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The invitations were sent and the champagne, cooling.

Then Hurricane Irma invited herself to the party.

Today was to be a Book Launch Party for “The Anchor Clankers,” a time to celebrate the six years spent writing, editing, designing and proofreading my manuscript before its publication.

When a book is finally published, it’s the end of a long, (sometimes arduous) journey for the author. My sweet friends recognized that, and wanted to throw a monumental celebration – an event that required considerable forethought and planning.

Simply picking a date is difficult, since every day of the year is someone’s birthday, someone’s holiday, someone’s marathon, someone’s surgery, or the day after a hurricane hurtles into Florida, sending 75 m.p.h. winds and 12 inches of rain your way.

Life is full of surprises and things that cannot be foreseen (such as the absence of power, water and gasoline.) I’m so grateful to the people who planned to attend and hope that everyone will take two hours out of their busy lives on October 4 to come the rescheduled Book Launch Party.

Everyone, that is, except Irma.

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“The Anchor Clankers,” is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com

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