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“Looking for Me” has won the 2014 Ohioana Book Award for fiction …

 

 

I’m incredibly honored and so happy that I don’t quite know what to do with myself!

 

 

Ohioana Blog Post

 

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A woman named Evelyn …

 

Vanity

 

 

 

 

When I was a little girl, my mother’s friends fascinated me. Especially Evelyn. Whenever we visited Evelyn, I loved to peek into her pink-tiled bathroom where the vanity was populated by gleaming glass jars filled with all sorts of potions and lotions. There was no question that those mysterious concoctions worked because Evelyn always looked good and smelled wonderful. But more importantly, she always had something interesting to say. Her positive energy filled every room she entered, and it was impossible to miss how men and women alike were drawn toward her. Yet she never would have been described as beautiful in the literal sense of the word.

 

Smart, energetic, generous, and quick to laugh, Evelyn exemplified what I now, all these years later, recognize as real beauty—the kind that isn’t limited to the physical and doesn’t diminish with the passage of years. Though she knew aging was inevitable, often laughing at herself for trying the latest miracle cream, she wasn’t about to give up on her joie de vivre or her beauty regime. To her they were inseparable.

 

Back in my mother’s day, Evelyn was the exception to the rule of aging. As the years passed and waistlines grew thicker and hair grew thinner, some women would tisk tisk about Evelyn, poking fun of her youthful enthusiasm as she set sail into the so-called golden years in her shiny new convertible. But Evelyn paid them no mind. She was too busy traveling, having fun, and hunting for the next miracle in a jar.

 

Evelyn was my heroine.

 

I’m delighted to be living in our current, stereotype-busting era where the words beauty and aging coexist in the same sentence. Susan Sarandon, Amy Tan, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, and countless others have paved the way. And let’s not forget Oprah, Charlotte Moss, and Donna Karan. A big part of beauty is attitude with a hefty sprinkling of chutzpah. Add some genuine kindness to the mix and it’s intoxicating. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who exudes confidence, has embraced her passions and stitched life experiences (the good and the bad) into a tapestry of wisdom.

 

So what’s my personal plan as I face the road of aging? To be the absolute best I can be—fearless and interested and interesting and awake to the wonders of my life in all its stages. When I leave my earthly body, I want to look back and say, “Wow, now that was living!”

 

I could go on for hours on this topic, but I have errands to run. And, after I’m done, I’ll think of Evelyn as I zip down the highway to Nordstrom. I’ve heard that Estée Lauder has a brand new miracle in a jar.

 

 

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Wonderful book tour event …

 

 

Evansville Event

On Sunday, June 15 at 1:30 I’ll be speaking and signing books at the beautiful Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville, Indiana. For every book sold at this event, I’ll make a personal donation to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. I hope you will come out to meet me and help support this worthy cause!

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Evansville, IN 47713

 

For more event information, please click here.

 

 

 

Thrilled to share this news …

 

 

This is such an honor. LOOKING FOR ME is an Ohioana 2014 Book Award Finalist (Fiction).

 

 

Ohioana Awards

 

 

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Her name is Karen Christian, and wow…is she talented!

 

While on book tour I met a beautiful woman named Karen Christian. It was the kind of chance meeting that we all experience at one time or another: someone smiles, a conversation is ignited, and it’s as if you’ve known each other for years. That’s how I felt when Karen stepped into my life.

 

As we talked (and laughed), I admired the bracelet she was wearing so I asked about it. I gasped when she said that she’d made it! Karen is a jewelry designer. Within minutes Karen fired up her tablet and I was viewing her website.

 

Before stepping to the podium at my speaking engagement, I had already placed an order. My bracelet has arrived, and it is best described as stunning!

 

I’m incredibly impressed with Karen’s creative talent and attention to detail, and I wanted to share her work so y’all can see what I’m raving about! Below are photos of Karen’s Signature bracelets. Visit her website and explore the wide range of creations made by Karen’s own hands!

 

And here’s a terrific surprise: If you order from Karen during the month of June and type in the coupon code-word Literary, you’ll receive 10% off the price of her unique, one-of-a-kind bracelets. To view Karen’s collection and take advantage of the coupon offer, please click HERE.

 

To connect with Karen on Facebook click HERE.

To connect with Karen on Twitter click HERE.

 

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