Hey everyone. I’m hoping you are all having a great day? I’m trying, given the time of the year and all… I thought, for today, I’d write my blog post about Mother’s Day.
I’m a parent of three kids, as many of you already know. Being a Mom is, in fact, the toughest job I’ve ever had. I know, I know- that saying gets batted around frequently and because of that, I think many of us tend to let it fall on deaf ears.
This will be the first year in my many that I don’t send a charming card or overpriced flowers.
We all, I believe, think of our mom’s as invincible. Mom is the one who will scold our poor behavior; spouting off about how utterly disappointed they are in our grades/attitude/choices and then in the next breath, be the one to give us a hug and let us know it will all be okay. Mom washed away both the dirt and the tears, she read us our favorite stories and found the calculator to help figure out the algebra homework, even when she would rather have been watching “her stories”.
Moms give up so much when they make the transition for woman to so very much more. Mom isn’t a title to be thrown around lightly, either. One doesn’t become “Mom” simply by getting pregnant then forcing a child from her body.
Nope- Mom means you rock in a chair at 3 am when you just did it an hour before, a yawn and a bottle in hand; a smile on her lips and a soft hum of some nameless tune. Mom means you’ve traded away many of those wine infested play dates for juice boxes at the park.
Mom translates to a thousand miles in a van on empty so you can kick a soccer ball around and be one of the several kids to proudly wave their trophy. Mom means you decorate every free wall with Crayola drawings of horses and monster trucks, and Mom means free time disappears, replaced by parent conferences and balanced dinners that if you were really good, ended with brownies.
Mom equals a knight that fights off the monsters in the closet, the nurse who gives you medicine when you’re ill, the social worker who talks it all out with you, and then the housekeeper who mucks up the puke when the medicine doesn’t work- often times while telling you who bad she feels that you feel bad.
Moms don’t give up the title when you leave, either. A mom is the one person who you call in the middle of the night because your English Professor said your term paper was awful. Mom is the person you run to first to show off the big (or tiny) diamond that was just placed on your finger with a promise for the future.
Mom is the person you want at your side when you transition from woman to Mom… and even after the hurtful words and all of your eye rolls, she becomes the only person whose shoes you hope to fill.
I used to cringe when someone told me “You sound just like your Mother.” In these last few months, the one’s following my mother’s passing, I’ve realized that for every time someone told me that, they’d grossly overestimated my abilities, for I could never sound like her…not even close.
My Mom was the best. You may argue that, but in my eyes, I’ll win every time.
Happy Mother’s Day,
A little news- the first What's Circling Celine newsletter has been posted, including the first "code word" for the PHOENIX RISING RELEASE GIVE-A-WAY!! If you haven't checked it out yet, the website is http://whatscirclingceline.weebly.com
Also at the site, I've included an author Q & A, a character interview, a post related to fellow author Crystal ward's upcoming release TSUNAMI which is the second installment in her Supernova Saga! I'm really looking forward to this one folks! Please feel free to contact me with stuff you'd like to see included in the newsletter, too and don't forget to vote on May's Character of the Month! The April Newsletter with code word #1 will be up until May 17th. Help spread the word and enter!
I've read a few pretty great books since my last post here! Let's begin with LOVER REBORN by JR Ward! I attended her signing in Cincinnati with a couple of friends and to say it was fantastic is a gross underestimation! Ward's Q & A session was terrific, too!
I recently stumbled on the HUSH, HUSH series by Becca Fitzpatrick. WOW!! I read the first 3 books in 3 days and am very eager for the final book in October! Fans of YA or of Angels/Fallen Angels would really dig this series.
The new Kerrilyn Sparks book- WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE was another installment of her Immortals After Dark series. Phineas Phineas Phineas...how I love you...
I also read Julie Kagawa's newest book- THE IMMORTAL RULES. I gave it 3 or 4 stars. A decent read and I will read the next one. As it was a new series, I expected there to be some world building. I'd hoped for it to move at a little faster pace. Not a terrible read though...
I'm currently reading DEADLOCKED by Charlaine Harris. This is the latest release in her Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries series. I'm 40% through it and I'm reserving judgement until I finish it.
Still on my kindle and begging to be read- RED, WHITE AND BLOOD by Christopher Farnsworth. It's taking EVERY OUNCE OF DETERMINATION on my part to keep myself from locking the world away and digging in to the newest Nathanial Cade book.
Also on the kindle, awaiting my eager eyes, is the newest Morganville Vampires book, BLACK DAWN. Can't wait to dive into this one, too!
My release date for the MAGGIE HENNING & THE REALM: book 1 PHOENIX RISING is drawing ever closer... I grow a little more anxious with every passing day! I've been hard at work on "swag packs" to offer to reviewers. If you would be interested, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The release will be in mid-July and I will have swag packs and some ebook ARCs available shortly before.
As always, please check out my fellow FIREFLY AND WISP authors. Of particular note this month, TR STAMPZ new book HOT RIDEZ is out now! A nice 3 story collection of erotica!(**ADULT CONTENT. NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL READERS**) Make sure to bring a cool cloth- these are some H.O.T. stories! As I noted above, Crystal ward's latest book TSUNAMI will be out this month. If you haven't read the first installment SUPERNOVA, you really should! A great book!
If tales of horror are more your cup pf tea, make sure to grab a copy of Joseph Rubas' POCKETFUL OF FEAR! 41 tales in one book! I suggest reading them during the daylight hours! ;-)
Well then, i think that's quite a bit for now! Tomorrow, i think I'll hop on a blog about something totally random...I'm open to suggestions? LOL !
have a great day and as always,
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd