Technically this isn’t a true Monday Quote or a quote at all, but I think it is a very important word. Last week I missed our normal quote because my husband was ill. Fortunately he’s doing much better now and is out of the hospital. It was a rough few days but holding on to the belief he would be okay, and everything would work out got me through it–that and a little help from my friends!
The thing to remember though is we need to have faith, trust and hope…we need to BELIEVE. We need to remember when things are the darkest, and it seems like everything is going to hell that if we truly believe it will get better. Maybe not today or tomorrow or as soon as we’d like, but it will. I believe and I hope you all will too.
This month I’m going to try to find my “Christmas Spirit” and believe and share the joy and hopefulness with all of you. If you have quotes or stories you want to share please comment.
I have several friends going through some very hard times this year, as are many others around the world. It’s been hard few years for a lot of people. I hope you will try to believe, no matter what your faith, and I wish nothing but the best for you all.
Many of you may recognize this image. It is Macy’s Times Square in New York City. I took the photo in 2010 when I was celebrating my oldest daughter’s wedding. The message was true then and it is true now.
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I really loved writing Hope, Jase and Cooper’s story and I just know you’re all going to love it, and Anamchara?! Well you’re in for a few surprises.
In book one of Anamchara: Hope Brooks receives a certified letter that could possibly change everything she has worked hard for her whole adult life.
Jason “Jase” Pierce and Cooper Maxwell, III are best friends and so much more. They’ve always known they were destined to share a mate—they’re just getting tired of waiting for her to show up.
Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is the magical town of Anamchara where all their fates lay. Secrets will be revealed and choices will have to be made. Will Hope, Jase, and Cooper be able to overcome all of the obstacles to find forever with each other? Or will past hurts catch up and destroy what was put into place hundreds of years ago.
“Where is this freakin’ town?” Hope sighed, and double checked the GPS in her rental car for at least the fifteenth time in the last twenty minutes. “Even the GPS doesn’t know where we are.” She’d looked at Google Maps before picking up the rental and it said the drive from her apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Anamchara, Virginia should take about five and a half hours. Instead she’d been driving for almost seven, the last half hour of it in a circle, all to claim, in person no less, a piece of property that three days ago she didn’t even know existed.
She swore if the damn GPS said recalculating one more time she’d toss it out the window and gleefully run it over on her next pass. She was sure she’d been in this exact spot at least three times already. Pinks, purples, and splashes of orange painted the sky—the colors a warning that night approached. If she couldn’t find this turn soon she’d have to find a place to stay for the night. Secluded, dark, and alone were not words Hope wanted in the same sentence—too much like a horror movie waiting to happen.
Frustrated, she gripped the steering wheel so tightly her hands cramped. The GPS indicated she should be turning left now, but all she could see were trees, trees, and more trees. “I’m in the middle of freakin’ nowhere. I should’ve had my head examined instead of making this drive by myself.”
Reaching across the seat for her phone to call her BFF, Nicole, she glanced up in time to see a wolf standing in her path. Slamming on the brakes, the car screeched to a stop inches from the huge animal. It stood there—stock still—seemingly not afraid. Staring into large silvery gray eyes, it looked like it could be reading her thoughts. Then as suddenly as it appeared, it dipped its gray and black furred head and darted off into the trees.
“Holy crap.” Hope leaned back against the headrest and closed her eyes. “A wolf? Oh my God. I was face-to-face with a wolf. Shit. Maybe I did need extra rental car coverage for unexpected occurrences?” Drawing in a deep breath and trying to calm her shattered nerves, she counted to ten. Eventually her heart stopped trying to escape from her chest and she opened her eyes looking around to see if the wolf had returned. “Why was it in the middle of the road in the first place? Do they even have wolves in Virginia?” She giggled, of course they did. I almost hit one, didn’t I? Sighing, she shook her head and peered through the windshield searching for any other “unexpected occurrences.” That’s when she noticed it.
In front of her and slightly off to the left side was the turn. “Seriously? I swear that road wasn’t there five minutes ago.” Partially hidden by the overgrown trees, the sign she’d spent the last half hour trying to find stood next to the road. Why didn’t I see it before? Shaking her head, she rolled down the window to get a better look at it in the fading light. I know it wasn’t here before. Am I being punked or something?
She read aloud, “Welcome to Anamchara where true love comes to all who seek it.”
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