Hope everyone affected by fires in CA is doing as well as you can! The smoke here is better today, thank goodness. Yesterday smelled like someone had lit a campfire in the middle of the guest bathroom. Today was clear enough that I braved the treadmill and walked a fast mile without getting unduly out of breath. At this point, though, I'm just happy to have a home.
If you're looking to help the thousands of displaced families across the state, this article has some great suggestions.
Apart from that, I've been busy with Book 2's upcoming launch—specifically the artwork. I really, really want to share the initial drafts with you because they're just that freakin' cool, but I think the wait will be worth it. =] Look for a cover reveal in late September!
Duovolt Art recently posted a wonderful review of Angels in the Mist, which includes this small snippet:
"At the heart of this enigmatic story is Southwick’s dedication to breathing life and dimension into the hero of the novel – Anne Perrin. Unlike so many storytellers introducing a heroine, Anne is not simply a hero wrapped in a feminine veneer. Southwick gives us a true-to-life protagonist who is, at the same time, on a classic hero’s journey of self-exploration, growth, and empowerment while also maintaining a genuine female perspective and truth."
For me, this highlighted a key aspect of the novel, and that is the genuineness of the heroine. Seeing this unprompted in print was completely awesome. Thanks, June, for the inspiring write-up. It's juiced me up to finish the current manuscript!
You can read more of Judy's review here: https://duovoltart.com/angels-in-the-mist-a-convergence-of-sci-fi-fantasy-adventure-and-modern-fiction/
Until next time, take care.
Image credit: The New York Times