A Year of Gifts
Today’s blog post is going to be a bit different. I’m expanding my published works!
I’m excited to let you know the second book in my Celia’s Gifts series, Tangled Beginnings, is now available on Amazon! More on this in a minute…
It has been quite a year for me since I published my first novel, Whispering Pines, in September 2017. There have been extremely hard days, joyful events, and crazy busy times. In the spaces between the many demands on my time, I buckled down and kept chasing this dream of mine to continue to publish more books.
I don’t share this with you because I think I’m unique. Far from it. I share it because I want you to remind yourself that everyone has crazy demands on their time. We all go through different seasons in our lives. Sometimes we face devastating losses. Other times our families joyously expand. People move. Jobs change. Daily “to do” lists seem to eat up all the hours in our days.
Don’t let those things be an excuse for giving up on something important to you.
Dreams are funny things. If you give them attention and work hard at achieving them, they’ll expand. When you hit that first wonderful goal, you probably won’t be finished. Suddenly you see so much more is possible and you decide to reach for it. I love to watch people grow and push beyond their previous boundaries.
On the other hand, giving up or putting things off is almost always the path of least resistance— today. I beg of you to NOT give up on those things that give you the most joy. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years old or 10 decades old. I bet there are things you want to do or try. While taking risks is scary, it isn’t as scary as the risk of getting to the end of the road and having a stack of regrets weighing you down.
I’m trying to recommit daily to keeping my focus on those things I dream of doing and being. It isn’t as simple as deciding once and then everything falls into place. For me, I have to do things to re-energize myself on a regular basis. I have to work hard but keep it fun. I’m finding both are possible if you find joy in what you are working hard to achieve. Does that make sense? When the going gets tough, reach out for help. This world is full of people willing to help and encourage you – all you have to do is ask.
I try to weave this mentality into my books as well. If you enjoyed Renee’s tenacity and grit in Whispering Pines, check out Tangled Beginnings to discover how determination runs in the family! And I’m far from done with Celia and her amazing family. I’m envisioning at least four more books in this series. Their stories are too compelling to walk away from and there is so much more yet to explore!
If the following snippet intrigues you, keep reading to find out how to get your copy:
Jess Rand is ready for a fresh start. Her marriage of twenty-five years is over and all she wants to do is retreat to Whispering Pines, a place of peace and solitude given to her family by their beloved Aunt Celia. She's watched her sister Renee make the most of second chances, and if Renee can survive the death of a spouse and the loss of her career, Jess can bounce back from divorce.
But then her husband shows up late at night, broken and bedraggled, bringing bad news and asking her to do the unimaginable. Long-buried secrets and new accusations tangle together, threatening to ruin Aunt Celia's reputation. Jess may be the only one who can find out the truth. And with two kids in college and a new surprise at home, she feels her fresh start slipping away. Even the tranquility she always finds at Whispering Pines might not be enough to help her stay true to her own path.
Can she do what her ex asks? Can she right the ship of Celia's past before it's too late?
Does she even have a choice?
You will find both Whispering Pines and Tangled Beginnings on Amazon now in eBook and paperback versions.
Inspiration is all around us. Keep your eyes open to the possibilities. Here’s to no regrets, even when it's scary! Kim
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Kimberly Diede and I'm a self-published fiction author and family girl. When time permits, I am happiest with a great cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other. I love to alternate between reading and writing. Winters here can be long, dark and cold. Summers are unpredictable, lovely and always too short. Every season of the year, as in every season of life, is a gift. Let's celebrate it together!