Since Stealing Ares has launched, I’ve done a couple of events with my husband, George Weinstein, who also has a new book out (Return to Hardscrabble Road): one at a brewery where we threw a party complete with cakes that had edible book covers atop them and one a bit more sedate at the Milton Public Library in Milton, Georgia. There’s always this moment where I look out at the people in attendance, and I’m struck by a moment of absolute gratitude. These folks could have been anywhere else, doing a hundred other things, but they chose to be there with us. It’s humbling, it’s transformative, it’s gratitude.
Gratitude has enough and sees the beauty in what it already has. Gratitude experiences joy without grasping at the temporary high of fleeting happiness. Before I ever ask for more along my writing journey, may I always remember this moment in time. May I always remember the absolute magic of gratitude. May you have a thousand of your own magic moments, the ones only gratitude can bring.
When Harlow Hanson sneaks aboard the HMS Ares to plunder it in order to help her people, the ship springs to life and begins speaking to her. The prince discovers the woman stealing from him is the key he’s been searching for. Link to order Stealing Ares.
Kim Conrey is the author of the sci-fi romance Stealing Ares and also writes about living with OCD. In addition, she serves as VP of Operations for the Atlanta Writers Club. You can also find her on the Wild Women Who Write Podcast where she and the other Wild Women interview authors and industry professionals with a primary goal of supporting women writers. Her essays have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Atlanta Parent, Awakened Voices Literary Magazine and others.