Released from the hospital with meds in tow, I began the journey back to the Midwest. I must say, the US is a beautiful country; you just have to make sure you take your time to see all that it has to offer. Here are a few pics from my drive between South Carolina, where I was able to visit Ft. Jackson (I hadn’t been there since I was 11 when my brother began his service in the US Army) and Virginia.
My last book signing of this tour was bittersweet, to say the least. I arrived in Jacksonville on a beautiful, sunny day and checked in at the Pecan Park RV Resort (the most comfortable park where I’ve resided in any state, by the way.)
After a satisfying number of sales, out of nowhere, my right eye began to feel swollen. I glanced in the mirror to my left, and everything appeared normal.
A few more sales, a few more photos and signings, and then my face went numb. I could no longer smile, my speech became slurred, and I was dizzy and nauseous (that’s supposed to be a smile in the pic below…)
When all was said and done, I left the event early and ended my night at Baptist Health Hospital. The staff, including Chaplain Genesis S. (pictured below with his wife and baby,) took care of me and my little Lola, and the view from my room couldn’t have been more beautiful.
The diagnosis…Bell’s Palsy. The blessing…I was struck only upon completion of this book tour! Alas, I’m heading home for awhile, working on my next novel, setting a few acupuncture appointments and hitting the road to recovery!
After a fantastically productive time in Tennessee where I secured a publicity manager, radio interviews and an upcoming signing, I made my way to Georgia.
I visited bookstores in Atlanta, Conyers and Norcross, and had the opportunity to visit family from both my mom’s and dad’s sides. Because I ended this part of the trip a day early, I decided to spend some time relaxing in Savannah before my next event in FL. I could have stayed in Savannah forever! Not only is it gorgeous, but the serenity gave me a space both physically and mentally to write and write and write! This is my kind of town.
Not only was I excited to see the settings of, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” I was even more pleased that one of the monuments gave me the inspiration for my first non-fiction work. I can’t wait to shed light on the life of an amazing woman who ran a secret school for over 30 years in her, “Pink House.” I’m honored to share your story, Lady Jane Deveaux!
Alas, I’ve started my journey! Before my first book signing in the south, I will spend the next few days in IN recording my latest novel on CD. I had several requests while at my MN signing, and of course, I always aim to please! It was a great honor to even be asked.
I spent my first night at a Flying J in New Haven — can you say, RVers dream?!?” Filled up the necessary tanks, emptied the others, watched a bit of telly, and had a very peaceful sleep. I was very tempted to get a bite at Huddle House, but I stayed on the healthy side and cooked instead.