You’ve been asking for the sequel to Dakota Blues for a couple of years now, and here it is! Key Largo Blues picks up Karen Grace’s journey where DB left off: in Florida, with the CRS (“Can’t Remember S***”) Ladies.
Because so many loved Dakota Blues (check out the high ratings), and to encourage a successful launch of the sequel, I’m giving away the Kindle edition of Dakota Blues from today, Friday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 4th. Just click on this link for your free copy.
A little backstory: Call me weird, but for as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in older adult coming-of-age novels. Consider: In a coming-of-age story, the young people struggle to figure out who they are, what they value, and what price they’ll pay to get what they want, whether it’s career or soulmate or way of life.
But then what? Thirty years later, are they sticking with that or trying something new?
How are they dealing with life’s drama? Have they evolved, or do they feel stuck? What are they willing try, or desperate to reject? And do they realize they might have thirty or forty more years to live with that decision?
At this point in their lives, they have as many years left as it took for first coming-of-age story play out. Are they going to stay the course or change?
See, I told you it’s fascinating: the second half of life, done thoughtfully. Unfortunately, I can never find enough of those books. Some of the older characters are just 20-year-olds with silver hair. That’s not what I want. I want the big questions answered, the questions about life and death and happiness.
Many of you know that, ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of being a writer, but I went to work and raised my son first. I couldn’t write Dakota Blues until I was 58. My second book, Middle-Aged Crazy, a collection of short stories, was published when I was 60.
Today, I’m launching my new novel, Key Largo Blues.
It’s what I call Older Adult fiction. That’s what I want to read and write about for the rest of my life. In addition to my own works, I’ve collected several dozen OA titles that I recommend. You can find them here on my Facebook author page.
I’m so excited about Key Largo Blues! People are saying it’s even better than the first book, which won an award. Even though she liked it a lot, my 91-year-old mother thinks there’s too much sex in it. (God, how embarrassing, but I promise you, the scenes are hot but classy.) KLB has been edited, revised, and polished to within an inch of its life, thanks to editors, my brilliant team of Beta Readers, and Mom.
Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Ten thousand books are published each day in the US. So please, share this post, buy the book, review it, talk about it on Facebook…anything. Thank you so much. Every author knows it takes a village to get the word out.
And thank you for coming with me on this journey to discover the beauty in the second half of life. My books, my blog posts, my FB page all reflect my heartfelt belief that the best is yet to come. I wish you peace and joy in this holiday season, dear Reader.