I must confess, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to be. I know, many of you are anxiously awaiting book #3 in The Locals Series. Status update: I need one more pass through it before I send it to editing.

I’ve been busy entertaining family. ‘Tis the vacation season. We had a lovely visit from our youngest son (21 years old), followed by a visit from our oldest son (25 years old), and now a visit from my in-laws (I won’t share their age). In the day or two between the visits, I found myself running errands and prepping the house for our next guest.

It’s a great problem to have. We love seeing the family and sharing our favorite parts of Kansas City with them.

Yesterday we visited the Negro League Museum in KC. Although, I’ve visited a few times now, I still experience goosebumps and fight tears during the visit. I’m a baseball fan, but you don’t have to be to enjoy the museum and the attached Jazz Museum at the notorious 18th & Vine. I felt like I was standing in the presence of many of baseball’s greatest players through the photos, videos, and sculptures. If you haven’t visited, I highly recommend it. Sometimes, even entire MLB teams tour the museum when the are in town to take on the Royals.

During my “vacations” with family, I have emailed myself some scenes and ideas for my next writing session. Madison, Hamilton, and Liberty are always on my mind. I’m excited for the big reveal in book #3, as I know many fans are.

I promise Monday to hit the office again and buckle down. Tailgates and First Dates will be in your hands in August 2019.

Thank you to all of the fans that have reached out asking the status of the next book. It helps to keep me motivated. Stay tuned for status updates and have a terrific summer.

By haleyrhoadesauthor

Haley Rhoades’ writing is another bucket-list item coming to fruition, just like meeting Stephen Tyler, Ozzie Smith and skydiving. As she continues to write romance and young adult books, she plans to complete her remaining bucket-list items, including ghost-hunting, storm-chasing, and bungee jumping. She is a Netflix-binging, Converse-wearing, avidly-reading, traveling geek.
A team player, Haley thrived as her spouse’s career moved the family of four 10 times to four states. One move occurred eleven days after my C-section. Now with two adult sons, Haley copes with her newly emptied nest by writing and spoiling Nala, our precious Pomsky. A fly on the wall might laugh as she talks aloud to her fur-baby all day long.
Haley’s under five-foot, fun-size stature houses a full-size attitude. Her uber-competitiveness in all things entertains, frustrates, and challenges family and friends. Not one to shy away from a dare, she faces the consequences of a lost bet no matter the humiliation. Her fierce loyalty extends from family, to friends, to sports teams.
Haley’s guilty pleasures are Lifetime and Hallmark movies. Her other loves include all things peanut butter, Kansas City Chiefs, St.Louis Cardinals, Star Wars, mathematics, and travel. Past day jobs vary tremendously from an elementary special-education para-professional, to a YMCA sports director, to a retail store accounting coordinator, and finally a high school mathematics teacher.
Haley resides with her husband and fur-baby in a south Des Moines suburb. This Missouri-born girl enjoys the diversity the Midwest offers.
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