Giving Many Thanks…

This year, I have a lot to be thankful for.  It would be easy to use a sweeping statement about how wonderful life is, but that would be dishonest and, frankly, there’s a lot more to it than that.

I’m thankful to be alive.  Due to some long battled illnesses, I was told that life for me would be rather short…like six months short, had I not found the help I did when I did.  That new treatment was found through a sister writer who had experience much the same symptoms and though not exactly what I was suffering, referred me to a doctor that was willing to do anything to get me on the right path.  Now, 11 months later, I am 150 pounds thinner, have had less instances of illness even though I have several auto-immune issues and feel more alive than I ever have before.  So that’s the first big thank you, to Terri and to Dr. Dave, for saving my life.

I’d also like to thank my mother who has helped me to see one of my life goals, owning my own home.  Doing this alone has been nerve-wracking and a bit terrifying, to say the least, but having her along has helped immensely.  It took me more than a year to find the perfect place and when I was at the end of my rope and was about to give up, she told me “it will find you” and it did.  At the very last moment, my agent pulled this one out of his hat and the sale went very quickly.  Within two months I was at closing and now have my home, filled with boxes, but mine.  So a great big thanks to my Mom, and to Pete, my friend and agent, for making this happen.

I’m thankful for all of my friends and for my writing sisters at PLRW who have helped me to stay sane through all the sickness and the house drama and, of course, the publication of my second book in my series.  I don’t know how I was even able to finish it, let alone get it out there and for that I am ever grateful and remain so.  I have the best friends in the world and wouldn’t give them up for a million dollars.

And I’m thankful 2014 is almost over.  Looking forward to a bright, happy new year and wishing all of you a happy, healthy, creative holiday season, however you chose to celebrate it.  May you find peace, joy and happiness wherever you go.

Love in the Stars released!

LITS14Love in the Stars, book two of the Lambourne Legacy series, has finally been released.  I know I promised a September release, but in the publishing world, delays happen.  I hope it was well worth the wait for all of you!

I’m already a few chapters into book three, titled Racing with the Sun, which will follow the third and last brother, Carson, as he makes his way across the spicy middle east in a search for himself and, well, love of course.

The fourth and final book in the series, A Knight of Dreams, will be spunky sister Lilianne’s book to show her stuff.  Heads will turn and hopefully her brothers won’t kill her suitors.

The eBook format of Love in the Stars is now available as well as print.

And the winds whip through the colorful leaves….

mabonToday is Mabon, or more modernly called the Fall Equinox.  It’s natures trigger day when leaves start changing color, the temperature starts to drop and we can finally pull out the bin of hoodies  and sweaters.

As mentioned before, I am one of those people who loves the fall.  Autumn is my favorite season and the colorful foliage and the temperate weather just makes everything so much more bearable, at least to me.

It’s also a time when farmers begin to bring in their harvest and the smell of corn and leaves start to permeate the air around us.  The breeze gets crisp and the nights get longer and the spirits come out to play.

In this period of change and hibernation of sorts, I find myself working on new ideas, gathering research and sitting in warm libraries soaking up the history.  If we let the spirits charm and delight us, what magic they bring into our lives!  Let them whisper to you while you sip your cocoa and bask in what they reveal.  Let your muses guide you and fill your senses with unimaginable joy and let it be transcribed to paper for the rest of the season, until you welcome the sun’s return in the Spring.