Yayyyyy, it’s my birthday!!! I’ve heard that a woman’s first 39th is her best. Lol. Seriously, I intend for this year to be a Farewell to my Thirties, and I intend to do big things!
First off, we’ll start with today.
I’ve decided to put a ton of my titles on sale today in celebration.
So if you haven’t read any of these titles, now is the perfect time to try them!
And as you know, Guardian re-releases today. It’s $.99 for today only, so if you love YA Paranormal Romance, pick it up!
**It’s taking a while to upload to B&N. But when it goes live, I’ll leave the price at $.99 for an entire day**
Anyway. I hope you all have a fabulous August 28th!!
So, as most of you have noticed, the reach on Facebook has drastically decreased over this past year. Even though I have a lot of ‘Likes” and “friends”, only a fraction of them (You) see what I post.
Soooooooo, I’ve finally bit the bullet and I’m going to do a newsletter. I started the process a long time ago, but never actually did it, because let’s face it, when it comes to doing anything other than writing, I don’t usually want to do it. Lol.
BUT, I mean it this time. I’m doing a newsletter. I promise, I won’t flood your inboxes every other day. I’ll only do one when I have something to announce or something cool to share. (Because again, when it comes to doing anything other than writing, I’m a bit reticent about it. Read that as: Lazy).
Readers who subscribe to my newsletter will hear announcements first, and will be eligible for special giveaways exclusive to the newsletter. The first edition will go out MONDAY, August 25th, so sign up before then if you want to be in on it from the beginning.
Go to the CONTACT PAGE on my website, scroll down on the right hand side, and you’ll see where you can sign up.
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!
So, I’m feeling melancholy today with all the back to school craziness, and this post doesn’t have anything at all to do with writing or my books. It has to do with life. And how it passes with increasing speed each year.
One of my favorite quotes is from Robert Frost: “In three words, I can sum up everything I know about life: It goes on.” How true is that? Loved ones die? Life goes on. Disaster? Heartache? Life goes on.
But I think sometimes we forget that on a daily basis…. as we scramble to get up at 6am and get our kids ready for school on time, as we scurry to pick them up and shuttle them to practices and rehearsals and games. Life goes on, every second— and every second is one you’ll never get back.
My daughter Bella started middle school this year. Middle School!!! A minute ago, she was two years old and my shadow. She wanted to be with me all the time, and was the sweetest thing in the world. I called her Ellie-Bellie and she was scared of monsters under her bed. And now. Middle school. She doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore or let me do her hair. (But she’s still scared of monsters under her bed…)
My son Tristan is 16. When he was born, he was 6 lbs and 20 inches long. Now, he’s 6’3″ and 210 lbs. And he’s not done growing. I used to call him Tristie, and he collected bugs in his little bug box and liked to feed the ducks. He was also scared of monsters, so my husband used to search them out before bed with his cell phone as his “monster detector.” Now, Tristan is a Tight End on his football team and is stronger than I ever thought about being. Seriously. He can easily beat me arm wrestling with one hand, while I use two. He’s no longer scared of monsters. In fact, when we watch horror movies, he laughs while I look at the screen through my fingers.
He’s funny- and makes me laugh on a daily basis… and I’m always wondering… when the heck did he grow up so much?
Tristan (and me) then:
OMG, I love my kids. I love all the stages, even the moody ones. I love how they change every day. I love looking at my daughter and seeing how pretty and smart she is, and thinking, OMG, I MADE that. And looking UP at my son, and watching how strong and fast and funny he is, and thinking I MADE that. It’s a miracle and a blessing and they’re mine.
But life goes on.
And every day that passes is one closer to the day that they’ll each leave my house. They’ll go to college where instead of eating food cooked by me, food that I know is organic and nutritious, and they’ll grab trays and eat in a cafeteria or pop popcorn in their dorm microwave. They’ll do things everyday that I won’t be there to hear about, except for over the phone.
Sometimes it makes me sad and panicky, but above all, it makes me proud. I’m growing them up to be strong and proud and independent. And while they’re mine, they’re also the world’s, and I have full confidence that they will CHANGE the world. I don’t know what they’ll grow up to be. A brain surgeon? A Navy Seal? An Ambassador?
All I know is…. I’m doing my best to raise them right. To teach them right from wrong. To teach them to cook, and sew on a button, and stand up for themselves and be graceful and kind. And because of these things, they’ll grow up to change the world in some way. They’ll grow up to change THEIR world. I’m doing my best to team them not to let the world change THEM.
Gah. It makes my throat tighten up and my eyes water, and I’m not a crier. But our kids have that power over us. They truly are our hearts walking around outside of our bodies. And that’s fine. Someone’s gotta have my heart– it might as well be them.
My point here is…. we need to remember, in the middle of all of these busy, loud, giggling, hectic, chaotic days…. that life goes on. We’ve got to cherish each day… when we’re picking up their dirty clothes for the millionth time, or struggling to hear a phone call with them yelling in the background, or breaking your favorite vase during a rowdy game of indoor football, or muddy prints across your clean floor, or “Hey mom, I need six styrofoam cones for school tomorrow” when it’s 11pm the night before. During all of this, remember that life goes on.
So we meed to embrace today, and love it while it’s here. And don’t blink. If you do, you’ll miss something.
So, my birthday is on August 28th. I’ll be celebrating a few things.
One, I’ll be turning 39, so I’ll be celebrating the start of the last of my 30’s. I’ll also be celebrating the re-release of my debut novel, GUARDIAN…which is a big deal to me.
GUARDIAN was my first book. It was the thing, the cathartic thing, that kept me from drowning in grief after my dad died. It was also the pivotal thing that pulled me into the writing world and changed my life forever.
To celebrate these things, I’ll be throwing a virtual party on my birthday.
GUARDIAN will be re-released. On release day, my birthday, it will be $.99 for digital copies for that one day only.
Also, for that one day only, the following books of mine (which are some of my favorites) will be on sale for $.99:
If you watch my books at all, then you’ll know this is a big deal, because my books are seldom on sale.
Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great day. As for me, I’m just gonna be over here… counting down the days til my birthday. Have a great week!