Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On the Road Again---Chicago area

Yes, I'm on the road again, folks. I'm presently staying with dear friends in Lake Barrington, Illinois (suburb of Chicago) in a beautiful area where the lovely homes are nestled in the midst of trees and gardens and wide sweeps of rolling grassy spaces. Just lovely. And a real blissful retreat for me since I've just spent the past two weeks skimping on sleep so I could finish revising the next Kelly Flynn mystery while also promoting the latest release, UNRAVELED, which came out last week, June 7th.

Good news! I just heard today that UNRAVELED was the #4 Bestselling Barnes & Noble Hardcover Mystery! I'm always humbled and gratified by the reader response to the Kelly Flynn Mysteries. Thank you, thank you, Readers. And thank you for loving Kelly Flynn and her fellow characters as much as I do.

Tonight, I had a chance to do something I simply love: be a guest speaker at an area library. Tonight, I appeared at the Wauconda Public Library in Wauconda, IL, and I had a great time. I absolutely LOVE speaking at libraries. Librarians are some of my favorite people and I will show up whenever I can to speak at their events. What fun. I also signed books afterwards, and a devoted reader actually brought me a mug he'd made w/pictures plus an adorable knitted squirrel. I've named the fuzzy one, Brazen Squirrel, after the squirrel of the same name in the Kelly Flynn books who gives Kelly's dog Carl fits. Carl tries his best to outrun Brazen, but Brazen Squirrel outsmarts Big Dog time and again. Hey. . .when you're little, you have to think fast and run faster. . .if you want to survive.

So, now I'm back at the Lake Barrington house, ready to post this blog and head to bed. The guest bedroom looks out on that luscious green sweep of grass sloping up to the hillside and this huge old barn, remnant of what was once a farming past for this land. Now, the deteriorating-but-picturesque weather-beaten barn is simply lovely to look at. I think it's beautiful. And peaceful in its silent presence. No more farm animals inside. The only living creatures are mice and the bats that fly out at night to consume as many mosquitoes as possible. Go, bats! Eat those mosquitoes before they eat me!

I find that barn so lovely and peaceful to look at, that I raise my shade at night so the huge barn literally fills my window. I open the window itself so that I can hear the night sounds. Love to hear those night creatures. I fall asleep with the full moon reflecting off that grey-white presence, shining in the moonlight. Bats swooping through the skies, silent hunters. Nightsounds singing me to sleep.

And it's the first thing I see in the morning. Sweet dreams, everyone. Good night, Moon. And good night. . .from Maggie.

15 comments:

Kristin A. said...

Congratulations on the success of UNRAVELED! You should be very proud. I actually JUST finished it! Another great mystery, another great read! For those of you who haven't read it/purchased it yet...do (but like Maggie said previously, don't start the series with this one, I would personally suggest going back to the beginning and reading ALL of them!). As soon as I cracked open UNRAVELED I felt like I was back visiting with old friends. Such great characters and there just can't be a better setting. Like you mentioned in your last post, Maggie, that volleyball scene was a total riot! No spoilers here...but, oh man! I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for Kelly and the gang in the next book. Keep 'em coming!

Aurian said...

Congratulations on making that coveted list, and so high! It sure means you have written a great series. Have fun with your tour! Love Brazen Squirrel.

Barbara said...

Lake Barrington is a beautiful place. I hope you get a good rest. My husband and I looked at a house in Barrington when he was transferred to Arlington Heights years ago. I loved it, but he wasn't impressed - so we bought a house in Algonquin. Still think of the Barrington house, though we've since lived in Conn. and now in PA.

Linda McDonald said...

Congrats on Unraveled! And happy travels to you Maggie. I love your description of that barn. How scenic and what a lovely view to look out at. Enjoy! And yes, Go Bats.

signlady217 said...

Bugs, bats, and barns, oh my! Sounds like you've had a great time, though. Looking forward to reading Unraveled. Right now it's still on my TBR list.

Bella said...

It's awesome to hear how many authors love speaking at libraries. I live in a smaller city in Canada and we don't get many authors stopping by, but I love our libraries so much.

Maggie Sefton said...

Kristin A----Oh, what a sweet message. It made my "Writer's Heart" sing. :) Thank you. I'm so glad you're loving the characters as much as I do.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Thanks so much. Believe me, I appreciate those acknowledgments. And Brazen is sitting in the midst of the dining room table at my friends' home.

Maggie Sefton said...

Barbara, I can understand your feelings. This is truly a beautiful area. The setting is really special. And the peacefulness is. . .well, it's truly unique. I just came inside after a brief walk outside at dusk. I was simply drawn outside---it's that barn again---and stand on the grassy slope beside the trees and look at the barn, cloudy skies above. Then, the threat of mosquitoes chased me in.

Maggie Sefton said...

I agree, Linda. Go Bats!! Mosquitoes have always loved to eat me. And I get big bumps from them.

Maggie Sefton said...

signlady---I hope you enjoy it. Let me know how you like it.

Maggie Sefton said...

Bella----You and me, both. I started my writing career writing historicals over two decades ago. And historical writers LIVE at the library.

Dru said...

Congrats on your book release and your ranking.

Takeyabue said...

I have just finished listening to the audio version of Unraveled. While I read the book on my Kindle the first day it came out is has also been nice to have the audio version for the commute and while working around the house

Sarita said...

Huge congrats on Unraveled! Woo hoo!