Good morning all! Linda Andrews lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three children and a menagerie of domesticated animals. While she started writing a decade ago, she always used her stories to escape the redundancy of her day job as a scientist and never thought to actually combine her love of fiction and science. DOH! After that Homer Simpson moment, she allowed the two halves of her brain to talk to each other. The journeys she’s embarked on since then are dark, twisted and occasionally violent, but never predictable.
Life is not for sissies. It is a full contact sport complete with blood, bruises and broken bones. And in those dark moments, misery doesn't just love company it actively invites all your friends to a house warming party. You know what I mean. Those days when a pity party isn't just you and twenty-four pieces of chocolate covered almond clusters but everyone who calls you, makes eye contact or number among your social network.
Friends are the glue that keeps your life from unraveling.
I once watched a show on human grieving. It didn't cover the usual five stages of grief, it talked about how our web of friends, family and acquaintances effect our emotional stability in times of turbulence and in turn we effect them. Our grief will literally transmit through five layers of friends before disappearing. In other words, in a fit of anger, I share my feeling about Bob's thoughtless comments to friend A who shares it with her friend B (who probably knows me) who shares it with friend C (who doesn't know me) who then gossips about it with friend D and only friend E doesn't feel the residual anger on my behalf.
That means Bob has a whole lotta bad mojo heading his way from complete strangers. (Don't feel sorry for him, he deserved it!)
But it also means that happiness travels those same lines. Friend D will be buoyed by my happiness even though she's never even met me. It says a lot about our level of socialization as humans that different people on our web of friendship can impact our lives.
Which makes it very dangerous emotionally to keep our enemies close. Constantly surrounding ourselves with negativity can eventually drive away friends who buffer us against the meanies moving in our orbit.
And unlike family, we get to choose our friends. My friends are scattered about the country and I neglect some horribly, not contacting them for years at a time. The internet and social media have made it easier to connect, so I've been doing better lately. And when I do get in touch with them, it's like getting a smile from a complete stranger. You don't always know why you got it but it feels pretty good.
Just like friends.
Have you smiled at your friends lately?
So, if you're blessed like I am with a strong web of people around, the next time you talk to them share something good and wonderful. You'll lift the spirits of someone other than the person you're talking to.
The extraterrestrials have landed and they're human.
Rae Hemplewhite didn't believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her.
And that's the good news.
The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn't keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.
Blue Maneuver available now:
-- Lynda Again
Our guest, Linda, has generously offered to make Wookie a very happy alien kitten by offering a free ebook to one lucky Star-Crossed Romance reader. How will you win? You must leave a comment by Friday, Feb 24 WITH your email addy so the ebook can be sent to you.
Have a Blessed Day!