In the month of October the trees in Tennessee begin to gradually change from their lush green garments of summer, revealing colors they’ve hidden all year. I like that thought—that we all have within us new colors, new life, that is yet to be revealed. I hope you will let that idea be an incentive to you to work to let all the rich, individual colors bloom out in you. To be new—to surprise people—in this month of October, with who you are and what you can do. Remember: Easy is boring, so challenge yourself!

Many new things are on our horizon right now this fall:

(1) J.L. and I just finished the 365-Day devotional guide A JOURNEY OF WORDS that we’ve been working on around other commitments for several years. This was a new type of work for us—a spiritual project that needed a lot of study and prayer to complete. We each alternated writing devotions throughout the book and we hope it will be a blessing to our fans and readers. It has to pass through editing and production stages yet … but we hope to see a publication date set for the new year.

(2) I’ve had a publisher change with my early Smoky Mountain book titles. You may have noticed that my first title THE FOSTER GIRLS already has a beautiful new cover! It has been reissued in a fresh new edition—with the same story of course—and you will see new covers and new editions of my other early Smoky Mountain novels coming out with their new covers over the next months. As the publisher gets each new book up, I’ll post to let you know when the new updated edition is available. We are pleased that Jim Gray’s beautiful art will still be a part of each book cover to pay tribute to his legacy.

(3) On another positive note, J.L. are nearing completion on our third guidebook—this one to all of South Carolina’s state parks. We have a trip planned later this month in the Midlands area of the state and to what South Carolina calls the Pee Dee area, to finish up the last fifteen parks on our list. Loving friends have helped us by providing a nice, villa where we can stay—safe in one place as our central location, cooking our own meals, and coming back to the same spot each night—and we are very grateful for their generosity. This new guidebook, which will probably be titled DISCOVERING SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS, should also publish in 2021. Like our Tennessee parks guidebook, it will be loaded with over 700 color photos along with descriptions for every park.

(4) September has also been busy with final editing and proofing for NEW novels scheduled for publication about April 1st or 2nd, 2021. The new Smoky Mountain title, my second in the Mountain Home series, is called DOWNSIZING and is set in the Gatlinburg, TN, area in the Glades Arts and Crafts Community. My third coastal book, the final book in The Edisto Trilogy, titled EDISTO SONG, comes out, too, telling tells the story of Claire’s youngest daughter Suki.

…So J.L. and I are definitely having a busy fall … and working to bring out a lot of new “colors” we hope you will enjoy. And after the winter, it looks like we’ll be “blooming out big time” this spring with a lot of different book selections for you to enjoy, too!!

Stay safe and well…. And stay positive!

And if you like to read … be sure to see my October blog ‘The Armchair Traveler.”

See you again next month!! … Lin