I’ve just this afternoon finished another book, Playing With Fuego, due out November 2012. It’s the story of Daphne Maddox, a blonde, blue-eyed, monolingual English-speaker who finds herself stuck in Miami. For all she has in common with the locals, she might as well be on the moon. Not that I have any personal experience on the moon, but I lived in Miami for 11 years, long enough to truly fall in love with the crazy place. It’s an acquired taste for Anglos, but well worth it.
Rosa Moran appears in this story as herself. She won the character auction at MaryD’s to raise money for Starship Children’s Hospital in NZ, and it worked out really well that Rosa happens to be Cuban. Now she has 6 months to wait & wonder about how she fits in.
In other news, I’m leaving Palm Springs next week for cooler climes in TN before we make it back over to NC for the summer. I’m in for a great adventure, since I’m taking my cat Roz along with me on the plane for the first time. I think I’ve gathered everything I’ll need: her shot records, a blanket to cover her carrier, tranquilizers, tranquilizers for Roz … If you have any travel tips for us, please post them in the comments section.
It’s going to be a busy summer! I’ll be in NY for a fabulous Lammy ceremony on June 4th, then in Minneapolis June 13-17 for the Eighth Annual GCLS Con. I’ll have a new book at the GCLS Con — Rhapsody — and if you’re planning on being there and want me to bring any of my other titles for sale, *please drop me a note!*