Come on in! The party is about to begin!
There’s food, fun, music, and books!
I’m so glad you’re here. Please sign my guest book (and leave a comment) in the box at the bottom. I’d sure like to know everyone who came to the party. (You know how crowded these things are.)
People have asked how I came up with the characters in my books. The truth is, when I invented the characters in the Time and Again series, I based them on real people I knew (or knew of). Some of them have graciously agreed to be here for the party. Please stop by the head table to meet them.
Abby Thomas was based on my daughter Hannah Heal. When she was in college, Hannah worked as a nanny for a troubled young girl. She would call home and tell me the challenges she faced, with the girl, but also with the girl’s mother, who seemed clueless about how bad her parenting was.
I imagined the nearly perfect John Roberts into being. (No real guy could ever measure up to him.) When I pictured him in my mind, I saw a young Ryan Reynolds. I keep a picture of Mr. Reynolds on the wall of my office to remind me what John looks like. Purely for professional reasons. (And no, it’s not the one of Ryan without his shirt.)
Merri/Merrideth was hatched from the girl Hannah tutored with a dose of Maria Lark, that young actress on the TV show Medium. After watching the whole seven years of the series on Netflix, I imagine her looks and attitude when I think of Merri. I wish I could remind Merri how successful and rich a plump young woman can be. It’s all about confidence and smiling.
I imagined the Old Dears into existence from a funny story someone once told me about her elderly twin relatives Beulah and Eulah. One liked to play practical jokes on the other, and they both loved to go out to eat at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.
I loved including Dr. Bob in the story. He is based on my canine buddy Scout, a muse who keeps me company and cheers me on. He was feeling a little shy when I took his portrait, but usually he’s all smiles and wagging tail. (For those concerned about Digger, don’t worry. He’s fine. He just doesn’t like the limelight like Scout does.)
As for Bertram, good old Mr. White, I took an obnoxious person I once heard speak at church (He told us women weren’t made in the image of God.) and exaggerated him out of recognition to become the angry and violent Mr. White. If you see him hanging around please don’t let him in. Even his fictional self is not welcome at our party.
Help yourself to the food.
There’s plenty. As a matter of fact, I can guarantee you it will never run out. Feel free to indulge. It’s all virtually calorie-free.
The Chocolate Bar
Since it’s my party, the desserts are all chocolate. If you prefer something else. . .well, sorry. You’re out of luck.
The Tasty Treat Table
Appetizers, anyone? I hope you like them. I made them all myself. It’s so much cheaper than having the party catered.
Book Signing Table
You say you’d like to have a copy of Unclaimed Legacy? Of course you may. Follow me right this way. Click on the Amazon link to purchase your very own copy. And then come on back to party with us. How can I sign your book at a virtual party, you ask? It’s easy! All you have to do is ask through the “Contact Me” link at the top of this page. Provide your address and how you want it personalized, and I’ll mail you a free autographed bookplate to go in your book. It’s my way of saying thanks for buying my book.
You say you don’t have the first book, Time and Again yet? You’re right. You’ll want to read it first. Well, you’re in luck. In celebration of the release of Unclaimed Legacy, I’m selling Time and Again at a 50% discount (until my personal stock is gone). But to get the discount, you have to order directly from me. Click the “Buy It Now” button in the sidebar on the right. (You’ll have to scroll down.) After that, come on back to the party. I’d love to chat with you more.
Here’s a Description of Unclaimed Legacy
A Reading by the Author
Step away from the crowd to this quiet room for my reading from Unclaimed Legacy. When the reading is over, you may snap your fingers in tribute if you wish. Excerpt from Chapter 5
Be sure to Mingle.
You never know who you’ll see in this crowd. A lot of people have stopped by to offer me their congratulations. And you’re going to want to meet them.
It’s crowded and loud in there. I hope I find you. Just in case I don’t, please sign the guest book below. And thanks again for helping me celebrate the launch of my new literary baby, Unclaimed Legacy.
It would be so nice of you to share!