Happy Spring!

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Most likely, your inbox is full of messages that aren’t exactly filled with rainbows and beautiful flowers. Well, this quick post is also lacking rainbows (sadly), but it is full of beautiful flowers.

I just want to wish you a happy first day of Spring! Even if the majority of us are looking at it from behind our windows, I hope that we’ll all soon see beautiful new beginnings after a long winter (both figuratively and literally). Stay safe, do the best you can to practice social distancing (not only for yourself but for others), and remember to WASH YOUR HANDS!

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Sending Love & Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series (on sale through March!) and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

It’s Fall, Y’all

Fall is Here!

It’s Fall, y’all! As wonderful as this past summer has been, I still have to admit that I’m excited October is here. Not just because it’s my birth month (although that’s already a fantastic reason) – no, this is the perfect month and season to start reflecting on the year that is nearly finished and appreciate all of the amazing things that have already happened. Of course, the flip side of reflecting and reminiscing means that you also may be tempted to think about the things that haven’t turned out so well, or the things that still haven’t come to fruition.

This season is not one to play with. To me, as the days get shorter and the number of darker hours increases, it makes me really want to hunker down somewhere and start to dig deep. I mean, get your Snuggie, your hot pot of tea or warm beverage of choice, and start thinking. Do you find yourself thinking more during the autumn season more than any other? If you do, well, you’re not alone.

In German, it’s called a period of besinnlichkeit. This period of “contemplation” is exactly what many of us need in order to cope with the changing of the seasons. Whether we want to or not, we have to acknowledge that the sunny days of summer are now a thing of the past; what’s the next step on your agenda? Will you sit back and reminisce about the happier (sunnier) times? Will you stress out about the future? Or will you jump feet-first into all great things associated with Fall? (Sorry to disappoint, but I am NOT a fan of pumpkin anything – well, except the color. But, I do love apples!)

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What will you be thinking about during this period of reflection? Right now, health and stress-wise, my family and I are going through a long season of winter, so I know that I’m keeping all of us in prayer for improved health and healing. Let me know if I can do the same for you! In the meantime, stock up on those warm drinks, cozy mysteries (btw, I’m looking for some new authors in this genre – if you have any recommendations, let me know), and all of the happy, snuggly, awesome, bountiful gifts that this season brings.

 

Just a heads up here: I will be making some changes to my website in the coming months. Thanks so much to all of you for following my arbitrary path on this blog (I’ve learned that apparently fiction authors who blog have a tendency to be all over the place on blog topics, so it’s cool that you’re still riding with me on this random roller coaster). A tremendous THANK YOU to those of you who also support my Holiday Heartbeats novella series. Happy Fall, Y’all!

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love is Untamable

Love is Untamable

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“Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame.” – Georges Bizet

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, is now available. Free books from various authors are available here.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Love Is All We Need

“All you need is love.” – The Beatles

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here. Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, will be released this month. Preorder now.

#AtinaReads The Art of Falling in Love by Haleigh Wenger

Go to Your Local Library! (A Random Appeal)

While the summer heatwave is getting the best of us, I’m catching up with some fantastic books. I love encouraging my toddler to read, and although we admittedly have a pretty impressive library of well-loved books, it’s also important to me that we go to our local library at least once every two weeks.

It’s my understanding that each time you visit your local library and check out a book or participate in activities, this leads to more funding or opportunities for that particular branch (ask your librarian for specifics). Requesting books can increase the number of available copies, or they can even help put new authors on your shelves (insert dainty *ahem* here). In any case, showing love to your local libraries is one small, yet impactful way to strengthen your community. Yay, libraries!

The Art of Falling in Love by Haleigh Wenger

Our little family participated in the Summer Reading Challenge, where each person read either 30 books or for 30 hours within a certain period of time in exchange for two free passes to the National History Museum and additional swag. It’s a 100% win-win situation. The last book I read to complete the summer challenge was Haleigh Wenger’s The Art of Falling In Love, where I had the honor and privilege of being an Advance Reader.

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The Art of Falling in Love by Haleigh Wenger.

At this point, you should know that #AtinaReads “sweet” romance. This YA book goes beyond that by incorporating social commentary as well.
It’s hard enough falling in love – imagine navigating those treacherous waters while being homeless:

Seventeen-year-old Claire Haynes always spends summer vacation at her family’s beach house in Florida, sketching and dreaming of art school with her biggest fan–her Opa. But when Opa dies right before summer break, all Claire has left besides her memories is a sand-sculpting contest application with her name on it and the lingering question of why Opa filled it out in the first place. Claire has never even made a decent sandcastle, but she reluctantly turns in the entry forms, hoping the contest will help her navigate the grieving process by honoring one of Opa’s last wishes.

When she meets Foster, a teenage boy with a talent for turning recyclables into abstract sculptures, the two join forces to win the contest and salvage the Summer of Art. They spend the humid summer days shoveling sand, devouring ice cream, and exploring Florida’s art scene. Just like Opa, Foster understands Claire and her overwhelming need to create, but he has a secret that threatens to ruin everything: he’s homeless and hiding from an abusive brother who would have him believe family trumps all.

When Claire’s parents find out about Foster’s homelessness, they offer him a home along with their hearts. But even picture-perfect families like Claire’s can harbor an ugly side, especially in the aftermath of Opa’s death. When someone close to Claire spills Foster’s secret, they’re both forced to choose between love and familial obligation. If Claire can’t break through long-held beliefs and prove family is more than shared DNA, she could permanently lose Foster and a chance at the sand contest to honor Opa.

– The Art of Falling in Love, back cover exerpt

Far too often, trends in Romance focus on “The Billionaire” this and that. Kudos to Haleigh Wenger for providing us readers with a hero who forces the reader to explore the novel with both heart and conscious. I especially appreciated her vivid, descriptive writing, empathetic character development, and a great story that didn’t shy away from uncomfortable subjects – juvenile homelessness, sibling rivalry/betrayal, and coping with life after a devastating event. (On a personal note, it was also wonderful to reconnect with familiar areas in Florida.)

Preorder The Art of Falling in Love and take this book with you on a day at the beach for an even more awesome experience. You’ll swear that Claire and Foster are somewhere nearby!

Sending Love and Light to all of you.
Luck of the Irish, Holiday Heartbeats #3, is now available for preorder.

The first chapter of Luck of the Irish (Holiday Heartbeats #3) is available for free on Wattpad. Read it here.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Happy Friday!

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely needed this reminder: Today is Friday!

Happy March 1st, Happy Friday, and Happy whatever reason you need to remember that happiness is always going to be our ultimate goal.

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Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Motivated Monday: Simply Bloom

Let the Love Games begin! Be sure to join my mailing list to be the first to know about my new releases, books slated for release in 2019, giveaways, and more! Love Games, Holiday Heartbeats #2 is now available for preorder wherever eBooks are sold. It’s free for my Mailing List Friends! 

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Bloom where you are planted.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2015-2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.