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Both Novels Available in paperback and electronic formats

Both Novels Available in paperback and electronic formats

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Wonder why there haven’t been many postings lately?

Well, besides breaking to enjoy the last days of summer in the UP, I’ve been wrapping

up Book Two of the Mackinac Trilogy.  “Witnessed – Measures of Love” is

now in final edit and should be available soon. Here is a sneak peek at the cover art.

Witnessed COVER

Witnessed Back Cover

If you’d like to see the beginnings of the cover for Book Three, let me know.

I don’t have the model shots yet to Photo Shop into it, but the background shot

and title and sub-title are ready. Oh yes, and I have to finish writing the book.

Seven chapters so far and, as you know, I like to write while flying to distract me from

the fact that I am in a little metal capsule high above the clouds, trusting pilots I know nothing about.

And I am flying soon! Always great to write when fear is present and emotions are high.

Adds that extra verve to the novel!

This past August the inaugural Grand Garden Show was held on Mackinac Island. It featured expert gardening presentations, private garden tours, and cocktail celebrations. Proven Winners flower company and the Grand Hotel sponsored the event. Was it because of the tour or the extraordinary climate of the island that the gardens this August looked particularly gorgeous? Tawny’s grandmother is a master gardener and Chief always remembers to compliment her gardens. But in Book Two – one character’s reaction exposes his true personality.

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West Bluff Garden

Steamboat Style Home

This West Bluff home is built in the Steamboat Style.

West Bluff

Dazzling Display!

Author's deck

On the author’s deck in the UP.

This is located right near the hummingbird feeder.

And, this weekend, the female, who is dominating the feeder and fighting off all interlopers,

decided it was easier to guard it from the nearby flowers. See her?

Our hummingbird

This and the next shot were taken through a screened window.

She loved sitting on that tender tendril, even in the wind!

Hummingbird through screened window

Book Signing at the Island Book Store

Yes, the book signing at the Island Book Store was a great success. All copies were autographed and sold. Many thanks to Mary Jane and Tammy for making it such a fun experience. I found that people who enjoy northern Michigan treasure fictional stories that take place there. The adventurous, dramatic storyline appealed to young and old.

Thank you to my readers and all those who stopped by at the signing.

See islandbookstore.com to buy from Mary Jane. Or call the store at (906) 847-6202

One of the problems of enjoying a nice long vacation up north is that this blog gets neglected. However, I did take many new photos and promise to post some soon.

Great news! The Island Book Store on Mackinac Island not only carries “Delivered – The Cross of Lorraine,” they have also scheduled a book signing!

I will be at the book store on Main Street, Saturday, August 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This is such great news because my dream is to have people who know and love the island enjoy the story of Tawny and Takoda.

Romance permeates Mackinac Island.

Part of the allure is the architecture both large and small – especially

the intricate and intimate structures scattered throughout the landscape and

enhanced with floral displays.

Pergola in the woods

This privately owned “pergola” sits in a field of blossoming ground cover in the woods

in the Annex behind the West Bluff.  Todd, Tawny’s friend who is desperately in love with her,

lives in the annex with his parents.

Entrance to Grand Hotel's Jockey Club

Commercial establishments add embellished structures to enhance their properties.

This intriguing arch beckons visitors to the Grand Hotel’s Jockey Club restaurant.

The outdoor seating there provides dramatic views of the golf course and the Straits of Mackinac.

Inn on Market Street

Visitors to the island need to explore beyond Main Street. This gateway leads to a popular bed and

breakfast located on Market Street. Guests at the Metivier Inn love to sit on the porch

or in the Adirondack lawn chairs to relax and socialize.

When Tawny and Takoda paddled their kayaks on the north side of the island,

they passed by Arch Rock.

Arch Rock - Mackinac Island

The dramatic limestone formation, Arch Rock, has a huge fan club.

And why not?  It’s size and beauty are intriguing and so is the view of the lake, 145 feet below.

There is an ancient legend that the arch was formed by the tears of a young Indian

woman who fell in love with a native “sky person”

and was forced by her father to stand upon a large rock until she

promised never to see her true love again.  Her tears slowly melted

the rock and formed an arch.  Ultimately, her “sky love’ came and

took her up to the stars to live in eternal happiness.

Three Work Horses at Arch Rock

This sturdy team of work horses from Mackinac Island Carriage Tours takes a break

in front of Arch Rock. They just pulled a wagon full

of tourists up the hill and don’t look as exhausted as the people

who biked or walked there.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours

Another team arrives. Their handlers say that when the horses

arrive on the island in spring, they can’t wait to get  to work.  They truly get bored

with relaxing all winter and want to expend that energy.

Horse carriage on Mackinac Island

Carriages like this, with the fringe on top, line up in front of Fort Mackinac,

waiting to take tourists for a spin around the island. The drivers have

great tales to tell, but it’s the horses that people never forget.

 

 

 

Spent too many days enjoying Mackinac this past Memorial weekend

and didn’t post on blog. There are many new photos to share, however.

Spring flowers are resplendent throughout the island.

Some planted – others put down roots on their own.

Grand Hotel's Greenhouse

The Grand Hotel greenhouse is filled with geraniums ready for planting.

Grand Hotel Flowers to Plant

Tons of flowers are tucked behind the Grand Hotel’s greenhouse.

Soon they’ll grace the hotel’s many gardens. With such an

ideal climate, they’ll quadruple in size in a matter of weeks.

Grand Hotel walking paths

Island visitors can enjoy the walking paths tucked into the woods near the
Grand Hotel’s swimming pool.  Beautiful in all seasons, but best in springtime.

Grand Hotel's Winding Paths on Mackinac

Tawny’s grandmother, Mrs. Randolph, takes pride in her gardens. Chief’s trained eyes

notice everything and, even under the stress of the investigation, he makes a point to compliment her.