Tuesday, March 28, 2017

E.E. Burke's Birthday Celebration

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." 
Mark Twain

I envy Mr. Twain (aka Samuel Clemens). He figured out his purpose fairly early in life. It took me 50 years to figure out my “why.” 

From the time I was small, I loved telling stories. These included stories I made up in my head to captivate my friends, as well as games of pretend I lured them into playing. At the time, it didn't strike me that I was what one might call a “born storyteller,” but looking back I can clearly see this characteristic emerged early.  

As I struggled over which direction to go with my career, I remember having conversations with family about my interest in writing. I was encouraged to “do something that pays enough to make a living.” So I majored in journalism. After a brief stint with newspapers and a wire service, my path veered off into public relations and advertising. I used my creative gifts to tell other people's stories.

At age 50, I had what some might call a mid-life crisis. I prefer to call it an enlightenment. The “why” question burned in my mind, and I knew that if I planned on ever going after my dream, I had better get busy. 

Ten years have passed since I set out on this path, and I can honestly say I have never looked back. Not everything has worked out the way I imagined or hoped, but the best thing that's come from chasing this crazy dream is that I do finally know the answer to my why

To celebrate, I've put three of my books on sale this week for 99 cents. Each of these stories features a heroine who is pursuing her life's calling. Happy Birthday to me! And thank you for giving me the gift of reading my stories.

On sale through April 1
A Dangerous Passion 
(Steam! Romance and Rails)

Life in a small New England village is too quiet, too ordinary for a free spirit like Lucy Forbes. When her father lands a job out West, she packs her books and her dreams and eagerly sets off to pursue the kind of grand adventures she longs to experience and write about. Yet the moment she steps off the train, she’s thrust into the gritty reality of an untamed frontier and into the arms of a scoundrel.

On sale through April 1 

Santa's Mail-Order Bride
(American Mail-Order Brides)

A schoolteacher plays matchmaker for the local Santa, who also happens to be her brother’s fiercest competitor. She’s the only bride he wants--if he can just convince her they would be the perfect match.

On sale through April 1
Patrick's Charm 
(The Bride Train)

Patrick, an Irish immigrant and disabled Union veteran, sees his luck take a turn for the better after a famous actress literally falls into his arms. Pity she doesn't intend to stay there.

Tell me about a time when  you discovered your passion or pursued a dream, or just figured out the "why." From comments, I'll pull a random winner and gift them with one of the above books, their choice. Don't forget to provide your email.



Becky Lower said...

Happy Birthday, EE! Loved the post. I followed a path similar to yours, but waited even longer to set my course in the right direction. It wasn't until I found an adult learning course at the local community college on Writing The Romance Novel that the pieces fell into place.

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E.E.Burke said...

I'm so glad we connected, Becky. It's wonderful to find a kindred soul. Thank you for the well wishes!

Tonya Lucas said...

Happy Birthday EE you're such an amazing lady. When I was 25 I figured out what I wanted to do so I moved to Kansas and raised pigs for 20 years, but I know, not very romantic or Gand, butvit was my passion and I had a great 20 year career doing it. Best thing I ever done. That's also where I met Rob, my love. So it was a wonderful dream come true.

Frances Saueressig said...

Happy Birthday and thanks so much.

Glenda Kinard said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Lady!! And my why is to read your books

teresa fordice said...

Happiest of birthday wishes to you!! Great reads - just need more time to do so!!

E.E.Burke said...

I just love that you are so unique, and I'm glad you found your true love. Makes it all worth it!

E.E.Burke said...

Thank you Frances!

E.E.Burke said...

Oh my, Glenda! You made my day with that remark! The truth is, where would we writers be without readers? Talking to ourselves. So, in effect, you are my "why" too!

E.E.Burke said...

Thank you Teresa! I hope you find some extra time to enjoy more great reads.