posted on August 29, 2013 by Gayle Trent

Like Sand Through The Hourglass….

cross stitch before dyingThe characters in the latest book in the embroidery mystery series are going through a lot of changes, especially heroine Marcy. Although she has been living independently from her mom for quite some time now, Marcy experiences a little bit of a role reversal in this book because she has to be her mother’s protector.

Marcy’s mom, Beverly, is hired to oversee costumes for a Bollywood-style movie production. Beverly enlists Marcy’s help, and the director eventually decides Tallulah Falls would be a wonderful place to shoot some of the scenes. But when the movie’s lead actress is found dead, Beverly becomes the prime suspect. Now Marcy will do whatever it takes to exonerate her mother.

As my children have gotten older, I’ve seen our roles reverse now and then. I’ll ask my son to drive me to the store—not because I can’t drive myself but because I want him to go with me. I was showing him something on the computer the other day and laughing hysterically over it. He smiled and said, “You’re such a child.” My daughter will come and hug me, saying simply, “You looked like you needed a hug.”

It’s cool when your children nurture you. That’s how you know you’ve done a good job nurturing them. Still, you stand back and wonder where the time went. Have you seen FATHER THE OF THE BRIDE with Steve Martin? The scene where the daughter walks down the stairs, aging from the top to the bottom, always makes me cry. It sometimes feels your children really do grow up in the blink of an eye.

How do you deal with changes in your life—especially the biggies like your children going off to college or getting married? Leave a comment telling me below, and I’ll enter you to win a signed copy of CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING.

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Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle Trent is using for the new cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.

Amanda/Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. She’s a full-time writer/editor/mom/wife and chief cook and bottle washer, and she loves every minute of it. Okay, not the bottle washing so much, but the rest of it is great.

7 thoughts on “Like Sand Through The Hourglass….”

  1. Avatar Kimberly Perry says:

    Good morning ~ How about losing your job? Unexpectedly lost mine a few weeks ago . . . normally I roll with things quite well and am able to stay very upbeat and positive, but this one has me reeling. — It’s all I can do to put one step in front of another these days. But, I’ll survive! — Or, more importantly, hubby and I and the FAMILY will survive. 🙂 Thanks so much for the awesome books and great contest. Have a wonderful day!!

  2. Avatar Kathy S. says:

    Looking forward to reading your book. I love Marcy and Angus!

    Each season of life has its own rewards. I admit that sometimes I miss those toddler hugs and kisses, but I am proud of my teens. College in a few years will be tough, but looking forward to spending more time with Eddie. I like to think of all the things we can do once we have paid off the house and college…Hawaii here we come! 😀

  3. i have had so many uncontroled changes in my life-that i welcome controled changes for the better -sometime change is good!

  4. Avatar Barbara Tobey says:

    My change was having my spouse gone for 43 days fulfilling his bucket list item of riding his motorcycle through the 48 states, plus some of Canda without going through a state twice. I was at home trying not to worry. His attempt at a trip last year resulted in an accident the first day.

  5. Avatar Pamela W. says:

    I was on the receiving end of the change. I finally got my first big paying job that required me to move to a new city. Not only did my mom and dad help me move out, on my first birthday away from home, they sent me a flower arrangement. ~sniff~ That first year was tough, but mom always was a phone call away,

  6. Avatar Deanna says:

    I have been through all of those events and got through by taking one hour at a time, sometimes on minutes at a time. Gram

  7. I haven’t felt those changes, because my kids are still not grown-ups. My eldest will be 8 years old in a month and I have a baby too-will be one year old in 15 days. But I admit, I know they will grow up so fast, and I don’t know how I will manage all the changes, them leaving the “nest”. But I only wish for one thing, them to be happy no matter where they are and what they do. Of course, I would want them near me,but I know I cant interfere in their lives. They are my angels and wish nothing but the best for them, as does any other parent.

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