By Deirdre, Administrative Assistant, Harlequin Editorial
That’s not something you would normally hear me say, but after getting through the darkest January we’ve had in Toronto for twenty years, I’m ready for a change. Good thing, too, because I’ve just sold my condo and am about to move to a new city.
I’ve experienced quite a lot of change in recent years. It’s given me a new perspective on change and my ability to adapt when things get, uh, unusual. “When one door closes. . .“ and whatnot.
For example, I never imagined a late-life career move would lead me to the editorial department at Harlequin, and that’s been a wonderful experience, especially since my position was made permanent last spring! That was super exciting, and I drove from the office to my sister’s house and knocked on her door, offer letter in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other.
Change can bring anxiety, confusion and chaos, but it can also bring complexity, depth and beauty. Without change—and without seeking change by heading down an unfamiliar path—we don’t grow. As Bernard Lowe points out in Westworld, evolution happens when mistakes occur. Or, in the words of James Joyce, mistakes “are the portals to discovery.” (I got that on a fortune cookie once.)
I think a lot of the political turmoil in North America right now comes from a fear of change. But maybe if we listened to each other more (and shouted on the internet less), we could find thoughtful solutions to our social problems together. The ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes can go a long way towards turning anger into compassion. (Yay, books and the world of the imagination!)
Still, sometimes it’s nice to not have to be brave, to feel certain that everything’s going to work out fine. Thank goodness we have authors to give us the happy endings we crave. So why not enjoy four new Heartwarming romances! This month we have new titles from Karen Rock, Patricia Forsythe, Cheryl Harper and Cynthia Thomason.
Hmm, I should probably pack some of my books and start thinking about where I’m going to live in three months. . .I’m sure everything will be fine, right?