YA Indie Carnival: What Am I Thankful For?

This is one of my favorite holidays. However it started according to old American legend, you can’t really argue with a sanctioned day which is non-denominational where you get to take a day off work, hang out with friends and family, and stuff your face all day long. That’s a perfect example of healthy gluttony in my opinion.

So what am I thankful for? This question came into stark reality as I drove to the store on Thanksgiving morning and saw a few homeless people on the corner. Wow. That sucks. This is a day that personifies knowing how lucky you are. I emptied my wallet. Because I realized that I’m going home to a great family, and a bunch of awesome friends and family are coming over to share food, of which we have lots. We’re healthy, and after it’s all over, I’m cleaning up and going up to a nice warm bed, after playing with my awesome, erudite, precocious six-year old. Nothing can compare with that. And very day, I find myself taking that for granted, rushing through my day and forgetting to stop and listen to my little girl laugh, forgetting to taste the pie I’m inhaling as I rush on to the next whatever-it-is I’m doing. I don’t need anything else. Would I like some things? Of course. I’m human, born with an innate ambition for the tree in the next veldt that looks greener. I’m getting my first novel published soon. Do I hope it does well? Hell yeah! I have the same fantasies as every writer that it will somehow become a bestseller and I’ll win a bucket of awards. But if that never happens, oh well. I have everything I need and really everything I want too. We’re just programmed to want more, hence the pepper-spraying of fellow customers by crazy nutjobs on Black Friday because they gotta get that TV that’s marked down ten bucks cheaper.

And when I think about Thanksgiving this year, I wonder how different are the folks who I passed on that corner. Not much really. With the economy, lots of competent, terrific people can’t find jobs, and lose their houses, or even their families. Fortune is fickle, not just for gamblers, but for everyone. So every day I go home to my family this year, I’m going to try to remember to slow down and enjoy what I have while I have it, because I might not someday. And I’m going to try to fulfill my role as a member of a society in which people who have enough try to make it up for people who are a little, or a lot, short right now, because someday it could be me on the corner. People have such negative things to say about the Middle East, but you know what? Some of their values are dead on. Especially in the rural areas or desert regions of the Middle Eastern nations, there is a code of conduct in which you give any hospitality needed to travelers or strangers, or even an enemy who shows up on your door asking for help with something, as a matter of honor regarding hospitality. Because the Luck in survival lives in the desert, one of the harshest environments on earth. If you don’t help your neighbors when they need it, how do you know they will help you when you do? America is different. We can’t always trust people because the world here seems so wide and dangerous sometimes. But, I’m going to try to share a little more as I go for that second turkey sandwich.

I’m thankful for everything. Literally everything. And what I’m hopefully learning from Thanksgiving is no different from what my kid and her classmates are learning in first grade, sharing.

Visit my fellow carnies and see what they have to share today:

http://www.refractedlightreviews.com Danny Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews

http://pattilarsen.blogspot.com Patti Larsen, Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, the Hunted series, and the Hayle Coven novels.

http://courtneycolewrites.wordpress.com Courtney Cole, Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://wrenemerson.wordpress.com Wren Emerson, Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

http://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com Laura Elliott, Author of Winnemucca.

http://nicoleawilliams.blogspot.com Nichole A. Williams, Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles.
http://fisheramelie.com/blog/ Fisher Amelie, Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://amyjonesyaff.blogspot.com Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://thewarriorseries.blogspot.com T. R. Graves, Author of Warriors of the Cross.
http://ctefft.blogspot.com Cyndi Tefft, Author of Between
http://pjhoover.blogspot.com P.J. Hoover, Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis.
http://www.aliciamccalla.com Alicia McCalla, Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free.

http://heathercashman.com/better_off_read Heather Cashman, Author of Perception.

http://www.abbiglines.com Abbi Glines, Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys.

http://cidneyswanson.blogspot.com/ Cidney Swanson, Author of Rippler.

http://cherischmidt.blogspot.com, Cheri Schmidt, Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden, Fire Dancer

http://www.lexusluke.com/, Lexus Luke, Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga, Fire Breather

http://www.suzyturner.com/, Suzy Turner, Author of December Moon and Raven, Dragonslayer

http://kasi-kcblake.blogspot.com/, K. C. Blake, Author of Vampire Rules, Elephant Trainer

http://hereventuality.blogspot.com/, Gwenn Wright, Author of Filter, Ring-Leader

http://kimberlykinrade.com/, Kimberly Kinrade, Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind, Prestidigitator

http://jlbryanbooks.blogspot.com/, J.L. Bryan, Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death

http://darbykarchut.com/ Darby Karchut, Author of Griffin Rising, and soon Griffin Fire

http://puttingpentopage.com/ Heather Self

http://brynabutler.wordpress.com/ Bryna Butler, author of the Midnight Guardian series

See what’s new this week in YA!

We are thankful for you:)
Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind, is hosting an epic Paranormal Turkey Tour this Friday through Sunday! 3 days. 4 YA paranormal novels. 5 chances to win up to $200! Just go to http://KimberlyKinrade.com for details! Forbidden Mind was just awarded the 2011 Forward National Literature Award! Learn more about this YA paranormal thriller/romance here.


Check out the new trailer for The Midnight Guardian series by Bryna Butler!
Melissa Pearl, YA author of Golden Blood has just started a new blog called YAlicious. It’s a blog to celebrate YA fiction and aimed at teens and readers of YA. Swing on by and check it out!

In preparation for December’s release of Guardians of the Cross, author T. R. Graves is sending out a coupon which will allow the most-recent edition Warriors of the Cross Click here to downloaded forFREE. Enter coupon LY87N good through 12/20/11.

Laura A. H. Elliott Interview & Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale giveaway until November 24! Click here to read & enter.

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now.

The Valkyrie Novels, a series of 3 novels- Dead Radiance, Dead Embers and Dead Chaos, by T.G. Ayer will be published in 2012 by the amazing team at Evolved Publishing. See T.G. Ayer’s announcement here!



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