Monday, June 25, 2018

Too Blessed to Stress by Mary Manners

Too Blessed to Stress

Mary Manners
Who says deadlines can't wait? Not me, because wait is exactly what my deadlines did as I enjoyed precious downtime with friends and fellow authors at the recent Wild Deadwood Reads, held in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

There's no room for stress with the blessing of friendship. And these ladies are the best of the best. Over the course of seventy-two hours they taught me that some things are more important than meeting a writing goal or plotting out the next series. Lovely doesn't begin to describe them.
Sometimes it's a great idea to step away from the laptop and task calendar to enjoy a little down time. Recharging one's energy also serves to rekindle the creative juices. Nothing relaxes better than laughter and an authentic carriage ride. Or ice cream. Lots of ice cream.
Yes, we enjoyed exchanging loads of books and talking a little shop, but the friendships shared were what made the weekend memorable. I'm already looking forward to next year!
Feeling stressed? Grab a blessing and spend a little time with friends. You might find your creativity flowing again in ways you never imagined. Even for a writer.
Happy storytelling!


Brooklyn Jones loves a good mystery, and none is more perplexing than the one that led Tyler Culhane back to Honeysuckle Cove. When Tyler left to pursue his dream of becoming a baseball superstar, Brooklyn swore she’d never cross paths with him again. But now he needs her help, and she has a decision to make.

Tyler Culhane swallows his pride as he darkens the doorstep of Brooklyn Jones’s preschool. Though the two once shared a bond Tyler thought unbreakable, he managed to destroy their love—and the promises he’d made to her—with a single decision. Now, his family has fallen on hard times, and Brooklyn’s the only one who can help rescue them. But will that rescue lead to heartache…or redemption?
Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and their rescue dog Axel, mischievous cats Colby and Rascal, 8 rambunctious chickens, and 13 fish.
Mary writes stories full of faith and hope. Her books have earned multiple accolades including two Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, the Aspen Gold, the Heart of Excellence, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.
Mary loves long sunrise runs, Smoky Mountain sunsets, and flavored coffee. She enjoys connecting with reader friends through her website:


  1. Great post, Mary! How did you know I needed this today?

  2. It is so easy to get consumed by writing and deadlines and forget there are other important things in our life. I was recently forced to take a break from "all things writing" for a couple months, and while I suffered withdrawal for a few days, once I made the break, I soon felt my brain and heart settle as I focused on immediate needs. Now I'm happy to be back and feel refreshed. -- However, spending time with friends as you suggested is more fun than being forced by life to take a I'll do that next time. :)

    1. oh gosh yes, Karen!! and Mary! i just finished a four book series this past year (!) and my brain have done left da building!! it does feel weird, BUT my house is looking pretty good!! LOL

  3. I'm stressed, that's for sure, lol. It looks like you had so much fun! Maybe one day I'll join you all. I need autographs!!! <3

  4. What a sweet message! Yes, share fun with friends and be refreshed and blessed.

  5. I know I had a blast! Nothing like the old west to remind us to appreciate what we have! It was so awesome to meet you too. A friendship madefor a lifetime. :)

  6. Wonderful post, Mary, and what a terrific experience you all had. Meeting you all is on my bucket list for sure. (Tanya Hanson—I have a hard time posting any other way than anonymous.)


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