Monday, May 18, 2015

The Kindness of (Semi) Strangers


     Blanche Dubois was on to something. I can’t say I’ve often relied on others’ kindness, but maybe that’s why I’m so bowled over when a good turn suddenly appears in my path. 



I stumbled downstairs this morning, made a cup of tea, and poured a bowl of Post’s Great Grains cereal (raisins, dates, and pecans!) to fortify myself for my upcoming water aerobics class. Then, bowl in hand, mug by my side, I settled down for a ramble through my favorite blogs. 

          The first one I opened was Arkansas Patti’s The New Sixty ,a writer I know you’ll enjoy if you’re not already a fan. Instantly my tea was forgotten and my cereal destined for mush. There for all to see was an image of my book (find a link to the right of this column) and a generous and very thorough review. 

          When the facilitator in my writing group suggested I try blogging, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it, or how much it would widen my world. This is social media at its best, a place where you can encounter and interact with some remarkable people.

          Thanks, Patti, for your random act of kindness.



         

20 comments:

  1. Yay for you, your book, and your review!

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  2. Wow. The reviews on Amazon are sterling and the sequels are anticipated. Good for you!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! Much appreciated.

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  3. Because of her review, I've ordered your book and look forward reading it. The blogosphere is a wonderful place. :-)

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    1. Thanks, DJan! And yes, we've found a wonderful alternate universe.

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  4. Your book was a feel good story which I looked forward to reading each time I picked it up. Loved hearing how Lila struggled between two men who were polar opposites and I cheered for her final decision.Weaved through was the challenges a high school teacher encounters on a daily basis. A wonderful first book. I am excited to read the next one. Barb

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    1. Thank you, Barb. I'm so very glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. I was so glad I had the chance to give your book a shout out. I really enjoyed reading it and just wanted to share a good read. I do have several teachers in my followers that I am sure will enjoy it though being a teacher is certainly not a requisite. I'm not and I really felt right at home in the pages. Let us know when the second one hits.

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  6. Congratulations Marty. I’ve just seen it’s already averrable on Kindle UK.

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  7. Patti is the cat's meow!!!

    Congratulations on the good reviews. I have yet to be published and wonder if that will ever happen.

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  8. There are some people who are very adept at giving support. Writers need all the support they can get. Now I'm going to have to look at Patti's blog and look for your book.

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  9. How lovely of Patti to do this.
    I bet you smiled for the rest of the day.

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  10. right?! always a pleasant surprise to find a fellow blogger has said something about you.

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  11. The very best of surprises! Congratulations! Off now to investigate this book! :)

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  12. The warmth and the wonder of the blogosphere is wonderful isn't it? Thank you so much for joining in with Wednesday Words as my place - I loved them.

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  13. Bloggers are awesome, are they not? :)

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  14. I enjoyed Patti's blog about your book. She mentioned that it could be downloaded. Maybe I can figure out how. The book sounds great. I really want to read it. Congratulations!

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