Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is CARAWAY CARTER. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
The first four months of the year are pretty unique in my family, both for my parents and for the husbear and I. You see, my mother and father’s birthday’s are on the 26th and the husbear’s and mine are both on the 5th. Then there are our anniversaries, theirs is at the beginning of the month and ours is at the end of the month.
So, what does this all mean? Well, my mother’s birthday is January 26th, their anniversary is February 1st, my birthday is February 5th, my dad’s birthday is March 26th and the husbear is April 5th. So, those first four months is like, Call…Wish… call… wish, call, wish, call wish, call, wish… and we’re done till our anniversary on October 31st.
When I got the chance to be a part of Claire’s Birthday month celebration, I wanted to celebrate my mom! She’s had a tough 2015. She had knee surgery, recovered in record time. Then on Thanksgiving, as she was trying to avoid running into young kids, carrying a Yorkie in one hand and the dog’s water bowl in the other, she fell forward, and landed on her brand new knee.
Yes! She said she saw that it had moved to the left side, but later confessed that in the ambulance ride to the hospital she saw the kneecap move back in place. ERgh… sorry, my mom’s imagery is real. So we found out that the knee is awesome, however her leg. Let’s just say when my mom does things, she does them big. She broke her femur in two places and now has two rods and seven screws holding everything together.
I look at my mom and think, damn… here I am complaining about everything that is tough in my life and she’s spending her time wheeling around, not able to walk. Eight more weeks of this, and soon she’ll be walking with the rest of us. But, I don’t see running in her future.
Something else amazing about mom, she finally decided to give up her job, you see she’s a hair dresser and when she told her clients she couldn’t cut hair from her hospital bed or wheel chair. Several of them offered to sit on the floor for her. Grown women who didn’t want to lose the woman and friend who’d cut their hair for years.
I owe so much to my mom. My sense of humor comes from her side of the family; sure my pop comes up with stupid, silly things. But, I learned timing and sarcasm and off the cuff humor from them.
I just wanted to thank the mom for giving me life, for giving me compassion, for teaching me that loving means everything. That hugs are necessary and that humor has a place in every day life.
My newest book, The Scarlet Lock, is probably the most romantic book I’ve ever written. It’s about loving someone, but knowing when to act and when to hold back. It’s about learning to love yourself and those around you. It’s about getting and keeping your independence. It’s about waiting for the love of your life to be available to you.
The Scarlet Lock is one of seven very unique stories in Beaten Track’s anthology, Love Unlocked. All of the stories have something to do with the Love Locked Bridge in Paris. The novellas will be released as stand-alones, in addition to the full anthology, which will be available as an e-Book or in print.
Thank you, Claire for having me. For letting me celebrate your birthday month and thank you everyone for any good thoughts sent my mother’s way.
I will leave you with my favorite things right now.
~~Why did Adele cross the road?
~~She wanted to say Hello from the other side.
I know, it’s just so terrible to be hilarious.
Caraway is offering a free e-copy of his book The Scarlet Lock to a lucky visitor. Comment on the most romantic thing YOU’VE ever experienced to be entered in the draw (below).
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Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015