New Year, New Decade
New Year’s Eve 2018, I was in the ER with one of my sisters who had become very ill and it would take her several months to recover and, fortunately, she did. I remember the snow/freezing rain that came through that evening as 2018 was ending. I also left a position I had been at for five years and was trying to balance being a caregiver to my sister, elderly mother and beginning a new job and, of course, squeezing in some writing time. As this year comes to an end and although 2019 didn’t start off very well for my family and me, I learned to appreciate the precious things in life like family, friends and good work relationships. 2019 wasn’t always easy but it was a good year too because Inanna Publications brought my novel “The Allspice Bath” into the world. Warmest thanks to my extraordinary editor Luciana Ricciutelli, my amazing publicist Renée Knapp, the talented designer Val Fullard and the wonderful team at Inanna Publications for believing in my work and guiding this book into publication. I also want to thank Dr. Lamees Al Ethari, Terri Favro, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Anita Kushwaha, Debra Martens, Dimitri Nasrallah, and Ian Thomas Shaw for generously reading the manuscript and providing great endorsements. And to my dear readers, thank you for holding the book in your hands and for journeying into Adele’s world. Many thanks to those who have bought the book, spread the fame, liked or shared on social media. Finally, gratitude and love to my family and friends for always encouraging me. Here’s to a New Year and new decade! May it be filled with good health, happiness and books!