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Welcome, Spring…at last!
The weather has finally warmed up here in southeastern Virginia to the point where I’ve moved my heavy winter coat to far end of the closet and moved my “spring” jackets closer to the center. I even ventured outside during the day for a nice walk in the last week or so. Progress!
I live on the Virginia peninsula, a finger of land bordered on the north by the York River (which played prominently in the Revolutionary War because of its deep waters that could support those heavy British ships…or something like that), and the James River on the south, where Cpt. Christopher Newport and others, sailing on behalf of the Virginia Company of London, landed in 1607 in the hopes of colonizing the vast American continent. (Read more here.)
As I drive around the area, sometimes I wonder about those days and how the area must have appeared to those first settlers–the wide rivers banked on either side with tall trees and pines, the wild beauty of the Chesapeake Bay before man tried taming its shoreline.
I think about a young Pocahontas (only 11 years old in 1607) probably spying (as children do) on the newcomers before interceding with her father (Chief Powhatan) in their defense.
Then I think about the adventure in the travelers’ souls and what might have led them to leave the comfort of their English homes to cross several thousand miles of open sea to build a life (from nothing but the raw land) in what proved to be a harsh environment.
Even with the advance of man and the introduction of his machines, the area is still beautiful with its wild spots along the rivers and the shores. Soon the budding crepe myrtles will blossom, coloring our neighborhoods with brilliant reds, pinks, purples and whites and scenting the air with the smell of spring. It doesn’t get much better than this.
I continue to work hard on Sanctuary’s Promise, the sequel to Surrender to Sanctuary. The story almost done, with lots of new challenges for David and Anna, the crew at the FBI, and at Sanctuary, Virginia.
In the meantime, here’s an updated cover for Surrender to Sanctuary. I wanted something that reflected Anna and David’s romance more clearly. I think it’s pretty romantic. What do you think?
I’ve also been working on a short Halloween story for an anthology to be published in the fall. (I love writing spooky!)
I’m fortunate to count many writers as my friends, and you can catch me blogging with the Tea & Strumpet crew. Look for me talking about crazy stuff that happens in newsrooms the fourth Monday of every month. On the 22nd of each month, I blog with the Roses of Prose.