Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thankful Author 2017- Judy Ann Davis

by Judy Ann Davis

In light of all the terrible hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes that have plagued the United States and Mexico recently, I’m focusing my thoughts this Thanksgiving on being grateful for all things, large and small, we take for granted in our everyday lives.
Every morning I wake up to use electricity that runs my heat and air conditioning, lights, electronic devices like my computer, radio, and television, as well as other appliances. I can have a warm or cold shower, breakfast, or morning drink—and I have a choice. The clothes and shoes I plan to wear are dry and clean. I have access to my medical supplies and prescriptions, pictures of my children, my reading materials, and a vast group of simple everyday things that make my day comfortable, but which others have now lost.
Yes, material goods can be replaced, but life is not simple without them. I recently skinned my leg leaving an airport, and I realized how important one simple Band-Aid is when a wound won’t stop bleeding. It struck me how many more of the little things we use without thought to their importance—paper towels, Kleenex, pencils and paper, hygiene products, lotions, soap, and the list goes on and on.
If you’re able to give—if even a few dollars—please find a charity or organization that is working closely with the victims of these horrific disasters. Make it your Thanksgiving purpose and undertaking this November.
One charity that I like above many others is called UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the project donors specify.  

This Thanksgiving, as we sit around our food-laden table and have a marvelous hot meal with all the trimmings, remember we have people who have lost everything and who are grateful they have been given canned food and bottled water to eat and drink.  When we put that in perspective, it makes our Thanksgiving even more precious and meaningful—don’t you think?


I’m showcasing my newest release this year, called “Four White Roses.” I’m happy to announce it was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards. The Book Excellence Awards were founded by Literary Excellence Incorporated. Books that have received a Book Excellence Award have been recognized for their high quality design, writing and overall market appeal. It is a cross genre novel that includes mystery and romance with a paranormal element.


When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.
Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.
Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?

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Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous award. Nineteen of them have been collected in “Up on the Roof and Other Stories.”

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

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  1. Thank you, Angela, for hosting me on your blog. And...Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Hello Judy, What a lovely post. And I absolutely LOVE the cover of your book. Congrats on being a Book Excellence finalist!

  3. I so agree, Judy Ann, that we should be happy to share our largess with those in need.My hubs and I enjoy contributing not just money but also our time for worthwhile projects. He just finished participating in a work group rebuilding a tornado-destroyed home in our area. Also, I LOVED Four White Rose and am delighted to see it being recognized for its excellence in a variety of ways. Continued success to you!

    1. How wonderful to hear about your worthwhile projects. My oldest son is in the Texas Air Guard and his crew helped evacuate 2100 people from Beaumont. They then went to the Keys. His stories are heart-wrenching. Thanks for the kind words.

  4. A beautiful post, Judy Ann. I totally agree with all the "little" things we take for granted. In truth, they help to sustain us. Congratulations on your award! How wonderful!

  5. I second Mary's congratulations! What an honor. And your post is so true. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Sandra. And, it was exciting to win the award. I had a fun-time writing the book.

  6. Oh, WOW congrats Judy on your award on Four White Roses. It's on my tbr list, nearing the top now. Like all of us, I wish I had more time to read. Anyway, loved your post, it has been quite a year. Good luck with Four White Roses.

  7. Beautiful post. And thank you for the contact info for a good group to donate.

  8. You're so right, Judy Ann--the "little" things aren't so little once you've lost them! What was it Joni Mitchell said? You don't know what you've got till it's gone. We need to remember the gratitude! Thanks for the reminder.