When I was working full time (about 60 hours/week) I had little time to read for pleasure. Now I usually have at least three books in process at all times; a novel, a non-fiction, and a biography. Time for reading is one of the best things about retirement.
This usually hangs in the window of our library. Given by a friend, she says, "She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain."
When we retired to the North Carolina mountains I set out to read more and more books by NC authors or set in North Carolina. Our local bookstore assists me in my quest for NC books. They recommended mystery books by Vicki Lane who lives in nearby Marshall (thanks Carol). (You can find Vicki's blog here. The blog connects to more information about her books.)
I started reading the mysteries and quickly became friends with Elizabeth Goodweather, her family and mountain friends. There were four books in the "Elizabeth Goodweather Mysteries" and I read all four of them one after the other. Here are the titles in order of publication: Signs in the Blood, Art's Blood, Old Wounds, In a Dark Season. Vicki Lane elaborated on the life of an endearing character from the Goodweather books and wrote The Day of Small Things.
Like Vicki's other readers, I have been looking forward to the latest Goodweather book due for publication in October of this year. A couple of weeks ago, Vicki's blog post announced a drawing for the remaining galley proofs of her new book, Under the Skin. Called the "Full Circle Farm Mystery" series by the publisher, this is the fifth book in the Goodweather mysteries. Imagine my surprise when my name was one of the ones drawn! The next week, the mail brought the new book to my home.
And here it is. Personalized and signed by the author herself.
I won't give away any of the plot, but it is brings a fitting closure to the stories of Elizabeth Goodweather. While each of the books can surely stand alone, I much preferred reading them in sequence. I do so enjoy reading a series of books and greeting old friends once again in the latest book.
I was so excited about winning the novel that I went right out and bought a lottery ticket. Believe me, the book is way more a sure thing.