Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kari's Kave: What I'm Thankful For

It's that time of year, folks. Time to really think about what you're thankful for.
The obvious ones are my family. I am so thankful to have a fabulous husband of twenty-two years who stands by my side in everything I do. He still laughs at my jokes and he knows how to have fun. I am so thankful to have four wonderful children who work hard in school and at sports and stay out of trouble...except at home sometimes :-) I am so thankful to have parents and in-laws and siblings and nieces and nephews and grandparents still around, who all get along and actually want to be together.
I am so thankful everyone is healthy!!!!
There are so many people out there less fortunate than I am. They've gone through loss and illness and poverty. When my husband lost his job not long ago, it was a very scary time for us. All we kept saying at the time was it could have been worse. The bad news could have been an illness or death. As long as we had each other, we would be okay. Thankfully, he got an even better job than before! I am truly thankful for that.
I am thankful for my friends. My kids' friends' parents, my Book Cents friends, my Mysteries and Margaritas friends, my CNYRW friends, my blogger friends, my conference friends.
I am so thankful for my very best friend, Barb Witek. I could not do any of this without her, and it wouldn't be half the fun. We started together, and we will end together, because she knows I won't every let her quit :-)
I am so very thankful for my awesome agent, Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary. She is so much more than an agent, and I don't know anyone who works harder for their clients than she does. She always puts her people first, no matter what. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.
I am thankful for my editor, Faith Black of Berkley Prime Crime. She is amazing, and she believes in me. That is huge in today's market. I really got lucky by having her in my corner. I hope we work together for a very very long time.
I am so thankful there's finally a way to put out my work that never sold, but that I still really believe in. That is going to be so exciting to finally see those works as books. And I will forever be grateful to see my Fortune Teller Series in the traditional market as well. To have book one become a national bestseller was an amazing feeling. I can only hope book two does as well:-)
Speaking of book two, Corpse in the Crystal Ball is now available for pre-order
I am thrilled and thankful to be in both worlds. And I'm thankful for the exciting times ahead of us. To be able to do what you love is truly a blessing.
So tell me.....what are YOU thankful for?

13 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Happy turkay day, everyone! Go and get stuffed tomorrow, but first, tell us all what you're thankful for. Inquiring minds want to know...

Dale T. Phillips said...

Hey, get stuffed yourself! ;-)
Each day I write down 5 things I'm thankful for, and they are critical. Being alive and well, my loving family, having good work to do, having a great life mission of helping others, and my writing. Enjoying the present while planning and working for ever-greater success in the future. And am wicked thankful for getting my first novel published this year, with my second coming out soon.

Liz Lipperman said...

All I can add is AMEN to all of that, Kari. And Dale, congrats on book 2 coming out and welcome to M & M.

Anita Clenney said...

Kari, you do have a lot to be thankful for, girl! And I do too. We're a blessed bunch!

Dale, what a wonderful "mission" and congrats on the novels.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hey, Dale, great to see you here :-) Huge congrats on getting your first novel out, and sweet on the second one! Good luck

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Amen indeed, Liz :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Yes indeedy, Anita :-) Count your blessings and believe in Karma! It all works out in the end.

Lindsay said...

Congrats on all the upcoming releases.
I'm thankful for all the wonderful author friends I have and that includeds Christine and Jeff.
I'm also thankful for find my publisher who has believed in me from Day 1

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Having someone believe in you is huge, Lindsay. That's awesome. And yeah, Christine and Jeff are amazing!

Lindsay said...

I forgot to mention, my Christmas story featuring a lot of collies is being released on Black Friday.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Nice! Good luck :-)

cyn209 said...

i'm thankful for the kidney transplant i received nearly 2 years ago.....

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks for stopping by CNY209, and have a happy holiday.