A NOTE FROM LIN – August 2019

August is the last lovely month of summer. I always savor the month of August every year. In my childhood it meant the last month before school started again, the last month to run barefoot through the yard, the last month to play outdoors with my friends all day, the last month to go swimming or run through the sprinkler a final time. Poet Denise Levertoz wrote: “There is a sweetness that hovers in August” —and August has always been a sweet month to me.

August is still special to me as it’s J.L.’s and my annual month for vacation, our time to slip away to the beach. We’ll be at Edisto Island, South Carolina, for the latter part of this month and we look forward to walks on the beach, playing in the waves, riding bikes on the island’s bike trails, exploring the beautiful Lowcountry area, eating seafood, reading under the umbrella on the beach, and simply relaxing after a busy year. If you’ll be in that area, too—or live in the SC Lowcountry—I hope you’ll come to see us at one of my book signings scheduled near Edisto on the list below. I’m also speaking for a book group Wed, August 21st, in Bluffton outside of Hilton Head, that one of my wonderful fans Janette arranged, and then zipping over to sign books after at the Barnes & Noble in Hilton Head .…. It’s been fun writing a beach trilogy after writing so many Smoky Mountain books. …But don’t worry—there will be more Smoky Mountain books and another new beach book next year.


This is my first author newsletter and you will find a NEW newsletter here every month now. … Like Debbie Macomber and many other authors, I am putting my newsletter online every month on my website. I know many authors email their newsletters through services like Mailchimp or MailerLite. However despite the popularity of newsletters and the zillions of them sent out every week, how many of us really look forward to getting them—and so often? As a busy professional, I do not subscribe to any author newsletters despite how much I read or how many authors I admire or am friends with. My librarian daughter and many of my colleagues, readers, fans, and friends feel the same—so I decided to pursue this route for a newsletter, less intrusive to my readers’ lives and time.

At your convenience you can pop over every month to catch up on what I’m doing, learn what I’m working on in my writing or where I’m speaking or signing that month, and be alerted when I have a new book coming out. I may also do some giveaway options in future here, too….all without you needing to deal with yet another email. Yeah!!! Also, while on my website, you can read my longer monthly Blog Post filled with photo illustrations, check over my Appearances page, read a synopsis of one of my books or any other info. I really like the idea of having everything for my readers all in one place … and my website address couldn’t be easier to remember at:… Hope you love my new monthly newsletter.

Happy August and happy end of summer…. See you again in September!! … Lin