The highlight of the trip was my Class Reunion which provided an opportunity to visit with some very dear friends.
Then, of course, there was my near purchase of property in Upper Michigan. Gasp - you say - what were you thinking? You - who freeze when the temperature in L.A. drops below 65 degrees.
Well, the property was really a dream come true (except for those winters) - 9 acres just across M35 from the bay - with an unobstructed view of the water since across the road was just a narrow strip of sandy beach on which no one could ever build. A darling little house with a fenced yard for the dogs, a deck and patio with bay views, a fabulous large barn and lots of room for horse pasture.
I had my checkbook out until my husband asked me where the riding trails were. The answer - about 9 miles away in Cedar River. That meant a trailering the horses every time we wanted to ride. I almost convinced myself I could live with that but then thoughts of long cold winters started to creep in and I had to let my dream die.
I still think about that place and how wonderful it would be to live there - in the summer.
Our southern California winter has been long, cold and rainy and I am longing for summer.
Re the book - Mandolin Wind was a departure from my usual writing style and genre and I am sorry to say that I am no Nicholas Sparks. Hereafter I will leave the romance writing to the master.
I am happy to say that I am back at work on a new Nick and Jessie Delta Mystery titled The Midnight Special. The photo you see here is the cover - thanks to my dear friend Lori Lopes. The story involves the search for the truth behind the brutal murder of a young woman which occurred years earlier - a crime for which her husband was convicted and sent to Death Row. But was his conviction a crime itself? Is he truly innocent? And if so, who killed the self proclaimed Wild Child Carmen?
Jessie and Bodie interrupt their vacations to search for answers.