Hi friends, …. October is here, but in East Tennessee, the trees are really not turning color yet. Warm weather lingers longer here than up north … but as October moves in, we’ll begin to see chillier mornings and days, and the gradual changing of our trees. As a summer lover, I hold on to the last remnants of warm weather as long as I can, getting out of doors to walk whenever possible and still wearing shorts when the days are mild enough.

In late September J.L. and I took a trip down to Edisto Island for a week’s vacation. We had a wonderful relaxing time with glorious blue skies and sunny weather the entire week. On one day we went to Charleston and walked the streets downtown, enjoying the beautiful sights. As most of you know, I’ve been writing a new Lowcountry series of novels called the Lighthouse Sisters. The first book LIGHT THE WAY published in April, Burke’s story. The second sister’s book, Gwen’s story, called LIGHTEN MY HEART publishes in April 2023. It has many scenes in Beaufort and Port Royal and at the lighthouse island on Edisto. In the third book, Celeste’s story, titled LIGHT IN THE DARK, which I’m researching and plotting now, there are many scenes in downtown Charleston. I like taking my readers to real places to visit in my stories. I had mapped out the streets and places where I wanted the scenes for this new book to take place … but my visit to Charleston brought everything to life for me and gave me real shops, restaurants, parks, and everyday scenes I could weave into my story.

I often don’t know how well a setting idea will work until I actually go to that place and spend time there. … I’m happy to say that almost every aspect I’d envisioned at Edisto and in Charleston worked out perfectly, except for the location for one house I’d planned, and I found an ideal alternate location for it on our Charleston walking tour. I hope all of you are enjoying these new SC Lowcountry stories as well as my Mountain Home books set in the Smokies. And, yes, I am already working on a new book idea for the next Mountain Home book, too. Plus J.L. and I hope to continue working on our NC parks guidebook, too, if the weather ever cooperates. Ian hasn’t helped that much.

We have two Tennessee signing events set for the month of October … one at Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg, TN, for their fall festival on the park grounds. The other event is in Morristown, TN, for the Annual Mountain Makins’ Festival, a favorite of ours we’ve attended for years. Here are the  details for both events below taken from the Appearances Page of my website. I hope if you live in this Southeast area, or will be visiting here in Tennessee, that you’ll stop by to meet or visit with us and pick up any of our books you’ve been wanting.

AUTHOR SIGNING – Wartburg area – October 8, Saturday, 10-5, 41st ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL, Frozen Head State Park [ Look for us on the covered porch at the Visitor center], 964 Flat Rock Road, Wartburg, TN  37887

FESTIVAL SIGNING EVENT – Morristown, TN area – late Oct, Dates TBA, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 45th Annual MOUNTAIN MAKINS FESTIVAL, Historic Rose Center and grounds, 442 W. 2nd Street, Morristown, TN  37814 [Look for us in the Rose Center auditorium].

Also be sure to check out my new October blog post about the Museum of Appalachia, a wonderful pioneer village in our area that J.L. and I recently visited. It’s a fabulous place to spend a day if you live in East Tennessee or plan to visit here. Find this new November blog post on my website and sign up to Follow my blog, too. I do a free writing for my fans and friends there every month, always loaded with photo illustrations. If you missed any of my past blogs, remember they are all archived.

Have a happy October … and see you in November.