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Thirteen months ago my husband Eric told me he had met a delightful woman from Galveston with great book covers (“don’t know if they’re any good, but they look good”) and that she had waited around to meet me at an event. We missed each other. He gave me her email, and I contacted her. We started an on and off again correspondence, with several canceled coffees. She introduced me to Deborah K. Frontiera, another area author. I met Deborah. I didn’t meet Author Amanda Albright Still.

But still, we kept trying. I traveled, then she traveled, and we kept touching base, but failing to meet. I put the first novel in her series, Echoes of the Storm, on my TBR list. I didn’t get to it. And Amanda died in May 2014. At the age of 52.

So I finally bought Echoes of the Storm (it makes me cry to type that), and I finally started it; I read it while I was on the training bicycle. I didn’t have high hopes, but I didn’t care. I wanted to read it. So I did. Well, just typing that makes me cry too, because I really, really liked it. A lot. And most of the books I read, I have to be honest, I don’t. I sat there crying in the house by myself riding a bike and reading a book I should have read a year ago by a woman I should have met then, too. And I am so sorry I missed out.

Amanda I put my review up on Amazon, too. I am sorry I waited so long.

What makes us put off so many good things? There are a million reasons, good ones, bad ones. We move so fast. But we miss so much.

That’s all I’ve got.

Pamelot

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6 Responses to Echoes of the Storm

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    Makes me cry just reading your post. UGH life is just to busy, despite best intentions it always is. The only shred of positive to hold onto in something like this, is just how very special and precious it all is. And that the people that intersect with your life truly may not be there tomorrow, so we always should be thinking about what is the best use of our time here.

  2. I’ve also read Amanda’s book. I only ever got to talk with her online but would have loved to meet her in person. She will be missed.

  3. Andrea Albright Roberson says:

    Thank you for this lovely post about my sister. We are still struggling with this unexpected loss. I loved my younger sister very much.

    • Pamela says:

      You are welcome. I only wish I knew her past an email friendship and reading her lovely books. I wish you peace, as you struggle to come to terms with her death.

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