Moving on…

The other day, I sold my car. It was a good car and it served me well for the eight years that I owned it. It made many things possible including a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, several trips to Kentucky, and numerous outings across the state of Ohio. I spend a lot of time in my car, so it was important to have a reliable mode of transportation. It wasn’t always possible for me to trust the car I was driving, but this one was a blessing and I’m happy to have been able to drive it for as long as I did. Now, someone else will have the opportunity to drive her around.

Why did I get rid of it? Well, I had put as much money into the car as I wanted to put into it. I had wanted a newer car for a while and it just so happened that a newer vehicle presented itself for pretty much the same price as what I could get out of the old car. It worked out so well that I’m sure it was meant to be. I now have a car that I can put a few more miles on without feeling like I’m pushing it too far. And I’m not really out anything. I’ve still got lots of great memories from a car that served me well. Hard to believe I had the thing for over eight years. I’ve never had any car for that long and it was the first one that I’d been able to completely pay off. But it was time. As with all things, there comes a time when we outgrow the old and we must allow ourselves to step into the new. Even though it may look very similar to what we were already doing, the very act of taking a slightly different step helps to prepare us for the next level of challenges we must face.

I can’t wait see where we go from here!

Left. Old car. Right. New car.

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All the Scary Things – Anxiety, Abuse, Bullying

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Big News~Rona is relocating!

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Starting just the other day, the Rona Shively Stories is being re-released through Books from Higher Ground!  Rona’s publisher, will be closing its doors in September of this year and so, in order to ensure that Rona’s stories stay available, I have decided to re-release the books under my new publishing company, Books from Higher Ground!  This independent publishing company is not yet accepting book submissions from other authors, but plans to in the near future.  Until then, Books from Higher Ground is accepting submissions for its very first anthology until June 10th!  The anthology will feature stories about women who have either helped or hindered our progress.  We’re asking for your best 500 word story about a woman who has had a significant impact on your life; whether that be a good impact or a bad one.  Those selected will receive a free copy of the anthology.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Higher Ground Ministries.

It has long been my intention that the Rona Shively Stories would support the efforts of this women’s empowerment ministry.  Rona is a strong woman who has been through many challenges.  She’s the perfect woman to support Higher Ground and her stories are a great testimony about women overcoming obstacles.  If you haven’t already bought your copies, you can buy them at!  Both In the Wash and Under Lock and Key are now available for just $8.95 plus shipping.

In the Wash 2013Under Lock and Key 2013

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A Fun Time was had by all…

at my very first Tea & Mystery discussion on Thursday, August 28th. There was a wonderful group of people assembled at the New Carlisle Public Library in New Carlisle, OH. We talked about mystery books and why we love to read them. We talked a little about the mystery films and television shows that we enjoy and we even solved a mystery together! Congratulations goes to Elizabeth Shoemaker (pictured below)! She was the winner of the Whodunit contest and took home her very own Rona Shively T-Shirt!

It was nice to spend the evening with people who enjoy reading mysteries as much as I do. We had a very lively conversation about the different types of mysteries out there and were even able to give one another recommendations on other mystery authors we might enjoy reading.

My next Tea & Mystery event will be at the Clark County Public Library in Springfield, OH on September 10th at 7 p.m. If you would like to attend, call for details on how to register. The number is (937) 328-6903.

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