Thursday, October 24, 2019

International Travel

Photo by Kristian Marson 
New friends, new experiences, and shared memories are some of the reasons I like to travel.

I just returned from an around-the-world trip during which my fellow travelers and I zigzagged the equator, touring the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Machu Picchu (Peru), Easter Island (Chile), Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest (Australia), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Taj Mahal (India), Serengeti Plain (Tanzania), Petra and Wadi Rum (Jordan), and Marrakech (Morocco).

By far, my favorite destination was Easter Island. The history and mystery of the island fascinate me. Instead of editing and revising the second Detective McGregor mystery (so I can finally get it published), I spent many hours developing the plot line and characters for a McGregor mystery set on Easter Island. Four fellow travelers volunteered to be characters and were amused and delighted by their roles in the story.

Moais love mysteries, and my new friend and I spent a quiet moment sharing a book.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Children’s Book Published

E. Gads Hill Press has a new imprint dedicated to young readers. The first children's book to be published was Emma’s Best Friend is a Robot.

One of my characters in the second Detective Scott McGregor mystery, Murder Goes on Vacation, browses a Las Vegas bookstore and purchases a children’s book featuring a robot. Since I couldn’t find a book I liked online, I created the story line. Deborah Anne, a talented artist who creates in multiple media, illustrated the book.

Copies of the book were sent to AHHAH for their literacy program which includes P.U.L.L. (Pop Up Lending Library) Stations where children can take free books.