In The Merry Month of May

May has become one of the months of the year which I look forward to with joy and trepidation.  I have always loved Spring and the new life it brings; flowers blooming, trees budding, everything turning green.  May has become an especially significant month for me.

I enjoy celebrating Mother’s Day. I always look forward to another reason to receive presents, be taken out to dinner and made feel special.  Who doesn’t enjoy letting their Mother know how much she has meant to you all these years?  I pray I am able to do that for many years to come.   May brings me that pleasure.

In May 2005 my grandson, Kael Alexander was born. He is one of the four lights of my life along with his sister, Kara Leigh and my other two grandchildren, Alexa Reese and Alivia Rowe. Being a Grandmother is one of the best jobs in the world.  May brought that wonderful responsibility to me.

May 2011 brought a life altering journey for me.  I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. You can read about my journey in a previous blog.  It was an exhausting experience, but one from which I’ve learned a lot about life; what is important in life and what isn’t.  You would be surprised what doesn’t matter anymore and how easy it is to say ‘NO’.  May brought me that clarity.

May 2011 also brought the publication of my first book Blue Jeans and Stilettos by Writers of the lake.  The book was launched on June 23, 2011.  As a group, Writers of the Lake published an anthology of stories which is very successful.  Since then we have published two other anthologies with another one on the way.  I have become known as one of the ‘Stiletto Girls’.   May brought me that title.

May 2012 now has me preparing for the launch of my first book alone Cowboy Tempation ~ Colt and Cassy which will be launched on June 15, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston Iowa.  I’m so excited about this book not only because it’s my first book as the sole author, but because Jimmy Thomas, the cover model for my book, will be there to sign books with me.  Jimmy has been on over 2,800 book covers, is a well-known Cover Model and the owner/operator of   May has brought me the chance to meet Jimmy Thomas (thank you!).

Writers of the Lake will also be launching the fourth book in our Stiletto Series – Stilettos (Flip Flops) on the Sand.

I hope all of you have that special month of the year you look forward to which makes you stop and think about how precious life is.  Don’t take anything for granted; celebrate the good and the bad.  After all, we’ve made it this far, the best is yet to come!


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