Category Archives: My Books

20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration – Book Signing

To my wonderful readers!

If I missed you at the Folk Festival this year you will have another chance to pick up my newest book, The Dragon’s Whistle, at the 20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration on September 13, 14, and 15, 2018 at the Friedman Student Union at Northwestern State University. This year’s theme is “Struggles & Persistence – But Still We Rise”. 

It also sounds like it is going to be a great program if you have any interest in Louisiana history (and you should have).  Below is the agenda. We will have a table set up in the writer’s room where we will have a number of each of my books. They have a lot of stuff going on that sounds like it will be really interesting.  As a matter of fact, I canceled another appearance so that I could be at this one due to the subject matter. 

20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration

“Struggles & Persistence — But Still We Rise”

September 13, 14, & 15, 2018

Thursday

1 PM – 6 PM           Meet & Greet, Registration, Entertainment, Prize Bingo

Friday

8-9 AM                  Welcome, Registration

9:00-10:15            How the Creole Heritage Center Got Started

10:15-10:30          Break

10:30-11:45          Showcasing Creole Organizations

11:45-1:00            Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15             Amedé Ardoin Project

 2:15-2:30            Break

2:30-3:45             What is Creole Music?

6:00-10pm            Banquet, Awards Ceremony, Keynote Speaker- Lt. Gen. Russel L. Homoré with appearances by Melissa Anderson, USA Ambassador Mrs., and Miss Louisiana Holli Conway. The awards ceremony will honor the winners of the annual Creole Peoples Award along with a special recognition.

Saturday

8:00-8:30             Welcome, Registration  

8:30-9:45             Creole Language

9:45-10:00            Break

10:00-11:15          First Cousins film & Creoles of South Louisiana book Discussion

11:15-1:00            Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15             Creole Cooking Demonstration

4:00                     Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on 5th St. in Natchitoches

7:00                     Creole Lady Sings the Blues: Annette Metoyer and the Guys

 

The New Middle Grade Book

Just a sneak peek at the new book cover. It will be available at the Natchitoches-NSU Folklife Festival, that I’ll also be attending and available to sign books, and then afterward autographed copies will be available through this website.

However, there’s so much neat stuff at the festival that I’d Highly recommend you attend. The cost is reasonable and there are bands playing all day, great food available, and inside the air-conditioned coliseum, there are craftsmen offering a lot of different items.

It is absolutely my most favorite event of the year and goes to support the NSU Louisiana Folklife Center, which is dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s unique history and crafts.

Come on out to the Natchitoches-NSU Folklife Festival.  I will be there Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 8:00 am until 5:00 PM.  I will be hosting a narrative on “Family and Folk History: The Best Sources for Stories” from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM.  Stop by and say hello, eat some great food, and listen to some awesome music.

Already at Work on the Next Books

Well, with the middle-grade book The Magic Toilet completed, it’s time to get back to my other writing projects. As most of you know, I don’t like to give too many details about the next books, but I decided I’d do something different and so I’m going to put little teasers on the website as I go.

As I’ve mentioned before, each of my books has a YouTube playlist which I listen to to get me in the mood for that particular bit of writing. I like to think of the book as a movie in my mind and the playlists serve as the soundtrack.

I’m going to be working hard on two books at once. One of them I started last year and have about 25k words written, so I’ve got another 50,000-75,000 words to go. The other one is the longest project I have, I’ve been working on it for ten years or more (off and on) and I have about 15,000 words completed although, for a change, I know how this one ends.

The first one is in the Weird Western genre and this is one of the songs on my soundtrack:

 

The second book is a legal thriller and this is one of my favorite songs to get me in the mood to write.  It is an oldie but a goodie:

 

Finally Finished – The New Book for Middle Grade readers

I finally finished my new book.

I was hoping to finish it in February but medical and other issues forced me to keep pushing it back. But, in a marathon session when we were in Austin last week, I managed to knock out 20,000 words (and in the process went over my goal by 10,000 words) but the first book in a series for middle-grade readers is finished.  Now on to the final edits, the cover, and printing. This one will likely not be a Kindle book, thus available only in print.

The title is The Magic Toilet and is the first in a series.

Basically, the twins, Robert and Anthony, have a toilet in their home which somehow transports them to other times and places. In this first book, an unfortunate accident while cleaning the bathroom lands the twins in Frankia, a place with magicians, knights, and dragons, along with a monster who wants to destroy them all.

I started this book by jotting down a title and a few notes back when my sons were in junior high school, they’ll be 26 next month, and on a whim decided to finish it out. I’m pretty happy overall but writing a book for the middle-grades is harder than I thought it would be.

The book will be officially released at the Natchitoches-NSU Folklife Festival in my hometown of Natchitoches, La., on Saturday, July  21, 2018. Of course, it will be available on this website on that date as well but I’d love to see anyone who’d like to get a book autographed and talk to me about the Natchitoches area.