I moved to Highland Park, Illinois six-week into first grade. Little did I know that I’d make lifelong friends, even though I never lived in the Chicagoland area as an adult. Recently, I traveled to Chicago to stay with my oldest friend and to attend a concert at Ravinia Park. The open aired concert venue is in Highland Park and as a kid I saw such people as Don McLean (of ‘American Pie’ fame), Gordon Lightfoot, and Jackson Browne.
This year, I was super excited to see Train.
Like tailgating before a football game, folks at Ravinia enjoy dinner and drinks on the Ravinia lawn where they’ll hang out before venturing to the pavilion or enjoy the concert from that location. Here I am with Lisa, my hostess, and our friend since 2nd grade Lori. We chatted that we couldn’t believe our 50th high school reunion would be in 5 years!!!!!
Train opened the concert by Pat Monahan telling the audience that ‘Drops of Jupiter’ was celebrating its 20th year since its release. A radio DJ once introduced the title song on the radio by mentioning Pat’s soaring vocals. Well, his voice is as strong as ever. I’ve got to rummage through my CDs and find the most beloved CD.
On Saturday, we ventured to the loop to catch up with another friend from first grade. Amy lives next to Lake Michigan and has an amazing view from her condo.
As usual, Literary Love-Savannah was a blast and the city enchanting.
I always get a kick out of meeting an author who has a shade of purple in her name. Here I am with Kelly Violet. Kelly writes Contemporary New Adult Romance. How do you like my lunch table decorations?
At Literary Love, authors share tables at the signings. It’s always a crapshoot regarding who you’ll be placed next to.
Last year, I was next to fellow Florida Young Adult author Breezy Jones. This year, I was paired with an author I met for the first time, Ellie Raine. As we chatted, we discovered Fiona Jayde did our covers. Fiona has been with me from the beginning, doing all my cover work except for the Magic, New Mexico novellas. I took this photo and sent it to Fiona.
Her reply: “No way, OMG!!!!!! This totally made my day! And the matching PURPLE!!!! I can’t stop grinning!!”
One thing I love about attending conferences are all the friendships I’ve made over the years. Here I’m with Stephanie. I met her originally in Kansas City, we had dinner at the Pirate House last year in Savannah, and this year we posed for this photo. Stephanie is a pediatric nurse. As with all health care professionals, we owe them all a special thanks for everything they’ve done over the last two years for our communities.
My adventures in my new (old) home in Austin continues.
Just about 90 minutes south of Austin is Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s known for its peaches and great German food. Charles Nimitz, who was the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet during WWII, was born there. The museum covering that part of the war is located in Fredericksburg. The town is just south of Johnson City where the LBJ ranch is located.
Here is the beautiful town library. I believe it was built in the 1840s.
I was also fortunate to go to the traveling Van Gogh experience. If you get a chance to go to this amazing exhibition, don’t miss out. You really get immersed in his amazing art.
It was wonderful attending Space Coast Book Lovers Conference 2021 this year. There was a lot of hugging between vaccinated attendees…which I missed over the last 18 months. After two years, it felt like a family reunion!
Here is am with Mouse and her two daughters: Heather and Roxanne. I’m wearing my ‘Mouse’s Girls’ T-Shirt.
Before the conference, a group of us went to the Kennedy Space Center. It’s something you need to do if ever you are in the area. Here I am with Carol Van Natta in a Space Capsule.
Part of every conference is going out to dinner with friends. The night before the conference began, I organized a dinner of nine. Here we are standing in front of the bar waiting for our table to be ready. Laura Hawk, Carol Van Natta, Mystipul, Nessa, Julie, and S.E. Smith were good enough to pose for a picture with me.
Last, but not least, at the signing, S.E. Smith, Carol Van Natta, and I contributed to a Magic, New Mexico gift bag. Congratulations to our winner Lynn. The bag contained a number of books and a Kindle (donated by S.E. Smith).
How about joining me in 2022 at one of the three conferences I will be attending:
Weekend with the Authors in Nashville, TN May 11th- May 15th
Space Coast Book Lover’s Conference in Cape Canaveral, FL. June 22nd- June 26th
Literary Love in Savannah, GA July 20th-July 24th
Salyt & Pepper
Bishop Academy, Book 1
Release Date: September 7, 2021
An unexpected scholarship to Blakeway Prep wasn’t the only surprise Pepper Samuels discovers when she is thrust into the secretive Bishop Academy. There she learns about the magical legacy she inherited from the parents she barely remembers. The bloodline she carries is coveted by the powerful families who send their children to Bishop to set up alliances.
Outcast Salyt Edwards is only comfortable within the confines of her coven. When her life is threatened by her biological father, she is sent to Bishop Academy. There she discovers the truth about her real family and the untapped magical abilities at her fingertips.
Get lost into the mysteries presented in this new Teen and Young Adult Fantasy series.
As many of you know, in April I moved from Bonita Springs, FL to Austin, TX. I spent many wonderful years in Austin during the 1980s. Not only did I start my 33-year career with Farmers Insurance in Austin, I was also membership chairman of the Austin Chapter of the Sierra Club, worked on political campaigns, visited with my parents, and took many wonderful day trips around the Texas Hill Country with friends and family.
Fast forward to 2021. I’ve got a beautiful view from my balcony to inspire my writing. As life changes with more people being vaccinated, I’m super excited to start a new life in this magnificent city. How can things not be wonderful with sunsets like this in my backyard?
Join my Facebook group, ‘The Worlds of Evelyn Lederman’. Hang out with me and a group of wonderful readers.
Participation in conversations at your leisure.
Brand new Magic, New Mexico stories for you to curl up with!!
* Dangerous Enchantment by Evelyn Lederman. With the Brethren after her, it’s killed or be killed for Fatima. But when magic is at play, the possibilities are endless.
* Pearl of Wisdom by Jody Wallace. The truth will set her free, but it may destroy him.
* The Alien Dragon King by Tianna Xander. One woman. Two royal dragons. A battle that could destroy their world.
Download here: https://magicnewmexico.com/new-releases/
One of the most enjoyable book conferences I attend yearly is the Space Coast Book Lover’s Conference in Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the 2020 cancellation of the conference, we’re all super excited for this year’s conference.
You can join me, S.E. Smith, Julia Mills, Teri Riggs, Julie Morgan, Elicia Hyder, and others in Cape Canaveral June 24th-June 27th.
Come early or stay late and head to the Kennedy Space Center where the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle missions launched from.
Eden’s Dragon, Book 4
The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico
Release Date: August 17, 2021
She can tempt any man, except for him.
Men have died to possess Nour, even those who came to kill her. For centuries, dragon shifter Nour has used the gift she inherited from Eden’s Dragon. Everything changes when she materializes in Magic, New Mexico. Will her enchantment finally end?
Jaguar shifter Elon possesses psychic powers he refused to use. Against his better judgement, he aids his cousin and enters a parallel dimension. Sometimes there are no choices when it comes to protecting his newly discovered mate.