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ONE GOOD THING leads to another

I’m not the glass-is-half-full person I’d like to be.

In almost any situation the worst-case scenario pops into my mind. If there’s turbulence, I know the plane is going down. If I can’t find my cell phone, I assume someone’s already found it and is emptying my bank account.

TEN BEACH ROAD’s Madeline Singer is exactly the opposite. Although she lives in my former house and has the same number of children I do, she is almost relentlessly positive.

When she and two other Ponzi victims are left with nothing but shared ownership of a crumbling beachfront mansion that they’re forced to spend a long sweat soaked summer restoring, it’s Maddie who creates a tradition of coming up with at least one good thing to toast at sunset. A task that often proves challenging.

In anticipation of the April 25 release of my new novel, ONE GOOD THING, I’m inviting friends, readers, and book clubs to share their #OneGoodThing. It can be a special person, an event, or something good that happened to you that day or in the world in general. I promise not to judge. As Madeline Singer often points out, “I’m not the ‘good enough’ police.”

Just share a photo or video of your #OneGoodThing on my Facebook Page, or share a tweet or Instagram post. Include #OneGoodThing and #Sweepstakes in the post and you’ll be entered to win a gift basked filled with Ten Beach Road themed goodies.

Because #OneGoodThing should lead to another.

PS – It would be a really good thing if you could share your #OneGoodThing today!
Check out my upcoming One Good Thing Events!

My New Year’s Resolution & One Good Thing

For a lot of years my New Year’s resolution has been to ‘get a life,’ something ONE GOOD THING’s Madeline Singer can relate to. This desire stems from our now-empty nest and the feeling that I’m spending too much time creating lives for my fictional characters and not enough experiencing my own.

Lately, I’ve been trying to keep that resolution. Last January we moved up to New York to try out big city living. It was a grand adventure that made me fall in love with New York in a whole new way. But to live there full time in the style to which I’d like to become accustomed, will require a movie or TV deal or a couple hundred thousand more copies to fly off the shelves. I’m working on all of those things, but in the meantime I’ll have to settle for frequent visits.

I did learn a few things during our months in Manhattan. I learned that we don’t need all the square footage we’re used to. Or all the things with which we fill it. I’ve also come to believe that driving is highly overrated while walking as a part of daily life and not simply for exercise is awesome. I also discovered that as much as I love the beach (and intend to keep writing novels that can be enjoyed there) an urban setting also gets creative juices flowing.

So the discarding and choosing and packing have begun. (I don’t really need all those high school yearbooks and photos of my old boyfriends, right?) Like Claire Walker in my novel WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, I’m leaving the suburbs and moving to what Atlantans refer to as ITP (inside the perimeter.) Our 37th floor condo is currently being renovated, thereby confirming my suspicion that renovation can be more fun to write about than live through. We expect to be in our new home in early February.

Once we get there I hope to make new friends and pursue the interests it’s been difficult to make time for. I also plan to write many more beach reads at my brand new sit-to-stand desk in the smaller office with the entirely different view.

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I’ll keep you posted on how my ‘new’ life goes. I’d love to hear your New Year’s resolution and how 2017 is treating you so far.

Share your New Year’s resolution for a chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of my April release, ONE GOOD THING.

How the contest works: Login to the contest widget here, visit my Facebook page and add your New Year’s Resolution! Don’t forget to come back and click the “I visited” button. You can even refer a friend!

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