Two years later she had published her first book and was busy creating hand-crafted pendants from a special kind of glass created by the space program for use as a heat shield back in the 1960’. Rene’ is currently working on a second book, this one for children.
Gloria Hander Lyons has written motivational and humorous short-stories, a book on self-publishing for authors, cook books, party books, wedding planning books, and home decoration books for starters. A half-dozen of her stories have been accepted and published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of short-stories. Gloria taught self-publishing classes at a local community college in the adult learning program. Check out her books on her website at http://www.gloriahanderlyons.com/. She also owns Blue Sage Press, the publishing company that she publishes books through.
Murder with a Touch of Spice is the title of her new novel, due to be released very soon. It’s a mystery story with a touch of humor. I had the privilege of reading the manuscript recently and it met my standard for a really good book. From the moment I read the first paragraph, I didn’t want to put it down. Keep an eye out for this one!
I intend to post another story about Gloria once her novel is released, but in the meantime, I must tell you one other thing about my friend. She is one of the two most inspiring persons I have ever met. (The other is my daughter, Kathy.) Gloria is very ill…well, I think I’ll let her tell you, with an excerpt from her blog.
“After being diagnosed in January, 2013, with breast cancer that had metastasized to my bones, and given a prognosis of two years, I made a bucket list of fun activities, and travel destinations so I could squeeze the most joy I could out of every single day. I created this blog to share the laughter, love and wonder of those adventures with my beloved friends and family.” – Gloria Hander Lyons
Today that author is Tom Rizzo. Tom is a former news reporter, having plied his trade in both radio and television, before moving to the Associated Press (AP) where he worked as a correspondent. He lived in Great Britain for several years, after growing up in central Ohio. He now calls Texas home. He’s acquired the cowboy boots and a Stetson, but more importantly, he’s practicing saying “ya’ll” when speaking to a group about his writing. I think he’s a keeper!
I have it on good authority that Tom is currently working on a crime novel. If it is as good as his first effort, we’ll have plenty of good reads from him in the future.
Check him out at http://www.tomrizzo.com/about-the-books/where you can purchase Last Stand at Bitter Creek. Oh yeah, be sure to watch his video trailer about the book too.
He’s a cop who became a writer. But that’s not what he planned. After serving a hitch in the U.S. Marine Corp, he returned home, married to his high school sweetheart. Finishing his education was the priority. Majoring in English, he obtained a B.A. by the time he was twenty-three. Wambaugh intended to become an English teacher. Instead, he became an ‘accidental cop’.