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Dear Anne: Love Letters from Nam $1.99...

My new story (fiction) is available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook for $1.99. Dear Anne will probably never be in book form as it's too short to stand alone. However, the love letters are part of a novel, and I decided to make the letters into a short story. Thus, Dear Anne was born.  The larger work is still on the back burner, waiting to have more scenes written.

Dear Anne has had some positive reviews so far and I'm delighted with the reception it's getting. It's a romance and set during the heat of the Vietnam War.

I hope if you have time to read the love story about newlyweds Anne in WV and Rob in Vietnam, you'll leave a review on Amazon. Reviews help in so many ways. Not only do they help get a story noticed but it helps the author's other books get recognition as well. My goal is to move up in the ranks and have more and more readers. I don't care if the readers are from free books or Amazon sales. A writer wants his or her work read and appreciated, free or otherwise.

On a personal note, I'm taking one step forward and two back as I move along without my husband.
His loss in November has changed all areas of my life. I'm in new territory every single day. A new challenge arises. A new adventure comes along. Or I face an occasional bump in the road and have to deal with it. Alone.

I've bought a car without him, made out a new budget, changed some decorations in the house and rearranged furniture. I've added a new piece here or there. Small changes. The house feels different. I suppose to go with the different person I am becoming. Not sure I am comfortable with this new person. But I have no choice. The changes that have come uninvited have made me different. I'm the same but different if that makes sense.

There are many pros in my life right now. I've had lots of time with family and friends and my writing is beginning to bubble on that back burner. Projects are beginning to call my name.

Chores I've let go for months are now getting done. I have energy again. I'm ready for whatever comes my way.

How about you? Have you had changes in your life lately? Are you ready as our spring rapidly turns to summer?

Do have a lovely Mother's Day! Be kind! Courteous! AND hug someone today.

May God bless your life richly as He has mine. Comment and let me know what's new with you.
Hugs, Barb

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  1. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day, Barb. Miss you....would love to visit with you any time! Will check out this new book ASAP. My sister-in-law is having trouble adjusting to her new role as a widow. It's amazing that R and my brother passed away within a day of each other. Please keep in touch, and please keep writing!

  2. HOW EXCITING!!! I will get a copy. My Grim Tales is short, but I'm looking to put it in a book form through Createaspace. I already have it available on Amazon, Barnes and bunches of other sites digitally but I reallllllly want a hard copy.

    By the way, thanks for the compliment on Journaling Woman. I love to laugh even when I don't feel like it and try to stick humor in where I can. AND I love when others tell me they laughed at something I said.

    Love our blog!

  3. So excited for you and I bet it'll be a Best seller. I don't have a Kindle but it sure sounds great. Kinda like me and my husband. He was in Nam when we were dating. I think of you often and can't imagine what you've endured but I'm praying for you sweet friend. Hugs, xo

  4. Thank you dear Susie. Hope your health has improved as well. I'm doing okay, which I've learned is a good thing.
    APPRECIATE all comments. Hugs to you.

  5. First of all, congratulations on yet an other launch. You are amazing. I do not have a kindle and I don't buy on line, hopefully one day I shall ie God Willing.
    I have been on and off on the blogger. I have been kind of sick, in the sense that I do get things done, but my medication kind of slows me down. I am given a beta blocker which slows down my heart, otherwise my heart is working too fast for my own good. I guess the doctors know what is good for me.
    I want to be able to write and more than anything I want to have enough time to read as well. Thank God my kids are all grown up, otherwise I don't know how I would take care of them if they were little with my health conditions.

    You take care of yourself please. I am glad that you are feeling energetic. I am sure your dearest hubby would have wanted you to take the best care of yourself and keep up with your hobbies.

  6. Thanks much Munir. Hoping your health problems are healed. Take care of YOU. Hugs.

  7. I wanted you to know that I just finished Dear Anne and I really enjoyed it. I also wanted you to know that I'm going to Amazon to leave a review.

    If you have a chance after you've read Grim Tales, I would sure appreciate a review as well. I think you'll be the first. :)

    Congrats on a great book.

  8. So sorry about your husband. I can't imagine what you're going through, although I went through a divorce and several really hard breakups, but nothing is like the death of a spouse. I do know in time everything gets a little easier...just one step at a time, one day at a time. The one silver lining is that it sets you on a course for a new adventure where you meet new people and experience all new things.


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