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Dear Readers and Friends,

The past year has been challenging in many ways. I lost Sid, my beloved husband of nearly 50 years, I am temporarily staying in another location to be near my stateside son, my longtime editor is no longer with me, I have been told to eliminate one Facebook page and use only the fan page, and my publishing house has merged with another to form a larger company.

This website is going to be completely redone, restructured and revamped. I’m looking forward to getting this started as soon as possible. There seems to be many things in my life right now that I’m trying to keep under control all at the same time. Do you ever feel like that?

Many of you know that Sid passed away after a courageous ten-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He fought his increasing disability with the courage and strength he had brought to our marriage, and even when, at last, he became chained to a 50-pound oxygen tank and was virtually housebound, his spirit never faltered. He was always my true-life romance hero, and will remain so forever. There is a little bit of this wonderful man in all of my own book heroes. To the left is a picture of the funeral wreath I had designed for him, fifty red roses to commemorate the years that we were in love and five white roses to represent the decades.

I had no idea what a nightmare it is to take care of the thousands of details that follow the death of a spouse. Without exaggerating, I believe it’s fair to say that in the past nine months I’ve spent more time on business paperwork than I did in the past nine years. Just when I would raise my head up from my desk, breathe a sigh of relief, and think I could take a break for a day or so, another avalanche of papers would arrive in the mail, all needing my immediate and detailed attention.

Any woman who has survived this experience with her sanity intact is, in my view, a real life heroine. Whew! Believe it or not, I actually got a refund on a prepaid insurance policy for my deceased husband from a company that — get this — made the refund check out to HIM. I can only assume they expected me to forward it to him On High for a signature. Then other checks to him followed. Only one company had the sense to make out their check To The Estate of Sidney D. Anderson.

In the middle of all of this, of course, I still had a book to write. There were many times when this was a saving grace, but other times when I wanted to light a fire under the computer and never see it again. Sanity prevailed. Besides, I loved NEW LEAF the story I was working on. It spoke to my heart. It’s finished, at the publisher, and waiting for you. My former editor and my new editor absolutely love it. In fact, they are so enthusiastic that I’m wondering if they don’t feel that NEW LEAF is one of my best books ever!

NEW LEAF the second book in my Mystic Creek Series, will be out on January 5, 2016, and is already available for pre-order in both paperback and Kindle formats. If you’d like to reserve your copy now, here are a couple of links to make it easier. I really will appreciate preorders. All preorders are entered as current sales on the first day after a book is released, so buying early will help NEW LEAF hit higher on the bestseller lists. What normally happens when books are released is a trickle of sales that occur over a four to five week period. Those sales are fabulous and appreciated by the author, but a slow trickle of sales doesn’t give a book the powerful, first week boost to send it skyrocketing onto the bestseller lists. So, please, if you love my books and plan to buy NEW LEAF when it is released, I would REALLY love it if you can afford to pre-order it now.

                   

With a great deal of encouragement — we won’t actually say shoving — from my son John, I’ve decided to take his suggestion and write a fictitious book loosely based on my mother’s side of the family. One of my ancestors crossed the plains to the west in a wagon train, to join the husband she didn’t know had been murdered. I’ve always been intrigued by her story…the trials she faced as a woman traveling that perilous route without a man, the daily chores she had to take care of herself, and the fear she must have felt when she realized her husband was gone forever. She had four children to protect during the journey and support when she reached Jacksonville, Oregon. I’ve already begun researching the book and I’ll keep you up to date on its progress.

Many of you who have sought me out on Facebook have been using the active Catherine Anderson Author page. I have been asked by my publishing house to deactivate this page and use exclusively the “fan page,” which is Catherine Anderson Books. The author page has a limit of 5,000 friends; on the fan page, I can have unlimited friends.

The fun, the action, the hijinks, the contests, hen party chats, Tales From The Coop, etc., will all continue as before, but in the new location. I hope you will “like” the new page and head on over with us. Please join the fun at https://www.facebook.com/catherineandersonbooks

At the top of this Facebook fan page, I have pinned an advertisement with clickable URLs for people to buy NEW LEAF at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Even if you cannot afford to buy a copy right now, I will be thrilled if you will SHARE the ad with your friends. Shares give a post a far reach and much more exposure.

Happy reading!

Catherine Anderson




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