Welcome guest author – Leslie Lynch

I am delighted to be Dale’s guest on her blog today—and especially excited to be here on Thanksgiving! How cool is that?

Life is so much better when we cultivate an attitude of gratitude. I’m sure you’ve given some thought to what you are grateful for today, and I’d love it if people post one or two of those things.

Here’s my short list. It sounds trite, but it’s not. I’m grateful for family, for friends, for those I take for granted (and shouldn’t), and for those who have left this life and gone ahead of me. They have all enriched my life beyond what I can give in return.

I’m grateful for health, for shelter, for food, and for the resources that allow me to contribute to the communities in which I exist.

Yet even during the holidays most of us experience stress. Some of us battle depression, and everyone carries a burden that is largely or entirely unseen by others.  Maybe today, and in the days to come, when the busy-ness of the season gets to be a bit much, we can take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and just be. And remember that for which we are grateful.

In that moment, I hope to catch a glimpse of love that transcends “self”; of grace that brings quiet comfort; and hope, that gives meaning and purpose to life even in the midst of struggle.

If you’d like an uplifting story that brings love and grace to the pages, you might like to try Christmas Hope, a holiday novella and Book #4 in the Appalachian Foothills series. (A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project; you’ll understand why when you get to know Sam.) Christmas Hope is also available in a box set called Romancing Christmas—which includes Dale’s offering, Broken Protocols 3.5, a fun futuristic story about a culture which had lost Christmas.

CHRISTMAS HOPE - Front Cover (for Book Interior & Kobo)

Sam Bledsoe prefers his reclusive existence. A one-man landscape business keeps a roof over his head and food on the table—and keeps his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. But when a woman faints on her way from neighbor Maggie Ross’s house, he doesn’t hesitate. He rushes to help while grappling with memories of the incident that burned him so badly.

The father of her unborn baby showed his true colors when he showed her the door. The apartment she has lined up isn’t available until the first of the year, and with Christmas and a storm on the way, living in her car is no longer an option. Becca appeals to her no-nonsense sister for help, but Maggie, unaware of Becca’s pregnancy, chooses that moment to dish out some tough love.

When Sam comes to Becca’s rescue, their battered hearts collide. In a moment of holiday magic, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them. And will hope lead to love, the most precious Christmas gift of all?

Like Sam and Becca, I hope you take a moment to seek out the “greater than” of your life. Consider starting a journal of gratitude, whether privately on paper or publicly via social media. When I come across online posts of gratitude, my spirits are invariably uplifted. Gratitude is contagious! Maybe we can collectively make the world a better place this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Leslie Lynch

Christmas Hope – Amazon 

Christmas HopeWounded Warrior ProjectRomancing Christmas, Broken Protocols 3.5

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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6 Responses to Welcome guest author – Leslie Lynch

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Leslie! Great post and Christmas Hope sound marvelous. I have a friend who posts little uplifting thoughts on Facebook and they definitely brighten my day and outlook. I’m thankful for them and the folks who work to make life just a bit better.

    • Leslie Lynch says:

      Hi, Mary! Thanks for your kind words! I received an email from a friend this morning, totally out of the blue, with a quote that put writing into perspective for me. What a gift. And we can give gifts like that to others via email, snail mail, phone calls, and just simple smiles to those we meet throughout the day. Thanks for stopping by, and for taking the time to leave a comment!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Leslie, I’m thankful to you for being our guest today. What a great blurb, just the kind of book that appeals to me. And I see that it’s only 99 cents. A bargain!

    • Leslie Lynch says:

      Hi, Edie! I’m glad to be here today! Thank you again, Dale, for the invitation! I loved writing Christmas Hope; Sam and Becca are such neat characters that they wrote the story for me. If you choose to buy it, either on its own or in the anthology that includes both Dale’s and my stories, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for stopping by!
      Leslie Lynch`s last blog was …Christmas shopping and shipping…

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Leslie!

    This is the first I’ve managed to get here today – thank you so much for being my guest! I love that cover, too! It’s been such fun doing the Romancing Christmas bundle with you!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols 3.5 – A Christmas story!

    • Leslie Lynch says:

      Hi, Dale! Has your day been as crazy busy as mine? I’m guessing so. It’s been great fun getting to know you and the rest of the crew in Romancing Christmas! Enjoyed Broken Protocols 3.5; when I have time, I’ll get to the others in the series! Happy Thanksgiving!
      Leslie Lynch`s last blog was …Christmas shopping and shipping…

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