Month of Hope'!
April is upon us and she is swollen with titles and days to celebrate. Clearly, she shines bright; her birthstone is a diamond!
Let’s concentrate on my favorite moniker – MONTH OF HOPE.
Everyone needs hope. Without it, we have…well, a void of nothing.
I remember a poem I learned when I was twelve. Cling fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Yip. Without hopes and dreams we are earthbound and stuck.
The cool thing is, we can give other’s hope by just spreading some sunshine. Making them feel special. Not glibly but meaningfully. I don’t think there’s a soul I know who doesn’t need to be appreciated. Hope is looking forward to being appreciated again. And again.
April’s also INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH!
Create your own concert! Write a song! Visit a music shop!
I love this…I know it’s not untamed, I think it’s a little unexpected but it’s entirely unforgettable. HOPE you think so too… (ok, so you have to wait a while for the guitar…but so worth it!)
April’s NATIONAL COUPLE APPRECIATION MONTH!
Leave a love note on your honey’s windshield. Cook him his favorite meal. Find five ways to tell him you love him. And let him know you expect the same commitment from him in April. Love is a two way street otherwise it’s not worth traveling.
April’s NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH was founded in 1976 by Larry Wilde, director of the Carmel Institute of Humor, to share the therapeutic benefits of humor with the world. Viva La Larry!
Every Day in April is named. Here are my favorites:
April 1 – Sweet Potato Day. Yes, fried, please. I’ll try not to think about the deep-fried-oil that tends to negate their healthy properties.
April 6 – International Pillow Fight Day…pop that on your list of things-to-do for Couple Appreciation Month too, especially if your significant other is foreign. ;o) Of course you can always have a pillow fight over a world map…that would keep you in theme.
April 7th – Surely my favorite- National No Housework Day. (Confession…I celebrate this holiday about 342.4 days a year if I can help it. ;o)
April 17th – Blah, Blah, Blah Day….is that like Elaine having her Yadda, Yadda, Yadda episode on Seinfeld?
April 21st – Go Fly a Kite Day…for when someone really pisses you off!
April 27th – Sense of Smell Day…oh yeah…one of my very favorite sensory experiences. At least I will have an excuse for sniffing around strangers that day. Perhaps I am part dog. I’m down with that! Woof!
And April also celebrates the full pink moon on the night of 26th April at 11.33p.m. EST. One of two super moons this year.
Speaking of Cool Stuff…
You might have seen that K.J. Pierce designed my fabulous website, but in addition to being an author herself, she’s also the owner of Petulant Tulip, an Etsy shop filled with the most delightful stationery-related items. K.J. designs gorgeous printable stationery, stunning gift wrap kits to va-va-voooom any present, innovative digital paper packs and so much more! She’s just getting started and ships only within the United States at the moment but keep an eye on her shop – you never know what she’s going to add next! She’s also running a sale starting April 1st which runs until April 15th, so pop on over to Petulant Tulip for all-things paper!
Click on the image or go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetulantTulip
Speaking of Winning...
How would you like to win a handmade ZEBRA bookmark? Designed by Sandra Springs who created a line of ZEBRA jewelry (how cool is that?), I have a one of these gorgeous puppies to give away.
Just email me – email@example.com with “ANSWER TO APRIL WEB QUESTION” in the subject line. First correct answer wins AGiftofLove29 gorgeous ZEBRA bookmark.
Whose life inspires the forthcoming novel called ‘ZEBRA?’
Speaking of Fun Stuff…
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…ZEBRA, my next novel, is with my editor as we speak.
Here’s the BACK COVER blurb for this historical-literary-fiction-with-a-hefty-dollop-of-action-adventure COMING SOON…
A young White boy and a Zulu teen forge an indelible bond and become Zulu blood brothers when one saves the other’s life. They grow up together, building an extraordinary friendship as they explore the rugged Drakensberg mountains around a remote South African hotel—until society and impossible expectations wrench them apart.
A decade later, these long-lost friends must face off on opposite sides of a harrowing battlefield, one a reluctant soldier, the other a passionate freedom fighter. A chance reunion will bring them to an unimaginable choice—and the ultimate test of their bond of blood—because duty dictates that only one can survive.
Jill Wallace, author of the multi-award-winning World War II novel War Serenade, brings together a fascinating coming-of-age story with a compelling tale of human connection in Zebra.
Here’s what beta readers are saying…
I’ve just this moment finished ZEBRA. All I can say is Wow. I have tears in my eyes. … Bravo Bravo Bravo. Frank Giaramita
Jill Wallace’s book ZEBRA is an uplifting story of friendship which gives us a sense of hope during dark times. A friendship that supersedes any divisiveness between black and white. We are ready for such a story that gives a glimpse of a world we can aspire to create for us all. The time is absolutely now! Joni Rae O’Connell
I really loved ZEBRA. I found the time changes engaging. This novel was engrossing and nail-biting at times. The army scenes were brilliant … reminded me of living in Zimbabwe. Very real and very authentic. Lorena Spensley
This novel is a thought-provoking journey into issues which should have long been resolved. I grew up in South Africa. I loved it and couldn’t put the book down. Beverley W.
Thanks for visiting my Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world. Have the happiest April 2021. And remember without hope, all is lost.
Where there’s hope, there’s life.
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