Because today is the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take a moment and focus on something that is near and dear to my heart.

I’ve always believed family comes first, before anything else. My family supported me when I married, had my children, and now as I enter into my second year as the owner of Written Dreams. I’m thankful for their support, their love, and their never-ending belief in me. I’m thankful for Lara and Susan, my editing partners, and for all the writers and publishers that have sent work our way this year to help make Written Dreams a success.

This Thanksgiving will be my first holiday without my son home. He’ll be staying at campus, but will be home for Christmas. It’s a tough thing, emotionally, for me. Something I’ve never had to deal with before. Those few special days out of the year–holidays–that have become a tradition in our home of gathering together and being thankful for our health, our family, a roof over our heads, food on the table–those moments are very important to me. My extended family will be gathering together, my girls, and my handsome hubby. We’ll be eating sweet potatoes, turkey, dressing (my sister-in-law makes the best dressing), homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, venison (avid deer hunters in my family), pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pie, ham roll ups, and so much more. There’s never a lack of food at my brother’s home. And I’m thankful we’ll be gathering together as a family to enjoy the feast.

But for some people, it’s been a long, rough year. Most recently, with some writers, agents, and publishing houses dealing with the effects of Storm Sandy, and being displaced from their homes and offices. Some just recently being able to get back into their homes, some with no homes to get back to at all. Still finding the courage inside to go on–to write, to agent, to edit, to do whatever needs to be done to continue putting out the books on schedule. When I’m gathering together with my own family, I’ll be saying a prayer for those friends I know that are struggling, for good things to come their way, and hope their families are safe.

If you’re feeling generous this holiday season, your gift towards helping the people recover from the storm would be appreciated:

Thank you. We hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and best wishes for a joyous holiday season.