Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday!

I have to admit, this week has been a rough one.  On Tuesday, my 93-year-old grandmother had a massive stroke.  So needless to say, everything has been turned upside down & crazy with phone calls, trips to the hospital, etc., etc.

Now, my grandmother & I have never really been close.  She’s the one who never misses an opportunity to tell me I’m fat or that I’m going to Hell for writing pornography.  Oh, & she hates The Dungeon!  Why she feels the need to visit at all, I’ll never know, since just about everything I post raises her blood pressure—especially our bouts of blatant beefcake. :chickendance   But even though she’s never been a warm-hug, cookie-baking kind of grandmother, I do have some nice memories of her from when I was very little.  Emotionally, I think this has been harder on Madame Mommy Dearest than on me, but the stress levels are still right up there.

And fair warning—for anyone who’s been waiting for their Free Book Friday or HappyBookers “Mystery Prize” winnings to arrive…you may have to wait a while longer.  I was already behind on those mailings, with three FBF books & a handful of other items on my kitchen counter, waiting to be packed up & taken to the post office.  Now it looks like they’ll be sitting there a while longer. :patrick4   So sorry about my tardiness, but I hope you’ll understand.  Just know that you will get them eventually.  I may be slow, but eventually I follow through. :Cukoo

This week, though, I AM HAPPY that before all Hell broke loose, I had my six-month post-surgery follow up & got a big thumbs-up from the doc. :thumbsup   I have been completely released, & better yet, they didn’t even ask me to set up an annual exam, which I thought for sure they would.  Doc said as long as my regular physician does all the usual poking & prodding, I only need to go back to the specialist if there’s a problem.  I am soooo happy about this, because I don’t care for doctor appointments to begin with, & absolutely hate adding extra get-dressed-&-leave-the-house events to my calendar.  :cheer

I AM HAPPY—& extremely grateful—to my chiropractor & his staff, as well, for taking me a full hour ahead of my appointment time that same day.  Not only was it pouring down rain when I’d left all the windows open at home, but their kindness & understanding allowed me to get home just before the phone rang with the news about Gram.  They—& I—couldn’t have known what was coming of course, but it sure did end up being a bit of really good timing, & looking back, I sincerely appreciate how great they were about my early pop-in.

I AM HAPPY, too, that Editor C was wonderful when I told him about Gram.  I’m already on a tight deadline for this first “Project: Passion” book, & he knows I’m nervous about it.  Now we have another CRISIS come out of left field, & who the heck knows how much writing time it will cost me.  But he was great—told me to do what I needed to do & they’d work around it.  Thank you, Editor C!  I’m still nervous about the deadline & not the least bit happy that this might set me back, but it sure does help to know he won’t breathe fire if this book doesn’t come together as quickly as I’d hoped.

And to wrap things up, I AM HAPPY that I got my line edits for SECRETS, LIES & LULLABIES finished just in the nick of time.  They were a little rough this time around & took some good, old Winnie-the-Pooh think-think-thinking, but I finally got them done & turned in just before the shitteth hitteth the faneth.

Whew.  Okay, that does it for me.  How about you?

Feel free to share all the fun stuff that’s going on for you this week & all the things you’re happy & grateful for! :eeee

Is the third time the charm?  Let’s announce the winner of this week’s Free Book Friday offering, Kay Hooper’s Chill of Fear

:chickendance Suzy Brown!!! :chickendance

Congratulations, Suzy! :patrick3 Please contact me with your mailing information, & I’ll get your book out to you as soon as I can!


10 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Ana Carolina says:

    Hi Heidi,

    I LOVED “On the verge of I do”!! What a wonderful book!!!

    I went to NY with my mother in April. I couldn’t find your book on Target and Kmart. It was a great thing that I had already bought it at amazon! I bought harlequin books at kmart and Target in Florida two years ago. Do you Know if they still sell harlrquin books?

    Congratulations for your new contract!

    I hope your grandma gets better soon!

    Best wishes for you and your family!

    • Heidi says:

      Hi, Ana Carolina! How great to hear from you – it’s been ages! I hope you’re doing well. I’m so glad you’re still reading my books & getting to the US once in a while. :happysun

  2. Mary Kirkland says:

    It’s been a bit of a bad month for me. My big cuddler rat passed away suddenly on the 14th of last month. But I am grateful I had 2 years with him and have so many pictures to remember him with.

    My nephew was able to have surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils the other day and this should reduce or completely fix his sleep apnea.

    And I’m grateful that my brother is coming to pick my hubby up for a week to help remodel his bathroom. I’m glad to get to see my brother and grateful that my hubby and brother get along so well. Also grateful to have about a week all to myself when he’s gone. LOL

  3. Heidi says:

    Hey—third time’s the charm! Chill of Fear has finally been claimed! It’s really good, too; Suzy will love it. :eeee

  4. Ruth Chestnut says:

    Heidi, sorry to here about your gram. Even though you don’t have a close relationship I’m sure it really sucks. My family was a yours, mine and ours family so I wasn’t very close to my older brother as he was 23 years older then me. But it still sucked when he got cancer and passed away. Glad you had some happy moments this week. I’m happy to just be able to get up and go to work each day and for my daughter even though she does aggravate me sometimes. :lolol

  5. Laura J. says:

    Sorry it’s been such a hard week for you Heidi. Sending you and MMD lots of hugs and prayers and good thoughts.

    I just got home from St. Louis having traveled with Zoo Docents. It was a lot fun, a lot of laughs (our Education Curator is either going to never let us travel together again or she’s going to laugh her head off :howyoudoin ). We (well some of us) on my recommendation, went to the City Museum and everyone had a blast. If you ever get to St. Louis that is a MUST see/do. The zoo itself, was a wonderful. Sadly though, they would not let me bring home the sloth bear or a puffin. Some docents went to see a Chinese Lantern show that is only in St. Louis until August and said it was amazing. Made with lots of recycled stuff that sadly once the show is over….it’s really over. They can’t take it down and move it elsewhere due to the delicacy of it.

    I also started my new job and so far I really love it. I still have a lot to learn, but at now it doesn’t seem as overwhelming as it did a week ago. :chickendance

  6. Hollie says:

    so sorry you are having such a crappy week!! but you did have some really good happy things!! :thumbsup

    My 1st happy is…I just got home from the Lori Foster/Dianne Castell event! What a great big happy!!! It was my virgin year…can not wait to go back next year! :chickendance

    and …that would be it.
    Hugs ya all!!

  7. Kathleen O says:

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I always had a wonderful relationship with my Nana… My mother’s mom. I never knew my dad’s mother, she died when I was very young.
    I know how busy you are, so I will be patient for my “mystery prize”… no problems..

    Today I am happy to be able to enjoy the celebrations of THe Queens Diamond Jubilee. Although it makes me a bit sad that my mother is not here to share it with me. Our being part of The Commenwealth and that we pariticapated in today “Flotilla, I was very proud. I cannot wait to see what is in store for her Diamond Jubilee the next two days…

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