This is my second year in the Thankful Authors Roundup, and a lot has changed for me since last November--in both good and bad ways. The one event that turned my life upside-down struck in February, when my dad passed away suddenly in his sleep, for reasons no one has been able to determine. He'd received a clean bill of health from his doctor just days earlier, which made his death a complete shock to everyone in my family. It's in times like this that it gets difficult to find reasons to be thankful. But finding them is even more important during dark days.
I also an emergency appendectomy in June, which might seem another reason to say "bah humbug" to thankfulness. Instead, I'm extremely grateful for the surgery, because it ended two and half years of intense pain and got me off the multiple medications I'd been on during those years. When it comes to my dad, I'm thankful beyond words for having in my life and for everything he taught me about being a writer. I'm thankful his books live on, for people to buy and enjoy for years to come.
Two sweet adorable puppies came into my life a few months ago, and I'm very thankful for their energy and devotion. You just can't beat puppy love when you're feeling down! My family is a blessing too, and this Thanksgiving will bring us together in a different way, but I know we'll find plenty of reasons to say our thanks on that day. I'm also unbelievably grateful I can write what I love and touch my readers with humor, sexiness, and heart.