Just Stop

This morning as I write, I was allowing myself to be irritated by interruptions. Breakfast. Okay, I do like to eat. My grandchildren playing – it was noisy. My husband asking me a question about laundry or  the grocery list.

Hello, family! I’m trying to write.

Then I went to make my morning post to social media and saw my friend’s post about her husband who is dying from cancer. It sounds like it could come at any time, and my heart hurt so much for her and her family.

I also felt childish and unappreciative of the blessings I have in my own life right now.

My friend and her husband have been fighting this battle for a long time. Every since I met her at a book signing two years ago.  They are two of the most gracious, thankful people I have ever met. They live life to the fullest and appreciate ever moment.

She does not complain. She is positive and thankful. She has many friends, for who wouldn’t appreciate a friend like her? She has been an amazing example of strength and a poster for what love looks like.

This morning I stop and ask any who would to say a prayer for my friends and her family as they face losing a husband, a father, a grandfather…

My family has been where they are, and I know how difficult this time is.

I also took a moment to apologize to my family for being irritated and impatient with them. I love them so very much. I sat and listened to my three-year-old autistic grandson playing with his ball and laughing, my seventeen-year-old daughter talking wit her dad at the breakfast table, and my five-month-old granddaughter testing out her newfound sounds as she tested the octaves of her vocal cords.

I said my own prayer of thanks this morning for my many blessings surrounding me and asked God to help me remember them and keep them in the forefront of my mind always.

I pray for my friend and her family this morning that God will give them peace and surround them in his hedge of protection through this hurtful time of loss.

My grandmother always said God never gives us more than we can handle, but sometimes we wish he didn’t think we were so strong.

I send so much love to my friend, Anna. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you everyday, for we are not promised tomorrow.

 

Second Chances

Newsletter subscribers received it first, but now you can read about Sam and Lilly too.

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Sam and Lilly were high school sweethearts destined to be together…or so they thought until life threw Lilly a curve ball. Her dreams were put on hold while she forced Sam to go after his without her.

 

Five years later, Sam has returned to Granite Falls. Only feelings buried deep and locked away are threatened to be uncovered, risking additional heartbreak.

Will Sam and Lilly get a second chance at love, or did fate have different plans?

Get your free copy of SECOND CHANCES.

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April’s Challege

It’s a new month, so that means it’s a new #SICC. 

Today is International Children’s Book Day. In honor of this event, our April Sharing Is Caring Challenge is simple but powerful. 

Here it is. April is READ TO A CHILD month. 

The #SICC isn’t about spending lots of money, buying stuff or doing difficult things. The Challenge is about showing how simple acts of love can cost you nothing but time. 

Take a child to the library. Donate books your little ones no longer read. Volunteer at the church preschool. Help out at your local pta. Hey! How about a story time for your children and friend’s children? 

Encourage s child’s excitement and love of reading through your example. Empower them to be creative and dream. 

Can’t wait to see your selfies. Tag me #SICC @authorsacannagrey.  

HEARTS DISGUISED Available Now

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One masked night emboldens Andrea Gordon, allowing her to express hidden desires for a man she believes she cannot have, less jeopardize a job she loves.

The morning after leaves her more confused than ever, but her boss, Evan Price, has never been more certain of his next acquisition.

Hearts Disguised is a  sweet with heat contemporary romance novella available on most platforms.

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Now Available In Paperback

Many have asked if and when COUNTRY CHRISTMAS and #OUTOFTHEASHES would be available in paperback. The answers to those questions is yes and now.

I’m elated to inform you that you can now purchase them both books through most online book outlets.

I love the covers of these books. The emotion provoked as I wrote the two very different stories are reflected in the covers the stories await you in.

While COUNTRY CHRISTMAS is a feel good, sweet with heat holiday romance, #OUTOFTHEASHES falls on the other end of the spectrum with a serious message, addressing a very real issue hurting not only our young adults but families and communities alike.

You can find COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at this link.

New Year – New Stories

I gauge time by my schedule. I’m a planner. Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines. My survival depends on it. No. Really.

  • Deadlines for books
  • Deadlines for edits.
  • Deadlines for covers
  • Deadlines for newsletters
  • Deadlines for ARCS
  • Deadlines for EVERYTHING

A new year means new stories. Yay! So many of you have written to me and asked if any of the characters from COUNTRY CHRISTMAS will receive their own story. The answer is YES!

You met Dalton and the members of Peach Logic as well as Sara’s best friend, Luke. All will receive their own stories this year. Release date information is included in my monthly newsletter coming out January 15th.

If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, you can join here.

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While you are waiting for Dalton’s story, I did announce this week a surprise novella coming February 14th. Be sure to add HEARTS DISGUISED to your TBR list.

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Happy New Year!

XOXO,

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‘Tis the season for joy and pain

‘Tis the season to be merry. I’ve witnessed much love, joy and giving. Just this weekend as I shopped with my teenage daughter, I witnessed a chain reaction of paying it forward at a mall Starbucks. It was rewarding. It was fun. It filled me with joy to watch others pass it on by buying the person’s coffee standing in line behind them.

Amidst all the joy and hustle and bustle, I have also witnessed the many heartaches people are suffering. The joy is lost to them – the impending empty chair at the Christmas meal dinner table, sickness, financial hardship, natural disasters, loss of a job, addictions.

My own life has changed much this past year…mostly financially. While we have what we need, the lifestyle my family has been accustomed to was dramatically impacted.  We started our own business, and well, it has NOT been easy. We have certainly been humbled. Honestly, I think that has been a very good thing for us. I am so very thankful we have what we need. We are warm in the cold. We are fed in hunger. We have a place to call home.

I have seen many author friends go through loss and life-changing struggles. So many people stepped up to help and show love. In other instances, I saw many attacked for sharing their opinions or for just being different. So much hate. It was heartbreaking and alarming at times.

I have found myself wishing my grandchildren were growing up in a world more like when I was a child. Freedom. We had such freedom to be innocent. I know we can’t go back, but I also know only by each one of us acting can we make a difference.

Fear can paralyze us or mobilize us. I don’t believe it is complicated. My heart hurts for so many reasons tonight as I reflect on the few situations I am aware of going on in people’s lives right now. If I asked each of you if you knew of someone struggling, I am confident each one of you would answer yes.

God commands us to love one another. I believe it is that simple. Love can build a bridge that helps one person at a time and grows as we hopefully pass it on.

Give someone a hug that needs it. Offer someone a ride. Help your neighbor rake their yard. Eat lunch with someone at work. Pack an extra sandwich in your child’s lunch to share with someone new. Give the mailman a Christmas card. Tell a teacher thank you.

Time and effort can mean more to someone than gold. I know I have been reminded this week to be kind. Show love. Offer friendship. Maybe it sounds cheesy, but I write romance. I have a tendency to be cheesy. 🙂

I challenge you to look around and not miss the opportunity to shower someone with a little extra love as we approach the birth of Christ. I think that is the greatest birthday gift he could receive.

I wish you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

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Warmest Regards,

Savanna