Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Life is full of Change



Every year about this time the news is filled with loss. Loss in human kindness. Loss of those we know publicly and privately. So much loss. Our world, this life, is ever changing. One day here and the next day gone. 

Our family lost the matriarch who had been the heart and soul of my husband's family, his mother in November. Now her death won't make national headlines and the country won't mourn her but we will. My husband and I have been married for 42 years. Yes, I know that's a long time. We were married at 5! Just kidding. But I've known this woman for almost a half a century. 

She opened her heart to me and made me a part of her family from the very beginning. As the years passed, we didn't always see eye to eye but we were still family. She believed in family above everything else. She welcomed everyone. White or black, gay or straight, born of her children or adopted by her children, girlfriends, boyfriends, everyone was family to her. There was always room for one more.

Now you may wonder where I'm going with this, well I'll tell you: why is it so hard for us to be this accepting of those around us? Why are people surprised when we offer a smile and a 'Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday' as we greet them? When did it become acceptable to walk through this life without considering those around us? Where am I going with this - I don't know. I have no answer that would make a change in our world. But...

I can make a change in me. I can greet everyone I meet during my day with a smile and a heartfelt 'Have a great day'. It's not that hard. Even when my heart is breaking from loss or my body is in pain, I can still give someone a smile. I can. 

So, I encourage you to evaluate what 'you' can do. The clerk at the checkout counter whose been standing on their feet for six hours, listening to whining/crying children, angry shouting adults, a smile and a little patience will go a long way to make their day easier. The kid at the fast food place who can't figure out how much change to give you, they need a smile. We all need a smile and some compassion. 

As we go through another holiday season, one where our country and people are so at odds with each other, can you spare a smile? Many happy thoughts and wishes for you and yours during this special time of year. Let's make it a good one for everyone around us.

CJ 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Merry Christmas and Newsletter Giveaways

Tis' the Season!
I can't believe it but it's almost Christmas. Is it me or has the year flown by for you as well? This has been a year for me like no other. I don't know if I can even begin to tell you what it's been like. There have been high points and low ones too. Just like your year, I'm sure.

One thing I have learned this year, is that don't ever take for granted the people you love. Life is just a fleeting moment. We need to cherish those we count as important in our lives and those we don't even know. Our country has suffered much in the last 12 months and life can be taken so quickly. 


I'm sending out a newsletter this week and I wanted to let you all know about something I'm doing with it. Starting with this newsletter and with each one I send out, I will be giving away a free paperback or ebook or gift card or just something special to one lucky reader. All you have to do is let me know you opened the newsletter and be sure to open the next one to see if you won! 

In the December newsletter, you'll find the winner from the Glass City Author Event newsletter sign up and the new give-a-way, too! Just respond and then look to see if you won next time. Tell your friends, the more the merrier!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.
CJ

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Autumn Time



It's that time of the year again! Autumn, fall, Octoberfest, Halloween, whatever you call it... this is my favorite time of year.

I know I've been off planet the last few months and I apologize for that. Things are settling down now and winter writing is about to take over. Our daughter has moved into her new place in Tennessee and has begun work at a new job. The book events in Cave City Kentucky and Orlando Florida are all done and the memories put away for another day. Next up is the Glass City Author Event, this Saturday, October 28th in Toledo Ohio at the Seagate Convention Center. It's going to be an amazing time.

90+ authors (I'm at table 89), models, bloggers and lots of readers. General Admission tickets will be $10 at the door. I'm doing a special on the three Warfield Hotel Mysteries books. You can pick up all three paperbacks for $25 and get a ticket for a drawing for this lovely basket of goodies.



Also be on the look out for my newsletter coming in December. I'm planning on making some changes that will give you my readers a chance to win a great prize in every newsletter you receive. If you haven't signed up, click on the box in the right top corner.

Hope you are all having a wonderful autumn filled with lovely walks in the fallen leaves and crisp air. Lots of hot drinks to keep you warm. And a fireside filled with friends and loved ones.

Hugs,
CJ