Despite a journalism scholarship award, Jennifer LaBrecque graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business and marketing. However, she has now come full circle and writes short contemporary romance with a unique blend of humor and sensuality.
To date, Jennifer has penned 20+ novels and novellas. She has taught several workshops at National and Regional conferences. A Georgia native, she lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, daughter, two rescue greyhounds, one cat, and a Chihuahua who runs the whole show.
Jennifer's 2009 Releases include
Triple Threat, Harlequin Blaze digital download, March 2009
Hot-Wired, Harlequin Blaze, May 2009
Ripped, Harlequin Blaze, October 2009
Better Naughty than Nice, Harlequin Blaze, December 2009
IF ONLY YOU BELIEVED IN MIRACLES….
First of all, I want to say thanks for having me here today. It’s cool to be in the “kitchen.”
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve had the most amazing things come into my life just at the time I needed them – or maybe I’ve just started to notice. About a year ago my brother and sister-in-law were talking and I mentioned Julia Cameron (THE ARTIST’S WAY). They had, and gave to me, Julia’s book, FINDING WATER, THE ART OF PERSEVERANCE, the third in her creative process trilogy. It had a lovely cover and I took it home and promptly parked it on a shelf.
A month, perhaps a month and a half, ago I was stalling out on a book that HAD to be finished. I didn’t have time to stall out. Frustrated with myself, I got up from the couch where I was working on my laptop and wandered over to one of my three bookcases. I use the word “wander” intentionally because there was no particular purpose to my going to the bookcase other than I was frustrated and needed to walk away from the work for a minute…or two. I didn’t study the books on the shelf, I simply randomly reached out and picked up a book. You know it, it was FINDING WATER. Hmm. I didn’t open it to page one or read the back jacket, I just opened it with a feeling that what I needed was what I would find. It was precisely what I needed to read. I got back to my work and am happy to say I finished the book in the time frame required.
But, better yet, I started reading FINDING WATER from page one. It has had a tremendously positive influence on me and my work. It languished on my shelf for over a year and I’m convinced it was because I wasn’t ready for it yet. What it had to teach me, what it had to deliver, I wasn’t ready to receive – until I picked it up a month and a half ago.
It doesn’t have a secret formula nor is it a magic elixir, but it has resonated with me. It’s inspired me and brought a renewed vigor to my writing process and thus, the work itself. Was it coincidence that I picked up that book that day? I’m firmly convinced it was a miracle.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
I don’t believe miracles necessarily come packaged as “big events” such as winning a lottery or selling a huge book deal – although I’d take both in a heartbeat. ;) Sometimes, in fact, it’s darn hard to see the miracle as just that. I was looking to move and had found a lovely little townhouse that was perfect for me. I was convinced God had a hand in leading me to this townhouse. I could see myself living and working there. It was just what I wanted, but I couldn’t move yet. When the time came for me to move, that perfect townhouse was no longer available. Part of me was devastated and then I stepped back and said, “Okay, this simply means this is not really where I belong although I thought it was.” Within a week I had found what was absolutely where I belonged – a place that feeds my artist soul.
“When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -- Alexander Graham Bell
Incidentally, I stumbled upon this quote one day during what seemed one of the darkest periods of my life, yet another miracle of what I needed at the time being delivered to me.)
So, call me Pollyanna, but I believe in miracles. Every day I start my day by saying, “Something good is going to happen today.” And you know what? No matter how bleak things seem, something good does happen. Some miracle, regardless of how small, happens in my life every day. Perhaps my writing didn’t go as well as I wanted, but when I walk down to get my mail, the sun is shining and a neighbor tells me my hair looks nice.
And because I firmly believe in sharing good energy, I’d love for you share one of your miracles today. The world simply can’t have too many miracles.