I’m Smiling . . .

Thus far, 2020 has been challenging. When friends and family ask how I’m doing I grin and politely respond, “I’m smiling.”

I kicked off the new year in the hospital. Before the last celebratory balloon fell or glass of champagne drank, we had already hit our yearly deductible.

And I’m smiling.

I spent the first seven weeks of the year balancing between horrific pain, so I was lucid enough to do schoolwork and a hazy drugged up state just hoping for two hours of sleep. All the while battling bronchitis and strep throat. This was followed by surgery, torn internal stitches, and a baptism by fire introduction into menopause – night sweats and hot flashes!

While still recovering last night (and watching The Goofy Movie with my family and eating licorice), I broke my upper back tooth. I was beside myself with aggravation.

But I’m still smiling . . .

As I was sitting in the dentist chair today and talking with the insurance coordinator and updating my medical records, I chuckled when she remarked about how rough my year has been so far. Then I told her, it’s been a fabulous year and I feel so blessed.

My excruciating abdominal pain that initially hospitalized me was first thought to be appendicitis or ovarian cancer – it was a hemorrhagic cyst on my ovary. When it didn’t cooperate, the ovary and both fallopian tubes were removed, and no cancer was found. The bronchitis and strep throat made me finally quit smoking after 35 years and countless failed attempts. And I was so sick I couldn’t even indulge in overeating to compensate my oral fixation and since my fear of gaining weight was my biggest deterrent to quitting, I am thrilled. It’s been almost two months since I’ve had a cigarette. Also, my broken tooth, which I feared would need an expensive crown was simply a lost filling that only needed an inlay.

As for the torn internal stitches – unfortunately, that was just me being me. I’m not the best patient and I don’t know how to rest.

So, yes – I’m smiling!

This year may not be phenomenal. I haven’t won the lottery or hit the New York Times Bestseller List, but I am going into my Advanced Statistics final this week with a 98% in the class and anyone who knows me knows I have a slight mathematical disability so that in itself is a miracle!

And I have a husband who may be a little rough around the edges, but he is the most incredible man I have ever met. He is honorable and kind and makes me laugh every day. I love and adore him. Plus, my children and grandchildren are happy and healthy.

So, while I’m waiting to hear from the NY Times or win the Arizona state lottery, I’m going to continue loving life, treasuring my amazing family, feeling blessed, and as always – keep smiling.

What’s Next?

Now that the holiday season is behind us and we can all take a deep breath, it’s time to contemplate ― what’s next?

For me, the holiday season was a mix of joy and heartbreak. I’m sure it’s the same for most people; the hauntings of holidays past and loved ones that are no longer with us ― the grandparents who embodied the family holiday spirit, the lost child whose smile lit up your every day, and the fading memories of your children when they were small with their excitement on Christmas morning opening the gifts from Santa. And the sad realization that those moments are gone and only live now forever etched in your memory.

Like everyone else, I push forward focusing on creating more beautiful moments and feeling truly blessed for all that I have. It sounds cliché, I know, but for me, it’s not because I’ve never had it before ― happiness.

However, unlike most people, I failed to make any New Year’s resolutions. Mainly because that part of my life is simply as cliché as it come; I vow to drop 20 pounds, I vow to get more sleep, exercise more, and read 20 new authors. I feel most people all desire similar things for the new year and I am no different.

This new year I have three manuscripts to finish and release. I am starting the second year of my doctorate program and striving to maintain my 4.0 (even though Advanced Statistics begs to differ), and we must complete the remodeling on our house so we can get it on the market. I am excited about the prospects on the horizon this year.

Humanizing THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – August 14, 2019

     Addison Winters is the writer of sexy, sultry, psychological adult romance sure to titillate the mind and stimulate the senses. She has earned a reputation for her witty realism, writing with substance, and as an author who puts her heart and soul into her writing. WHAT I REALLY LEARNED IN COLLEGE, and MAKING THE DEAN’S LIST, the first two books in her “With Honors” series, are available on Amazon and all major book retailers. Her latest sensual addition, MOUNTING DEUCE, the first novel in her “Heat of Arrest” series releases August 14, 2019.

     When asked what makes her new release unique; she stated “MOUNTING DEUCE is more than simply an adult romance novel. It’s a love story steeped in realism where everything is not perfect and magical because life isn’t. This is about two people who aren’t perfect, but discover they are perfect for each other – with several humorous realities of dating after forty.”

     Ms. Winters was born and raised in the Midwest. She has her master’s in military psychology and is currently working on her doctorate in industrial organizational psychology. She is an avid researcher and reader and when she is not lost in the world of her own creation, she is busy exploring the southwest region of the country. She is slightly addicted to coffee and after recently moving to Arizona, has a new-found appreciation for Central Air Conditioning.

     MOUNTING DEUCE is a sensual novel about the mishaps of dating after divorce, the comical joys children add to the mix, and the strain of finding time for each other. Ms. Winters captures the humorous side of online dating and shows how friendships can help maintain sanity. Told in first person, the author follows Arya Lucas along her journey in discovering the trials and tribulations of dating a law enforcement officer.

     Detective Deuce works in homicide for the Phoenix PD and attempts to balance a demanding career with being a single father and dating. His chance encounter with Arya alters their lives and enlightens their world. However, they soon learn that not everyone is thrilled about their budding relationship and will go to great lengths to end it.

     Be sure to connect with Ms. Winters on Facebook and Twitter.

    Join Ms. Winters on August 21st 9:00PM – 10:00PM on the Reader’s Lounge hosted by Sweet & Spicy Reads. Here is your chance to get to know the lady behind the words, ask questions, and learn about her upcoming projects, and appearances along with a chance to participate in multiple giveaways. She will be discussing her latest release, MOUNTING DEUCE and her writing process on creating the second installment in her new “Heat of Arrest” series.