Today’s post was to be by author Kate Collins with her 10th installment in the Flower Shop Mysteries series, DIRTY ROTTEN TENDRILS, being released this week.
We scheduled her post months ago shortly after the release of the 9th installment in the series. She was excited to have another book coming out this year. However, as most of you have probably already learned, Kate suffered a devastating loss last Wednesday, Sept. 29, with the death of her husband, Jim. It’s my understanding that his passing was sudden and that he suffered a heart attack.
In her writings, Kate always said her husband was her soul mate and biggest fan who supported her writing. I can only image that the release of her latest book is somewhat bittersweet for her.
I’ve just started reading the delightful DIRTY ROTTEN TENDRILS and knew I couldn’t do it justice if I tried to review it today. I have received several awards from some wonderful bloggers. But today’s post didn’t seem the place to talk about those or pass them on to others. I hope those who passed them onto me will understand as I will do this soon.
Today I just wanted to acknowledge Kate, what’s she going through, and help get the word out that her book is being released this week. The coming days, weeks and months will be difficult for her and her family. Life will never get back ‘to normal’ for her, but life will go on with adjustments and change. One day a different type of ‘normal’ life will take its place.
This is also a bit of a reminder for each of us just how precious life is and the time we have. Enjoy each day to its fullest and let the ones you love know it.
Keep Kate and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Jennifer at Cozy Chicks is collecting cards and comments from those wishing to let Kate know they’re thinking of her. In addition, Leann at Cozy Chicks has some ways those wanting to do something can honor Jim’s memory.
That’s it for now. Tell that special someone you love them, give your kids an extra hug, call that friend that you’ve been meaning to talk to.
Kate, sending you love, hugs and prayers. Take care.