INDIE-giving – Thankful for the small things. (And a giveaway)



When we were first planning this INDIEgiving blogfest, I said to myself easy peasy – I can do this. I’m thankful for so much. But it was really hard to narrow down.

I’m thankful for the option to self publish, for readers, for the Indelibles and the wealth of knowledge within the group. I’m thankful for all my blogging friends, critique partners and beta readers.

But that feels so insignificant when compared to the fact that I have a friend with 3-6 months left to live. Yet, he and his family are finding ways to glorify God through this tough time.

So I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful for health and a place to live and the food on our table. I’m thankful that I believe in a God who is all about grace and mercy, even when our prayers don’t get answered in the way we’d like.

But I’m especially thankful for the little things.

My son’s smile and the hug I get every day. My daughter’s teachers at school, who totally impressed me. My sister, who called yesterday.

The fact that my husband is pushing me completely out of my comfort zone with this huge Thanksgiving party. Gulp. **breathes into paper bag**

For the friends in my life who show me grace and still invest in my friendship even when I’m not the perfect friend.

Small things.

But small things add up, and together, they bring a smile to my face every day.

And for the giveaway!

This is really simple. The sequel to A SPY LIKE ME will be out in the next couple weeks. Yay!

If you haven’t read A SPY LIKE ME yet, use my contact form or leave a note in the comments with your name, email, and preferred file (epub or mobi) and I’ll email it to you!

Here’s the sequel. 🙂

Offer is good until my next blog post.

Make sure to visit everyone posting in the INDIE-giving blogfest. Click here for the links.

For all my friends in the States, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 



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22 Responses to INDIE-giving – Thankful for the small things. (And a giveaway)

  1. Mark Koopmans November 18, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Hey Laura,

    So very sorry to hear about your friend… words escape me… I can’t imagine, but will add him and his family to our family prayers this Thanksgiving season.

    Good luck with the BlogFest and God bless.

    • Laura November 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks, Mark. What amazes me is this family’s joy of life and even through this dark moment they keep living life.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    It is the small things. Especially when compared to only a few months to live.
    My post for the Indie-Giving Blogfest will go up on Wednesday. Special announcement tomorrow.

    • Laura November 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Yes, and sometimes the small things get overlooked. But it’s those small things that really add up for me, and I didn’t truly realize that until writing this post.

  3. Natalie Aguirre November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your friend, but I know how you have to be grateful even when your loved ones have serious heath issues. My husband has really serious chronic health problems and I’m grateful that he’s doing well for him.

    • Laura November 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      I think it’s only as we get older that we appreciate how much we’re thankful for. Every year that passes I hear about more people that live with illnesses, or children that struggle with health issues. we can only be thankful.

  4. Ansha Kotyk November 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I have to agree with you Laura, that all those little things add up. Gratitude gives us a joy that I think we miss out on when we forget to live everyday in thanks.

  5. Nuzaifa November 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m so sorry about your friend.After reading this I feel so bad for taking things like our health for granted!

    I’d like to read A SPY LIKE ME in Kindle format.

  6. Heather Sunseri November 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I am so sorry about your friend, Laura. I agree, though, we have to find peace in the little things around us sometimes, especially when we’re struggling to make sense of the big things happening.

    You know I love that cover, right? And the book. Excited for your upcoming release. Readers are going to love it.

  7. Heather McCorkle November 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    So sad about your friend. It is the big and little things that mean so much! Things like this remind us of that and help bring clarity.

  8. Nickie Anderson November 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    It’s so easy to take our heath for granted… most people don’t appreciate good health until they don’t have it anymore. Prayers are going your friend’s way (for him and his family) — things like that really put life back into perspective.

  9. Stina Lindenblatt November 19, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Sorry about your friend. It’s times like this when we realize what’s important.

    Love your new cover, btw!!!!

  10. Leigh T. Moore November 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m thankful for those things as well, and for awesome writer-friends like YOU! And *squee*!!! I just saw your new book on Goodreads and immediately added it to my list!!! Yay!!! More spies~ 😀 <3 <3

  11. Nicole Zoltack November 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I’m so sorry for you friend! That’s never easy. 🙁

    Love your new cover!And I’d love to read A SPY LIKE ME in Kindle format. Thanks!

  12. Dawna Newman November 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m sorry about your friend and I agree to be thankful for just the small things. I am thankful to a special person who came back into my life after being gone for several years.

    I haven’t read A Spy Like Me would love it in Kindle format.


  13. laura carter November 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    So sorry about your friend, i am definately thankful for all the small things, they all add up.

    I would love a spy like me in kindle format.


  14. Donna K. Weaver November 21, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    I’m so sorry for your friend! That is so very hard.

    I’m excited for the sequel. Love the cover.

  15. Susan @ The Book Bag November 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Sorry to hear about your friend – make every minute count!

    I have not read A Spy Like me but I am looking forward to reading it on my Kindle. Congrats on the sequel!

  16. Mary November 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving Laura, and thank you for the opportunity to read both of your books (I have only just learned of them through this blog, forwarded by a friend. either format is ok, I believe epub might be the preferred.
    It is truly the little things in life that we can all cherish – including that 3-6 months warning – Blessings to you and your family.

  17. bn100 November 23, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Congrats on the book! I’d like to read A spy like me in EPUB. Thanks.


  18. Denise Z November 24, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Yes we all have so much to be thankful for and that we take for granted. Every once in a while we get that wake up call that makes us thankful for being able to get up in the morning and just grouch until the coffee is made. I am certainly thankful for all of the book blogs, authors, and good book friends who give me so much joy. Thank you, you are appreciated. I would love to read A Spy Like Me in mobi and of course would love to throw my hat in the barrel for book two. Congratulations on the new release and I send good thoughts of joy your way for every success.

  19. Ria May 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I was looking for a way to read A Spy Like Me because I came across it in Goodreads. I hope I’m not too late!


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