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Today we have the wonderful Sheila Roberts stopping on over. I've met up with Sheila several times when she has come down to Portland, Oregon. She's always a pleasure to meet up with and has such a positive attitude and great tips. The fourth book in her Life in Icicle Falls has just released.
by Sheila Roberts
When you think about things you appreciate what makes your short list? That great guy in your life? Your family? Finding a fabulous pair of shoes ... for fifty percent off? Chocolate? (Make mine salted caramels please!)
All of the above work for me, but there’s one more blessing that I’d have to add to my list and that’s my girlfriends. They’re always there for me, right in the front row to celebrate my successes and by my side to march with me through the hard times.
When I’ve faced career disappointments, friends like Susan Wiggs, Jill Barnett, and Debbie Macomber have been handy with tissues and advice. When I’ve had challenges as a mother, my fellow moms were always there to assure me I’d get through it (and to talk me out of strangling whichever child was making me nuts at the time—my children owe their lives to my friends!).
Probably the biggest evidence of what a blessing girlfriends are came when I faced some serious health challenges. Spearheaded by Miz Wiggs, my critique group hired a gardener to whip my yard into shape for me. My foodie friends came bearing meals, and two of my church buddies made pesto for me from the basil languishing in my veggie garden. My friend Jill was on my doorstep as soon as I came home from the hospital to get me squared away, and many times she was a listening ear on the other end of the line when I needed to whine.
Of course, my husband was the best friend of all, there for me every minute. He is my best buddy ... but sometimes there are things he just doesn’t get. How could he? He lacks the proper hormones. And that’s where girlfriends come in.
Girlfriends understand that you can never have too many shoes. They understand when we simply want to talk and have someone commiserate with us rather than tell us what we’re doing wrong or jump in and solve our problem. They get the importance of teamwork and banding together. And they understand why women go to the ladies room in groups. Who can explain that to a guy?
Maybe that’s why I like to write about women’s friendships. They’re such a vital part of a rich and happy life, especially for those of us who only had brothers growing up. Women have no problem encouraging each other to do more and be more. When I’m about to start a new adventure, there’s nothing I like better than to have my friends join me.
And, looking at my novels, I see my characters feel the same way. In THE COTTAGE ON JUNIPER RIDGE (which just went on sale this week!), the women of Icicle Falls have decided it’s time to simplify their lives. Some of them are de-cluttering their homes, while others are de-cluttering their schedules. And a couple of them are finding a way to make room for love. Whatever the challenge, the women are up for it and determined to help each other achieve their goals.
Improving our lives, reaching our goals—isn’t that what it’s all about? And, like the ladies in Icicle Falls, with the support of our friends, we can all do just that! I hope whatever life adventure you’re on right now you’re taking it with your friends, because friends make every journey better.
Check out Sheila and THE COTTAGE ON JUNIPER RIDGE on www.SheilasPlace.com, and like her on Facebook.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheila-Roberts/76502579853
How to Change Your Life…
Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong.
Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She has a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer—to return to a simpler way of life.
Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on.
But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!
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Sheila Roberts is married and has three children. She lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed books and have been published in several languages. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. When she’s not writing songs, hanging out with her girlfriends or trying to beat her husband at tennis, she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.