Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanks:

This may very well be my shortest post ever. I am thankful for everyone who has ever shared a part in my life, be it good, bad or indifferent, for each of you has helped me learn and grow or sit back on my haunches and reflect. You've taught me to love, forgive, forget, and move forward. No regrets for they are a waste of precious time and energy.

You've shared your smiles and in worst cases your tears with me. You've allowed me into your lives and trusted what you covet the most with me. Your heart, your friendship, your love.
That saying, people come into your lives for different purposes at different stages is very true. We just need to look for the resons and once found, not lose sight of why.
I wish you all your dreams.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What I have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Despite the financial hardships of the recession and the passing of my mom just over a year ago, I do have things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I've been married to the love of my life for the past 29 years. He's my inspiration for writing those romance stories where the hero and heroine, despite all odds, end up living happily ever after. And when I'm down, he lifts me up.

I'm also thankful that I have the freedom to pursue my dream of writing. I have a fantastic editor who tells me when my writing is sub par and helps me polish it up into a great story. Three of the books I worked with her on have won awards or finalist spots.

I'm also thankful for the wonderful online writing community I belong to. Everyone is so supportive and helps with problems or questions. I've learned a lot over the past eight years that's steered me to a place where readers can enjoy my stories of romance and adventure. That's all a writer really wants.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Blog Tour

Just dropping by to announce The Wild Roses Christmas Blog Tour that begins today and posts every Wednesday from now until Christmas. Several TWRP authors are participating in this fun, informative tour and there are multiple chances for multiple prizes. Just take a look at the goodies we have available or follow the link to learn more.http://rosestour.blogspot.com/

Prizes Galore

Here are the prizes that these wonderful TWRP authors will be giving away during the Christmas tour:

Amy's first prize is a herbal bath kit to a random commenter. Three runners-up will each get an ebook copy of I Bid One American. Amy will be using a computer spreadsheet randomiser to select the winner. Each additional comment will mean a new entry.

Caroline is offering a generous prize of a $15 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press.

Lilly will be giving away The Man of Your Dreams - a Celebrating Home candle scent. All you have to do to win is leave a comment telling Lilly about the man of your dreams.

Maya's prize will either be a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Check Maya's blog during the tour for more information. In addition, Maya has offered a critique of a partial (three chapters & synopsis) to an aspiring writer. Just leave a comment on her blog during the tour, let her know you're interested, and you'll be entered into the draw.

Nana is giving away TWRP gift vouchers so you can stock up on all of our books for the holiday season!

PL will be giving away prizes to five lucky blog readers. Each winner will receive a 4oz bag of popcorn from Craklin Popcorn in her hometown of Boise. You can find out more about this yummy prize here: http://cgpopcorn.com/flavors.htm

Rachel is giving away a pale blue pashmina (bought in Bath, the setting of her novel) as well as a signed paperback copy of The Arrival of Lily Curtis.

Rae is offering two prizes: Christmas tree decorations from the Save the Rainforest website. Check Rae's blog for pictures. In order to enter, contestants will need to leave a comment, follow the blog, or re-tweet Rae's posts during the blog tour. Each re-tweet or follow will be considered another entry

Sally's prize is a choice of a Swarovski crystal necklace and earrings in either red or green - hand-made by Sally herself! In order to win, entrants must follow Sally's blog and leave a comment on any of the posts on the blogs she is guesting on.

Victoria will be giving away a prize linked to her latest release, Angel in my Arms.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What are you thankful for?

Isn't it funny that Thanksgiving---the holiday set aside to take time out of our busy schedule to remember what we're thankful for in our lives---that we usually spend it running around, baking, traveling to family and/or friends with very little time for quiet reflection about why we should actually feel thankful?

I don't know about you, but the holidays seemed to blindside me this year. I needed more time to prepare for the nonstop craziness that starts at the end of November and stretches into the first of January. I needed a longer summer.

I wonder if I can muster up some of the powers that my characters have in MYSTICAL SEDUCTION and flip time backwards a month or so.
Perhaps if I squeeze my eyes shut really tight, I'll be able to manage magically conjure up a few extra days. Hang on....



Did it work?


Drat. It's still the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I guess I'll just have to make do with the time that I have now.

Deep breath. It'll be okay. Deep breath. I have so many reasons to be thankful this year.

Perhaps I should count them.

I'm thankful for...

1. My wonderful publishers and two releases this year including the sexy paranormal romance, MYSTICAL SEDUCTION from TWRP.

2. My upcoming mystery FLOWERBED OF STATE from Berkley Prime Crime in May of next year. (It really has been a wonderful year career-wise.)

3. The health of my family.

4. My cat who jumps on my keyboard just to hear me squeal.

5. My little dog whose antics never fail to make me laugh.

6. The support of my friends who lift me up.

7. The tasty bounty my vegetable garden produced this year.

8. A family willing to eat a pre-cooked turkey dinner from the grocery store. Gracious, I'm thankful for that!

9. A busy life that fulfills me.

10. A man who love me.

You know what? I think I just might have magical powers after all. All of the sudden I feel as if I have all the time in the world to prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.

If you're feeling like a turkey in a pressure cooker, perhaps you too should take 10 minutes and count your blessings.

What are you thankful for this year?

Have a magical Thanksgiving day!

Dorothy McFalls

Look for Mystical Seduction from TWRP

Faith was looking for a one-night stand. What she got was an otherworldly hunk determined to make her his sex slave.


"Dorothy McFalls
delivers an original, action-packed plot with plenty of steam
" ~ Fallen Angel Reviews

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm just plain thankful :)

A simple statement with loads of meaning. This Thursday is no different than any other day, except for the fact that we can pause for a moment to realize all the wonderful blessings in our lives. Family, friends, talent or health, opportunities presented or the angels in our lives who offer support through thick or thin. In life, there's a world of reasons to be thankful.

So whether you celebrate the day with pizza or turkey, take some all precious seconds to think a thank you. Football and pumpkin pie aside, it's everyday, ordinary things we often overlook that matter most.

Like I said. I'm just plain thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving! 



 

Friday, November 12, 2010

What I'm Thankful For

There are so many things to be thankful for...good health, a beautiful boy, who while only 1 persists in thinking he's a big boy (here's a picture of him brushing his teeth), and a career I love, but this year I'm most thankful for my wonderful family.



Like so many others, we've had a tough year financially. With two struggling businesses, income dwindled until we decided to move in with my mother. I'm not sure how many thirty-something women want to move in with their mothers, but I wasn't one of them. I consoled myself with the thought it would only be for a brief time.

Now, here we are over half a year later and I don't want to live anywhere else, at the moment. My little boy loves his ba ngoi (maternal grandmother in Vietnamese) and she loves him. He's the only grandchild she's been able to see daily. She takes him almost every morning for a couple of hours and goes on walks or waters the yard. She feeds him breakfast and his late night snack. And, I get a precious two hours of time. In the beginning, when I wasn't getting much sleep, I used the time to nap. Now, I use the time to work.

An additional benefit of living with my mother, I now understand and appreciate her more than I ever would have otherwise. The saying, "Just wait until you're a mother," well I understand it so much better now. My mother's not the most loving of mothers...far from it, but she's one of the most practical. When I'm having a bad day, there's nothing like her wry sense of humor or feisty "snap out of it" to help me deal.

Hubby has been great about the whole situation too. He loves to garden and he, my mother and my stepfather went crazy this year in the backyard. We had okra, sunflowers, squash, bittermelon, a half dozen types of peppers, and a variety of herbs. Plus, he gets his fill of Vietnamese food, which he loves, courtesy of my stepfather who loves to cook.

Then there's my brother and sister. My brother and I are a lot alike and I always had a special place in my heart for him since I helped raise him. He has a great sense of humor and while not very affectionate, knows how to give a bear hug when I need it. He and my husband also went crazy on building new aquariums, which our little boy loves. My sister takes our little one for a few hours every now and again, which is a nice surprise break for us.

The rest of our family has been great about the whole thing as well. No one looks down on us, though some might think we're a little crazy since the house is a zoo, what with four dogs, a squawking bird and tons of fish. But, what's a little craziness when there's so much love and so many helping hands?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. Not as much as Christmas, but I do like it all the same. My favorite is the food. I'm sure that's yours too. :) Oddly enough, I don't like the smell of turkey. Not sure why this is. And I really don't like cleaning the roasting pan afterward. ha! Anyway, thanksgiving is a time to look back over the year and count your blessings. To find the good in the mundane. To enjoy the company of your family and friends.

However you celebrate Thanksgiving, may you enjoy the fellowship of friends and family!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's worth saying thanks

Thanksgiving is not a holiday we celebrate here in New Zealand, but I think it's a wonderful holiday. It's a chance to dwell on the best, when so often we get lost in the worst of our lives.

It's a holiday that's been on my mind a lot lately as my Grandmother is very ill. I'm thankful for the time spent I've with her, the things I've learnt from her, the times we've laughed and joked together. That I know the last time I saw her I said 'I love you', that she knows her first great-grandchild is on the way, that the majority of the family is together.

So treasure your familes this thanksgiving, and always. Try to find the best in your life and the people around you, don't dwell on the worst.

--Louise Delamore
http://LouiseD.weebly.com

Thanksgiving memories

Our last poster did such a nice job bringing to mind the history and meaning behind this special holiday, so I thought I'd do something different.

Every decade, Thanksgiving was quite different for my family and I. As a kid, we would do the traditional thing and go to a relative's house to enjoy the holiday together over a feast. Also, I really liked the Peanuts' holiday special on TV with Charlie Brown and the gang.

When I just began my adolescence, everything changed for us. We were thrown into poverty, but my mother brought my sisters and me up with spirituality, so I endeavored to find the beauty in things despite our new living conditions.

I liked Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the way it affected people around me. I witnessed more kindness and cheer, more warmth and humane treatment of others, and the spirit of the season was a spiritual thing for me. Seeing people's smiles of hope brought one to me.

I married at 19, and so at age 20, entering my third decade of life, I had a new baby. That was a memorable Thanksgiving for me with my brand new daughter and young husband, and the following Thanksgivings would never be the same, whatever our circumstances would become.

Skipping ahead to the Thanksgiving when I was 39, the first without my mother, was particularly sad, but I leaned on what she taught me and drew towards the spiritual aspects of the season, which I admit, I had drifted away from. This time of year always brings back so many memories and deep pondering.

Does it affect you in a strong way, or is it just another day?
-Corinne

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Feeling Thankful

I can't believe it's November already. That time of year when we all stop to contemplate the year just past. In the States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. A holiday dedicated to giving thanks.

Although it didn't become an official holiday until 1863, it's believed the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 to give thanks to God for helping the settlers of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter. The feast lasted three days with pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread together and celebrating that which they had in common.

Less than a year later, the Pilgrims and Indians were at war. The first battle was fought near Jamestown, Virginia in March 1622. The war soon spread to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. And when the white man settled the west, the battles followed.

Some wars are worth fighting. Others are not. But I am thankful for the country we have become and the obstacles we've overcome to get here. And I'm thankful for the men and women who've served in our armed forces or fought for this country from that first battle to those who are now fighting in the Gulf. I'm thankful for the Native Americans who fought to protect their lands and to those brave settlers who dared to conquer the west. Without such diversity and strength, where would we be as a nation?

On a more personal note, I'm thankful for the love and support of my family and to God for putting them in my life. I'm also thankful to have held my first published novel this year. Out of the Darkness, a paranormal vampire romance, was released in May, and sometime next year, I will have a second book out. Slightly Tarnished is a historical romance and I'm so thankful to the editors of The Wild Rose Press for giving me a chance to fulfill my dream of publishing in two very different genres.

Although, I must say, Slightly Tarnished does have just a touch of the paranormal at the end. How could I resist?