From the Editor's Desk
The title signifies not only the obliteration of an entire town due to the worst fire in California history, it begs the question: what are the last vestiges of innocence left to the young? After the mass shooting in a iconic bar in Thousand Oaks, where college students went to line dance and unwind, some of whom had lived through the Las Vegas massacre last year – and one who had, but didn’t make it out this time – what do we tell our children this Thanksgiving? For what are we grateful?
Romance authors have the unique ability to conjure stories out of thin air, and then imbue fictional people with emotions and characteristics so familiar and endearing they feel like friends. These writers who wake up at four in the morning to get in a few hours in front of the computer before they face their day jobs or their busy lives, the almost hermit-like existence that keeps them writing well past midnight after a long and arduous day, they are the folks best suited to give you the ray of hope you need to share for what we are thankful after a hard year filled with so much public tragedy.
From our authors’ stories, and in no particular order:
Small miracles - a brighter tomorrow – kindness – rain – jeans that fit – friends – family – first responders –
youthful enthusiasm – puppies – on-time airlines – electricity – stilettos you can walk in – magic – fresh donuts –
running water – pizza – beer – whiskey – wine – the grandeur of nature – acceptance – hair products – flowers -
tolerance – fast cars – lazy afternoons – endurance – cell reception – art – forgiveness – 24 hour diners – music –
photographs – beds – no traffic – wildlife – rivers – brooks – streams – lakes – oceans – toothpaste – higher
education – kittens – equality – comfy sofas – dancing – parties – hugging – romance – love – love – love – love.