A Year of Lasts…yet the beginning of a new future.

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My son started back to school on Tuesday. It’s his senior year. How did my sweet, little, only child get to be a senior? It doesn’t seem possible.

I’ve already started my own countdown of lasts. I’m sure he has as well, but probably from a totally different perspective.

Tuesday was his last, first day of school before he becomes an adult and either goes on to college/university, or into the workforce, or chasing whatever dream he has his sights set on. Yes, I took a picture before he left. No, he wasn’t excited about that. Made him do it anyway. He will appreciate it later. I needed it now.

Today, is the last, first day of after school marching band practice. He lives for music and being with his band family. He’s going to miss this family he has been with for the better part of seven years. Many he has been in band with since sixth grade. Sure he may still see a few after they all graduate, but not day in and day out. It will be bittersweet.

Next Friday, will be the last, first football game of the season when he will perform his last, first marching band performance of the year. The Friday after that, the last, first home game of the season where I will work my butt off working in the concession stand, trying to sneak a peek out the door as he marches onto the field for the first, last pre-game show. Then it will be his last game performance, last pep-rally, last competition, and last band banquet.  He’s planning on attending a college that has a marching band and hopefully a degree teaching the music he loves. Or it could be something totally different. But it will be a new beginning…as an adult.

Earlier in the summer, was his last school photo taken for the yearbook. He looks so grown up in those pictures all dressed in a black tux. Is my little boy in there somewhere? It’s getting harder to find him in the handsome, young man he is becoming.

Next semester will be his first high school Rock Band performance, quickly followed by his last one. A new venture for him and a new music family. He will blink and it will be his last performance. Gone so quickly he will wonder what happened. But who knows what spark it will light in him.

Before I know it, it will be his last band performance, his last grade card, his last day of driving to high school, his last yearbook, his last day of high school.

I’m not ready for this yet. I want him to stay my little boy forever. But I won’t hold him back. I want him to dream, work for, and achieve his wildest dreams. Have adventures. But most of all, I want him to grow to be a good man, with a heart and compassion for others. I want him to enjoy life. Learn new things. Be a good example to others. I want him to know he always has a home to come back to. A home where he can relax and feel safe, knowing he is around everyone who loves him beyond everything.

Will it be sad when he graduates? Yes. Will I still smile through the tears at the man he is becoming? Yes. Will I forever support him in whatever he dreams to achieve? Yes. Because he’s my little boy and always will be. I look forward to seeing the man he will become.

I’ll just keep smiling through my tears and being the proud mama that I am in the meantime.

Please pass me the jumbo box of tissues.

Anya

 

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Arizona Dreamin’ & Buildin’ the Dream in Chandler, AZ

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Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2013

I’m so excited to tell about this event I’m going to this year!  It’s going to be a double event!  If you are a reader and want to meet a few of your favorite authors or to discover some new favorite authors this is the place to be. 🙂  If you are an aspiring author and looking for help to make your writing all it needs to be and how to get it out to the public this is also the place to be!

Arizona Dreamin’ is more focused on readers.  Plenty of meet and greets and prizes and a book store to buy some books and get autographs.

By the way did I mention there will be sexy men there as well?  Every year they hold a Man of Our Dreams Contest in which you get to vote on your favorite man of your dreams.  They could end up on the next book cover of the next book you read!  Just like Ryan here: (Oh and I hear he will be returning this year so you can meet him if you weren’t there last year!)

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Click on the cover to purchase this book.

Buildin’ the Dream is focused more towards authors and is a new event this year.  It promises to be a very informational and helpful event.  Led by some awesome ladies that really want you to succeed in your writing you will learn so much your head may pop!!!

There will also be a couple of special celebrity guest authors there on Friday night the 31st only.  Husband/wife team Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes from “Days of Our Lives” will sign
their new novel!

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So go to the website and get your tickets now!  It’s less than 95 days away so you want to get your plans made now!

Check out both websites below or click on the banners above for more information:

http://www.arizonadreaminevent.com/p/may-31-june-2-2013.html

http://www.buildinthedream.com/

I’ll be there so I hope to see you there!

Guest Post – Author Gilly Fraser

Today I have author Gilly Fraser on my blog.  Enjoy her guest post.

Hello – and thank you very much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog – I’m honoured to be here.

Gilly Fraser's author photoLet me introduce myself – my name is Gilly Fraser, but until a few years ago I was known by another name in the world of romantic fiction. As Rachel Elliot, I had nine books published by Harlequin Mills and Boon, and I truly loved writing for them.

Now I’m self-publishing under my own name. I’ve brought out two books so far – ‘Forbidden Love’ and ‘The Best Afternoon Ever.’ They’re both collections of short stories and very romantic. Two more are in the pipeline – so watch this space!

If you were to rank my books on a curry scale, with korma at one end and vindaloo at the other – they’d probably be a tikka masala. Sweet and spicy enough to curl your toes – but not blisteringly hot enough to blow your socks right off!

I’m a wholehearted defender of the whole romantic genre. Some people can be very condescending about those who read romantic fiction, and downright dismissive of those who write it. They seem to think there’s something odd in books about love, emotion and good honest passion. Yet they would happily sit down to read about blood and gore and death and destruction and think that was perfectly acceptable. We’re definitely odd critters, we humans.

I’m a huge fan of several American writers – I love the natural, easy flow of their writing and the way their characters come to life as real, vivid people. I suppose my top favourite would be Nora Roberts, but several others are within reaching distance of grabbing her crown!

That’s the wonderful thing about visiting blogs like this one – it’s a great way to discover new books and writers. So – now I’m here I’m just going to wander around for a little while. In fact I may be gone sometime, but don’t bother sending out a search party for me. So long as I’m among books and writers – I’ll be right at home!

PS If you’d care to come over and visit my blog sometime I’d be very delighted to welcome you! It’s at gillyfraser.com

Romance Novel Convention 2013 – Vegas – August 7-11

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VIA JIMMY THOMAS (INTERNATIONAL COVER MODEL AND HOST OF ROMANCE NOVEL CONVENTION)

www.RomanceNovelConvention.com

WHY GO TO ‘ROMANCE NOVEL CONVENTION 2013’ OVER ANOTHER CONVENTION???
… well other than it being 5 FULL days of the best classes unseen at any other convention, presented by best selling authors, award winning speakers, and television celebrities, no other convention can say THIS…

* The cost is roughly half of other 5-day, 4-day, 3-day and even some 2-day conventions!

* It’s the only ‘All Inclusive’ (registration, hotel and meals) convention there is!

* You are able to pay in full, or select one of the various, monthly payment plans that’s best for you!

* Authors get to keep 100% of their earnings from their book sales at the Book Fair!

* You are able to stay additional nights, up to 2 before and 2 after the convention for under $50 a night!

* There will be historical period costume designers with MANY affordable dresses & outfits for rent or sale!

* An author and her fiancé will be getting married at the Costume Ball, with Jimmy Thomas marrying them!

* The Mr. Casanova cover model contest is comprised of 10 ‘PROFESSIONAL MODELS’ hand selected by Jimmy Thomas himself, the man on more covers than anyone in history… almost 5,000 covers!

* Besides the $300 MILLION renovation the hotel had 3-1/2 years ago, the hotel has 9 restaurants!

* There’s a $30 million, 3-story pool with a water-slide going through a 200,000 gallon, live shark tank!

* And lastly… It’s in Vegas Baby! 🙂

If you have questions, please first check the ‘Common FAQ’ page on the website, as most likely they are answered there: http://romancenovelconvention.com/rncommunity/faq

Thanks 🙂
Jimmy Thomas – RNC

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Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

Rachel Carrington New Cover Reveal!

Check out the new cover from Rachel Carrington for her new romantic suspense book coming out January 20, 2013!

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Four years ago Erin’s life changed drastically. Her drug-addicted brother killed her parents, and her marriage disintegrated. Her husband, Matt, an FBI agent, had done his duty when he’d arrested Stuart, but she’d been too caught up in her own grief to allow him to help her move through the shadows of pain.

Now Matt is back, but it isn’t to attempt reconciliation. Her brother has escaped from Attica, and Erin is his next target. Matt will stop Stuart by any means necessary. But Stuart is a desperate man, and desperate men will do anything to get what they want.

Thrown together by treacherous circumstances, Matt and Erin fight a battle to stay alive and possibly figure out how to put the pieces of their destroyed lives back together again.

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To find out more about Rachel click on the links below:

Website: http://dawnrachel.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rcarrington2004

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelcarringtonwrites

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rcarrington2004/

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/dcarrington2004

Busy, Busy!

I’ve been real busy the past several weeks.  There have been several covers I’ve been working on.  Even a fun project one that’s a secret right now. 😉  I’ve expanded out and been doing some website and Facebook banners too.  Those have been a lot of fun to do.

I’m getting more and more excited about attending a couple of romance conventions next year.  I’m going to Arizona Dreamin’ in May and then to the RNConvention in August.  Now I’ve got to try and get all my priorities in order to get everything accomplished I want to have done by then.

I’ve been off a couple of days with a sick child with the flu.  Hoping I haven’t caught it myself.  I don’t have time to be sick.  Especially with the holidays coming up.  Having Thanksgiving at my house, not sure who all may be here yet.  Probably just my hubby, child and our parents but maybe a couple more.  So I have a house to clean up too.  Then Christmas will be here before you know it, therefore there are gifts to purchase.  Can you believe it’s only 44 days until Christmas?  Geez.

Well, off to get to work. (Can’t you just hear Flight of the Bumblebee in the background? *snicker*)

New Release – Soul of a Vampire by Lauralynn Elliott

Now available at Amazon, B&N, & Smashwords.

Lauralynn Elliott’s newest release, Soul of a Vampire, is now available for purchase.

Here’s the blurb:

A vampire searching for what was taken from him.

A woman who may have the answers.

Nikolas longs for his soul even as the darkness in him tries to take over. Tessa searches frantically for a way to help Nickolas before it’s too late. Together they fight physical and emotional battles in their quest for the one thing that could allow them to be together. Will they make it before time runs out?

Enjoy the cover with the awesome Jimmy Thomas – Cover Model and owner of Romance Novel Center.

Be sure to visit Lauralynn’s blog for a giveaway of a beautiful necklace and earrings set that appear in the story.  But hurry, the contest ends October 23, 2012!

RNConvention – Las Vegas August 2013

Romance Novel Convention

This is going to be awesome! Jimmy Thomas is hosting a brand new Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas, NV at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino next August.  Check out the website if you are interested in going.  It’s for authors, readers, cover artists, publishers….you name it, you’re invited!  There will be lots of classes and workshops as well as a male cover model contest and fun and games!  Come join us!