Ready or not, itís 2017 and time to catch up
on what proved a full and often emotional year.
As you know if youíve been checking in here
periodically, Iíve been the lead guardian for
the well-being of my parents, and had them
living with me last summer as we awaited room
for a seniorsí apartment to become available.
Less than a year after that happened, Dadís
heart finally gave out and he passed in August.
With Mom finishing her sixth year of dementia,
my brothers and I agreed a nursing facility
would be best for her. Itís been a struggle for
a woman who remains determinedly independent;
however, I see her every day to keep those
fragile tethers to this world connected as much
Myers, in my opinion, is one of the great
romance writers of our time..."
-- Sharon Galligar Chance, Sharon's Garden of
Writing-wise, Iím proud to say
FLOCK OF SPARROWS is out in the marketplace,
Barnes & Noble, and the national and international
outlets our two distributors manage. This is the
mainstream novel I co-authored with M. June Foster, and
M. Gail Reed under the pseudonym Helen Foster Reed. We
invite you to also visit
www.helenfosterreed.com to enjoy our YouTube video,
a synopsis of the book, and photos of our dozen-plus
appearances through the year. Our book was even featured
on local station
during the Thanksgiving celebration of authors at
Tyler Public Library, Tyler, Texas. We have also
been busy presenting copies of SPARROWS to libraries in
our support of literacy, and will continue to broaden
our reach as time allows.
In the midst of our grand plans, Juneís family had a
promotion opportunity and she moved to North Carolina
with them. Always making lemonade out of lemons, we
agreed it was a great opportunity to get A FLOCK OF
SPARROWS into more hands. However, as life pulls June in
different directions, Gail and I will now be writing
future books under the partnership team of
& Reed. Our next novelóa spirited and tasty family
drama (hint-hint)óis scheduled to be out this spring!
Please check back for updates.
To my fellow dog-lover friends, I continue to rescue
dogs when I can. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Pete,
who was with us since he was barely weaned at about 5-6
weeks old in 2002. He was a tough, independent character
with a boyish heart until the end at 14.
In Octoberóeven as Iíd convinced myself that it was time
to start cutting back--I rescued an emaciated red heeler
pup about to get hit on a highway. Brodyónot yet a year
oldójoins Roxie and Penny. Just last week, Brody decided
he was adult enough to spend nights out of his kennel
with his older sisters. Heís so proud of himself itís
difficult for him to keep all four paws on the ground.
Now, if only heíd stop eating furniture!
Have a great and prosperous new year and donít forget to
Helen Foster Reed page on Facebook. Each of us also
have our individual pages, as well, although Iím usually
Helen Myers, rather than Helen R. Myers, but that
page exists, too. I came to Facebook late and didnít
think Iíd keep up with it for long. I have given up on
Twitter, but you can still find me on
Pinterest, which I love.
Wishing you all a blessed and healthy year!
A FLOCK OF SPARROWS is about five widows, a
winter storm of the century, and non-stop secrets,
comedy, and drama. Naturally, since weíre all East
Texans by birth, or heart, the story takes place pretty
much in our backyards. Gail, June, and I are also
widows, which is part of the reason we were drawn to
write this kind of story. Thereís no denying that it was
both a painful and cathartic work; however, our intent
was also to help and give hope to others who have to
take this challenging journey.
Please check back
frequently for news
on book signings and appearances. We are also on
And, yes, our next project is well under way for a 2017