My editor emailed me yesterday, saying Steeple Hill had approved the title of my new series -- MAGNOLIA MEDICAL. Since I've worked in the clinical lab setting as a medical technologist and wrote articles on emerging infectious diseases for medical publications, the stories will involve laboratory personnel -- mainly medical technologists -- who become involved in crimes that have a infectious disease connection. Of course, the magnolia part of the title gives the location away. The stories will be set in the south, primarily Georgia, which is my home state. So if you like suspense and a good love story, plus you enjoy medical thrillers, be sure to watch for COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, which will launch the series in October 2008.
Tomorrow I'm heading to Dallas for the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. It's always wonderful to gather with other writers and to reconnect with a special group of women -- The Seekers. We started as an online group in 2005 to share information on writing and for support. Since then, we've become good friends. We'll be spending lots of time together as we catch up on every one's latest news. Seeing dear friends, attending workshops, meeting new writers and revisiting with those we cherish are just some of the reasons ACFW has such a good conference. The other part is the peaceful spirit that flows throughout the long weekend. I always come away uplifted and rejuvenated.
The following week will be Georgia Romance Writers' Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by the Book Fair and Autographing on Saturday. Linda Howard will be giving a talk as well as CIA Assassin Rolan Haas. Booksellers and librarians will breakfast with the authors on Sunday. For more information go to www.georgiaromancewriters.org.
I'll be back to blog next Wednesday. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you're reading and writing.
Baked Summer Squash
Slice summer squash and lay in greased casserole. Spray with butter. Salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. Top with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 min to an hour. Enjoy!
Wishing you abundant blessings!