>Michelle Beattie a new-to-me author, but I LOVE pirate stories and I knew readers would too! She’s busy on a deadline, but hopefully she’ll get to play a little here today. Please welcome Michelle for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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THE BIG 4-0
Yes, there it is and I’m saying it out loud. This year marks my 40th birthday. Unlike many folks, I never have nor do I plan on hiding my age. Why? Does denying it change it? Does pretending I’m still 36 magically change the date on my driver’s license, magically erase some of these grey hairs? (ok, they were also there at 36!)
I’ve known it was coming, kinda hard not to. And I haven’t been plotting ways to hide from it. In fact, I’m toying with the idea of either an open house at my home or a girls weekend in Vegas, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter which, I plan on spending it with great friends and my wonderful family. It’s worth celebrating, I say!
A Pirate’s Possession
Love and Gold have one thing in common: they can only be buried for so long…
Abandoned by her father and married to a deceitful man, Claire Gentry fled from her life. Disguised as a man, Claire wagers all she owns in a poker game to locate the treasure her father sought. While her disguise holds, it doesn’t protect her when one of her opponents turns out to be the only man she ever gave her heart to.
Nate Carter is no fool. Raised in an orphanage and sailing as the mysterious pirate Sam Steele, Nate is looking to gamble for a map that will lead him to a treasure. But when he looks over his cards, he’s reminded of a past he’d rather forget-and the woman who could have given him everything he truly wanted.
After Nate wins the map, Claire has no choice but to accompany her old love on his quest. But running for their lives soon replaced running from the past. And if they survive the bloody battle for the treasure, they may just realize that what they really have been searching for isn’t riches-but each other…
I don’t look at it as my life is possibly half over. That’s a waste of time. Instead I’m grateful to still be here. I’m healthy. My stomach isn’t flat isn’t more, I have some grey hair and yes, wrinkles. But I don’t spend a lot of time fighting those either. I heard a saying once, and it’s on my website, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand-chocolate in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO—What a Ride!” (Unknown).
I love that saying. I love the idea of LIVING. Of putting skis on at 38 for the first time in 21 years and skiing down a mountain. I love the idea of taking piano lessons at 39. I want to learn to play the banjo, possibly the violin. I have many more books I want to write. I want to walk the green fields of Ireland, cuddle a koala in Australia. I want to pan for gold in the Yukon, eat fresh lobster in Nova Scotia. I want to golf in Hawaii and zip line again on Vancouver Island. I want to see the Grand Canyon, the pyramids of Egypt. There are just so many things to see, and do.
I want to watch my daughters grow up, go to college or university, get married . I want to be a grandma some day. I want to one day be that cute little old lady that everyone thinks is so cute! I want to be the like the older lady in the coffee shop who once asked me if I was going to put her in my books, could I make her loose! Here! Here!
But I can’t do that if I don’t age, so bring on 40 I say as it means I’m still alive and I still have lots to look forward to! So do you hide your age or wear it with pride?
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