Payson Book Festival, Monsoon Season Arrives: Monday Blog Post

2016: Variety of hummingbirds at our feeder by Randy Cockrell


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My extra Mystery at the Fair and Mystery in the Woods order arrived on July 15th. That meant I had just enough books for the Payson Book Festival. I actually sold out of Mystery in the Woods. I also sold a lot of my western, Gold Dreams. A couple of copies each of Slave Elf, First Encounter, A New Start also sold. I was pleased with the sales of course. I was also pleased to see a good turnout of attendees. Attendance was lower than normal but still seemed good and steady throughout the day. Most of the authors declared the festival a success. Good enough for me!

So last post I talked about the lack of rain. That has ended. We’ve had rain every day, just about, the last week and a half. It’s humid. So humid it reminds me of our life in upstate New York, just without the black flies. The land seems to be perking up and the bird and animal visits to my backyard bird bath have slowed down considerably. The chipmunks who cruise my backyard for food and water are very feisty and the males sit on top of our 6-foot wooden fence, calling chip, chip, chip, for a mate. Surprising to me is the lack of hummingbirds. There are a few feeding from our backyard feeder but not the swarms we have come to expect from previous years. Here’s a video from a year ago to demonstrate.

Hoping everyone is able to access a covid shot, or two if needed. The delta variant of the virus is racing through my county. Hospitalizations have jumped three-fold and the majority of the people hitting the ERs are unvaccinated. We’ll only beat this disease if we all work together. Please schedule your vaccination as soon as you can. The shots are still free!



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Where will I Be?

I have no plans at present for any other in person events. Any I was thinking about joining I’m now reconsidering due to the uptick in the Covid 19 Delta variant illnesses spreading across Arizona. See you in 2022!


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2 thoughts on “Payson Book Festival, Monsoon Season Arrives: Monday Blog Post

  1. Hi Connie:
    I’m sure we’ve read the same book in high school 1975. I’m searching for a book title. The plot was around a girl who wasn’t of this world. Abel was human, who falls in love with this strange girl. She made her clothes weaving spider webs. She was beautiful. Abel was a hunter and woodsmen.

    At the end the villagers burned down her tree house with her in it. Your story cover reminded me of the story again. It’s not American author, Scandinavian or Russian novel for Middle-age high school kids. Do you remember reading a book like the one I described?

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