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Fake it ’til you make it.

We all face unexpected difficult situations.  These events might look different to each of us, but they elicit universal emotional responses.  Frozen in fear, we can succumb to self-doubt and actually keep ourselves from moving through these hard events in our lives.  It is these very events that have the capacity to become the catalyst in our journey of personal growth and accomplishment.

Those who have accomplished greatness, have faced these moments with the resolute conviction to just take the next step.  We don’t have to know that we can complete the entire journey, we just need to walk forward to the next step.

When Nick was born and Arden and I were 21 years old, with a 14 month old son.  I didn’t have any understanding where our journey would take us almost 40 years later.  My immediate personal concern was, “do I have enough love in my heart for my two little boys and my husband?”

Since childhood, I was trained as a competitive ice dancer.  I understood that continual practice and being willing to make small incremental positive changes in what I was doing, brought about great performances.  These changes happened over time with continuous effort, in spite of temporary set backs.

Over the past 39 years, I have taught Nick many things, and he has taught me innumerable things.  We are both changed because of our experiences.  At this time, I have confidence in my ability to love him, to be his mom, to care for him.  I know that I can discern what he needs and make the hard decisions about what is the best course for him with all of the challenges that we face.

How would your life be enriched if you just stepped forward and did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done?  One step at a time, moving forward in spite of the fear and self-doubt.  Over time you will change and you will discover that you can do hard things.  I have confidence in us.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.