The whole pack spent the first days of March on our annual ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Yes, that's what these Nebraskans (and misplaced Floridians) do when they're tired of 25" of snow piled up in their backyard. We drive to a place where they measure the snow in feet instead of inches! LOL! All our friends ski while the dogs and I stay at the house and write. It was a gorgeous change of scenery for us. Plus, our friends treat us, by taking turns preparing gourmet meals every evening, served up with lots of great conversation and laughter.
But early Monday, March 4th, I heard about the tornadoes that hit Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on the previous day. Twenty-three people were killed in Lee County, Alabama. My heart goes out to any of you who may have been impacted by those devastating storms. It was particularly unsettling because I had chosen southern Alabama for my setting in DESPERATE CREED. Even more disturbing, I had chosen the weekend of March 1-3 for my storm system. There are other similarities that I'll share with you after the book comes out.
As a writer I use plenty of real life incidents, places and events to add a level of authenticity to my stories. However, it's always a bit unnerving when the situations or events I make up end up happening in real life.
We arrived home to Nebraska late March 6th. The next day it snowed 7-8". Of course, it did, right? Four days later, it started raining...downpours. It rained for three days on top of the snow, on top of frozen ground. You may have seen the devastating photos on Facebook. Much of Nebraska has been underwater. It's very sad and scary, and yes, I'm taking notes.
On to other interesting things...
BOOKS I RECOMMEND
CRUCIBLE by James Rollins
I love James Rollins' books. Not only is he a brilliant writer and storyteller he's one of the nicest guys I know. And he's a veterinarian. His Sigma Force novels blend history, science, action and adventure. They're entertaining, and I also always learn something new.
From the jacket: In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery and pulse-pounding action.
THE DOG LOVER UNIT by Rachel Rose
I just bought this one, so I haven't read it it yet, but it promises to be interesting for those of us who love K9 stories.
From the jacket: Rose introduces readers to police dogs and their handlers in the United States, Canada, Britain and France. You'll go on a hair-raising chasr outside Vancouver to catch a felon, patrol the remote pine forests and wild mountains in Eastern Washington and track a runaway teenager. You'll also meet a jail dog names Sasha, a cadaver detection dog named Sampson and travel to Europe to meet the Paris dog brigade.
FEELING STRESSED? READ A BOOK.
Of course we all know reading is good for us, but did you know reading a book can reduce stress more quickly than drinking a cup of tea?
According to a study from the University of Sussex, reading can calm stress faster than other relaxation methods like listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea. Psychologists explain that when we read our minds are distracted, and that distraction eases the tension in our muscles and the heart, reducing stress levels by as much as 68%
So the next time you really need to calm down, pick up a good book and start reading. The study claims that as little as six to ten minutes can start to ease your stress.
SECOND ANNUAL VIR CLUB LUNCHEON TICKETS GO ON SALE IN JUNE!
The Second VIR Club Luncheon will be Satuday, October 19, 2019. Deb and I are having so much fun planning the next one. I hope you'll join us.
Keep watching these eNewsletters or the website, because we will soon be announcing the date in June when tickets go on sale.
Early-bird tickets will be $55 per person. This includes lunch, my talk, five raffle tickets for a chance to win one of "my favorite things" gift baskets, a book signing and, of course, some special gifts for each attendee.
But remember, there are a limited number of seats/tables. Last year the event sold out in 24 hours!
That's it for now. Stay warm and dry. Spring is coming...soon, I hope!
Take care and thanks for reading,
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