I've been missing from this blog for several months, and from much of the rest of my world. I apoligize to my fans for disappearing, and I feel as though I owe you an explanation. This may take more than one post, but I find myself wanting to talk about what happened over the last year.
You see, I lost my hero, the man I have looked up to and admired for more than 60 years. My dad. I want to talk about him, about who he was and what he meant to me.
Over the last couple years I have watched dementia slowly steal the man I knew. It was heart-breaking to watch this vital, larger-than-life man reduced to a confused and debilitated man battling with his private demons.
In the end he slipped away in his sleep on the 17th of August. It was both a tragedy and a blessing, and brought grief, relief, and guilt for feeling relieved, in equal measures. I will always miss him, but the man I grew up with would not have chosen those last months of dependency and loss of control.
Dad wasn't a conventional hero. He didn't fly planes, or charge into burning buildings, or chase bad guys. But he was my hero. There are many things I want to say about him, to tell you why he was important.
I thought I was ready. I had the words in my head to tell you what I want you to know. But I still can't. Sometime soon, I hope.
In the meantime, I hold onto one thing: Just a few days before he died, I got a revised cover image for the first book in the new series (it's getting a couple tweaks, and I hope to have it to post later in the week).
This is the first book under the Fifield name. My dad's name.
I was able to email a copy to my mother, and she took it to show Dad - the first time the name he passed down to me appeared on the cover of a book.
I like to think he approved.
Critical praise for Christy!
For "Murder Hooks a Mermaid:"
"Author Christy Fifield creates the kind of characters that stay with you for a long time. Fifield’s new Haunted Souvenir Shop mystery, Murder Hooks a Mermaid has it all: a sunny, relaxed setting, captivating locals, delicious food, and—of course—murder! Delightful amateur sleuth Glory Martine is back with her wisecracking parrot and charming group of friends in this thoroughly entertaining adventure. Don’t miss it."—Julie Hyzy, National Bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mystery series
"A whodunit with a dose of the supernatural, "Murder Hooks a Mermaid" is a worthy successor to the series opener and showcases Fifield's talents for plotting, characterization and humor." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Quirky and unique, a heroine for whom you can't help but root. The story sucks you in." - The Maine Suspect
"With a lovable cast of characters, good conversations and a great setting, this well-written book is a terrific read." -- Dru's Book Musings
For "Murder Buys a T-Shirt:"
A refreshing new sleuth! - Lynne Maxwell, Mystery Scene Magazine
"A fun book that will make the dreariest of days a little brighter! Socrates' great Book Alert" - Socrates' Cozy Cafe
"An entertaining and clever Florida whodunit" - Harriet Klausner
"Hilarious! A great murder mystery with well-written characters" - Paranormal & Romantic Suspense Reviews
For the Georgiana Neverall Series:"Christy Evans will find legions of fans with this new series" - Sheldon McArthur, Lincoln City News Guard
"Funny and entertaining -- a solid mystery filled with likable characters." - RT Book Reviews"
Cute cozy mystery debute -- wry humor -- adorable dogs" -Publisher's Weekly
"Will have you giggling out loud! Four Stars." - Kathy Fisher, The Romance Readers Connection"The Book is good! Keep them coming, Ms. Evans!" - Mystery Scene
"Evans delivers a fast-paced mystery with admirable finesse!" - Sharon Galligar Chance, FreshFiction.com"Christy Evans has a hit on her hands" - Harriet Klausner, Bookreview.com
"Christy Evans is aces. I'll be very suprised if Sink Trap isn't an instant hit with cozy readers!" - CozyLibrary.com