Giving Thanks 2013

Today in the United States we celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving, begun in 1621 at Plimouth Plantation. The Pilgrims celebrated a successful harvest with their Native American friends, the Wampanoags, for three joyous days.

In addition to the traditional blessings, I am especially thankful for these three:

DSCN7956My honey is in complete remission from prostate cancer, his blood counts back to normal for a man his age. He hardly broke stride this past year, and I pray his good health and attitude continues.

My readers, followers, and friends through social media are a treasure I could never have anticipated when I began this journey toward publishing three-and-a-half years ago. I have learned from you, laughed and cried with you, but most of all, have welcomed into my heart your wonderful friendships from around the world. Thank you all. You are dear to me. I wish I had endless time to respond to every post, Facebook Update, and Tweet I read of yours. Please know how important you are to me and how your being there has impacted my life. I only hope I have brightened your life half as much as you have brightened mine!

Row your little boat. You'll get there!

Row your little boat. You’ll get there!

Finally, thanks to all of you who encourage me to keep writing, to keep querying. I recently received an offer of contract from Entangled Publishing to make my romantic suspense/magical novel part of their Ignite line of ebooks. I promise to share all the incredible details as soon as I can!

Hugging Couple outside Key West Museum

Hugging Couple outside Key West Museum

In the meantime, I appreciate my family’s support as I clickety-click on the keyboard of my laptop, gaze into space while I imagine instead of clean, and work out story elements at the dinner table, on car rides, and–okay–pretty much everywhere they will allow. I realize how lucky I am they believe in me and my dreams.

And for you all, a big virtual hug.

Enjoy the moments!

Key West Sunset 2013

Key West Sunset 2013

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Prosser
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 15:02:50

    Massive Hugs back to you and a wish for many more such Happy Thanksgivings. Your news is indeed Fantastic, especially that of your husband. I hope he enjoys a complete cure soon and your book contract goes well.

  2. Jill Weatherholt
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 19:26:40

    Praise God! Oh, Jolyse, I’m so happy to hear the good news about your husband. That makes me smile. As far as your book contract, well, I’m doing the major happy dance for you! Congratulations! It’s well deserved given all of your hard work. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  3. Jeannie Moon
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 21:28:57

    You have a lot to be thankful for, Jolyse and your friends are thankful for you. xoxo

  4. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 11:22:13

    So wonderful to hear the great news about your husband. That is truly a blessing.
    Hope your Thanksgiving was fun.

  5. Tuere Morton / YA Author
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 07:08:58

    I’m very happy to hear about your hubby’s remission!! And congrats on your contract! Definitely thankful-worthy things. Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

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