I know I’ve told several of you that I am working on a historical fiction about the history of the Black Hills. I inadvertently lied. I’ve started it twice but didn’t like the direction it was going either time. It seems too big for me to tell but I have it outlined and ready to start. The research has been done and continues to be done. I should feel prepared. I just can’t quite get over the self doubt about tackling it.

In the meantime, I’ve begun a historical cozy mystery in the meantime. It’s set in 1948 with a woman who worked in a jeep factory during World War II and found she loves being a mechanic. Fired from the plant after the soldiers come home, she finds a job in the small town of Moab, Utah working in a garage. Ostracized by the townspeople for working in a “man’s” job, she leads a lonely life except for Old Pete who adopts her as his granddaughter. On weekends, she takes her jeep and wanders through the red rock country alone. When a mysterious Navajo man gives her gold and silver coins, it sets off a chain of events that leave her in fear for her life. That’s all the further I am with it so stay tuned for more updates.

I hope to make that book into a series and attempt to traditionally publish it. I have a publisher in mind, but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll do the querying route, looking for an agent and so on. It’s a long, difficult process either way, but I’d really like for my books to be more widely available. Sure, there’s ways to do that by self-publishing, but I want to give tradition a try.

There’s something you can do to help me. Traditional publishers want to know how many followers you have on social media. If you haven’t already, please go to these links and follow me. It would help me tremendously.

Facebook: Many of you already follow me here, but please make sure.

Amazon or Kindle: Follow my author page.

Goodreads: Goodreads is a great place for readers to go. It lists all kinds of books and their reviews. If you can’t leave a review on Amazon, you can leave it on Goodreads. Reviews help an author out in many ways. Check the website out, plus follow my author page

Twitter: I’m not on here a lot, but some. Follow me there.

Bookbub: Another great place for readers. Same as Goodreads but different. You can follow me there.

This all comes down to writing and publishing is a hard job. Or rather it’s a difficult labor of love. But like that house finch that keeps trying to rebuild her nest under our deck, I’m persistent. I keep writing, hoping people will like what I write. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your encouragement and support. It means a LOT!

Whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might; for there is not work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10

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