If you’ve read DANGER IN THE CLOUDS, you know SPAM ® is celebrated as a delicacy. For SPAM-aficionados, there is nothing better than a hot SPAM sandwich with mustard unless it is fried SPAM for breakfast. Or you might find SPAM on a celebratory pizza, like in DANGER IN THE CLOUDS.
But look at what I found in my local grocery store! SPAM has gone to the next level! BACON!! PURE POETRY! Don’t you know Josh would say, “This is my favorite meal.”
In case you haven’t read DANGER IN THE CLOUDS, here’s the link on Amazon. Wouldn’t want you to be left out.
MAGGIE SLOAN’s lifelong dream to be a spy began when she was four years old and already a focused, self-trained spy. After college, Maggie’s job searches are futile despite her willingness to consider diverse employment opportunities, until the county library system hires her as a librarian.
When Maggie’s brilliant observational talents and her potential to expose complex criminal activity draw the attention of an international ring, she becomes their target. However, a senseless murder changes her life forever, and MAGGIE transforms from prey to predator.
Will the librarian with the soul of a spy and the unusual security team stop the desperate kingpins or will she become the latest victim? It all comes down to kill or be killed.
If you love Maggie’s story, leave a review, especially if you are interested in reading another MAGGIE SLOAN adventure!
Have you ever heard an author say, “My first draft is my worst.” It’s true for me. And this is what it looks like. Can you kind of see where I was going with that first draft?
Watch for I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SPY to be published February 9 on Amazon. It’s Editor-Approved.
What’s your favorite way to read an online newsletter? Are you a computer reader or a phone or tablet reader?
According to the latest stats for my monthly newsletter, 57.3% of my faithful subscribers read the Judith A. Barrett enewsletter on a desktop – click. The other 42.7%, on a mobile device – tap.
When I first started blogging in 2005, no one thought about the differences between reading on a desktop screen and a mobile device screen. If you don’t remember, reading a newsletter or any text was UGLY when smartphones were first available.
So back to my original question – what do you prefer? Do you click or do you tap? And are you receiving my monthly newsletter? Because February is almost here, and newsletters are GORGEOUS these days.
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MAJOR DAVE ELLIOTT is a widowed farmer retired from the Florida State Highway Patrol who lives with his dog, Shadow. His lonely days on his Florida farm abruptly change when his 17-year-old granddaughter with autism, AIMEE LOUISE, comes to live with him.
Aimee Louise doesn’t see facial expressions; she sees “clouds” that reveal a person’s true feelings and intentions. After a cyberattack, the nation’s electrical grid collapses, and the sheriff’s family and others take refuge at the Major’s farm.
When Aimee Louise sees danger in the clouds, her gift thwarts the criminal masterminds who intend to control the US government. When she becomes their target, Major goes on the attack to stop the criminals. Can he succeed where others have tragically failed?
If the description of DANGER IN THE CLOUDS sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s the story from THE GIRL WHO SAW CLOUDS. Except it is more focused on Major Dave Elliott and the other adults. You’ll also notice Aimee Louise and Rosalie are 17 and 16, respectively. The point was to get the book off the “Middle Grade” bookshelf because of the adult situations of murder and conspiracy. If you read THE GIRL WHO SAW CLOUDS, you’ll love DANGER IN THE CLOUDS because you already know the basic story, now you can look for all the twists.
The Girl Who Saw Clouds
A novel entitled Novel Needs a Name, also called N3, got its start in 2017. It underwent 108 revisions by the time it was published as The Girl Who Saw Clouds in June 2018. The Girl Who Saw Clouds received the 2018 Semi-Finalist Royal Palm Literary Award.
Sweet Deal Sealed
Sweet Deal was a short story in early 2017 too. The beta readers and critics asked for more detail, and the novella Sweet Deal Sealed was born and published in May 2018.
Both books are rated FIVE STARS on AMAZON.
GOAL ~ EXCEEDED!
My books are ready for the hordes of readers who are expected to bust down the doors at the Book Fair/Expo at The Villages in Florida. The Villages is a huge retirement community in Central Florida lovingly referred to “Land of the Blue Hairs” by people who are old enough to remember ladies with blue hair before it was fashionable to have pasteled and multi-color hair. After yesterday when I was almost run down three times in the parking lot, I call it the “Land of the Zooming Maniac Golf Cart Drivers.”
So how was it? I chatted with new friends, sold books, enjoyed seeing old friends, laughed a lot, and will definitely go back next year.
Man <Flips through book>: How much is Pink Baby Alligator?
Me: Ten dollars.
Man: Will you take eight?
Man: <reads back cover>: How much is it normally?
Me: Ten dollars.
Man: I really want it for my grandson.
Man: What would you say if I told you I have only five dollars?
Me: Go make a friend.
Man <cracks up>: I’ll pay your ten dollars if you’ll sign it to my grandson and let me take a picture of you with the book.
Me: You drive a hard bargain.
Man: <laughs harder. Buys book, asks wife to take a picture of him and me with the book, takes a picture of me with the book, and walks away still laughing.>
Did you ever think about when Santa Claus takes a vacation and where does he go?
While everyone else is busy thinking about Christmas and getting ready for a nice Christmas break, Santa Claus takes his holiday where it’s warm.
Rose and Landy found Santa Claus in Portugal, of course. Isn’t that where you’d go for a week’s vacation if you lived in the brisk, cold North Pole?
Santa sees you! But you already knew that, didn’t you?
FlatRose is at the Orlando Airport and is ready for her next travel adventure! L., E., and Rose are going to Portugal and Spain. First stop – Lisbon!
Pink Baby Alligator is waving to her fans as they stroll by. Or maybe she’s bidding everyone happy travels.
She stopped by the local writers’ tent at the Newberry Fall Festival, and her grandmother bought her an early Christmas present. She’s an aspiring writer. Watch for her in about ten years. Remember, you met her here first.