Heading South Again

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) The first novel in the Captain’s Point series.  A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.

Also available in print on iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

A Man for Susan (Captain’s Point Stories) The second novel in the Captain’s Point series.  A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.

Also available in print on iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Chocolate Can Kill (Emily Harris Mysteries) a full-length, cozy mystery by Annie Acorn

Also available in print on iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Once again, I find myself heading south to Birmingham, Alabama to visit with Son #1 and author Peggy Teel (@peggyteel).  It’s 2:40 in the afternoon, and to say that it’s already been a long day would be one of the World’s Greatest Understatements.  It’s been a long week, and in some ways, a long month.  There are those who would allow me a long year.

With a sigh, I drop into a semi-comfortable café chair situated in a balcony area that overlooks my departure gate and affords me a clear view across the runways that stretch beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows across the open space below.

To get here, I have already survived cleaning my condo, so that it will receive me in style upon my return.  I have survived the first hair cut by a new stylist, having been forced to make a change after ten years with my previous one – a woman who refused to have absolutely necessary cataract surgery and still believed that I would pay her top dollar for the worst haircuts in the world.  I have survived the discovery that while it would be in the fifties and sixties in the D.C. area during my absence, it would be in the seventies in Birmingham during my visit, thus denying me the simple pleasure of short-sleeve sweater weather.

I have survived the awkward moment when I realized I own fewer outfits than I need that fall in the nebulous category between business casual and acceptable for wear only in private, this when I will be staying with Peggy, who is a true southern lady in all the best ways and, therefore, is never seen in anything that isn’t perfect for whatever occasion and who never sports a hair out of place.

I have survived the realization that even though I barely own any appropriate clothes, I still need to take four pairs of shoes to go with them, as well as the depressing fact that I really needed the assistance of a 6’4” alpha male if I were to have any chance of closing my suitcase.  (“Where are Chase, Jack and Larry when I need them?” asks the @CharlotteKent20 side of me.)

I have survived the fact that no one could drive me to the airport until my elderly neighbor and her jewel of a sister-in-law offered to fill in the breach, the only problem being that I would have to be left at the airport a full three hours prior to my flight’s takeoff, since 92-year-old Mom had to be picked up in a timely fashion from Senior Care.

I have survived the buses that refused to drop below 25 miles per hour in the lanes between the passenger drop-off point and the outdoor check-in gate, this despite the signs clearly stating that, as a pedestrian, I had the right of way.  I have survived the dreaded security check that last time took me an hour due to a Code Orange terrorism alert and this time took me only five minutes, even though the government that’s housed only a few miles along the road is about to shut down.

I will survive the three hour wait time before boarding, probably in much the same way that I already have – by writing.  Love’s Journey, Book #3 in my romantic women’s fiction/family saga Captain’s Point series is already calling to me, and I will satisfy its needs for my attention just as soon as I finish writing to you.

And then, a warm, friendly voice filled with the rich cadence that can only come from a Deep South accent will call me, and I will board.  My footsteps will lighten, my heartbeat will slow, and I may embarrass myself for a moment by doing a happy dance in the plane’s aisle before taking my seat.

Because at the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of the month and, yes, even at the end of what has been a long year filled with hard work, I will be heading towards Son #1, the best hostess I know, and the place that still feels like home!

Annie Acorn

A Tired Older Woman: Loses Weight and Keeps It Off! by Annie Acorn

Also available in print on iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Murder With My Darling (Bonnie Lou Mysteries) by Annie Acorn

NOTE: Author is NOT responsible for anything the main character says!

Also available in print on iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

When to Remain Silent (Annie Acorn’s Kindle Short Mysteries) by Annie Acorn

Also available for NOOK!

A Stranger Comes to Town (Annie Acorn’s Kindle Short Mysteries) by Annie Acorn

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The Young Executive (Annie Acorn’s Kindle Short Mysteries) by Annie Acorn

Also available for NOOK!

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4 Responses to Heading South Again

  1. Have a great trip and the best of times with Son #1. Every minute will be worth the hassles you’ve had.
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  2. I’m loving your blog, Annie. Will be back for more 🙂
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