Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reasons to be Thankful

Well I didn’t want to write anything too schmaltzy, but it became quite difficult once I started thinking of the things and people I’m thankful for.

I’m grateful that my overbearing – almost to the point of being a control freak – father refused to let me attend dance college full-time when I was sixteen, and also refused to allow me to go to art school. (Two passions of mine are still dance and art – sorry Dad you can’t win ’em all.) But I did get to go to art school a couple of years later ... and I met my husband. If I had gone earlier, I would have actually left the college before he joined, and I’d never have met him. But I'm so thankful I did. Some things happen for a reason.

In a weird way I’m also thankful my husband’s rock band didn’t make the big time, but that’s purely selfish, because I doubt we’d still be together if it had. Although at one point it was almost on the cards, because their keyboard player at the time was Hans Zimmer, who is now very famous, winning Oscars for film scores all over the place. I remember the first time we realised just how famous; we were sitting in a darkened cinema listening to the beautiful score, and up came Hans’ name in ten foot high lettering. It was a Disney film and the exclamation from my husband was definitely not suitable for little ears! Our son repeated the words at horribly inopportune times for quite a while after that.

Which brings me to being thankful for my son – apart from the dirty washing, the sodden towels on the bedroom floor and the general mayhem – all of which returned to the house on his graduation from University last summer. My pregnancy was difficult, with dangerously high blood pressure and many stays in hospital, resulting in an elected caesarean several weeks before the due date. But ... and this is schmaltzy ... I agreed to have the operation with an epidural so I could be awake for my son’s arrival. Me! The biggest coward going. I’m scared of blood tests (way to go for a vampire writer!), frightened of the dentist, and absolutely rigid with abject terror at anything to do with hospitals. Yet I did it, and I’m pleased I did. I am of course, also grateful to the amazing people who helped bring my son safely into the world. Anyone who has had a baby, will know there is nothing so amazing as holding your child in your arms for the very first time. (Although for those who aren’t too keen on the thought of having babies, then holding a newborn kitten would work, and you don’t have to go through months of discomfort and childbirth.)

I couldn’t stop writing without mentioning friends – friends are also something we should all be eternally grateful for. None of us could survive without them. I value my friends and feel thankful for them every day.

Finally then, I am so happy to be published by The Wild Rose Press and I’m grateful to everyone there– especially Callie Lynn – for all the support and hard work it took to get Fledgling in print. Thank you, thank you ... I am so proud I could burst!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Thankful Thirteen

Here's a fun exercise--write down the first thirteen things that come to mind when answering the question, "What am I most thankful for?" Don't give yourself time to think or organize the list or make it pretty or edit it or wonder what you're leaving out. Just write as fast and as stream-of-consciously as you can. I did, and here's what I came up with:

NJRW Golden Leaf Best Paranormal of 2011!
1) My girls
2) My writing
3) Being published
4) My family is healthy
5) My husband
6) I have a good job
7) My sweet/bad dog
8) My best friend Lea
9) Apple pie
10) Summertime
11) All my new writer friends
12) Today
13) Time

When I finished that, I was like But, wait! What about? And...? LOL But it was very cool to see what came out, and I agree with everything on the list, even without having paused to really think about it!

I'd love for you to share your Thankful Thirteen in your comment! Or even just a fewer number if you prefer! 

ALSO, I'm celebrating FOREVER FREED's book birthday this weekend, and you can WIN!!! Here's how:

11/20 is the 6-month anniversary of my vampire romance FOREVER FREED! Woot! I'm celebrating by participating in a Thanksgiving Party over at The Romance Studio all weekend with GIVEAWAYS galore! Plus, your comments might help win me a year's worth of free advertising at TRS! See the link for more information on how to win, celebrate and help me out! *grins*

Thanks for reading & commenting! And hope to see you 'round TRS!


Laura Kaye

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Being Thankful

It's that time of year again. Lights are up. Christmas trees are out. Santa is ho-ho-hoing. And it's only the beginning of November.

While I'm not a huge fan of the marketing surrounding Christmas, I do enjoy the reminder that lazy days with the family are coming soon. Yes, things are hectic leading up to the event--whether it be Thanksgiving or Christmas--but then when the day arrives, it's all happy memories and laughter and good food. The decorations also bring to mind all the things I'm thankful for.

It's impossible to list everything at one time, or recall each special moment of the year up to this point, but every day, I'm thankful for the wonderful, supportive people I call family and friends. They are the ones who put smiles on my face when I'm down, share my happiness, get angry with me over real or perceived injustices, remind me that I'm not alone in the world. And, I try never to let too much time pass before I tell each and every one how special they are to me.

So to my Wild Rose family, thanks for the amazing support and helpful tips over the past couple of years. And to my readers, thanks for letting me know how much you enjoy my stories. As long as I have you two groups of people, I will continue to write and publish stories!

Friday, November 11, 2011


The holidays (or holidaze as I like to spell it) are upon us and I'm already feeling the stress of the season. Despite feeling like I'm carrying the world on my shoulders, I am thankful for so much. All my friends, my family, my supportive, loving, caring husband. Even the economic problems have taught me things. I'm also thankful to TWRP for publishing two of my stories this year and contracting another one. Yay! And let's not forget to thank the men and women in the armed forces for serving to ensure our freedom.

So many things to be thankful about. Sometimes in all the rush and hurry of the holidays we need to slow down and remember the things that really matter: friends and family.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tragedy and Thanksgiving

Every year around this time Americans consider all the things in their lives for which they are thankful. November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. We spend time with friends and family. We eat. And we give thanks.

I'm no different than any other American. This time of year, I give thanks to God.  Mostly, I'm thankful for the usual things: family, friends, a home, a job. And this year, I'm thankful The Wild Rose Press published two more of my books. I'm also thankful that on November 28, I'll celebrate my forth anniversary of my last radiation treatment for breast cancer. I'm now one year closer to that five year survival mark. I'm alive. But today at work, I realized once again just how suddenly life can end.

Besides being an author, I've been a radiologic technologist for almost thirty years. Six years ago, I got my certification in mammography.

On most days, I work in the mammography area of the x-ray department. But it's not unusual for me to help out in diagnostic radiology, taking routine and trauma x-rays when things get busy. Today was no different.

After releasing my last mammogram patient before lunch, a trauma came into the ER. There had been a head-on collision in the county with casualties, and Lifeflight was on the way. So, I carried extra cassettes to the technologists who were already in the trauma room with the doctors, nurses, EMT's, lab and respiratory personnel. The portable x-ray machine was set up and ready to go, but the patient was in full code. She wasn't breathing and her heart had stopped.

As the doctors and nurses ran the code, x-ray set up, preparing to take the x-rays when the patient was stable. But the patient never stabilized. Her injuries were too severe. Internal injuries, a nearly severed left leg, the bone and tendons exposed. She never regained consciousness. I pray she never felt a thing.

The woman from the other car didn't make it either. She was transported to the ER with no identification--no name. No one knew who she was. She remained a Jane Doe for five hours after she died. And that just breaks my heart.

Two women, headed in opposite directions left home earlier that day never knowing their lives were about to end suddenly and tragically without warning. Had they fought with their husbands that morning? Yelled at their children? Would their sudden death cause guilt as well as sorrow? Were they ready to meet their maker?
A single driving mistake and two lives are lost forever.

My heart goes out to the family of both these women who died so suddenly and so tragically on such a beautiful fall day so close to the holidays. I'm thankful I've never had to endure so sudden a loss. And I pray to God I never do.