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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Good Things in Life & A Giveaway with Christina Cole

An Attitude of Gratitude

My husband has a way with words...most of the time, at least. Sometimes, though, what comes out of his mouth isn’t quite what he meant to say. Lucky for him, I usually understand what he means, otherwise he might be in a bit of trouble.

Consider this recent exchange when he began waxing philosophically about the good things in life. What he wanted to convey was the idea that, with an attitude of gratitude, we can be content with little. He spoke eloquently of the fact that we might not live in a mansion nor drive the most expensive luxury cars, but we do have reliable transportation and the roof over our heads hasn’t started leaking yet. We might not dress in designer clothes or spend thousands of dollars jet-setting around the world, but we have wonderful times with our family and our friends. A weekend getaway to the lake is every bit as enjoyable for us as a month-long vacation in Paris might be to someone else. Essentially, we’ve got each other, we’ve got a wonderful life, and we’re happy.

He wanted to say something along the lines of how, if this were all we were to ever possess, we would still be blessed, indeed. Agreed.

Yes, that’s what he was trying to say. What came out of his mouth instead?

He looked at me with those endearing blue eyes, smiled, and took my hand.

“You know, honey, if it doesn’t get any worse, we’ll be all right.”

Gotta love him. He means well.

I thought of that remark recently when I found this quote:

“To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.”
― Marie von Ebner-EschenbachAphorisms

People so often fail to realize how much they’ve been given in this life. We get so caught up in material possessions we overlook the things that matter most: the love we share with others, the friends and family who bring joy and happiness, the beauty that exists everywhere around us.

I’m grateful for the opportunities each new day brings my way. I hope to always remember the importance of having “An Attitude of Gratitude”.

Gratitude -- or lack thereof -- plays a role in Irresistible, my historical romance novel released by Secret Cravings Publishing. Rise Childers is a talented young woman who once dreamed of attending art school. Her father’s death left the family struggling financially, and when  her beloved sister died in childbirth, Rise’s dreams died, too. She could no longer see any joy or beauty in the world.

Worse still, Rise found it impossible to be grateful to the people who cared the most. Stuck in her gloomy, morose world, she saw any attempt at help as a form of pity.

As the story unfolds, Rise is given an incredible oppotunity. She’s remained best friends with Lorraine Conway, whose family has grown quite wealthy during this Gilded Age in America’s history. Lorraine hopes to re-ignite Rise’s passion for painting and invites her to spend a summer at the magnificent Lindenhurst Resort in the glorious Hudson River Valley.

Rise knows she can never paint again; she accepts the invitation for other reasons.

At Lindenhurst, Rise meets the handsome young owner, Samuel Mills. Needless to say, they’re from two very different worlds.

Here’s an excerpt between Rise and Samuel. Enjoy!

From: Irresistible

 “I have money. I spend money. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

“Money isn’t the end all and be all of existence.”

"Spoken as one who's never had any." Samuel turned toward her with a serious expression. “Oh, I know, it’s rude for me to be so blunt. Is that what you’re about to tell me?”

"But you can afford to be blunt," she quipped. "Wasn't that what you planned to tell me?"

He winced. "Touché, Miss Childers." When she picked up her book and blanket and started to walk away, he hurried after her. "I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to start an argument."

"There's nothing for us to argue about, really. You have money, I don't, and in both cases, it’s painfully obvious." She clutched the blanket to her bosom, feeling a strange sense of security from it. It emboldened her. "I don't go around begging for charity, and I hate taking it, no matter what it's called. I never wanted to come here, for your information, but Lorraine insisted. In a moment of weakness, I gave in to her pleadings, and I've regretted it ever since. But my point," she rambled on, stopping only long enough to draw breath, "is that I don't go around asking for sympathy because of my poor financial standing, and neither should you go around boasting and bragging about how much money you have. And you shouldn't go around throwing it at people. It’s tacky, Mr. Mills."


"Yes, tacky. Or, I believe gauche is the fancy word you rich people like to use. Well, call it what you will, I find it very offensive."

He stood looking at her. Beneath his dark gaze, she felt increasingly anxious.

"Put down that blanket, Miss Childers."

She responded instinctively, doing as he ordered. He took a step toward her. She took a step back.

"Stand still, Miss Childers."

"Why?" she squeaked. "And why did you ask me to put down the blanket?"

"Because I'm about to kiss you."

- End of Excerpt -

Rise has a lot of lessons to learn about love, about giving and taking. She has to take a good look at herself and her ungrateful attitude.  Samuel dares her to dream again, and he does all he can to make her dreams come true.

Yet there’s another little complication to the story. Lovely Amelia Conway, Lorraine’s cousin, whose come to Lindenhurst, too. She’s expecting a proposal from Samuel J. Mills.

Samuel dares Rise to dream again...but can she believe his words of love?


Irresistible is available on-line at the following sites:


For a chance to win a free .pdf copy of Irresistible, please leave a comment with your email address. I love hearing from readers. If you’ve already read Irresistible, please let me know your thoughts about the story. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!
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I'd like to thank Christina for joining us today. Irresistible sounds like a great read. Don't forget to comment for a chance to win it. Christina will announc eher winner on Thursday November 29, 2012
Good luck!
~Jennifer Labelle~


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  2. book looks really intersting. i will have to add it to my TBR List

    1. Congratulations, Laurie! You're the winner. I'll be e-mailing your copy of Irresistible this morning. I hope you enjoy the story.

  3. Adding it to my "got to read" list. Thank you for the inserts. Love your voice.

  4. Just wanted to pop in this morning and say a big "THANKS" to Jennifer for letting me share a few thoughts as a "guest-blogger". Christina

  5. I love Historicals and this sounds like a great read. I have added it to my TBR list.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  7. Hi Jennifer, Hi Christina!

    Christina, you and your hubby sound like me and mine whenever we do have those deep conversations about life in general. I really liked what your husband said, and I agree with him. My Mom always told me that there was no point in amassing a lot of "stuff" because we can't those things with us when we die.

    I enjoyed your little excerpt with Rise and Samuel. She sounds like she's been on the defensive for so long that she can't tell the difference between plain kindness or pity. Or maybe she just finds rich people pretentious and pompous. Then there's Sam. I hope his intentions aren't .... nefarious :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!


  8. Oooo! I want to read Irresistible! Pick me! Pick me!

    ♥Jocelyn Modo♥


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