Summer of smoke and books.

Out my window there is smoke. But not as much as yesterday, so I'm grateful for that, and either way, I dare not complain. The global news is a constant reminder to me of how well I have it, and I give thanks for each new, uneventful day. For those of you who are suffering, slight or great, my heartfelt hope and prayers go out for you, that today will be a better day.

On a personal front, I'm excited that my oldest son Joel Strauss (also my assistant and collaborator) and his wife Shadi are coming to visit next month. They live all the way on the other side of Canada (we're on the west and they're in the east) and we haven't seen them in over a year and a half. Before then, Norm and I are heading up north to visit his family in SCOUT our RV! I've been a miss in not sharing the name as I'd asked for suggestions and got so many great ones. Someone suggested Scout ~ I'll have to go back and look, but Thank You to whoever it was ~ and it suits perfectly. We've had to change our route recently due to the many fires burning in British Columbia right now, but we're excited to go. It'll be Diego's first extended camping trip, so I'm hoping he'll have a good time too.

Does he look nervous to you?

On the work front, I've got a lot of sticks in the fire. I've started an ecommerce store with Joel Strauss called Vintage Is You. You can check it out here: vintageisyou.com (link). Limited time sale until July 27.

Joel and I are also working on a 1920s coloring book which you can check out HERE (link).

August sees the release of Murder in London (link), the 8th Rosa Reed Mystery which brings Rosa and Ginger together for the first time!

Murder in Mallowan Court (link), Ginger Gold Mystery #17 is written and in the editorial process, and will be out September 24. Ironically, this is the book where she has her baby girl.

Currently Norm and I are working on co-writing the 4th Higgins & Hawke Mystery, Death by Dancing (link). I had no idea how brutal these dance marathons were until we started digging into the research. We'll be bring you a few interest pieces on the subject soon.

Now I'm heading out for my weekly hike with my friend, Lori, smoke or no smoke. Life goes on.

Let me know in the comments how your summer is going so far? Are you doing anything fun?

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