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Hello! Just a quick word to let you know about two things that are happening today.

One: The Patricia Green Books 2014 Romance Reader Survey will close tonight at midnight Eastern Time. If you haven’t already offered your anonymous opinion, I hope you will. The more participants we have, the better authors can provide you with the books you really want to read. Here’s where you go for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGBReader2014

Two: Now and through the month of December, The Princess and the Huntsman is discounted down to $2.99. Save $2 and read this erotic fairy tale, with spanking, a dominant hero, and a feisty heroine. It was on the Amazon Top 100 for nearly a month, so you know it has to be good. Go here to pick up your copy and take advantage of the discount price: Amazon, at  All Romance eBooks, and Barnes & Noble. This is a Stormy Night Publications release.

Here’s the Stormy Night newsletter, which features a lot more discounts and free material.

I hope your day is full of good things. Thanks for your time.

Trish

thanksgiving-fall collage 10856994_sThe subject of this post sounds good, eh? When you try to put it into practice this week, it’s going to get a lot harder. Black Friday looms and all the shopping of the season is meant to fill gaps and holes in our lives with material goods. Can we really do that?

Many people are posting on Facebook and elsewhere, their daily thing to be thankful for. “I’m grateful for my new oven, because cooking is so much easier now.” Okay, that’s something to be happy about, but is it worthy of being sincerely grateful? Will the food taste so much better that your family will be more energized, satisfied, healthier because of that purchase? Or “I’m grateful for my Kindle. It’s the gift that keeps on giving: books!” Now, since I’m self-serving that way, I can get behind this, but only so far. Is any toy something to truly be grateful for?

What is gratitude? According to Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, being grateful is involved with wanting to repay a kindness. I would also add that it’s a selfless repayment, where one expects nothing in return, except for maybe a thank you. So that new refrigerator isn’t expecting a kindness or your gratitude, but maybe the person who bought it for you would appreciate one. Or the person who moved it (a tip, perhaps?). Reciprocal gifts are just one way to say you’re grateful.

If you’re grateful for being able to eat three meals a day, give someone else three meals a day (perhaps at a homeless shelter). Be grateful for what you have but pass it on. Someone else, feeling gratitude, will then pass a kindness on to yet another person. It snowballs.

Here’s a list of three things I’m grateful for and how I express my gratitude:

(1) I’m grateful for my husband, who understands the mind of an artist and patiently deals with my nuttiness with hardly a complaint. He supports me generously even when my meager earnings aren’t quite enough for me to do my share. How I show my gratitude? I say thank you to him at every turn, I tell him I love him, and I do small things for him that make his life easier without expecting him to notice or comment. I keep his needs foremost in my mind, without losing myself and the things he loves about me.

(2) I’m grateful for the time I had with my childhood family. All but my half-brother and niece are gone now, but I remember those good family times vividly and fondly. I look over my old photos and shed tears thinking about how warm and happy those days were. How do I show my gratitude? I help my niece with her projects, though I don’t expect anything in return. I give my children unconditional love, without expecting a phone call or a status report on my schedule. I tell them thank you for every good thing they do for me. And I try to introduce them to new places and people that they would never get to experience otherwise — those might be the most lasting memories they have.

(3) I’m grateful for the publishers who have taken a chance on me. They didn’t have to. I write well, but there’s always someone who does your craft better than you do. There are plenty of those colleagues whom I respect very highly and from whom I try to learn. What do I do to show my gratitude? I write more, helping them have a constant stream of product to sell. I show my loyalty to them by promoting their new releases and fledgling authors. I do my share of marketing (this blog, for example), which means the publisher prospers without having to make their whole job PR.

Here’s my gratitude to my bosses today: Blushing Books Publications, Stormy Night Publications, and New Dawning Bookfair. Check them out. I don’t get anything for pointing them out to you, except satisfaction knowing that I’m showing a little gratitude.

Those are the three things I’m most grateful for. Not just this year, but every year.

I hope you find the things you’re truly grateful for this Thanksgiving, and that on Black Friday you don’t forget that a kind word, a tip to a waiter, letting another person go ahead of you in line — these are signs of your gratitude, for you have opportunities most of the world’s population can’t even imagine.

Happy Thanksgiving, my US friends!

Trish

If you’re here for Saturday Spankings, please scroll down one post.

Cover: Correcting KathyWhy not take a walk on the wild side and pop over to Blushing Books where they’re now hosting Correcting Kathy as part of their Stormy Night Publications partnership. The book is available at all the best outlets!

Here are the blurb and links.

Kathy would never have imagined that one of the most embarrassing moments of her life could make her the envy of every girl at her small university, but after a stumble in the cafeteria leaves her blushing and Hal Emory drenched in soup, she is stunned when the incident ends with her meeting the young, handsome professor for dinner.

She is even more taken aback by the fact that he does not hesitate to lecture her over dinner about her smoking—a habit she has tried many times to break without success. When he offers to help her quit by means of “aversion therapy”, she cannot resist the urge to learn more, and almost before she knows it she finds herself bent over the desk of this stern professor for a good, hard spanking.

After a subsequent chastisement leads to lovemaking which is as hard and hot as it is unexpected, both Kathy and Hal must decide if they want to pursue a romance. Can Hal leave the pain of the tragic death of his wife in the past and allow himself to fall in love with Kathy? Even if he does, will she be able to accept not only his love but also his guidance and, from time to time, his firm hand applied to her bare bottom?

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