Risen from the Dead is out! Got my first copy Monday and have ordered a stock for myself. I checked, and Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble are carrying it. I'm also working with Eric Shumacher of 

seeliestudios-com to put together an audio book of Penelope the Pooting Spider. We'll see how it goes.

Risen from the Dead e-book is out. Don't know who has it on line yet. Print book  will be out in a week or so. Whew! Submitting is always an ordeal because I don't do it all the time.Already working on the next one. Maybe Paradise is Dead.

I'm putting final touches on Risen from the Dead and anticipate it will be available early in August. I will announce it!

I've started on the next Kiki adventure. My plan is to tie this even closer to the Evolution River series. Working on opening and plot now.

Got some rewrites on Risen from the Dead to do as first run at editing from DeeAnna are are in my hands. Steve and I are close on the cover. Here it is. Comments are welcome. Steve & I are thinking of doing a PODcast. Comments about topics and length are welcome.

First 1/2 of Risen from the Dead is at DeeAnna the editor's. I may actually make a schedule of Aug 1. We'll see.

My editing group has me doing a number of rewrites on Risen from the Dead. Thank goodness for them. They make my stories better. Lots of work, though. I'm going through it again also, then off to the editor. August still looks good for a drop date.

My excursion to Pinetop for the White Mountain Nature Center was good, though I really need to work on the talk regarding Penelope the Pooting Spider. It's hard to talk for 20 minutes in a 33 page book. As to the talks at the RV parks titled Write and Publish that Book, interest was flagging, so no talks. Too bad. I was looking forward to that. I'll keep trying. 

I was in Pinetop, AZ last week and gave a talk and sold a few books at the White Mountain Nature Center. It was great fun and I learned some things. The program was on sustainable gardening and the treatment of the soil was the subject of the talk before mine. I enjoyed it as I've got a huge bin of compost. I don't garden, but my wife does. Flowers, not edibles.

The night before was a talk about Apache Scouts. The White Mountain Apache Reservation is close. Ft. Apache is about 30 minutes drive. That Ft. was established to PROTECT the Apaches from the greedy whites. Apache Scouts were based there. The White Mountain Apaches were not the murderous tribe like the southern tribes. They were farmers, ranchers and herders. They did hunt extensively. Critical to the Apaches is the necessity for young men to prove they are men. Today many do that by joining in the military. All-in-all it was a most informative talk. One thing that did irritate me was the amount of reservation land that was withdrawn so that it could be mined or timbered or farmed. It was just taken away without compensation. 

I will be returning to the WMNC to josh with Kathy and John. Thank you for the opportunity.

My editing group is in the last 10 chapters of Risen from the Dead. So I will go through it several more times, then off to the editor. So, it could be out before August. Steve & I are working on the cover design now.

I've been trying to schedule some talks. The title is "Learn to Write and Publish That Book." I've got the outline done and need to practice. I'm no expert, BUT I've been working at this for 15 years and have 8 books out there. It's the self-publishing where I've gained the most experience, and the one that interests most new writers. So I'd like to pass on what I've learned, much of it the hard way. I met with a new writer last week over lunch and tried to help her. One session might not be enough.

Suggestions are welcome.

My book signing at Bookman's went well. Sold some books and met some nice people. I went to Pinetop last week and contacted a bunch of RV parks (there's about 30 in the area) about doing talks and signings. The response was great. So I plan to go up there several times this summer and sign, sign, sign. Summer in Pinetop is wonderful. 

I've been going through Risen from the Dead and editing. That is not my favorite thing to do, but really makes the book better. Besides, I've learned since I started. I still think it will be out by August. Started rolling ideas around for the next book. It too will have a topic with an unusual view.

Youth Book Signing at Bookman's East, Saturday, Apr 27 from noon to 3. See you there.

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