My first novel, Orchids in the Snow, will always have a special place in my heart. For those who have read it, bear with me for a moment. The book, set at Barksdale Air Forces Base in the early 1980s, centers around Air Force wife and mother Andrea Randall as she faces a year alone when her husband takes a remote assignment. Their son is a B-52 pilot like his father and their daughter is a freshman at college. The potentially boring year takes an unexpected turn as Andrea becomes socially involved with a group of younger officers and a newly arrived Air Force civilian divorcee. Like their son, these women and men are in an Air Force that is changing and as the year progresses, Andrea begins to reflect on the unwritten rules she has always accepted without question. Orchids in the Snow is indeed, “A book for any woman who has ever wondered if she has made the right choices for her life.”
Orchids is no longer in publication, nor is it in e-book, but I have copies that I have been looking to give to women who have an association with the military (family member, veteran, or civilian employee) and I simply haven’t been able to make the timing work. So I decided to stage a special event in Homestead to make it happen. http://charliehudson.net/military-tribute-event.html
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. I will be at the Town Hall Museum in Homestead (41 N. Krome Ave) and I am inviting women to join me to get a free autographed copy of Orchids. The offer is for any woman with any association with the military – wife, “military brat”, veteran, etc., What I would really like to see is women make an afternoon of it and have lunch somewhere in Homestead (maybe near the musuem) and then come get a book, or come later to get a book and then go for coffee/Happy Hour. Make it an all-museum afternoon and stop by the Pioneer Museum on Krome Avenue in Florida City.
Now yes, I know many women work in structured jobs and can’t do this, but I’ll find another venue to take care of them.