Thank You

IMG_7178I need to stop and thank everyone for a successful release of Bring Me Near. The flowers are for you! I could not have done it without so many people working to make this publication special and memorable. The process of publication is long and arduous but so very worth it to finally hold the book in my hands.

Thank you to my publisher and editors at Celebrate Lit. You kept me on track and worked diligently to create a beautiful book. Roseanna White once again created a gorgeous cover. I’m so pleased with all three of the covers for the series.

IMG_7114 (1)My advanced readers, or my street team, are awesome. I hope I didn’t scare you off from joining me again for the next novel. Thank you for your time, your critiques, your reviews, and overall support. I received many comments that I will use over and over to inspire me to continue writing. My team of readers for Bring Me Near was Katie G., Boots M., Sarah H., Charlotte P., Sally M., Terri W., Melissa W., Mary C., Donna G., Nancy W., Diane F., Gloria B., Judy K., Katherine H., Linda M., Dot G., Sandy D., and Becky S. You are the best!

My blog tour with Celebrate Lit ran from February 28- March 13. Thank you to all of the bloggers for your time and reviews. It is always a joy to work with such a dedicated group of readers, writers, and bloggers.

img_e7187-2.jpgNext is a new release book signing on March 23 at the Avenue Christian Bookstore in Ruston, Louisiana. I hope to see many family and friends at this event.

I will continue to promote the Revolutionary Faith Series at book clubs, book events, festivals, and social clubs. I am over half way in the writing of Book Four Draw Me to Your Side. Keep your comments coming as we continue this journey together.

Let me know what you think about the series and what you expect for Book Four!

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“Don’t Tread on Me”

american flagI love flags. I am a bit like Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory.” I want to know the meaning, the significance of the colors, the symbolism of the designs. Take the flag of the United States for an example. Every stripe, star, or color has a meaning. The symbolism makes it ours; something we can be proud of even today.

In my classroom with my students, I have them research a Spanish speaking country. One component is to include the flag and its meaning. You’d be surprised at what we learn.

So, it isn’t surprising that I latched on to a new flag in Bring Me Near, Revolutionary Faith Book Three. The words on the banner will not be anything new to you. “Don’t Tread on Me.” Yes, this flag was designed by one of my favorite Revolution characters, Christopher Gadsden, from Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1775.

join or dieAt the Continental Congress in 1775, a suggestion was passes around that the newly created Navy needed a flag. The creation of the flag is still attributed to Gadsden. A bit of history–preceding his rendition of the flag time includes the political symbol that Benjamin Franklin drew in 1754 of a disconnected serpent with the caption “Join or Die.”

The 1775 flag was on a bright yellow background with a coiled gray rattlesnake in the center. The bold words became a motto for the Revolution.

IMG_7131Just looking at it scares me. I am from the south. The rattlesnake is not a sign of friendship or a welcome addition to any garden. I hate them passionately. And, I have a respect for the danger and harm one can do. As a child, I learned to watch my path through the woods, retreat when I see one, and give them the distance and respect they need.

Gadsden and the people of South Carolina felt the same. The rattlesnake was seen as a noble and useful creature. It warned the enemy (man, beast) before it struck. It did not attack unless disturbed or frightened. It only struck in self-defense, and then it was deadly.

Think about the American Revolution. The people in the colonies had an enemy, Britain, rattlesnakethat continued to pursue the colonists with unwanted laws and petitions. The colonists (or the rattlesnake) could only take so much abuse. If Britain continued to tread on their rights, the colonists would attack. A warning. A deadly reminder.

I have this flag hanging on my bookcase as I write my novels. It is a reminder of a people (my ancestors and yours) who in the beginning never wanted war or separation. Yet, Britain became an enemy and her people had to strike back or be trampled.

Do you think Gadsden’s flag was a good choice?

FYI: The official flag of the Continental Navy  was the Grand Union Flag. The most popular symbol of the American Revolution was the Don’t Tread on Me flag.

Jonquils anyone?

IMG_7101When I see or say the word “jonquil” it makes me smile and automatically feel happy. Yellow, orange, peach–the colors are so bright. Lucky me, my house sits in a field of daffodils surrounded by a white-rail fence. Lovely to say the least. And the smell, better than any perfume.

IMG_7068IMG_7080Each year on the first Saturday in March, my hometown of Gibsland, Louisiana hosts the Jonquil Jubilee which includes  booths of crafts, food, and flowers. This year I shared a booth with my sister. I sold my books and she had her bird photography on cards, mugs, note cards, prints, and much more. We had such fun meeting new people and catching up with old friends. We love this community and having family around. My parents and another sister shared the day with me.

After the vendors packed up, my sisters and I took off on the back roads to see all the flowers for ourselves. Fields of the jolly jonquils blowing in the cool breeze allowed us to photograph them. If only we could have captured their scent on our cameras. We do have the memories if not all the senses bottled. I’m sharing a few here. Enjoy.

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