Tuesday, November 11, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #11

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...

Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Elisabeth Hamill and what she's thankful for:

This year, I am thankful for family.

As I get older, I look in the mirror and see more of my mother each year. It isn’t a bad thing to see the woman who raised me to be myself in all my weird glory staring back at me. It’s actually an honor, and I am thankful for her unconditional love.

My mother in-law raised her son to respect women, and I get the payoff of her very hard work. United by the marriage of their children, she and my mother have become great friends. There is no drama between families; we blend holidays seamlessly without stress. They’ve both had serious health issues this year and I am thankful to have a job schedule which allows me time to spend with them both. Despite their continued struggle with evil remote controls and uncooperative computers, I am thankful that they remind me that all this new-fangled communication is no substitute for face to face lunches, dinners, and hugs.

I am thankful for my husband, and the fact that we have been married twenty years this November. We have weathered many storms: the deaths of our fathers, my cancer misadventures, his own health issues, financial woes and bizarre work schedules. And we are stronger for it. He encourages my dreams. I am thankful that I asked him first to marry me, and that we share the never-ending adventure that is parenthood.

I am eternally grateful for my children. They make me laugh, cry, give me grey hair, and I love (almost) every minute. As they grow into young adults, I am glad that we read to them when they were small, and that they share my love of books. I am thankful they are learning to be very good cooks, and I often benefit from their talents in the kitchen. And I am so very thankful that they are growing into people with compassion who are blind to differences, and can sometimes exist in the same room without World War III breaking out.

It makes me grateful for my brother, because we too fought like ninjas and pirates, and I know my children will survive and eventually be friends. I am also grateful that he found the “right one”, which has given me not only the experience of having a sister, but being an aunt to a fantastic niece and nephew.

Finally, I am so thankful for my friends, who are my extended family. No matter the distance between us, the long times between visits and phone calls, we are there for each other. No matter the philosophical differences, we are able to talk and agree to disagree. As we get older I am thankful for the memories we share, which keep me young at heart and in mind.

My gratitude definitely outweighs my regrets. And for that, I am most thankful.

Elisabeth Hamill is a nurse by day, fantasy novelist by night. In seventh grade, she had “Famous Author” inscribed under her name on her yearbook cover – an aspiration that, while delayed, was never forgotten! Her first published work, SONG MAGICK, saw its first draft finished during recuperation from cancer treatment and surgery, and is the fulfillment of that lifelong dream of being an author. She lives in eastern Kansas with her family, where they fend off flying monkey attacks and prep for the zombie apocalypse.


In a realm where magic was thought to be lost, young bard Telyn Songmaker is able to cast powerful spells with her music. Exiled from home in the violent aftermath of her song magic gone awry, Telyn endures a solitary freedom…unaware of the price on her head.  
Bound to the Wood by blood and by oath, Mithrais is dispatched to protect her by the dying sylvan gods he serves. Only Telyn can perform the dangerous counterspell that may save them. But love may be the most unpredictable magic of all…

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1 comment:

  1. Much appreciation to Mysti for letting me be a part of the 30 Days of Thankfulness!


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