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Time to Say Goodbye

I decided to add one more post to my blog before the year ends.

2017 has seen its ups and downs for me.

On the up side, I have my health, definitely something to be thankful for.

The majority of the people I started the year with are still alive and well.

I’ve made wonderful new friendships and strengthened old ones.

On the down side, it’s been a difficult year worldwide. Because I’m a news junkie, I get pulled into the collective angst. From hurricanes to flooding, earthquakes to landslides, 2017 has seen some deadly natural disasters. I won’t even mention all the political disasters at home and abroad.

In my writing life, it’s been slow. It’s the first year I did not release a new book since I began writing full time. I’m disappointed, but I am far from defeated. I’m still working on the next two books that will complete the trilogy I started with Stranger at Sunset. Thank you to everyone who has inquired about my writing and offered words of encouragement.

In 2018, I will continue to feature music as a way to inspire my creativity, but I will do so differently than I have in the past.  The first blog for my newly-formatted Music Monday series will go live Jan. 8th.

As I’m taking New Year’s Day off tomorrow, I’m posting a song to end the year instead.

Most of you will remember this piece performed in Italian by Andrea Bocelli called “Con te partirò,” translated as “I Will Go With You.” It was hugely successful when it released in 1995. Bocelli later paired with English soprano, Sarah Brightman and retitled the song “Time to Say Goodbye.” The duet made it an even bigger hit, performing the tune with full orchestral arrangements.

I love the original version, but I discovered a less lively interpretation, which is in keeping with my contemplative mood this time of year.

That this musician’s name is Hope made it an even more serendipitous find.

As with most endings, there is a sense of closure, even sadness. Another year gone by and all that has happened is now history. But though time is finite, endings inevitably lead to new beginnings. And new beginnings hold countless, uncharted possibilities.

My hope is that you look ahead with optimism and an open heart.

The future is ours to create.

Until then, it’s time to say goodbye,

~eden

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A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull

Author, L.M. Stull

I love this thirty-something girl who wrote A Thirty-Something Girl.

L.M. Stull is a shining light in the indie author community, and I could not be happier to showcase her debut novel. She was one of the first authors I interviewed for Inside the Author’s Mind, and we’ve been connected ever since.  I think it’s both fitting and serendipitous that she’s on my blog almost a year to the day since that interview, and even more so that she’s here in a month with the theme of  “new beginnings.”

In many ways, A Thirty-Something Girl is not only L.M.’s debut novel; it’s a symbol of her own growth over this past year. When we first met, she was working on a different book. Originally a writer of paranormal romance, L.M. changed course when she realized she preferred to write stories about the human spirit.

I don’t normally post reviews on my blog, and I didn’t think I would be able to finish A Thirty-Something Girl in time to do it for this post. I was mistaken. Read my review, and you’ll understand why.

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Review of A Thirty-Something Girl

I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I cannot remember the last time I breezed through a book as quickly as I did A Thirty-Something Girl. From the first sentence to the last, I inhaled L.M.’s words as if they were air.

Does this mean there wasn’t a lot of substance? Absolutely not. Written in first person point of view, Hope Ellena Jackson, a thirty-something girl lives through more twists and turns in a year than many of us encounter in a lifetime. At almost any point in the book, I was riding a wave of frayed emotions – either my stomach was in knots or my inner cheerleader was doing high-kicks.

You see, I really liked Hope. I liked her relationship with her girlfriends, her romantic interest, and her broken past. In her, any woman can find something to relate to. Hope is that part of us who must come to terms with life’s misfortunes. Some of them are of our own making; others are by circumstance. Either way, Hope has to deal with the consequences. In the process, she cements her friendships, opens her heart, and finds love.

L.M.’s book is a testament to the type of stories she wants to write. In A Thirty-Something Girl, she spins a generous tale about the resilience of the human spirit. Hope is her vehicle to illustrate that we all have the ability to rise above life’s hardships. As with her main character’s journey, it’s never a straight line to a happy ending, but while moving toward it, we learn what we are truly capable of.

My strong suspicion is that L.M. wrote A Thirty-Something Girl from a very personal place—perhaps her own life experiences from this past year. Hope is a thinly veiled metaphor, and there is clever wordplay strewn throughout the book using her name.

L.M. has written a book for all ages. It’s not just for thirty-something girls; it’s for twenty-somethings who can learn valuable life lessons, and those older who can take comfort in the wisdom of their decisions.

It’s for all of us who implicitly know that life is what we make of it, but sometimes a thirty-something girl like Hope comes along and reminds us.

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Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together, and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and terribly confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.

With the love and support of some dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.

But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won’t be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?

L.M. is giving away an AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of A Thirty-Something Girl to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a comment after this post! 

A drawing will be made Jan. 23rd to choose the winner.

Thank you L.M. for your generosity to my readers! 🙂

Connect with the lovely L.M. Stull at all her social networks.

Website   Twitter   Facebook   Goodreads   Facebook Fellow Writer’s Group

L.M. also blogs about her own personal journey in life on her blog, Lisa’s Liberation.

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A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia. Yes, she works for lawyers… you can go ahead and feel sorry for her.

Most of her youth was spent studying classical piano and dance. And while L.M. wrote several short stories, her primary focus was on poetry. After the death of her grandfather, the words stopped flowing, and it was not until her late 20s that she rediscovered her passion for writing.

When she’s not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, you can find her pounding the pavement thinking up her next story idea… and sometimes eating cake (okay, maybe more than sometimes).

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