As many of you know, I spend my days teaching ninth graders, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Winter Trimester over and Spring Trimester underway. Winter Tri is dedicated to teaching my students to write argumentative essays, informational essays, and research papers. I love encouraging my students to write, but with first drafts, second drafts, final drafts, then revised drafts, I figure I’ve read more than 1500 essays and research papers in 13 weeks. Yikes!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m proud of my students. This year, they have caught on quick and their papers are fantastic! Their final research papers are probably better than I’ve seen in my career for new writers. But my eyes are wear– and reading nothing but formal writing puts a dent in my own creative juices.
Thankfully, with a new trimester starting and spring has arrived. For the next thirteen weeks, I get to teach, among other things, figurative language, poetry, and drama. Even better, I’ll be teaching Shakespeare (Bill and I are buds). All that lovely literature helps me to focus a little more on my own creativity in my off hours. That means, I’ll be the one doing the writing.
So to celebrate, here’s a peek at my new cover for my upcoming novel Maverick, the third book in the Taggart Brothers Series, which will be released November, 2016. I know, I know! It’s a long time to wait, and I’m bummed by that too. But you can preorder Maverick now on Amazon or any of your other favorite retailers. And I promise to help you pass the time. I’m overhauling my website and amping up my blog. In the next few weeks, I’ll host giveaways, post recipes of those dishes mentioned in my books, and offer you an off-beat look at the life of a slightly twisted writer, teacher, farmer’s wife, and hopeless romantic.
So here’s as promised, here’s a peek at Bodey’s cover. Swoon and enjoy!