1. I just published The Farm at Sam & Jenny’s, fourth in the Alvin’s Farm series. The action moves 1981 to 2004, and plenty has changed for Arkendale’s residents, not just the new generation of teens and twenty-somethings. Releasing this novel is very exciting, in that I love these characters, and so enjoyed incorporating them into relatively modern times. I never planned on writing a series, but sometimes a cast overtakes one’s sensibilities. If family drama is your game, well, the Alvin’s Farm collection is full of it! (Special thanks to Julie K. Rose for the gorgeous cover!)
2. My youngest daughter turned twenty recently; my husband and I no longer have teenagers! That’s a pretty wild realization, after years and years of adolescent strum und drang, which isn’t too unlike what the Cassels and Smiths endure in fictional Arkendale, Oregon. It’s an odd thought, that for the rest of my life, my kids are adults. (And very similar to what Sam and Jenny are facing with their brood…)
3A. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears last night, making my husband extremely pleased (and relieved).
3B. We went to The Los Gatos Cafe for breakfast this morning, in part to celebrate the new book, and to toast our twenty-year-old daughter. Banana chocolate chip pancakes are a great way to incorporate a new novel into the fold.