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Ah, September, the month that leads us directly into autumn, with all its glorious colors, cooler temperatures, and spicy scents. And is it any wonder, when the name, itself, is from the Latin septum, meaning ‘seven,’ chosen when the Roman calendar had only ten months. Its birthstone is the sapphire, which pairs well with the aster and morning glory, both enjoyed by Virgos and Libras alike.
You’re no doubt aware that, once upon a time, the ancient Romans observed Ludi Romani, in honor of Julius Caesar (born on September 4th). And according to Charlemagne’s calendar, September was known as “the harvest month.”
But did you know that September is a surname? And that there are thousands of kids running around the playground whose pals call them September? (Or Ember, Tember, Em, and Emmy.) The lead character in Catherynne M. Valente’s novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making? Yup. September.
National holidays in September include Labor Day on the 4th (US and Canada), and Patriot’s Day on the 11th. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the 22nd is the official First Day of Fall.
The American rock band Green Day recorded a song titled “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Then there’s just plain “September,” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. And what list would be complete without Neil Diamond’s moving “September Morn”!
On a more serious note, September 14th is National Stand Up to Cancer Day. Since Loree has been battling Multiple Myeloma since October, 2015, she has donated a generous portion of her Heartwarming novels’ proceeds to the American Cancer Society. (Raising Connor, Devoted to Drew, Saving Alyssa [A Child to Love series], Once a Marine, Sweet Mountain Rancher, The Firefighter’s Refrain [Those Marshall Boys series], The Man She Knew, Bringing Rosie Home, The Redemption of Lillie Rourke [By Way of the Lighthouse series]).
Our favorite autumn notation? This month’s tasty recipe … Big Soft Ginger Cookies!
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And be sure to check out Loree's next Heartwarming novel, releasing this winter:
BRINGING ROSIE HOME (By Way of the Lighthouse series)
Can a little child heal years of hurt?
During a preschool field trip, chaperone Rena VanMeter turned her head for a split second, and in that second, her three year old daughter was kidnapped. When the police gave up hope of finding Rosie, Rena and her husband Grant hired private detectives, whose searches proved futile.
As the months crawled by, Grant refused to accept that their precious child might be dead. Rena, much to his disappointment, seemed to have adjusted to the agonizing possibility. He might have felt the same way…if he’d been responsible for Rosie’s abduction. What he didn’t know was that Rena had hidden her grief and guilt in the hope of helping him heal. But after a painful year of trying—and failing—she decided that Grant would be better off without her, and left him to pick up the pieces of her broken life on Fenwick Island.
Five years after the kidnapping, a phone call changes everything: Rosie has been found! Grant and Rena decide that a reunion is best for their traumatized girl.
Is forgiveness impossible, or will their love for Rosie—and memories of the love they once shared—become the bridge that truly reunites them?
(Cover reveal coming soon!)
Until next month, we wish you brightly-leafed trees, light breezes, and the scent of woodstove fires!
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. A Song for Rory, Book #2 in her "A Findlay Roads Story" series, is her fourth Harlequin Heartwarming novel.
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