Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gratitude blog hop Nov 16th

Yes! It's the Gratitude Blog Hop, courtesy of WoMen's Literary Cafe. I'm thanking Melissa Foster for sharing this wondering post. And for offering a free book--read on to find out more (and leave a comment with your email address).

In fact, lots of authors are offering free gifts today, so just follow the links, enjoy some wonderful posts, and add these gifts of Gratitude to your reading list.

Gratitude, by Melissa Foster

If you are following our blog hop, then you are reading many blogs about gratitude. I’m going to present this one from a little different slant. Enjoy!

G – Giving without expecting something in return is the best gift of all.

R – Receiving is a sign that you are appreciated. Share it with someone else. Pay—it-forward

A – Appreciation can be shown in many forms; a smile, a thank you, a gift, or even just a wave. It’s easy to do. Reach out, show your appreciation for others.

T – Thanking someone is one way to show you appreciate them. Sometimes, a thank you is nice to receive when you haven’t done anything other than being you. Perhaps you can share that with someone today.

I – Including others in your life and in your success is a wonderful gift. Try it.

T – Tell someone what you like about them for no reason at all—you’ll make their day.

U – Unhappiness comes from within. Helping others can help your happiness. Try it.

D – Delve deep into why you do things—is it for others or for yourself? If it’s all for you, change it up a bit. You might find greater results.

E – Expecting friends to help you is not being a true friend. Expecting yourself to help others is. Know the difference. Share your love.

A little preachy? Maybe, but it’s from the heart and I hope you enjoy it as well as the free books you receive on our gratitude blog tour. We are truly grateful for all of the support we receive from readers, bloggers, authors, and friends. WoMen’s Literary CafĂ© ( is all about giving back. Join us!

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"—Author Jennie Shortridge

"Foster's latest novel is in the same league as books written by such authors as Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, and Kristin Hannah."--Author Carrie Green

Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, Megan's Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, and the WoMen's Literary Cafe, a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan's Way, and hard at work on her next novel. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
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Thanks to the author, I'm able to offer a free ecopy of Megan's way to everyone who comments here today. Just make sure I have, or can find your email address.

Meanwhile, enjoy jumping to the next stop on your blog hop tour.


Paula said...

very cool gratitude post love it

Leah Griffith said...

Create post on gratitude! I particularly liked the "E" ;)
Thanks Melissa!

James said...

Very nice Melissa. Great post.

Cristina said...

Thank you, Melissa for a lovely post. Thanks to Sheila for hosting. It's my first Blog Hop, and I'm loving it.

J. A. Bennett said...

I LOVED this! I didn't think it was preachy at all. The last E was my favorite :)

Thinkhappy said...

I'm so happy you liked my post! Thank you! You'll each receive a free copy of MEGAN'S WAY! Sheila, our gracious host, will be sending them out to you.

Paula, my friend, I'm so happy to see you here!

Leah and J.A., so happy you liked my "E"!

James, Christina, thank you for stopping by. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Read on...

Anonymous said...

'Tell someone what you like about them for no reason at all—you’ll make their day.'

Oh but I'm selfish...I like to see those smiles. :D

Lovely poem. Preach away sistah. Preach away.

I already entered for Chasing Amanda. Don't want to be a Greedy Gus.

Carrie Green, said...

Melissa, you are a true inspiration to the writing community--you sincerely talk the talk and walk the walk. Thanks for your example! Cheers, Carrie

Emerald Barnes said...

Amazingly wonderful post! Melissa is always thinking up wonderful ways to give back! I wouldn't be where I am now without her guidance and help!

Pam Young said...

I got all your books on your book launch, but want to say a word about your post: Clever!

Janet said...

I love Melissa Foster and would love a copy of her book!! I'm reading Come Back to Me now!! Thank you for participating in this event and thank you to all the authors for giving away books!!

Donna said...

I love what Melissa did with Gratitude! Great blog and I'm following and visiting from the hop. Be sure and stop by for a free book on my blog today. Donna

LizzieBeth said...

Beautiful post, Melissa. Very inspirational. Thank you kindly for putting this blog hop together.

Sheila Deeth said...

Help! I forgot to ask for emails. You can tell I'm new at this blog hop thing. If you left a comment without an email and want the code for Megan's Way, please leave another comment with your address. Many thanks! (And many apologies--strange how easily they go with gratitude.)

aobibliophile™ said...

hi Melissa! that was a very creative way of talking about gratitude. it was also very inspiring. thanks for being gracious as well. c",)


Thinkhappy said...

Sheila, you can click on their names and track back to their blogs:-) Thank you for being such a gracious host. We're all new at things at some point:-)

Lmbrunken said...

Loving yhis hop. Thank you!

Espana said...

Melissa Foster is so effective at creating not only memorable characters, but people I really start to care about. In some ways, I am sad when her book(s) end! This book did not disappoint. Chasing Amanda had me guessing and trying to figure out what was REALLY happening.