henry, my Yorkie was the one who alerted me to the swimming shenanigans. As crazy as her stunts are she makes me laugh out loud.
August is hot and sticky down here. Every year it seems to get hotter and stickier. I love to sit on my rocking chairs on my front porch but lately I feel like I’m melting. Back into the A/C to see what the hooligans have destroyed in the half hour I’m outside.
Lots of new books coming out soon. Hidden, the first in a new series is coming next month in paperback with an interesting cast of characters. In October we’ll have Santa Cruise, a madcap adventure on the high seas in hardcover; and then the mass market of The Brightest Star. Lots of fun and inspiring reading for the fall. I hope you enjoy them.
This month’s contest will be a signed copy of Hidden. I’m very excited about this new series.
Now on to food! I’m featuring several recipes from friends for a Southern dinner. My editor at Kensington, Esi Sogah offered up a flourless cake for dessert. Many people turn up their nose to collard greens—I for one am one of those people—but this is made with bacon. Everything is better with bacon. The recipe comes from Ashley Fenimore, a beautiful young pharmacological oncologist who won the Charleston Magazine contest for side vegetables. Her work is very grueling so she relaxes by cooking. Another friend Carolyn Williams gave us her family recipe for fried chicken. And of course, every Southern meal has to have potato salad.
Enjoy the rest of the summer. Stay cool, stay well, stay safe, and most of all stay sane!