Sunday, April 6, 2014

Righting a Wrong (Book 3) is HERE!! Yay!

This video is the PERFECT lead-in to the purpose behind The Ripple Effect series . . .


I’ve always been fascinated by the Ripple Effect phenomenon and how a person’s actions, no matter how big or small, can have a rippling effect on others, in both good ways and bad. Say I’m driving down a high-trafficked road and choose to let someone cut in front of me (rather than speed up and eliminate the gap). Will that make the other person more likely to be kind to someone else? I think so. And if that someone else passes on that kindness even further, then without even realizing it, my one small act of kindness could ripple outward in a really positive way.

Conversely, choosing to speed up and not let someone in might make him/her angry or sad or add to an already bad day. Who wants to be responsible for that? Not me.

Years ago, while a student in college, I was having a rotten day. I don’t remember why, or what caused it. I just remember feeling down and cranky and lousy. I’m sure you can imagine what my expression might have looked like. Well, in I walked to a large auditorium class, and as I made my way down the crowded aisle, searching for a seat, an elderly man was on his way out. A wide smile lit his face when he approached me, and his hand grasped my arm.

“You look like such a wonderful person,” he said to me. “I hope you have a great day.” Then he continued on his way.

And that was it. I teared up on the spot, feeling so unworthy of the compliment. But wow, what a difference those few words of kindness made to me—a stranger. I’m sure he had no idea the powerful lesson he taught me that day or the fact that I still remember it 15 years later. I left that auditorium a happier person, a better person. I smiled at people passing by and said hello. I held the door open for another student whose arms were full, and I got a “thanks” in return. Sometimes I wonder if people realize how big of a difference those little things can make and how much better this world would be if more people made them.

And that is how The Ripple Effect Romances came about. I thought it would be really cool to do a series about everyday people making decisions (big or small) that, in one way or another, impacted the lives of friends, family members, or total strangers. The main character’s actions in book 1 would have a positive impact on the lives of a character in book 2, and so on down the line. Fun, right?


I hope you all enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them. And may all of your words and actions ripple outward in a positive, beautiful way.

On an even happier note, my book is officially out! Yay!!!

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