Book Launch, Book Tour, and Books, Books, Books

5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 and we’re off!

In late June, 2019, I launched my new book, MOONSCAPE, a Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery #3, at The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho. Sarah Hedrick from Iconoclast Books handled the book sales and sold out of all she had ordered! I prepared a powerpoint to explain the 1920s era about which I write. I included information about the history of Craters of the Moon, including several maps and photos by Gerry Morrison, my wonderful photographer and old camera expert. We launched with a bang!

Next, after a book signing at Rediscovered Books in Boise—a great bookstore—during the Farmers’ Market, we drove to Seattle to face the traffic and weather. Fortunately, it was July, so except for a few showers, we enjoyed sunshine and mild temps.

Julie and Kaycee at Third Place Books

Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park and the University Bookstore hosted my presentations. Gerry carried in and set up photographs and served as general “dog’s body” for our readings. Enthusiastic audiences greeted us. It is so much fun to see friends in the audience and meet new ones!

Third Place Books

Back in the Wood River Valley for a few days and I participated in MOONfest at Craters of the Moon, the setting for my book. This festival celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing by Apollo 11. Once again, my powerpoint featured COTM history and a reading with a scene in one of the caves. COTM park personnel supported a whole day of activities.

North Idaho hosted not only two presentations but my reunion with members of my 1961 high school plus two earlier years. Coeur d’Alene Public Library—such a great place with a perfect auditorium—provided all the technical support I needed, plus cookies and coffee. The Well-Read Moose handled book sales. Our reunion met for a picnic at the public park and then we loaded onto a boat for a trip around the upper part of Coeur d’Alene Lake. The sun danced on the water; a light breeze kept us cool, as did a few libations.

Kellogg Class of 1961

Next stop: Kellogg Staff Museum. Before my presentation, we visited the Crystal Gold Mine, a rediscovered mine just east of Kellogg, where we walked deep into the mountain.

A fascinating tour with bottomless pools, old-timey tools, gold and silver in the rocks, a knowledgeable guide and damp shoes.

Crystal Gold Mine original entrance
Julie and Gerry aka Molly and Gypo
Tree-covered Haystack Peak with golden K

Take the tour if you ever get the chance! The Museum on a Saturday evening brought in a small group. The main attraction in town was a 3-on-3 basketball tourney at Teeters Field. The best surprise was Haystack peak!

Books, books, books!

July was such a busy month, my reading slowed somewhat. Nevertheless, I can always find books in my journal to recommend. Here are some I liked most:


  • Deep Creek, Hope in High Country by Pam Houston
  • A Home by the Sea by May Sarton
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • Passionate Nomad, the Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangilo
  • Soul of an Octopus by Syd Montgomery
  • Horizon by Barry Lopez


  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • Desert Cut by Betty Webb
  • Face of War by Martha Gellhorn

Pull up a chair on your patio or at the beach or pool and wallow in lovely books! Happy rest of the summer!

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