My parents had a curiosity that I have acquired, wanting to know the name of each flower, tree and bird, and how they fit into the general scheme of things. I have been privileged to watch deer chew their cud, squirrels chase and eat, snakes drink from a droplet on a leaf, and frogs turn from tadpoles into frogs. Right now the Bald Eagles have hatched a young chick that is flying about with them. I hear them call to each other as they fly. In the woods the hummingbirds are busy fighting over the feeder, and the tiny warblers singing for the joy of singing.
I have written about them and the places they live in my book Crossing The Raging River, and am now watching as Ashley, a New York native sees it for the first time as she moves to Washington State to be near her brother Ben that you have met in Crossing the Raging River. I have not named this sequel yet, but it is sure to have an interesting title.
Ashley is becoming a real character as she experiences the forest and all of the scenery therein for the first time. It’s harder for her as she isn’t a forester. She’s a girly girl architect with a fierce independence and a habit of not telling the whole truth. That seems to get her into a few predicaments that it is hard to talk her way out of. Will she ever learn? I don’t know. Will she ever find the perfect groom out here in this wilderness? Maybe. When and how will Ben find out? That remains to be seen.
For now, enjoy Crossing the Raging River, available on Amazon, and know that Ashley Martin will make her appearance by fall.