Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Advocate's Betrayal

My new novel, THE ADVOCATE'S BETRAYAL, will be released June 29th! I am so excited. I had to show off my cover. Matt Pizzo designed it for me and I think he did a fabulous job.

I have a new publisher for this book, ZOVA books. ZOVA is having a contest on Facebook where they are giving away an autographed copy of my first novel, THE ADVOCATE, each week until the release of this second book. If you haven't read THE ADVOCATE, you should enter the drawing...You have a good chance of winning. If you have read it, enter anyway. You could give the copy to a friend or relative or donate it to your local library.

My launch party will be held at the Barnes and Noble, Galleria on Tyler in Riverside, CA on July 3rd. So if you are close by, please mark your calendars.

THE ADVOCATE'S BETRAYAL is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will soon be available on ZOVA Books.

See you at the launch!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

I'm not a mother, technically, but over the years I have received many Mother's Day wishes from my nieces and nephews, my "de-facto" son, my students, and minor clients. I commend all of you who have given birth, but more importantly to those who have given love to the children of this world. I want to share an experience I had while practicing law at juvenile court.

My client, a little boy about eight or nine years old, was in foster care because his mother was on drugs. Although I don't excuse his mother's behavior, she was basically a good woman with a serious drug addiction. She made some bad choices when she was young and her child suffered because of it. But it didn't stop the little boy from loving her just the same. When I went to visit him he told me all about both of his mothers. This is the what he said. "I have two mothers, a mother and a God-mother, the mother that born me, and the one God gave me. I love both of them."


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Advocating Across America--The Desert

Yes, I'm still in California and advocating across America...California is a big state after all. I have recently had the opportunity to speak to two branches of the CWC, one in Victorville, CA, the High Desert Branch, and the Ridge Writers in Ridgecrest. I have to say I really enjoyed both of these groups. It's really fun speaking to other writers because they have a sense of where you are and where you've been. But these two groups were exceptional. They really made me feel at home and were very supportive. Actually, everyone in the desert has been wonderful (except the wind).

I will continue to speak to groups and sign in southern California until after the release of my second book, THE ADVOCATE'S BETRAYAL. Then I will head east in July to the New England states. I will be in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. If you're in one of those states and are interested in having a speaker at an event, please let me know.

So, it's the desert this week, Inland Empire next, and then back to the beach.