Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Still Alive and The Other Mrs. Miller

My life is still in chaos, but there was a step forward this week and I want to get writing again. There will be baby steps, but I am hoping I can at the very least get back to once a month or so here. Part of what I am getting back to writing will never be shared, as it isn't my stuff to share, but I figure journaling will help with coping, and writing is writing.

I do have a few exciting things this summer. My son got a grant to do research, so he is still at college. I miss him like crazy, but it sets him up well to apply to graduate schools next year.

And next week I go to a book signing for one of my long time writer friends. It will be the first time we meet in person. Many of you may know her. Allison Dickson has had a moderately successful indy career, but The Other Mrs. Miller is her first break out, big publication company hard back. They really believe in her--real book tour, TV appearances, impressive reviewer list. All of it. I am so excited for her. It is heartening to have people I know really make it big. It came out yesterday, so if you have a chance, you should check it out.

Blurb from Goodreads:  In this unputdownable domestic suspense debut, a lonely suburban housewife finds her life entangled with the family that moves in across the street at the same time that she becomes convinced someone is watching her--perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and The Last Mrs. Parrish.

Once a darling of Chicago's social scene, Phoebe Miller fears she's become irrelevant and cliché: just another miserably unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in Chardonnay and ice cream and barely leaves her house. Maybe it's her dark thoughts and fertile imagination that lead her to believe the worst about everything she spies going on in the exclusive suburban cul de sac she calls home. But surely that rusty blue sedan that keeps idling by her driveway is a sign that she's being watched. And that new family that just moved in across the street--Dr. Ron Napier, his vivacious wife, Vicki, and their handsome college-bound son, Jake--can't be as perfect as they appear. Especially not with the bruises on Vicki's arms and the fear in Jake's eyes.

When a chance introduction to the exuberant Vicki--and a forbidden encounter with Jake--draws her out of her shell and deeper into the Napiers' orbit, Phoebe's life finally gets the infusion of excitement she's been missing. But when anonymous threatening notes begin landing on her doorstep, she'll have to ask herself just how well anyone can truly know their neighbors...and how close to home unforeseen danger sometimes lies.


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Welcome back! And a great way to blog once a month is for IWSG. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Hart! Good to hear from you. I agree with Madeline. That's really cool your son got a grant.

Helena said...

You're back!!!! Welcome and oh, how I've missed you! But if life has been rough on you I'm so very sorry.

I'm glad for Allison's success. So many of us toil away but remain in these dank, discouraging shadows that it means so much when one of us makes it. I've kind of stopped writing but am forcing myself back into a couple projects. Meanwhile, I hope your own writing goes spectacularly well. You deserve the best, Hart my dear.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Welcome back, Hart! That's exciting you get to meet a writing friend.

Jan Morrison said...

Yay! You're here! And as usual we seem to be paddling in the same waters. I had a sudden desire to pick up my pen lately, and you are correct - writing is writing. That novel looks great - hope you have a ball!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Wow! Miss your posts. Come baaack!

Dave said...


How are things with you?

I'm writing this because you participated in either the Nineties or Noughties blogfest almost a decade ago:

Do people still do blogfests? I haven't been invited to one in a long time.

By popular demand I'm doing it again, the Tweenies blogfest (I've decided for everyone that's what we should have been calling decade between the Noughties and the Twenties all along). I would be grateful if you would consider taking part this time as well.

The plan is that on the 28th of December we each post something that we love from each year from 2010 to 2019, be it a film, book, TV show, comic, anything. Something great and why we love it:


Jan Morrison said...

Where are you? I freaking miss you. To bits.