Summer is Just Around the Corner

What a view

The May long weekend has come and gone with it’s regular lake time antics. Anyone fancy a motorized barge complete with barbecue and dog. Looks like fun.

Motorized dock

Motorized dock 2

Alas, the weather was somewhat less lovely near the end of the weekend.

We spent the time gardening and enjoying our first real days of warmth. Me consulting the gardening maps and Bruce digging. Sounds like a nice division of labour, doesn’t it?

Garden Maps 2017 - Guenette photo

Digging man - Guenette photo

As we near the beginning of summer, I am so pleased to announce that the official work on the 4th book in the Crater Lake Series is done. The ebook for No Compass to Right is on pre-order through Amazon for release on June1st. A few days ago, I ordered the proof copy of the softcover. It is due to arrive in the first week of June. Fingers crossed, it will look as it should and I will be able to place a bulk order and start shuffling off copies of this new book to my list of waiting readers.

Large NCR release banner (2)

It feels strange to wake up and not have a long list of tasks related to No Compass to Right running through my mind. This book and I have been close buddies for four long months – creating, rewriting, editing, formatting and proof reading. It’s been quite a journey.

I plan now to take some time off. I’ll travel to visit kids and grandkids; I’ll putter in our garden; I’ll read novels written by other writers; I’ll enjoy posting on this blog and reading other blogs; and I’ll think about things unrelated to Crater Lake. In short, I’ll live my life and gather up new impressions and ideas for when the whole writing business starts up again.

Chard and Rhubarb

Here’s hoping your May long weekend was as relaxing as mine.


Picture me sitting, sipping a coffee and reading a good book while the hummingbirds zip through the breezeway and the gentle breeze makes the chimes sway and sing.

12 comments on “Summer is Just Around the Corner

  1. MariHoward says:

    It’s lovely, Francis. And it;s what I so hope I can do very soon – once my 2 re-issued novels are out there. (Only I shall be then writing the rest of the 3rd … though writing is much more fun than production isn’t it!) Am looking forward to Crater Lake 4, and plan to have a ‘real; not a virtual (e) book this time.

    • I agree – the writing is more fun than the production 🙂 I look forward to hearing what you think of this fourth installment. I read almost exclusively on my Kindle but sometimes I long for that feeling of sitting with a real book. Best wishes.

  2. evelynralph says:

    Lovely spot you have there. Reminds me of my friend’s place in Ontario. Still do not have my novel off my caput computer!!!!

    • Thanks, Evelyn – we sure put in our share of work on the place so it is nice to hear that it shows. Having a problem with my computer is the stuff my nightmares are made of. Good luck with retrieving your files 🙂

  3. jane tims says:

    Congratulations on completing the fourth book! Looking forward to reading it. I plan to start at the beginning and do a Crater Lake marathon. South from Sintha was released today so I am taking a reading break!

    • Thanks so much, Jane, for that affirmation. To have people read the books once is something but to hear someone is going to go back and read them all again is music to my ears. Congratulations on the release of South from Sintha. We all deserve a well-earned break 🙂

  4. P. C. Zick says:

    Enjoy your summer – I plan to do much of the same.

    • I know you and your hubby will be tending a garden somewhere 🙂 We writers do need our down time and growing things seems to fit the bill nicely. Here’s to renewal in the dirt 🙂

  5. Behind the Story says:

    You and your husband are so hard working. Wow! I love your beautiful home on the lake. Being from Western Washington, I recognize your fickle weather. Summer arrives, and then … poof! It’s gone.

    Congratulations on the completion of No Compass to Right. It must feel good to know you have written all four books in the series.

    • It sure does feel good to have #4 in the bag 🙂 But I’m not done with the Crater Lake gang. We’ll see where they take me next. Thanks for loving our home. We do put in the hours, that’s for sure. Bruce way more on the heavy physical side of things. But we plotters and planners also have our place. Do you ever think how much gardening and writing have in common? Thanks for stopping by, Nicki.

  6. Roy McCarthy says:

    Nice to wrap up just as the good weather arrives – well timed. Looking forward to reading and catching up with your characters, old and new.

    Did Bruce do all that hard work himself or has he just stationed himself there with a shovel 🙂

    • Hope you enjoy this fourth offering, Roy. Bruce does almost all the heavy lifting here and creating a garden in the wilderness is not for the faint of heart. Lots of clearing, digging, chainsawing out stumps and debris and then bringing in loads of sea soil. Oh, and did I mention wheelbarrows of compost. He does like to pose in a Norman Rockwell mocking way but the work is certainly real 🙂

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