Monday, April 20, 2009

A Real Hero

David Allen Stover
Husband, Father, Hero
April 21st, 1955 - May 14th, 2005

Every person who's lost someone close has dates and anniversaries throughout the year that will always trigger memories. Some are sad, some happy. The obvious date to reflect on the loss of my husband would be the date of his death. However, for me, it's always his birthday that is most profound.

We learned six days before his 50th birthday that his cancer was terminal. That just happened to have been my birthday, but even that isn't as painful for me as his last birthday was. I'll never forget planning that birthday party, knowing the entire time there would never be another one. He was in the hospital, so we had the "party" there, and invited all the staff. My father came, and Dave's dad and step-mother flew in the following day. Friends sent balloon bouquets, flowers, gifts. I made his favorite dessert and a big birthday banner.

Our three children sang "Happy Birthday," and we all pretended. Looking back at the photos we took that day, I see the love and pride in my husband's eyes when he looked at our children and at me that day. So it is that memory I hold close, rather than the pain and sadness.

Through these years since his passing, I have learned many things. One of the most important things is that if we don't allow ourselves to remember and feel pain and grief, we can't cherish the joys either.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I think, as writers, we experience the following in a variety of ways throughout the different stages of our careers. I want to thank each and every one of you who have stood beside me through these past difficult and painful years. You know who you are.... :)

And I also thank my readers who have waited so patiently for THE GIFT. Bless you.

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out"
~Walter Winchell

"A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else."
~ Len Wein

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
~ Anonymous

"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself."

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
~ George Washington

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
~ Mother Teresa

"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends."
~ Aristotle


Monday, April 13, 2009

The Power of Networking

Amazon has reconsidered their position regarding the removal of books with "adult content" from search engines and rankings. Hurray for networking and petitioning from authors, readers, and publishers committed to our First Amendment!


Happy reading!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter at High Altitude

Snowball fight instead of Easter Egg Hunt, anyone...? This is the scene out my front door about 11:00 AM.

At least the bears are still hibernating! :)

Happy reading, all.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Romance on TODAY SHOW

Apparently happy endings are recession proof. :)

Happy reading!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Romance Sales on The Rise?

Published: April 8, 2009
At a time when booksellers are struggling to lure readers, strong sales of romance novels buoy a sluggish market.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Full Cover

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-505-52606-9