It is a normal Monday morning–Sadie will soon be headed for her “swimming lesson”, and I’ll be making routine phone calls and doing the preliminary work on a new book, “At Home in Stone Creek”, a Silhouette Special Edition starring Ashley O’Ballivan and the mystery man she doesn’t want to fall in love with.
As I write this, the kitchen TV is on and I’m watching an interview with the Miracle On the Hudson pilot and crew, and I stand in awe of the kind of skill and quiet courage these people exhibited under incomprehensible pressure. If I live to be a hundred, I will never forget the sight of all those people standing on the wings, the boats rushing to save them. Also, you can bet I listen a little more closely to the flight attendant’s safety speech before take-off. Pilots are a distinct breed–I know several. Rather than shuddering at the thought of making a landing like that, they actually wish they’d been in the cockpit of that aircraft, at the controls!
Several people expressed the sentiment that they’d never fly again, if they’d been among the passengers. In fact, most of the passengers boarded their connecting flights and went on. That, too, is courage, but it is also practicality. After all, if that happens to you once, what are the chances that it will ever happen again? It’s the equivalent of getting right back on the horse when you get thrown.
I want to thank you, if I haven’t already, for your amazing response to “The Montana Creeds: Logan”. #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list! Yee-haw!!!! You’ll soon be able to read all about Dylan Creed, in book 2, hitting the stands on February 24. Tyler’s story will follow, coming out on the last Tuesday in March. And just in case you haven’t had enough of the rough-and-tumble Creed outfit by then, “A Creed Country Christmas” will be released in time for the 2009 holiday season. The hero is Lincoln Creed, an ancestor of the current bunch, living on the same ranch in 1910-11, and the heroine is Juliana Mitchell, who has just been rousted from her job at the local Indian School, along with four Native American children who remain in her charge.
I’m also thinking about the Texas McKettricks, Tate, Garrett and Austin, and a lot of other future characters, too. No wonder my head is such a busy place!