February 2017 e-Newsletter
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Feel The Love

Echoes in Time Play for Keeps A Smile in a Beautiful Sky
Echoes in Time
Roark’s mother is dead. Now the only family he has are the Green Berets - until he meets the woman who will change his life. learn more
Play for Keeps
Dash & Lexi have been planning their wedding for months & the closer the date gets the more it seems this marriage won’t happen. learn more
A Smile in a Beautiful Sky
At 17 an accident erased Skylar’s memory & there’s something she’s supposed to remember but only her heart knows what it is. learn more
Haunting Solace Rick's Bear Beholden
Haunting Solace
Haunted by a vengeful ghost Stella will find her seemingly eternal torment unexpectedly exchanged for love. learn more
Rick's Bear
A tattooed bear of a biker & an unassuming librarian find the bear can learn a few new tricks from the local bookworm. learn more
Beholden
The Earl of Lexden summons his banished wife to help him court a business partner & to destroy an enemy. learn more

Sur-Prizes

Every month Boroughs and its authors are going to offer special prizes for our wonderful fans.

This Month's Prize:

The first 10 people to arrive at the book signing
will receive two of Susan’s signed books
& will have your picture taken with Susan and Nicholas.

Don't Forget to Sign Up For The

Boroughs Book Club

Buy any 10 ebook novels or
novellas and get the 11th ebook free.
(Lunchbox Romances are not included.)

To sign up for the Boroughs Book Club, go to our website.

From the Editor's Desk

Empathy

Chris KeeslarAt one point when we were children, my twin sister called me a robot. She said I was inhuman: considered and rational above all else. I took that as a compliment. I mean, what else could anyone want? Our relationship seemed fine. I tried to listen to her problems. She had a lot of feelings, but—given enough warning and sometimes an explanation—I could intellectually understand them, give feedback and maneuver appropriately. I wasn’t sure what else she wanted.

Ha.

We’re close now, believe it or not—like I’m close with a number of people, which is pretty good for someone who was pretty tight-fisted with his emotions. Oddly, the people I’m closest with…we’re close not because I intellectually understand them. It’s because I’ve felt what they’re feeling and they know it.

It can be a lot of work to share emotion. Sharing joy is fun, but it’s draining during harder times—which are critical to truly experience any related joy. To paraphrase a video on the subject I watched recently, empathy is often about getting down in the dark and dirt and sharing a horrible spot together. It’s about revealing your weakness and confusion and doubt and embracing it, finding the space where we all connect, tapping universal human experience and thus connection.

That’s why the heroes and heroines I end up loving in books are not the judgmental ones (at least, not by the end of their arcs) but those who are inclusive and those who accept, those who embrace other natures than their own, and end with love and not fear. And that’s why, as a writer, to be your best, you must tap your darkest experiences…so you can also share the brilliant light of happiness that comes at the end of each metaphorical tunnel.

In every aspect of life, those who are strongest are those who allow themselves to be vulnerable. That’s how you promote closeness and community and connection.

People will know if you’re just talking or if you’re really walking the walk.

Boroughs About Town
(& Country)

ON MARCH 23RD at 4 p.m.
WE WILL BE AT

California Dreamin' A Conference for Writers

West Hollywood, California
&

WE’RE PROUD TO BE A CONFERENCE SPONSOR
& WE WILL BE ATTENDING:

California Dreamin' A Conference for Writers

March 24th – 26th
Brea, California