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Blown Away

It is not often that I am left speechless, but three of my friends — Jona, Jessica, and Kathy — threw a book party for me last night to celebrate the release of Measure of Love.  I thought a few people would get together, drink a little wine, I’d talk about the book.  But… no.  They threw something so much larger than that.  Starting with a cake, the size of a pillow, that was a re-creation of the cover.


Tons of food and drinks for the many people who came.


Copies of the book for all the guests.


Little wine glass tags with an image of the book in organza bags as favours.


I swear I wasn’t drunk in this picture.  Even though I look drunk.  I was just teary.


And we made Jona cut the cake because she’s the brave one in the group.  How do you cut into a cake like that?


Do you see why I am so blown away?  Because who the hell is lucky enough to have friends like this?  Thank you is much too small a word; overwhelmed doesn’t even touch on it.  I am so grateful that I have these women in my life.  There are three billion ways the women who were there last night make my life better.  This was just the icing on the cake.


1 Steadfast Warrior { 06.24.13 at 7:53 am }

Awwww, that’s wonderful! Surprises from friends are the best!

2 Catwoman73 { 06.24.13 at 8:11 am }

That’s so awesome! There aren’t many good surprises in adulthood, and this surprise was, no doubt, one of them! What wonderful friends you have!

3 Casey { 06.24.13 at 8:12 am }

That is simply awesome! So pleased for you. Thank you so much for not giving anything away. 😉

4 Kathy { 06.24.13 at 8:16 am }

Wow! You have some pretty awesome friends! Sounds like an amazing party celebrating and amazing women, friend and writer!

5 Kathy { 06.24.13 at 8:17 am }

That should say “an” not “and” amazing women, friend and writer! 🙂

6 magpie { 06.24.13 at 8:31 am }

wow. that is splendid!

7 Tiara { 06.24.13 at 8:53 am }

You deserve every minute!!

8 Egg Timer { 06.24.13 at 9:18 am }

Amazing! Your friends treated you right! Congrats!

9 loribeth { 06.24.13 at 9:32 am }

You deserved it!! And that is some cake!

10 Audrey { 06.24.13 at 9:59 am }

That’s super awesome!

11 Mic @ Life on K St. { 06.24.13 at 10:58 am }

Lovely:) and well deserves for sure 🙂

12 Esperanza { 06.24.13 at 11:02 am }

Wow! What an awesome surprise party! You do have incredible friends!

13 N { 06.24.13 at 11:13 am }


14 Shelby { 06.24.13 at 11:19 am }

Lovely! You have some pretty remarkable ladies in your life!

15 luna { 06.24.13 at 11:30 am }

as wonderful as you, maybe?

16 Another Dreamer { 06.24.13 at 11:42 am }

So sweet!

17 Pepper { 06.24.13 at 12:28 pm }

Love this! Good for you. 🙂

18 Ellen { 06.24.13 at 1:14 pm }

How super! Horray for great friends!

19 k { 06.24.13 at 1:38 pm }

Awww how awesome is this??? Glad you had fun!

20 JustHeather { 06.24.13 at 3:40 pm }

Love it! Friends like that are definitely worth keeping around! 😉

21 Natalie { 06.24.13 at 3:59 pm }

Love this!!

22 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.24.13 at 4:16 pm }

I’m so glad you got to be feted so!

Kudos to your friends who made that happen.

Gorgeous cake!

23 Astral { 06.24.13 at 5:50 pm }

That is awesome!! You deserve it!!

24 Battynurse { 06.24.13 at 6:35 pm }

How wonderful! You deserve it!

25 Justine { 06.24.13 at 7:21 pm }

🙂 Tears for you … I am so glad that you have someone as amazing as that to celebrate you as you deserve! HUGE hugs to you!

26 jjiraffe { 06.24.13 at 8:55 pm }

So cool!! 🙂 Yay for good friends and cake and being celebrated! Love that pic of you: you look happy and surprised and moved.

27 a { 06.24.13 at 10:46 pm }

Those are some great friends! That’s a party I would have liked to attend. And you totally deserve it!

28 Chris { 06.24.13 at 11:58 pm }

Love my sister-in-law Jona! So pleased she surprised you and that everyone had a great time. Can’t wait to receive my autographed copy of the book!

29 md { 06.25.13 at 8:20 am }

awesome cake 😛 you have wonderful friends.. which only speaks to your own wonderfulness!
spanish proverb: “tell me who your friends are, and i’ll tell you who you are” 🙂

30 marwil { 06.25.13 at 12:28 pm }

This is really cool. Congrats on the book release and having great friends throwing a party like that. Can’t believe the cake, it looks awesome.

31 Aerotropolitan Comitissa { 06.25.13 at 9:02 pm }

Aw, wow guys!

32 Amy Elaine { 06.26.13 at 10:09 am }

Oh, my goodness! How lovely!!! Good friends rock.

33 Em { 06.26.13 at 9:02 pm }

Whoa! This is amazing! That cake is beautiful…mostly because your book cover is beautiful. Can’t wait to read it!

34 Katherine A { 06.27.13 at 7:05 am }

What a wonderful surprise and lovely friends! What a gorgeous cake, too! And of course, a fantastic book and author to celebrate – congratulations. Enjoyed getting to see the photos of the party.

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