THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER
I’m incredibly excited to tell you about a new digital anthology,THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER, and to offer one commenter a copy of the anthology, a digital ARC of my debut, FIRST DO NO EVIL, and a $25 gift card.
But first, I hope you’ll bear with me on a little side trip. I think you’ll understand why in a moment.
I want to share with you something very personal that my mother said to me, not to be dramatic, but because it made a difference in my life. When my mom was only a few years older than I am now, she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was an amazingly loving and courageous woman, and she shaped my life in so many ways; by her example in the way she lived, and by the love and support she gave her family.
In the days before her death, when it became apparent that there was nothing more that medicine could do for her, she said something to me that I will never think of without heartache. But even though her statement saddened me, I am grateful she shared her emotion with me.
As we talked in her hospital room, my mother reminded me that early on in her disease she’d declined a certain treatment because she’d felt afraid. Her fear was natural since it was a difficult procedure to undergo. Not only that, but, the value of the treatment was uncertain—and of course, neither she nor her doctors had a crystal ball in hand.
Then she said to me: “Oh, how I wish I had that chance again.”
I don’t know if the treatment would have made a difference or not, and that isn’t the point I’m trying to make. What I am driving at is this: I believe it took courage for my mother to admit her fear to me, and I know that we all have fear in our lives. But fear is not a good basis for decision making.
I am afraid, half-terrified even, every time I am due for a mammogram because I know I have risk factors, and I don’t want to get bad news. But then I remember my mother’s words, “Oh, how I wish I had that chance again.”
I pick up the phone and schedule my mammogram.
Mammograms save lives. They are a proven means of reducing mortality (that means death!) from breast cancer. That’s just a fact. Detecting breast cancer early via mammograms cannot only lead to better treatment options, it can lead to a cure in many cases.
So please, don’t let fear stop you from getting a yearly mammogram if you are 50 or older, or if you have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. If you are at high risk please see your doctor regularly and ask about preventive options.
Back to fear. We all have talents—gifts, if you will. But so often we let fear stop us from using those gifts. We are afraid our talent isn’t big enough, and that we will appear foolish to others. We don’t finish a manuscript, or maybe we don’t even begin a manuscript, because we are afraid our talent isn’t big enough. If we do finish it, and we are brave enough to submit our work, we may give up after a handful of rejections because of that same fear:
My talent isn’t big enough.
But I believe, with all my heart, that our talents are big enough. They are as big as they need to be. We cannot all hit the New York Times list, or make it on American Idol, or become class valedictorian. But our talent is big enough to enhance our lives and to make a difference in the lives of others.
I want to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, and I believe that with a team effort, I can. So, I’m joining forces with three amazing authors and participating in the Avon Breast Cancer walk Sept.22 and 23, 2012. Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle, Courtney Milan and I are going to walk forty miles to show we care. Our team name? The Bodice Rippers, of course!
We’ve also written four original novellas and combined them into an anthology: THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER. The anthology will be available for a limited time this summer leading up to the Avon walk. All profits from the sale of THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER will be donated to the cause.
Here’s a taste of each author’s story:
“The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright” by Tessa Dare
Because of a foolish mistake in her youth, Miss Eliza Cade is not allowed “out” in Society until her three older sisters are wed. But while she’s trying to be good, Eliza keeps bumping elbows—and lips—with the notorious rake Harry Wright. The passions he stirs in her are so wrong…but she just can’t resist Mr. Wright.
“The Misbehaving Marquess” by Leigh LaValle
Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir—immediately—she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?
“The Lady Always Wins” by Courtney Milan
Railway financier Simon Davenant has waited seven years for a second chance with his childhood sweetheart and best friend. He isn’t about to let his impending financial ruin destroy the opportunity. This time, he’ll do anything he can to secure her hand in marriage—even if it means losing her heart for good.
“Solomon’s Wisdom” by Carey Baldwin
Bad-boy-turned-pediatrician Charlie “Drex” Drexler returns to Tangleheart, Texas hoping to reconnect with his old flame – but Anna won’t cooperate, his dark past resurfaces, and his best friend’s baby disappears. How will Drex and Anna mend their broken hearts while dodging bullets and racing to bring baby home safely?
Remember, all the profits from sales of this anthology will be donated by the authors to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. To learn more about where the money goes from there, please see: http://www.avonwalk.org/why-we-walk/where-the-money-goes.html
Can people donate directly to your Avon Walk team?
Absolutely! We want to raise as much money as possible, and to that end, we encourage and appreciate direct donations to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer via our team page: http://bit.ly/bodicerippers
Let’s take our chances and go for it!
PS The anthology will go on sale very soon. Possibly today. When it does, I’ll post a link. So please check back if you’d like to fight back against breast cancer and get yourself a rockin’ good read all for the bargain price of $2.99! Update! Three Weddings and a Murder is ready to order.
Do you have any special talent or passion you share or would like to share with others?