celebrate THIS

You know PBW has a new novel out, right? And here’s the reason to celebrate:

Romance Paperback Bestsellers for Borders Group Inc. w/e 5/5/07

1. Night Lost by Lynn Viehl (Signet Eclipse)
2. When I Fall in Love by Lynn Kurland (Jove)
3. Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber (Mira)
4. The Demon You Know by Christine Warren (St. Martin)
5. Wicked Fantasy by Nina Bangs (Berkley)
6. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Dell)
7. The Wrong Hostage by Elizabeth Lowell (Avon)
8. Wolf River by Jill Gregory (Bantam)
9. Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce (HQN)
10. Not Quite a Lady by
Loretta Chase (Avon)

the important stuff

Once we did a group discussion with a lot of parents about what we wanted in a perfect school for our daughter. The discussion leader asked us to name those qualities that we most encouraged and wanted for our kids. For me it wasn’t hard. I value generosity above almost everything. Generosity of spirit and the more direct, share what you’ve got (time, energy, money, stuff) kind. It’s a goal I set for myself.

Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer doesn’t talk about generosity, but she sure acts on the principle. I’ve been watching her give away books for a year. She gives books away like other people give away advice. She sends them to soldiers stationed overseas (something I’ve done once, but really should do more often). If you’re reading this, well heck, there’s a good chance she sent you a book.*

Somebody suggested I talk about those causes and charities that I support. I can do that, as I concentrate on a short list and it wouldn’t be hard to put together. But really this is not about what or how much, it’s about living with your hands and spirit open to the world. And remember me: I’m the agnostic. No belief in a higher power. No spirituality (the word even makes me cringe). But a determined belief in the possibility of good.

*Full disclosure: Lynn has taken a liking to my books and gives them away too. Which is very, very good of her, of course, but irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make. But this isn’t: Lynn doesn’t accept anything in return, not even a signed book for herself. See? Generosity.

head on over to paperback writer

Lynn Viehl has posted an embarrassingly glowing review of TTTT on her weblog, and if that’s not enough, she’s giving away a couple copies, so head on over there if you want to throw your hat in the ring.

Writers can be a difficult lot, surly and self protective. Or they can be wonderfully generous and supportive of one another. Lynn is the ultimate example of the second category. She certainly gave my confidence a boost today, and I am thankful.