Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Missing in Action

What started as a fun weekend ended up with tragic events.

I left for Montreal on Friday for a school reunion and spent the evening with five women I haven’t seen in years. We had a blast at one of them and stayed until three in the morning drinking, eating, chatting and laughing. A real slumber party.

The next morning I woke up to a phone call announcing my dear aunt’s death in New York. She was eleven years older than me, more like a sister. She had heart troubles, but we didn’t expect things to go so fast. I changed my ticket and the next day I flew to NY instead of going home. My husband brought my Mom who can’t walk without a walker or a wheelchair. My Mom was devastated by her little sister’s death, a sister ten years younger. We spent Monday at the funeral home for the wake. Today we attended the funerals. It was a gorgeous spring day in NY. Flowers were everywhere.

While helping my Mom up the steps of the church, I felt my knee cracking. I put ice on it tonight and swallowed Advil. We are flying back tomorrow and I will deal with my knee when I’m home although I hope the pain goes away by itself.

As I checked my e-mail for the first time in three days I found a picture of my book cover for FRENCH PERIL due on June 19, 08.


Regina Carlysle said...

Ahhhh, honey. I'm so sorry for your lost. What a horrible way to finish a trip that had such wonderful beginnings. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


TarotByArwen said...

Mona, your cover is GORGEOUS. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take care of that knee! You need to be up and running around in San Francisco, da?!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

So sorry for your loss, Mona. Beautiful cover.

Helen Scott Taylor said...


So sorry to hear about your aunt's death. Glad you caught up with your old friend, though. Love your new cover. It has a sense of suspense about it as well as capturing the romance and Paris.

Natasha said...

Wow, life is a roller coaster ride, huh? So sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you have some wonderful memories to help you through. And what fun to have spent time with old friends. Hope your knee is feeling better. Oh and great cover!

Sandra Cox said...

Great cover. So sorry about the other events going on in your life now, Mona. When the stars right themselves, the roses will be blooming, your muse will be on your shoulder, your books will be selling and you're going to feel great. Hugs.

Sandra Cox said...

PS I should have said your sales will be skyrocketing. I know your books are selling:)

Marianne Stephens said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. It was good that you at least got to see your friends before this happened.
Now fix that knee! So many things at once!

Judith Rochelle said...

Mona, the good news is your cover is totally awesome. The bad news is, it's always devastating to lose someone you love. My heart goes out to you. And for heaven's sake, take care of your knee. What a terrible way to end a weekend. I am keepiong you in my heart and prayers, and celebrating your new book with you.

Kelly Kirch said...

What a roller coaster! I'm so sorry. {{{{{Mona}}}}}}

Mona Risk said...

Thank you all for your sympathy notes. I'm finally home and going through more than 500 e-mails. I love my book cover. I'm glad you like it.

Regina, I just checked your blog. Superb.

Arwen, thank you. I just swallowed two Advils and plan to have fun in SF.

Cindy, I checked your interview. I just love it.

Helen, I'm so glad you like the cover. Doesn't HE look Frenchy with chiseled high cheekbones?

Natasha, thank you for stopping by. These past days really felt like a roller coaster ride.

Sandra, thank you for your good wishes. Actually TO LOVE A HERO did well in Montreal.

Marianne, Judith, Kelly, thank you for your sympathy and good wishes.

Amarinda Jones said...

Sorry you have had such a rough trot but I love the cover!