I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted a blog on my website, but a lot of things have happened in the last year that kept me from doing almost anything. Even the simple task of breathing felt impossibly difficult at times. Last July I lost a three-year-old grandbaby, then in November I lost my youngest daughter in a car accident. And last month I lost my buddy, the beautiful German Shepherd, Alex, that you see on my Facebook page. Along with so much death I had to move twice in one year. In fact I’m in the process of moving yet again, only this time I’ll be moving into my own home — the one where they’ll probably find me, still at the keyboard, old and decrepit, Dragon earphones plopped on my head with me as cold as the cup of coffee that’s ever at my side.
In all honesty I can’t say that I’m over all that’s happened in the last 12 months. It’s taken a lot of time, a few doctors, a lot of prayers, good friends, and inner strength to even get to where I am today, which is functional — depending on who you ask I guess. I don’t know that you ever do ‘get over’ all that loss– so sudden and unexpected. In my opinion, the old saying that God never gives you more than you can handle is bullshit. Unless you define ‘handle’ as having the ability to simply draw another breath.
Life, or some semblance of it, does go on though. The tears still come and go, as does the sadness and anger and questions, always the questions. But what you wake up one morning having to face is that none of those things…tears, anger, sadness, questions have the power to bring anybody back from the dead. I had to make a choice to move on with life as best I could, and believe me, it was a tough choice. Time really doesn’t heal all wounds, we just put gauze and tape over the holes by doing more and more ‘stuff’ during the day. Yet at night, when the ‘stuff’ stops and your eyes close, the reality and truth of it all is still right there.
Now that I’ve given you the basic reasons why I seemingly disappeared from the planet for a while, I’m going to do my best to turn this forlorn ship towards a more positive direction.
As I said earlier I’m about into my own home, and although the boxing and moving, shifting is a pain in the rear, it’s exciting, as well. In the midst of that, I’m working on three new books simultaneously. Two are nearly complete and the third will follow about a month behind the first two. That third book is a new genre I’ve not tried before, so I’m truly anxious to see the response it gets!
If you check out the book carousel on the home page of my website, you’ll notice one of the ‘coming soon’ books is called Toe to Toe. It’s the first in the Nonie Broussard series. The best way for me to describe the books in this series is…think Lucy and Ethel meet Six Feet Under and Long Island Medium.
The writer in me is very thankful to be awake after such a long, dark sleep.
Oh, before I forget, the third book I’m working on that I mentioned earlier will be written under the pen name RH Masters. Why? Because it’s paranormal erotica, and ooolala hot. I decided against going with the J.D. Robb and Nora revelation and just let everyone know up front. The reason they’re not written under my own name is I wanted to save my other grandchildren the embarrassment of showing off ‘mawmaw’s’ name on the internet when they wind up in the third or fourth grade and have RH covers pop right up! .
We have a lot of catching up to do, you and I, and I really appreciate those of you who stuck around and emailed me from time to time, asking if I had any new books in the queue. Those emails helped me more than you will ever know.
I promise to keep you posted on all the new things jumping up in my life, like the television series I’m in that should be airing at the end of this year. And of course it involves paranormal investigations!
By the way, I’m sure you’ve noticed the wonderful changes Steve Bennett and his team did on my deborahleblanc.com website, but if you get a chance, check out the other sites they’ve changed/created for me: Literacy Inc. and Fright Trail. Stay tuned for yet another site, my RH Masters, coming soon. I’m thrilled with all four and would love to know what you think about them, so shoot me a note and give me your thoughts on them if you’re so inclined. J
You know, writing has always been a wonderful lifeline for me, bringing great joy and it’s nice to have my old friend back.
Talk to you again soon!