Welcome to May's WILD CARD POST. On the 4th (and 5th) Friday of each month, I've ask a author friend to visit and share a post or something fun pertaining to their books. This month Robin Elizabeth Mason is here to share the ABCs of Thanks. 

Take it away Robin:


 A few weeks ago I was reading another blog [incidentally written by another robin] and she listed things in her life she is thankful for. Now, the way my brain works, I immediately was challenged to do the same. And the way my [ahem] discipline works, I did not immediately follow through.

Give thanks with a grateful heart, He tells us. And a merry, and are I say, thankful heart, doeth good like a medicine! I know, I’ve taken a dose or two. Giving thanks places our focus on Him, rather than on ourselves, or even what we are thankful for. And when we keep Him in mind, we can hear His voice, we are sensitive to His nudge and direction. We feel His embrace. And maybe that’s the greatest thankful of all, His presence.

Here, for your benefit – ‘cause I have the benefit of these blessings every day – is my list:



A – Amethyst; also Art
B – Bible, and Boldness
C – Cinnamon! and of course, Chocolate!
D – Devotional time with Father
E – Epiphany Revelations

F – Family and Friends; Faith
G – Grandgirls
H – Home
I – Identity (see Epiphany); also Irises
J  - Journey (see Identity

K – Kitty Cats
L – Learning and Laughter
M – Music
N – New beginnings
O – Opportunities, God given = Divine favor

P – Purple!  also [we are a] Peculiar People; also Piano

Q – Queen Anne’s Lace [special time and place]
R – robin birds of course!
S – Scripture!  also Symphony
T – Trees; and Trivia – factoids that may or may not be useless except in context of my story!
U – Unsung heroes

V – Victory
W – Writing and Words
X – eXamples of Godly character
Y – YES and AMEN
Z – Zoe - life

Now, what is your Alphabet of Thanks?  Leave a comment and let us know!

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not. 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she runs with it.  She jumps into a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted. 
Tessa  is a story of love and trust, hope and faith.  Of lies and betrayal and deceit.  An unsavory heritage, a tragic incident.  Lies unravel, secrets are uncovered, masks removed, and the truth  - and love - prevail.

A story of three generations of women, Tessa  is a tale of family, the nuances, the hierarchy, the enmity.

Tessa  is Cassie’s story.

“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

Ms. Mason began writing in 1995, and after a few (dozen) (thousand) hiccups and curve balls, other life projects, including four years of college, she began working on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Ms. Mason has written posts as a guest blogger, and has to her credit several dozen poems, several of which are in a recent anthology. “I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!  I mean, even my dollies and Barbies had backstory!”

Ms. Mason started writing as a self-prescribed therapy in 1995, and began working in earnest
on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own.  She currently lives alone, with her five cats.

I write Christian-worldview--in other words, there's no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

Tessa is available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print.  http://www.amazon.com/Tessa-Robin-E-Mason/dp/1502524279/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413341953&sr=1-1

The sequel, Clara Bess, will be released this summer.   Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers.