I'm staring the year with rose-colored glasses firmly planted on my somewhat mishapped nose (note to self, stop obsessing about nose. Nose is fine, Nose will do.) So here is a touch of PINK for you, ladies.
I’m not sure how good I am at friendship. For most of my life it was clear that I took more than I was able to give, because let’s face it, I was an insecure mess. I know I am a very entertaining friend, but can I really be here when I am needed? Do I know how to soothe, support and listen the way my friends have soothed me, supported me, and listened (tirelessly—at least in appearance) to me?
Although there are three love stories in Hidden in Paris, it is not surprising, given my less than stellar antecedents that the main theme I explore in the novel is friendship between women. Women who, like myself, are not always good at friendship. I did not set out to write a book about friendship between women, but I guess it was the book that needed to be written, and the writing of it allowed me to observe and analyze my feelings at a safe distance.
Trust issues and past wounds can get in the way of experiencing friendship, but when you finally meet that gem of a person, your life can be changed forever.
I offered a giveaway on the fantastic Breast Cancer support site Pink Link and today I was very touched to read testimonies of women who went through breast cancer ordeals and expressed how friendship helped them pull through the worst times. Please read here on the Cancer Survivor Blog and congratulations to Tammy, Nancy and Crystal, winners of the Pink Link giveaway.
There were more winners in December: Congratulations to Silvia, an expatriation specialist, and Carol, a talented artist ) for winning a copy of Hidden in Paris on the website Expat Forever and than you Véronique Martin-Place, author of the book Finding your Feet in Chicago, for hosting it.
The time of giving and receiving is not over, girlfriends! I've just created a new giveaway on Goodreads, here is the link. You have to be Goodreads member to participate.
I hope your new year is beautiful, sexy, cancer-free, and filled with great girlfriends. (Unless you're a guy and you're married. In which case, hold the girl friend wish.)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!