Friends Forever

Yesterday was my big day; my first novel, Fire Angel, was officially put on the market by Crimson Romance. I am now officially a published author. Having an e-book released for sale is quite a bit different from a hardcover or softcover book release party — there are no books to autograph, no speeches to deliver although I did blog on the Crimson Romance site, and no champagne, balloons and confetti. It was almost, but not quite anti-climatic.

I celebrated my Release Day because my very best and oldest friends–time-wise not age-wise came to spend the day with me. They are my BFFs long before BFFs ever existed.

Rob and Faye have been friends of mine for close to fifty years, that’s right fifty years. I met him first when my parents purchased a cottage on lake St. Francis. I was ten, and he was my first boyfriend. I met Faye at St Lawrence High School a few years later, and introduced them, and the rest is history. They’ll be married 41 years in August, just a few days shy of a year less than John and I.

Over the years, time and circumstances have intervened and kept us apart, but when we meet, it’s as if we saw one another only days rather than weeks or months or even years ago. We’ve been parents and are now grandparents but that hasn’t changed the essence of who we are and why our friendship works. That’s how it is with friends; they know you so well that little things like time and distance make no difference.

Faye has been after me for years to write a book; she’s been certain all along that my success would be guaranteed if I just sat down and did it.This year, I finally did as I was told, and in some ways, the thrill of the moment is as great for her as it is for me. Friends celebrate with friends and for friends. She and Rob brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and then the four of us went out to lunch. Considering that it was the day before the tax deadline, the fact that John made a point of joining us made the occasion even more special for me. I felt really special.

In life we need to remember to celebrate the little things as well as the big ones; thanks guys, for helping me celebrate this milestone. Image

 

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Sold a Second Book — the Magic Continues

I sold my second book, and I’m just as excited as I was when I sold the first! Madison Connors, the CEO/Owner/Publisher of Front Porch Romance, just purchased a contemporary holiday novella from me. You can learn about Front Porch Romance by visiting their website. http://www.frontporchromance.com

When I set out to write Holiday Magic, I had two separate stories in mind since I was dealing with twin sisters. One would be reunited with a lost love, the other would find love where she least expected she would. I had started writing the first story before I sold my novel to Crimson Romance, and  had submitted it elsewhere. After a six week wait, I learned that it wasn’t what that particular editor was looking for, but she encouraged me to find my story another home.

Since Crimson doesn’t publish novellas, and it was too long for their holiday anthology, I realized that I had to check out other options. The great thing about today’s publishing industry is that there are so many different choices out there. I have a group of writing friends, and we’ve dubbed ourselves the Divine Scribbling Sisters. Among that group are two British gals who had sold to Front Porch Romance and recommended it. Another in our group had recently put together a two-book deal with them as well, and so I followed their advice and the rest, as they say, is history.

If you aspire to be a published author and have completed a manuscript that meets their guidelines (which you can find on their website), I encourage you to consider submitting to  Front Porch Romance or, if your work is spicier, think of going with Crimson Romance. The response time from both of these publishers is excellent.

When I decided to dedicate myself to writing full-time, I didn’t want to limit myself to one sub-genre. There is no question that my niche is romance, but I want to write them all– historical, contemporary, suspense, paranormal, fantasy– who knows I may even try steam punk!

Scheduled for a November release, look for more about Holiday magic as the time approaches.

My Daughter, My Inspiration

Yesterday, my daughter commented that I didn’t talk about her in my blogs, so today, I’m dedicating this blog to her.

My daughter Angela has always been a source of inspiration and awe to me. She is everything that I always wanted to be, and so much more–she’s tall, I’m short; she’s slender, I’m chubby; she’s a real blond who colored her hair dark, and I’m dark-haired and color my hair blond; finally, she has beautiful blue-green eyes while mine are Elsie, the Borden Cow, brown. But the physical differences, which make people wonder how she can be my daughter, are not the reasons I admire her.

One of the things that makes me so proud of her is her ability to bounce back from adversity. No matter how many times life knocks her down, she just gets right back up and makes do with the hand she’s been dealt — make do? Never! She triumphs and comes out of her problems stronger and better than ever. How does she manage that? Well, she has a strong faith and a belief that everything happens for a reason. She’s not a fatalist; she’s a trailblazer, using what happens to grow.

The second thing I admire about my daughter is the total commitment she has made to raising her children on her own, in such a way that they will never lack for anything. Being a single mother with four children ages 7, 6, 5, and almost 4, and working full-time, is no small accomplishment. She gives them unconditional love and puts them first, above her own needs and wants. Her children are well-behaved and a joy to have around. They are not angels, by any means, but they know they are loved and that makes all the difference in the world. Everybody can have a bad day now and then, but no matter what, Mommy is there for them

Angela also has a strong work ethic. She doesn’t expect the world to support her and knows that the only way to get something she wants and needs is to persevere. Instead of whining about it, she makes it happen through hard work and determination. She has provided  a good home environment in an excellent neighborhood near one of the city’s best schools for her young family and doesn’t complain about the sacrifices she’s had to make in order for it to happen. Now, she’s embarking on a new phase in her life, and I know that with her determination, she’ll succeed.

Angela is an outgoing and caring individual and when you are her friend, she’ll do anything she can for you. She gives and gives until it hurts, and it often does in this world full of people who prefer to take rather than give, but she doesn’t let that discourage her. She looks for the good in people and usually finds it. When she laughs, you want to laugh with her;when she cries, she breaks your heart.

Angela is the inspiration for all of my female heroines. They are resilient, fun-loving,Image and caring. My daughter is the best role model a mother could have.

MovieTime

I don’t often go to see movies while they are still in the theatres, but when I do, I choose a movie that just won’t look as exciting on the small screen of our old-fashioned television set. Movies filled with all kinds of special effects fit the bill; films like any of the James Bond flicks, Avatar, Star Trek as well as the new 3D films that have become so popular.

Last night, I went to see the new Disney Oz, the Great and Powerful, and I loved it!. While the movie started slowly–black and white like the original film was, it picked up quickly. The introduction set up James Franco, the wizard, as a con man, one who plays fast and loose with the ladies — a real love’em and leave’em type, and it was well done.The terror of the twister ride to the magical land of Oz had me ducking flying debris. As my grand-kids would say, it was awesome!

The special effects were incredible, and this was by far the best 3D movie I have ever seen. I put up my hands to ward off flying weapons,bugs and all kinds of things. The china doll and the little winged monkey are so realistic that you can believe such beings could actually exist. By the way, the road sign post giving directions to the Emerald City, China Town, and the Dark Woods made me laugh. There’s a China town everywhere, only this one contained real china — teapot and and cup and saucer houses.

The creation of the wicked witch of the west  was a surprise, incredibly well-done, and easy to understand. It also sets the scene beautifully for a remake of Dorothy’s visit to Oz if Disney wants to pursue the tale as well as other battles between Glynda and Oz and the wicked witches. .

While I don’t think my kidlets are quite ready for this movie since there are some scary scenes that even had me jumping, all in all, I had a wonderful evening and felt truly entertained for the first time since seeing the last James Bond movie. It was money well-spent!

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