Today is a big day for me, because today Montana Born releases a brand new fun summer series with the incredible author, Nancy Robards Thompson as our launch author. Nancy is a terrific writer and an inspiring woman and I’ve asked her to join my blog today to talk about real life and an ‘issue’ close to her heart, since my readers always like the real author and not just the head shot and professional bio.
So here’s Nancy Robards Thompson talking about The Power of Girlfriends!
The other day, an old friend found me through Facebook. I hadn’t talked to her in probably thirty years. Obviously, we were babies when we first met. Hearing from her felt like Christmas had come early. We messaged back and forth for a while, talking as easily as we had back in the day.
Reconnecting with her made me giddy and it had me thinking about the power of girlfriends. I love my girlfriends. They are my sanity. They push me out of my comfort zone and sometimes (more often than I’d like to admit) they even save me from myself.
I am lucky to still be in touch with women I’ve known since my school days. There’s a group of moms I grew close to when our kids were in school. I’m in constant contact with a small group of trusted friends who are also writers. The connection I share with each of my friends runs deep and rich.
I came across this quote from Elizabeth Foley, “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”
That’s so true. Even though miles separate some of us and we don’t get to see each other more than once or twice a year, what’s important is that we always pick up right where we left off. As a writer, I spend long stretches of time alone, in what I call my “writing cave.” So, I particularly appreciate my friends who understand when I have to go “underground” for a while.
In my story BEAUTY AND THE COWBOY, the first book in Tule Publishing’s Big Montana Fair series, my heroine, Charlotte finds a kindred spirit in Jane WeissMcCullough. Charlotte, or Charlie as everyone knows her, is a Marietta native. Jane is a transplant. But the two become fast friends when Jane hires Charlie away from a dead end job to help her shake things up with the Miss Marietta Fair pageant. Jane, it seems, has never been afraid of rattling a few cages, while Charlie can definitely use something to jolt her out of her rut. Little does Charlie know that the small steps her new friend encourages her to take are actually setting in motion some much bigger life changes. Of course, Jane is there for Charlie when the world she’s always known comes crashing down around her. She even helps set Charlie on the path to happily ever after.
Jane and Charlie’s friendship brings to mind another favorite quote of mine. “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
Isn’t it wonderful when our girlfriends remind us to keep singing?
I hope you’ll check out the Big Marietta Fair series, which launches July 11. Be sure to let me know what you think of BEAUTY AND THE COWBOY. In the meantime, I’d love to know who is your oldest friend? Or what do your girlfriends mean to you?
I’ll give away a tote bag with some books to one person who comments (and Jane is tucking in some additional gift cards and swag, too!) so I’d love to hear from you and the blog prize winner will be announced on Wednesday so please check back to see if you won!
Award-winning author Nancy Robards Thompson has worked as a newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and casting assistant for movies, and in fashion and public relations. She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award for unpublished writers and sold her first book the following year. Since then, Nancy has sold 30 books and found her calling doing what she loves most – writing romance and women’s fiction full-time.
Nancy, thanks so much for sharing with us and being here with us on your launch day! I love your new story and am grateful to have you ‘leading the way’ for the Big Marietta Fair series. (I’m also crazy about your gorgeous sexy cover, too! <g>)
Readers, I’m adding a $10 Amazon gift card and a $5 Starbucks drink card and a Tule water bottle to the totebag of books from Nancy, so let’s show Nancy some love and comment and chat and make her feel like one of us!