The book is here!

They Call Me Orange Juice paperback and hardback

I’m tickled to death to announce to y’all that my book, They Call Me Orange Juice, is out!

Available in hardcover and paperback, it is a collection of what I think are the best of the best of my early essays. Some are funny. Some are poignant. And all come straight from my heart to you.

I’d like to thank several people without whom this project would never have come to fruition, and the first is my awesomely talented friend Maya Metz Logue who drew the cover art and all of the interior illustrations. You can see her portfolio here.

I am much obliged to Lee Dunnie, the photographer who always makes me look like a million bucks. He works some mighty magic from behind the lens. You can see more of his pictures on Facebook right here.

Much appreciation goes to William Dahlberg, Anastasia Ferrell, and Krista Rataj for eyeballing this work critically and without reservation and telling me the absolute hard truths about what worked and what didn’t. Everyone should have friends like this!

Thank you to my dear, sweet husband who’s my editor and my champion. He has exhibited infinite patience with me and total confidence in me while I’ve obsessed over every detail of this project for two years. For all that and so much more, I’m forever thankful.

And last, but certainly not least, I’d like to recognize my Sonny Boy who both inspires my creativity and challenges me to do better as he hauls me kicking and screaming outside of the box.

Now to the big question: Where can you get your copy?

If you’re in the Birmingham area, I’d like to encourage you to purchase your copy from one of our local booksellers. Ask for They Call Me Orange Juice at:

Little Professor Book Center
2844 18th Street South
Homewood, Alabama 35209
(205) 870-7461

and

Church Street Coffee & Books
81 Church Street
Mountain Brook, AL 35213
(205) 870-1117

If you’re in my hometown of Citronelle, Ala., starting Tuesday, May 8, you  can pick one up at:

Jeanna’s Flower Shop
19245 N 3rd Street

Citronelle, AL 36522

(251) 866-9775

Or you can order a copy from Archway Publishing.

But if you see me around town, I’ll likely have some copies with me.

And my final thank you goes to YOU! Without readers, the stories that are in my head would be lifeless words on the page. Thank you for giving me the gift of your time; for your laughter and tears; for every single like, share, and comment; and for your unfailing support. I am truly grateful.