Another Bookstore now carries my books!

For those of you near Marble Falls, Texas . . . my books, Darkest Dawn and international award-winning Linked Lives are now available at Calvary’s Road Christian Books & Gifts located at 510 Highway 281 North in the Salem Center in Marble Falls. Head over there to pick up your copy, and let them know you heard about them through this blog!

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LINKED LIVES wins International Book Award!

I’m so happy and thrilled to announced that my book, Linked Lives, has won the Beverly Hills International Book Award in the ‘relationship’ category.

Linked Lives wins International Book Award!

Linked Lives wins International Book Award!

The judges’ comment: “Your book, Linked Livestruly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.”

If you haven’t already read this book about an incredible 40-year relationship between two best friends, if you’re in Austin, it’s available at Book People and Book Woman. For all others, get your copy on Amazon.

Want to feel good? Call your best friend…today.

I ran across an interesting article yesterday evening. It was written awhile ago by an Australia woman who cared for people who were dying. Bronnie Ware wrote in her article, Top Five Regrets of the Dying, that when she asked her patients (who were sent home to die) about their regrets, one of the most common was:

“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and then it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendship the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendship slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order, if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.”

Most of us send cute emails to our ‘friend’ list, but for those special friends, how often do we send a personal email, or even better, call them and hear their voice? I’ve always made a point of staying in touch with my friends by calling at least every few months. I don’t always reach them, but at least they know I’m thinking about them.

Sadly, my best friend passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, just over a year ago. My book, Linked Lives, is a tribute to her life and our 40-year friendship. I wrote it originally for her children, but others who have read it, say they are reminded how precious their best friends are and call them after reading the book.

So, today, take 5 or 10 minutes out of your hectic day to pick up the phone and call your best friend. It’ll make both of you feel good.

Sharing good times with best friend

Sharing good times with best friend

SXSW goes down in history, marked by tragedy.

Sunday the masses left town as spring break, the rodeo, Jimmy Fallon’s show broadcasting from Austin and SXSW came to a close. Unfortunately this year’s SXSW was marked by tragedy. A drunk young man decided to steal a vehicle and drove to Austin. When police began pursuit, the man drove through barricades into the party-goers at SXSW, hitting dozens of people. Three people are now dead, with one more hanging in there, but still listed in critical condition. As I wrote about in my book, Linked Lives, all of us are linked together…our decisions do affect others. If we would all take a moment to think ‘is this the right thing to do, how could it help or hurt others,’ this world might become a safer and more loving planet. Something to think about.

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On a happy note, spring is here…finally! I saw my first bluebonnet of the season alongside Interstate 35 on Sunday and, of course, took a photo. 

Jimmy Fallon’s in town

Jimmy Fallon is in town, doing his show from here, in conjunction with SXSW. I’m staying clear of the crowds and traffic . . . though it sure would be fun to be part of Jimmy’s audience! Que Sara.

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spring dayWell, I’m heading outside now. The sun is shining (a first in many days), and it’s warm, but that will all change tomorrow. Will spring ever arrive??? Thankfully I’m not in my hometown…I heard they are getting 3 more inches of snow tonight. Ugh. Above is a photo I just took of what I’m going to enjoy today . . . and now I’m heading outside!

Is this the end?

Ice covered my world this morning. It has since melted. I sure hope that was winter’s final blow . . . I’m ready to go waterskiing! Do you have cabin fever as well?

The exciting news over the past week is, in addition to Linked Lives being in BookWoman and The Book Shop, it is now in Austin’s largest independent bookstore, BookPeople! If you’re in the Austin, Texas area, please patron these unique and fun bookstores. So much to see and explore and lots of great books to choose from!

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Gotta run…until next week, stay safe and have some fun!