You make plans, and then life happens. It happened to me in 2014. Shadow of Doubt, Ansley Sheridan's story of recreating a life after divorce takes away a woman's foundation, was supposed to debut in December. However, I failed to factor in a persistent bout with pneumonia that robbed me of about six weeks of productive time. Thus, Ansley is now set to debut next month. However, as I reflected on a year of turmoil and wanted to have my day in the land of self-pity because Christmas dinner was from the frozen food section of Publix, I remembered how many wonderful events occurred to outweigh the less wonderful.
Shadow of Silence debuted in January to overwhelming reader reaction--the culmination of a lifetime dream; While I lost a treasured fur friend of fifteen years in March, I added a new one to the family in June; I saw a beautiful granddaughter marry an outstanding young man in a exquisite ceremony; I went on a delightful cruise with my daughter, got to spend time with my three grandsons and granddaughter-in-law to be, and enjoyed wonderful lunches, dinners, and concerts with my two younger granddaughters; I made new friends and enjoyed the old; I saw Shadow of Doubt off to the printer and made great progress with Shadow of the Past. Summing it all up: I wouldn't forfeit the good events to erase the bad. In the great scheme of things, I've had over seventy good Christmases, therefore, I can take in stride the one that got away. Besides, we had a great delayed celebration on January 11th, albeit the tree and carols were absent--but the Christmas bears were in full attendance. There is no doubt but that my blessings outnumber my challenges.
I hope that all of you will read and enjoy Shadow of Doubt. I'm equally excited about Fury O'Quinn and her quest to unlock the secrets of the past in Shadow of the Past. I do believe that 2015 is to be a great year and wish the same for all of you.