Gratitude Monday: Basking in the afterglow

valentine's day[tweetthis]I’m still basking in the afterglow of the Zoom launch party for A Ship of Pearl. That was some crazy and some fun.[/tweetthis] Eighteen connections and 46 people.  Wow! Thank you.  Surprise guests showed up.  Steve Kleinedler (I call him Mr. Dictionary) who was my sister’s neighbor’s son, and is a wonderful supporter in big and little ways.  You may know him as a guest on NPR, telling us about the latest new words.  Chad Green, the cover designer, joined from the fire station where he works when he’s not designing.  Chad is my cousin Linda’s son. Renée joined us. She’s the woman with the magic scissors; she makes my hair so easy that even I can style it. And, not but never least, the illustrator for The Fable of Little Tzurie, Niall Brady, joined us. It was homecoming night for Niall.  He took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to join Grandma’s party.  My Clown Car Masterminds represented, too.

A quick ASK before I move on to my random list:  Don’t forget to add your review to Goodreads or Amazon.  If I get 50 reviews by midnight November 4, one lucky reviewer gets a $50 Amazon gift card.

So here’s what’s on my gratitude list this week:

[icon name=”smile-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] The many people who are helping me spread the word about my books.

[icon name=”sun-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Sunshine after three days of rainy weather.

[icon name=”sun-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Flowers that hold on until the first frost:  Impatience, Marigolds, Canna lilies, Mums.  fall colors - 1

[icon name=”pencil” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Hand written thank you notes in the mail.

[icon name=”hand-paper-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Yoga on a Monday morning.

[icon name=”gift” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Housewarming gifts for CoCo.

[icon name=”credit-card” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Credit card processing apps for the iPhone.

[icon name=”leaf” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Fall colors.

♣  Master gardeners who agree with me.  (I told you clover is a nitrogen fixer!)