Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What’s the Point?


Congratulations to "Kimberly P." and "Debra", the winners in Anne Marie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Warning: the following topic may lead to a philosophical discussion. Proceed with caution…

Recently, my sister and I were having a deep discussion about life—the kind of talk that makes you examine what it’s all for and take a look at why we keep going, even when things get difficult. Why is it so hard to simply appreciate what we have and make the best of it? Why can’t we just be happy? Because then there’d be no point. The fight is what makes living worthwhile and is part of what gives things value.

If I had the perfect, pain-free life, would I be happy? Or would I even know what happy is without something on the opposite end of the spectrum to compare it to? (It’s the old “if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around, would it make a sound” question, I suppose.) Or, if I had nothing to struggle with, through, or for, maybe I would die on the spot from boredom and lack of stimulation. My background in counseling and biology and has led me to believe that if I don’t have a purpose, then I might just stop thriving. If I didn't have a reason to get out of bed in the morning, why would I?

Everyone needs a purpose.

Especially Damian Manchester. Damian is a character in my Mindhunters series, and the founder of The Society for the Study of the Aberrant Mind (a.k.a., SSAM). A grieving father, his teenage daughter’s murder turned his life around twenty years ago. His entire life’s purpose became finding the monster who’d killed Samantha. Throughout my Mindhunters series, he’s getting closer, finally, but it’s taken him time, patience, and the right team, to get there. (Spoiler alert: He’ll find his happily-ever-after and resolve Sam’s murder by book 6.)

That kind of strength of purpose or commitment to a cause fascinates me. Yes, I’m committed to writing, to motherhood, to wifedom, but do I have a cause that defines me? All of these things drive me, and they save me from boredom on a daily basis. And, they do indeed bring me happiness. I’m glad I have to struggle sometimes. It’s worth it.

Giveaway:
How about you? What commitment or purpose drives you or makes you happy? Comment below for the chance to win one of two digital copies of DARK DEEDS.

DARK DEEDS

Walking away from sexy Detective Diego Sandoval was one of the toughest things security specialist Becca Haney ever had to do. But her past is a direct threat to his future, to the career he’s working so hard to rebuild. Now, with a witness from a horrific case implicating Diego, Becca must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

Diego is a big-city lawman used to cracking the hardest cases, but he’ll never understand why Becca ended their passionate affair. When he’s assigned to help keep her safe from a human trafficking ring, he’s determined to stay by her side and learn about the woman behind the passion—scars and all.

But Becca has another admirer. Known only as “the Fan,” he believes he’s the perfect partner for her—and he’ll kill to prove it. When the stakes are raised in the killer’s deadly game, Diego will be called upon to save lives—including Becca’s.

You can find DARK DEEDS at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Carina | iTunes 

BIO:
Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling.  Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.  

She writes to reclaim her sanity.

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20 comments:

  1. Besides seeing my nephew grow and helping him learn everyday... Dreams make me happy... even if I am not going all out there to make them happen... just having them and thinking about them make me happy.

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  2. That sounds like a beautiful purpose, Colleen. And I love that dreams, just the thought of what COULD happen, make you happy. :)

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  3. You ask the hard questions. Writing makes me happy. If I could quit the day job to focus on my writing, I would. Sadly, I still need the day job to pay the bills. I think being an aunt would make me happy, too, if I got to see my niece and nephew more often. So I need to win the lottery to quit my day job and move closer to my brother and his family ...

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    1. Yes, I do, don't I? LOL The questions that have no right or wrong answer... Hope you win the lottery!

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  4. my family

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. Congrats Anne on the series! Ummm... right now I'd have to say friends and family even though we are putting a very close friend to rest this Saturday. He died of cancer at age 33 and I've know him since HS. I've lived this last year for him and now that he's gone, gotta find a new focus. But even though it's hard, we are moving on and forward. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So sorry to hear about your loss, Erin. It sounds like you did everything you could to be there for him, and after something (or someone) has been a focus for so long, and then it's over, it can be so hard to move on. It sounds like you have a very positive outlook and are looking ahead. I'm sure your friend would have wanted that for you.

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  6. This sounds like a really awesome book.I love getting on here and find new authors.thank you for putting your book up here.debra( cher133@cableone.net)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Debra! Good luck! :)

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  7. A question to get me thinking that's for sure. Living a full & happy life. Commitment to family too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Things change with time, one "cause" I have been involved with for over 20 years is the Volunteer Ambulance in my town. I was always involved in the medical field as a medical assistant but then stayed home with children for 17 years. I got involved with the ambulance as a volunteer and now I both get paid to do it and volunteer. The change is happening now that I am going to be a grandma in 3 weeks. My Daughter live 3 hours away but they are my new passion, even if I still have to work///I would love to win, this sounds really good!

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    1. Oh, how exciting! Congratulations on the new grand baby!! I have always had a deep admiration for people who work in the medical field. You often see people at their most vulnerable and are there for them. Thank you!

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  9. Thanks for sharing the description of DARK DEEDS and this awesome giveaway! You are a new author for me (love how JRS introduces me to new-to-me-authors) that I found here through Toni Anderson's link on Facebook. After reading the description, DARK DEEDS has me hooked already!!

    Causes I'm passionate about are my family/friends and faith. :)

    Hope you have a great day!

    ~Kimberly Perry

    k_kperry@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, I love Toni - she's awesome! :) I'm so glad we found each other, Kimberly, and hope you enjoy the series.

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  10. I believe we all experience times in our lives when we question our purpose, usually after something in our lives have changed. Perhaps when we've lost something or someone dear to us. Finding that purpose can take days, weeks, or months. Even years. It's a dark hole.

    I love that you've written a character with such a flaw and that he has found purpose. I wonder what his purpose will be after he accomplishes his goal. Hmmmm

    Congrats on the new release.

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    1. Hi, Autumn! Those turning points in our lives can be the most painful, but also the most primed for a new start, a new direction—or simply a place to stop and reassess our current direction, and maybe recommit to our path.
      And what a great question! I hadn't thought about Damian's new purpose after book 6, where they finally find his daughter's killer...other than that he'll find love. I guess that'll be his new start. ;)

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  11. Nice post! Creating the next enjoyable read for my readers is what drives me to keep writing...and it makes me happy. :) I'm looking forward to reading Dark Deeds! Thanks for the chance to win an ecopy! sharon(at)sharoncooper.net

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    1. Great motivation, Sharon! I hope you had lots of time today to write. :)

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