My son just had his first set of high-school midterms (that may have been more traumatic for me than for him…), and both he and I got sidelined for a full week with a nasty stomach virus (that was equally traumatic for us both).
I was at the awesome Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual conference in Minneapolis two weeks ago and learned lots of new Regency dances — a very fun and energetic way to spend an evening — complete with a refreshment break of traditional white soup midway through the ball event .
And, last week, a novel that I’d been working on (researching, writing, revising) for three years was finally released!! I’m so glad I can announce that THE ROAD TO YOU, my coming-of-age romantic mystery, is now available at Amazon (both Kindle and paperback), B&N (both Nook and paperback), Smashwords (ebook) and AbeBooks (paperback), with iTunes/Apple, Kobo, Sony and more coming soon!
For those who don’t yet know the story’s premise, here’s the blurb:
The Road to Discovery…
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.
The Road to Danger…
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to—even against her better judgment.
The Road to You…
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.
Some of the story takes place along historic Route 66 and it’s set in the late 1970s — the age of disco, Star Wars and “The Six Million Dollar Man” and a time when garage-door openers were a new invention and hotel rooms were about $12/night for a couple. I was born later than my characters were, but I still remember some highlights from that time period: I saw Grease in the theaters when it first came out in 1978. I used to watch “The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries” on TV. And I did listen to a fair bit of the Bee Gees before the hipsters of the world deemed it uncool, LOL.
If you’d like to read an excerpt of THE ROAD TO YOU, I have one here, along with the “Soundtrack” of the story, which includes some of my favorite ’70s songs, like “Dance with Me” by Orleans, “Band on the Run” by Wings, “Goodbye to Love” by The Carpenters, “A Man I’ll Never Be” by Boston and “Ventura Highway” by America.
Do you have a favorite 1970s-era song? Movie? TV show? I’d love to hear about it!!
And, FYI, there are a few days left in my Release Week Rafflecopter Giveaway (the international prize package is for a signed trade paperback copy of According to Jane, a signed paperback copy of On Any Given Sundae, one A Summer in Europe t-shirt, a canvas Marilyn Brant tote bag and one The Road to You luggage tag), so if you’d like to take part, the link is HERE. Happy weekend, all!!