I thought I’d be smiling a little bit more today, as it’s the release day of “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop!” However, as some of you know, I had a very tragic summer. Exactly six months ago, on July 17th, my brother, my best friend, my “twin,” passed away, yet it still feels like not a second has gone by, due to an emptiness I have in my heart. Having been two years and a day apart, we were very close, sharing the Pisces bond. While in a lot of areas we were alike, we were very different; he was good at math and history, but I’m not; I like to read, but he didn’t. We took very different paths in life, but we always supported one another, no matter what. So, when “The Right Design” was released, I was in awe of seeing him read a book–my book, especially since it’s a contemporary romance. It was the only book he’d ever read for pleasure. Fast-forward to the making of “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop,” I remember us having weekly lunches to discuss life and sports, but what amazed me was that he took such interest in my characters and wanted to know more about what I was working on. He would have me describe what the book’s about, how the writing was going, and often he would give a highly creative spin, making my brain spark and ready to create.
I’ve come a long way in since his death, but consider myself to be very blessed to have such an amazing family, an abundance of supportive friends to lean on, along with parts of two particular songs that have helped me get through the hard days; one of them being You Should Be Here by Cole Swindell, the other being Drink a Beer, by Luke Bryan.
“You Should Be Here”
You’d be taking way too many pictures on your phone
Showing them off to everybody that you know back home
And even some you don’t, yeah
They say now you’re in a better place
And I would be too if I could see your face
“Drink a Beer”
Funny how the good ones go
Too soon, but the good Lord knows
The reasons why, I guess
Sometimes the greater plan
Is kinda hard to understand
Right now it don’t make sense
I can’t make it all make sense
With all that, today is bittersweet, because I miss him more than I can even begin to express, and know that if he were presently here, he would be celebrating with me. After all, he was my biggest cheerleader. So, later today, when I visit his grave, I’m going to smile, knowing he would be so proud of me, and tell me to get back to work because it’s time to start writing another book.
For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting this book, I hope you enjoy “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop” as much as I loved writing it, and I thank you for your patience. Every book is different, but this one will hold a special place in my heart.