A JANE EXTRA: Mountains and Miracles

A Guest Blog by CJ Carmichael

When I first met Jane, it was just months after her last baby was born. And now little Ty is discovering the joys of being a big brother! Jane and I were both unpublished back then, attending a conference in Victoria, full of hopes and dreams about our Brilliant Writing Careers.

Since then, Jane and I have met at lots of different conferences and we’ve also snuck away on mini-writing retreats with our good friend, Desire author Barbara Dunlop. When choosing a location for our retreats we inevitably find ourselves drawn to the Rocky Mountains…Banff being a special favorite. Oh the fun we have had…wine & chocolate by the fire at night…tea at the Rundle Lounge looking out over the Bow Valley…spa treatments, and cool restaurants, and a little bit of shopping. Long walks and runs, taking in the beauty around us. (Did I say writing? Oops, I meant to say writing, too…)

I’m not sure what it is that inspires me about mountains, but I know Jane feels it, too. It’s a spiritual thing…a little like the awe and wonder you experience when a new baby is born. That’s why I thought I would share some photos with her–and her fans–of my favorite hikes.

Mountains inspire me…but what inspires you? I’d love to hear and I know Jane would, too…

Thanks for inviting me to be here, Jane. I often lurk, just to see what’s going on in your busy life. Love to you and ALL your boys!

CJ Carmichael

GIVEAWAY! Jane will be giving away a $10 Starbucks card and some fun Jane Porter goodies to one lucky winner. All you need to do is post a comment here and share your thoughts. The winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck! (And after you comment here, make sure you add your comment to Jane’s online book club discussion this week.)

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