Adirondack Sundown was recently released. Just before the NY manhunt gripped the nation for two escaped convicts, a conservation officer named Graham Scott was immersed in an intense search of his own, trying to resolve the mystery of what happened to Sarah Waters, the woman he loved. One day she went into the Adirondack forest, and the wilderness swallowed her whole. Now Graham will stop at nothing to find her. Alive or dead, he will bring her home. Adirondack Sundown is available now at amazon.com in digital or print. For a quick download, you can go to the following link. http://www.amazon.com/Adirondack-Sundown-Book-Adirondacks-Series-ebook/dp/B00YEZM0AA
A shiny penny. A child’s smile. Laughter. A cup of tea. A glass of wine. A hand to hold. A listening ear. A shoulder to lean on. Since I’ve written All the Little Things, I’ve paid more attention to the simple things in life and taste their sweetness on my tongue every day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is but a dream. Today is all we have to hold in our hands and we will find that it is simple gestures and special moments that mean much more than things. They say, “You can’t take it with you,” but I am sure that love will be with us on the journey to the other side. Love and all the memories that we hold dear will light the candle of our soul, always burning bright.
Edmond Eugene Smith III
Panel W14, Line 96
September 15, 1950 – February 3, 1970
Lost in Quang Nam, South Viet Nam
So little is left of you. Your parents who adored you, gone. Your favorite cousin, my father, who was over the moon about you, gone.
I sit in my living room, sipping tea, listening to the birds chatter as the sunlight drips in through my window and hold your picture. I’ve stared at it many times over the years, wished you could step out of the page, be vibrant and alive as your smile. How I wish I had known you, that you could be here sitting with me, my favorite cousin. To hear the laugh my dad could not get enough of, to hear the tales of all the fun you used to have. To think that Daddy was your hero…and now, you are mine.
Today, I will worship God as I see fit. I will dress in the way that suits me. I will walk out my door and go where I will, work or stay home, because that is my choice. I will share my opinions about our political state and look forward to exercising my right to vote…all this and more in the great land that we call home because of men and women like you who gave me this home.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, Eddie.
Not a drop will be wasted.
Not a breath will be forgotten.
Not a name will be erased.
I light a candle for you…for all of you…
It will burn in my heart…until we meet on the other side.
God bless you.
Greetings to all who have joined me on the journey of “All the Little Things,” or who are interested in the adventure of writing. The very talented Skye Taylor, author of Falling for Zoe, invited me to join the tour and here I am! This is my opportunity to share a bit more with you about what the writing process means for me. It might help you to understand what authors are all about and give you some helpful tips along the way!
1) What am I working on?
Ha! The question should be, “What aren’t you working on?” Currently, I have a story underway in the Little Bit of Upstate Romance Series, a collection of eight novels that hasn’t been slated for release yet, and tells the tale of a paraplegic and the physical trainer who is swept off her feet from day one in Wheels Instead of Wings. Miracle on Mayberry Street is another in the works in this series, following a young lawyer whose wife commits suicide and the physical therapist who helps him pick up the pieces. Chasing Fireflies is another emotional journey that follows a young man, his wife who is dying of cancer, and the young woman that his wife picks to be his next partner. Beyond that, there are many other novels that are waiting in the wings. Lightning Can Strike Twice comes out in September and Adirondack Sundown follows in early 2015.
2) How does my work differ from others from its genre?
I depart from the typical romance formula in that I focus on the leading man most of all. The others are important and there will always be a heroine, but my knights have fallen off their horse and need a hand getting back up. They’re struggling with personal demons, emotional upheaval, and tragedy. However, they always demonstrate strength of character. They are the guys your mother would want you to bring home or how they would like their sons to turn out. I also focus on small town, because that’s what I’m all about.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do because I have to, simple as that. It’s a passion and the ideas roll out in my mind like they’re playing on a movie screen. I picture my works making it to film production eventually! I love to write and will do it at any time, pulling over the car or flipping over my grocery list to pound out the next idea. Meanwhile, my mind is always working!
4) How does my writing process work?
I try and write at least a thousand words a day, squeezed in around being a mother and a teacher. I’m disappointed in that amount and would prefer 2000.
4)How does my writing process work?
My ideas can come from anywhere! I saw a music video of a couple stopped at a red light when the girl simply got out of the car and walked away. This gave birth to “All the Little Things.” It could be a song lyric, a commercial, the image of a couple sitting on a bench, or the thought of a woman who disappeared from our town years ago and wondering what might have happened to her. Anything can set my mind running and then I have to get it down, often ripping off the beginning of a new book while I’m in the middle of another one!
Next week, Nicki Salcedo will be sending out her blog to answer the same questions after writing All Beautiful Things. To learn more about her and two, other favorite authors, look below!
Nicki Salcedo is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She was born in Jamaica and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America© and a Past President of Georgia Romance Writers. Nicki is a two-time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart© Finalist.
Nicki thinks everyone should write and loves connecting with readers. Check her out at
Charles Ghigna, affectionately known as Father Goose, is a wonderful children’s poet and author of children’s books that will leave footprints on your heart! You can find more about him at http://www.charlesghigna.com/.
Discover Paul Boynton and the wonderful inspiration of Begin with Yes, a number one seller on Amazon.com. His positive influence and words of encouragement will brighten your life and help you to say yes to all of the wonders within! Learn more at http://www.beginwithyes.com/about.html. As soon as you meet him through his writing and powerful images, you will begin to smile!