Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A time for gratitude...

I've had a rough 18 months. Many of you know that. But one of the things that sustained me during that time was people so willing to give to us when we needed it most. Time, money, good thoughts, well wishes, an ear to So at a time when we are supposed to be grateful for the good things, I'd encourage you if you're looking to read me or haven't read the following books, buy a copy. All proceeds--*all*--go to the foundation they are dedicated to. In order they are: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association and

I am grateful, at this time of year, for my children, the family who kept me going me during the last year and a half, my online writer/reader friends and the opportunity at this time in my life to be in a position to give again. To do good things for others. Paying back is soothing my soul. And that is a gift.

p.s. another charity antho is in the works so if you are a writer please watch for a Call for Submissions. Should come after the holidays. <3
p.p.s. Please check out all the Coming Together titles for more dirty reading for a good cause!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Not a lot of blogging going on here, have you noticed? Mostly because I'm not sure what I have to say at this very strange and difficult time in my life. I am not cut out for widowhood, I believe. I could bore you with the realities of my life these last 4 weeks. Insurance stress, death benefit stress, getting on with life stress and as of today, Social Security Administration stress (they're trying to pay a dead man). Did you know it would be easier to catch a fly with chopsticks than get a human on the phone at the SSA?

Or I could tell you about putting away the medical supplies I used to care for him and crying. Or changing the sheets for the first time since he passed...and crying. Or ya know...making coffee...and crying.

But there is writing, though. That's a bright spot. Because I had this weird notion (much like when I quit smoking) that I wouldn't be able to write now that I'm a widow (I thought I wouldn't be able to write sans smokes). But I can. And I am. So, I'm grateful for that.

Another thing I am looking forward to is the release of my Christmas novella 'Tis the Season which comes out from Excessica on December 5th. So that...yeah, I'm looking forward to that.

What I'm not looking forward to is December 1st, which is my 43rd birthday. It's the first birthday I can recall not looking forward to. This is the first year I wished I could skip it. Jim always made my birthday great. Even if he had to work. It was still him coming home and yay! it's your birthday and I got to spend it with my best friend/favorite person/husband. So, I think the kids and I will go out to eat because my guy isn't here to cook and it will be a change of scenery.

Let's see...what else. Well, like I said, there's writing. I'm more than half done the anthology of all new stories I'm putting together to be the follow up to Lucky 13. And Obsession Suite is selling in a modest but steady stream and...

Yeah, that's all I've got. I am trying to find a shred of my Christmas spirit. Trying to embrace, even on some level, moving forward. But it is slow going and difficult to say the least.

On that note, I'd like to thank all my writer friends and readers yet again for their unfailing kindness, support, understanding and love. You're awesome. And I'm grateful for you. <3


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Just a toe...

I haven't blogged since we lost Jim. So this is me sticking just a toe into the water. I knew I'd be down for the count for a few weeks. I anticipated it. But now I am itching to focus on something and do what I do to process all my emotions. Write. So I started tentatively a few days ago. I will be blogging helter skelter for a while, I'm sure. But I'm here and trying to find the balance between grieving and purpose. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me with condolences, kindness, support and love. You are very much appreciated and when you reach out you touch my heart.