Hello, folks, and MJ, thanks so much for having me here! I want to take a minute to talk about friendship.
MJ and I have been friends for – dang. I can’t tell you how many years. More than eleven, because it’s been that many since I adopted my oldest daughter, and we were already dear friends at that point. MJ has seen me through some wonderful highs (two international adoptions, kid stuff, the long and wild road to publication) and some horrific lows (two international adoptions, kid stuff, the long and wild road to publication).
The most amazing part of this is that we have met in person on maybe four occasions. There were some National conferences years ago, my family trip to San Antonio about seven years back – and that’s it. Our connection has been built overwhelmingly through email loops and Facebook and blogs and all those other electronic venues that make it easy to share each other’s lives. Some folks may think it’s kind of odd that I am closer to MJ, who lives umpty thousand miles from me, than to my next door neighbor. But that’s the way it is.
When it came time to start setting up blog visits to promote my releases this week, I turned first to MJ. I knew I could ask her how to go about this without her pointing and laughing. Not only did she immediately offer me a spot on this blog, she contacted folks far and wide and had four other places lined up within, oh, twenty minutes. I tell you, the girl knows everyone. Between her amazing connections and her heart – one of the most generous ones I have ever had the privilege of knowing – she has been a gem of a guide into the world of Published AuthorLand.
I know, I know, I should mention my books. Well, in A Better Father, my heroine, Libby, is very much a control freak who needs a sharp lesson in letting others be helpers and friends. She finally figures it out, of course, but it would have happened a lot faster if she had MJ to guide her In The Call of the Wilder, my heroine Gemini is dealing with family issues more than friendship, but you know, she really could have used a shoulder at times. Too bad she didn’t know our MJ.
So folks, obviously I believe that friendships can be built without face to face contact, but what say you?
A Better Father blurb:
From superstar to superdad
Becoming a single dad was never hockey star Sam Catalano’s game plan. Now he’s turning his world upside down to give his two-year-old son, Casey, the best life he can. And buying his own childhood camp seems like the perfect way to do it. At least until he comes face-to-face with his new assistant director, and old camp flame, Libby Kovak.
Sam can’t afford to be distracted by Libby or the constant reminders of the passion they shared. His only priority is protecting Casey and making the transition as smooth as possible. But Sam’s starting to believe that the most valuable thing he can give his son, and himself, is a life with Libby in it.
Blurb for Call of the Wilder:
Fans finding it difficult to wait for the long-anticipated third volume of Bridget Jones’s Diaries will love the quick wit and heartwarming tales of Kris Fletcher.
Gemini Wilder always knew that marriage wasn’t for her. She’s a Wilder and Wilders don’t do marriage. They do adultery, pornography, and identical twins, but not “’til death do us part.” So when Randy, her sweet, loving, and perfect boyfriend, proposes, Gemini does what any good Wilder would do: she runs.
Straight to Vegas, home of family secrets and persistent ex-husbands. In the city where illusion is king and there’s a spotlight for everyone, Gemini faces a temptation buffet. But a seductive ex and the rebirth of her former wild-child self are nothing next to the siren song of the musical dreams she thought she had locked down forever.
When her internal soundtrack pushes her to put her peaceful life—and Randy—to the test, it’s time for the real Gemini to stand up. But is she strong enough to resist the call of the Wilder?