Day Before Thanksgiving

My short story collection of historical fiction, Stories of the Confederate South, is now available from Pelican! I just received my author copies.  This means the book will be available from the Pelican, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million Websites soon! Once again, I give thanks!

This is my second full week of not smoking. Economically, that means I’ve saved at least $60.00 of money I would have spent before. I’ve already quit coughing at night, and I seem to have more energy in the day. Could be because I have more oxygen in my lungs. I must conduct some research regarding the benefits of quitting smoking. The main reason I did was to help my singing, as it’s obvious that my guitar playing and singing are two major attractions of the programs I do at schools.

In spite of this very busy schedule, I am somehow finding time to write. Today, I’ve mailed to my publisher my newest children’s manuscript. I’ll post the results of that query/submission as soon as I know them. If all goes well and as planned, I should have seven books in print by this time next year. I know this first year in my writing business will be brutal, but at least I can know that the first year is the hardest. I’ve also been working the phone today, verifying my signing sites. Though I’ll dutifully spend Thanksgiving Day at my daughter’s, the rest of the weekend is packed with signings:

Friday Nov. 23: Sam’s Club Slidell, Louisiana: 11 am – 1 pm (Busiest shopping day of the year!)

2 pm – 4 pm Sam’s Club, Gulfport, MS.

Saturday Nov. 24: Sam’s Club, Kenner, Louisiana (This is a rescheduled event because they couldn’t find my books the last time!) 9 am-12:00

2 pm – 4 pm. Sam’s Club, Harvey, Louisiana.

We owe the modern practice of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday to Abraham Lincoln, 1863. Here is a link where you can see his Presidential Proclamation regarding Thanksgiving.