Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On the Road. . .uh, In the Air, Again

Wow. . .June is almost over, and it's been a whirlwind. SKEIN OF THE CRIME came out June 1st, and I've been on the move ever since. I've barely had time to slow down to catch my breath. I've made sure to update everyone on what I've been doing and where I've been going on my weekly Cozy Chicks blog post and my daily updates on Facebook. Have to admit, it's been really, really convenient to keep readers and bloggers updated on what's been happening with the Facebook addition.

Once again, thank you, thank you, Daughter Melissa for the setup and handholding. :) Couldn't have done it without you.
In between touring in the Midwest in early June and my trip to Illinois and Chicago environs last week, I was at home for five days which I used to finish my last revision (so far) to the next Kelly Flynn mystery (out June 2011) so I could send it to my editor by due date of June 11th. Then, off to the Windy City----which wasn't. Chicago was hot and humid, folks. The Midwest in Summer, as I posted last week.

After returning to Colorado late Thursday last week, I drove immediately from airport to the Colorado Springs area and the mountain town of Monument. There, I enjoyed signing books at a great little indie bookstore, Covered Treasures, with an old writer friend, Deb Stover. Deb writes a wide variety of fiction---romance, time travel, ghost stories, romantic suspense, and fantasy. Deb and I go "way back" in this writing business. We first met in Denver at our home base writers group, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Along with a slew of other novelists-in-training, like Diane Mott Davidson, who went on to become a mystery mega-bestseller. After staying over with Deb's family that night, I was back in Ft Collins Friday and off to another signing that evening at our local B&N. Saturday, I was signing again at a Denver B&N.
Now, I've got five days before I have to fly out to the Washington DC area for signings at the American Librarians Assn national convention plus adding on visiting with family and friends and signing stock at local bookstores. This trip I'm staying with my daughter Christine in Fairfax. And I plan to visit my dear childhood friends--two sisters--that I grew up with in Arlington, VA--Nancy & Diane. Old friendships get more and more precious as the years pass.
July 1st I will return to Colorado and plan to STAY PUT for the entire month of July and enjoy Summer in Colorado. Believe me, I'll need some R&R after that hectic travel month.

How has your June been so far? Any plans for July?

14 comments:

Babs said...

Maggie you are one busy gal this month I know you are ready to stay in for a bit. I do hope you have a nice visit with your daughter and friends.

We are staying put as well. My oldest has camp in July and my youngest is at swimming camp this next two weeks so we will take trips to the library that is my extent of traveling this summer ha.

tonya kappes said...

I WISH I had a book and fly around signing it *sigh* ~SOON!! (positive thinking!)
Anyways my June: (you asked for it) I thought i was dying, but only inner ear infection where I couldn't drive for four days, my son (12 yo) begins to have blood in his urine ~sooo not normal~ after two er trips, three cat scans, ultrasound, and too many IV's to count, he has a HUGE kidney stone - which I'm told is 3 mm bigger than a grown man, (we are getting that taken care of this week through a procedure). The twin to 12yo has got strep throat AND one of my dogs has an infection in his body (not positive where-he's only five!) and is staying at the doggie hospital...plus we are scheduled to go on vacay at the end of this week...OIL SPILL!

Dru said...

I wish I have your energy. Your traveling wiped me out and I was only reading about it.

My June was a bit busy and I'm glad to say that my July is expected to be quiet.

Andrea C. said...

Wow - you are one busy lady! I was just on vacation for one week and was happy to be back home...I can only imagine how excited you will be when July rolls around! :)

Lover of Books said...

We just moved. Other than that just settling in. Other than that, hopefully having a party for my oldest boy.
Krista

Annette said...

Glad to hear you are so busy promoting the latest Kelly Flynn book. I just finished reading Book 4, A Deadly Yarn. I love this series and you deserve the success that comes with writing it. I was happy to read there is still more books to come in the series. Keep up the good work.

Heather Webber said...

Maggie, you may just be the busiest person I know. Safe travels with lots of sales, okay?

Summer is flying by, and July will be gone in a blink--lots of traveling for me next month.

Maggie Sefton said...

Babs---I remember that schedule. Kids summer camps and sports ruled the family summer schedule. I started planning family vacation late May or early June after I saw the schedules.

Wow, Tonya---You've really had a ton of medical emergencies dropped in your lap. I'm glad there're being resolved. I encountered some medical news re: friends lately, and it's worrisome. Take care of yourself and your family.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---July is great for relaxing, either at home or at getaway places. When the temps get really high in July here in Colo, then it's a good time to go visit some friends in the High Country. :)

Lover of Books---Moving is the equivalent of a vacation in reverse. All work and no play. Exhausting. Try to find some time to relax once you're settled in.

Maggie Sefton said...

Andrea---Good for you, you've gone on vacation already. Where did you go?

Annette---Thank you so much for those kind words. I'm glad you're enjoying Kelly and her friends. A DEADLY YARN is actually #3 in the series. A KILLER STITCH is #4. You've got a lot more fun ahead with Kelly and the gang. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing, Annette.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---Oh, good. You can take my place at the airport. :) It's time for YOU to get out there and tell readers about those great books.

Valerie Consoer said...

Indiana and summer do not belong in the same sentence as far as I'm concerned. It's hot, sticky, and miserable in the central part of the state. I'm sure Kate Collins will agree with me. We've had some wacky storms and outrageous heat and humidity. July, I plan on staying in the air conditioning. Luckily for me, my job ends at the end of this month, and I'll be at home a lot more often. Thank the air conditioning gods!!

Maggie Sefton said...

Valerie---Well, I was in Illinois last week, but I spent 15 years in Indiana with my family. So---I know those Indiana summers quite well. Ohhhhhhh, yeah. Hot and sticky doesn't even cover it. Only place I've ever lived where you'd get up from the chaise lounge and the plastic seat cushion would come with you---stuck to you.

Linda said...

I love reading about your travels Maggie. And yes, we have BIG plans for July. We will be going to Tahiti...will go on a cruise around the islands and then hopefully if the clouds don't ruin it, we'll see the total solar eclipse that is visible from that part of the world on July 11. This trip has been years in the planning, and I can't believe it is almost here. :)