Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Long Overdue Ramblings

Hey everyone...sorry it's taken me so long to do a post where we get caught up on things. We had an incredible Spring Break over at Amelia Island, FL (Fernandina Beach). The waves were outrageous and all of us did the Boogie-Boarding, Body-Surfing thing. Sunburn...a little bit. But well worth it! I made the unwise decision to use lotion on the kids' faces, rather than use the sun-stick my wife recommended. Bad move. The lotion was in their eyes before they hit the water.

We are extremely busy with activities that go along with a family of six, including coaching little league baseball for the North Metro Yellow Jackets, ballet, several different ministries at church, and all the running around that goes with getting a senior ready to graduate from high school. Sigh.

I've been reading a lot lately, including books by CJ Mahoney, Max Lucado, George Mueller, Anita Shreve, and John Grisham. Speaking of books, have you read any novels by Francine Rivers lately? Emotional. Suspenseful. Spirit-filled, they are.

Did a book talk and signing at Ebenezer Baptist Church up in Toccoa, GA, the other night. Amazing. It was their first book club meeting and they pre-sold almost 50 of my new book, NOBODY. We had a blast. Talked candidly. Signed some books. And turned them on to DARK STAR and FULL TILT. Books by Beth White and Francine Rivers will follow. That club is off to a rousing start and I am sure it will do well. Book clubs like that are a great way to reach out to neighbors and friends.

My agent is shopping a fourth novel, which is being seriously considered by several publishers. Meanwhile, I'm doing my freelance writing for various corporations, colleges, magazines, etc.

Making a day trip to Blowing Rock, NC, very soon.

Has anyone read any really, truly outstanding books lately, or seen any incredible movies? I don't mean just "okay," I mean extraordinary? Let us know the titles.

That's it for now. If you're in the Fayetteville, GA, area, come out and say hi at Fayette County Public Library on May 3, 1-3 p.m. Or up in Buford, GA, I'll be at Lifeway Mall of GA Sat., May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate National Fiction Day.