There is a Lot to be Thankful for

It’s been a tough nearly two years, but within all those months and days, God has always been there, blessing me and granting His great mercy, love, and peace.

I am forever grateful for my relationship (as best as I try) with God.

I’m blessed to have my wonderful family, friends, and blog friends who follow me.

I also am so happy and grateful for all my loyal readers. All of you who read my books and leave such lovely reviews really mean so much to me, it’s hard to express. My books are recognized because of all of you buying, reading, sharing, mentioning, and reviewing them.

I’m abundantly blessed to have both my sons home for Thanksgiving and will be for Christmas, as well!

The always comforting presence of my cats add to the many joys on this day.

May you and your families have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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The Roll Out

I’ve been extremely busy with a new job, move, and basically new life.

But I wanted to let my readers know that I am planning to put out my novelette, The Rocky Retreat, and my novella, Behind the Stone House, before Christmas. Since the novelette is fairly short, it will only be in eBook format, and will be available at the usual online venues: Amazon, B&N, BAM, Walmart, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, etc. Behind the Stone House will be available in both print and eBook form.

To give you an idea of these storylines, I’ve dropped the blurbs below.

The Rocky Retreat (Political Satire/Humor)

Environmentalist Callie and her best friend go on a save-the-wetlands-and-wildlife retreat in a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. During those four days, Callie and her friend encounter much more than altitude, jagged peaks, sparkling rivers, and welcoming townspeople. On the contrary, adversaries of all stripes litter their vacation with protest clashes, chemically-laden products, and dangerous weapons. While Callie and her friend fight for the survival of the wetlands and wildlife, will they survive the retreat?

Behind the Stone House (Women’s Fiction/Suspense)

Grieving widow Gabrielle discovers her deceased husband’s cousin Jordan is homeless. While navigating through her painful loss, she feels compelled to help him. But amid her good intentions stands a belligerent homeless man hunting down Jordan for a past wrong. Gabrielle swallows her fear and focuses on aiding Jordan, giving her a new purpose in life. But will she take that new purpose too far?

Updates on publishing dates will follow in the coming weeks!

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He Represents All of Us

Gregor, the main character in the incredible and important book, The Metamorphosis, is a symbol and representation of workers in mine and many cultures in the world. We are not just numbers, and our worth shouldn’t be focused around how much we are able to produce.

Humanity, indeed, does produce many amazing things throughout our history. But when we are working ourselves to the bone to make a living in which we can hopefully survive and at the same time are not treated as if our humanity matters, something is wrong.

Are we still human beings? Whether we can produce a ridiculous amount of GDP or not?

I submit that we are. And our value isn’t based on what the GDP is. It’s based on our humanity. Our living, breathing, unique beings that can create beautiful things, even without any monetary value.

We are losing our humanity. In our social media and cyber world. Dehumanizing each other has become rampant in our day.

Let’s not forget we are all worthy and made in His Image. Living life with joy and purpose supersedes topping the GDP numbers.

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