Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Congratulations to Marley for the release of the highly anticipated 4th book in her Ghost Huntress series: THE COUNSELING!!! If we Buzz Girls could all be together, we'd dress fabulously (like we did at the RWA national conference this summer) and have a champagne toast to celebrate this momentous occassion. Alas, we live too far away from each other, so we're doing the next best thing: Celebrating here on our blog!
I've absolutely loved the first three books in the series and I can't wait to see what all Kendall is up to and find out (finally!) who Emily really is.

This week we're talking about finding our way and making the best decisions for ourselves. This is something we all have to do at one time or another, especially in the face of a tragedy or a huge change in our lives, such as moving, losing someone special, going off to college, falling in love, getting a new job or getting fired, having a health scare, etc.

Poppy Browne, the main character in my LIFTED, finds herself lost in a whole new world when she leaves her public high school in Boulder, CO for a private Baptist school in Pleasant Acres, TX. She gradually opens herself up to the new places, people, and experiences in her life, and she starts to feel like maybe she can find her way, maybe even thrive, in this new environment. But then something very bad (and illegal) comes out of her new life and newfound happiness, and this time, she's afraid she won't be able to dig herself out. She's forced to cut out all the distractions around her--even the positive ones--and instead concentrate on herself: her goals, her fears, her problems, her family. Her life. And maybe, hopefully, once she digs out her true self, the people who mean the most will be waiting with arms open wide.
Now, enough about Poppy because this is the week of Kendall! Don't forget to leave comments all week for chances to win copies of THE COUNSELING, and stop by her blog to enter her grand prize giveaway.
And now, a question for YOU. Has something happened in your life that forced you to take a good, hard look at yourself?


TinaFerraro said...

Hi, Wendy! I loved hearing about Poppy, whose book, LIFTED, I enjoyed!

And congrats again to Marley on her release!

Marley Gibson said...

I love Poppy. She jumps off the page for me. Her and her nose bling. LOL!! Thanks Wendy!

nymfaux said...

I LOVE LIFTED AND POPPY!!!...And also, this feels a little like cheating, but I happened to acquire a review copy for Ghost Huntress: The Counseling--OMG!!!! It's SOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!!...Now I just need to get to a bookstore for the rest of the series!!!!

Aside from reading books out of order, I guess I've had two major life changes lately--moving, and consequently looking for a new job, and I'm also worried about not being as healthy as I want to be. I actually feel like I look at myself everyday--Am I happy with my weight (I'm not), am I doing everything I need to be doing for my job search--and if I'm not, am I helping around the house as much as I can (because although we're mostly settled, it still feels like there are things that aren't in the right place, or haven't been unpacked)--Some days are better than others and I can get more done, other days it just feels overwhelming, that I can't do everything by myself, and so I do other things. I try not to dwell or obsess over how I feel, just assess and reach out if I need help with something--One thing I've learned, is that it's easier to deal with something BEFORE it's a big issue--Something I think Poppy learned, too.

I just want to do as much as I can to be the best person I can be, closest to the person I want to be--And for the most part, I do pretty well.

anyway, my most recent assessment is that it's time for lunch ;) ...and to finish a certain book... ;)

elaing8 said...

Has something happened in your life that forced you to take a good, hard look at yourself?

As a teenager I got into some trouble and was a real pain for my parents. An accident happened and really made me look at myself and what I was doing and made me realized it wasn't worth it all. So,I stopped doing what I was doing and change the way I was doing things.Because I was definitely going down the wrong path,so in some small way I'm thankful for what happened because it made me see the light of day.

Kari said...

Right now I'm taking a look at myself. I'm not happy in college, and I know that it's all my fault. I should be grateful, since I got two scholarships, but I feel like it's all a waste. I didn't have the guts to stand up to my mother and tell her what i wanted to do in my life. I want to be a writer, but I'm going to school to become an english teacher, but my mom thinks that I'm becoming a french teacher. I'm looking at myself as kind of a wuss, and not the confident person that I protray myself to be.

Michelle Santiago said...

happy book birthday to marley :D

i had to take a good, hard look at myself during my senior year of college. i had to figure out whether i want to go to grad school right away because i'm really passionate about my major and want to keep going OR if i'm going to grad school because i'm not ready to leave my crazy/fun college life to go out in the "real world" and find a job.

Louise said...

Life choices are never easy. I've faced two huge ones in the past year...potential divorce and near fatal car accident. I think the hardest thing to do in these situations is to pull yourself out of them sufficiently to be able to MAKE the right choice for yourself. Unfortunately, only time will tell if they are indeed the right choices. :)

Wendy Toliver said...

Aw, thanks Tina and Mar!

nymfaux, you are an amazing person and you always know how to make me smile. We're all a work in progress, right? :)Glad you enjoyed The Counseling and yes get the others; you'll love them!

elaing8, that's great you were able to take something bad and turn it into something good.

Kari, that's a toughie when it comes to parents and how sometimes their goals for you don't go along with what you want for yourself.

Kari and Chelleyreads, The cool thing about college is getting to explore lots of options, and then when you're finished, you might end up doing something entirely different than what you even expected of yourself.

Louise, poor dear! I wish you the best.

I wish you all the best! Thanks for sharing your touching and inspiring stories!

stephhale said...

Great post, Wendy. I loved hearing about Poppy. ;)

Llehn said...

Having a child really makes you take a good look at yourself. It made me realize that I'm not as patient a person as I thought I was. I'm still learning!