I do! Her name was Sharon, and she passed away. We met when I was twelve. My message is not intended to be one of sadness. It is one I cherish, and even through grief, there was love. I’m honored to have had so many years by Sharon's side. April is her birthday, and I wanted to honor our love and friendship with the letter I wrote below. When you find that special friendship, they are irreplaceable.
My dearest Sharon,
I miss you every day. I think about so many memories that I hold dear, our private jokes, and stories only you and I share. I’m so grateful we got to spend precious time together before you passed away. We said it all.
I’ll never forget you sitting on my lap and telling me I was a sister to you, and when you told me I was the "bestest" friend in the world. We were sisters of the soul. You were always the first person I wanted to call when I had something to share or when I needed an ear to listen. Not to mention the hours we spent on the phone! How we talked about books, your favorite authors, and how you rooted for me to finish writing my first book. I know that was you looking over my shoulder the day I typed The End and published my first book. Thank you for believing in me. With your love of historical romance, I was so excited to meet your favorite author a few years back and receive a signed paperback from this author in your honor.
Thank you for giving me one of life’s most precious gifts. You taught me how to be a good friend. I learned to so much from you, but most of all, you taught me how to laugh with your honesty and teasing. I will forever be grateful for our friendship that spanned over forty years. You made a difference in my life, and it was my honor and a privilege to love you. I promise to live my life to the fullest.
Your bestest friend, Jodi
The last message I received from Sharon was a text of an Aristotle quote that I shared below.
In our romance novels, we tend to have a best or close friend that our main characters rely on, share their ups and downs, and celebrate those special moments. I bet most of us have incorporated some of the qualities of our best friend into these characters. Just another way we may honor them!
To those we cherish,
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A tragic past. A mysterious, fascinating woman. And a deadly new case.
Firefighter Engineer Jackson “Jax” Honeycutt thought he found the woman who could finally chase away the ghosts of his uncle and aunt’s untimely deaths.
But he’s stunned when she simply disappears . . .
Even though he imagines hearing her voice everywhere he goes, he’s determined to focus on his career.
Elite first responder Andrea Roberts has fought hard for her career. Still pining for the man she has loved from afar, she treasures the few intimate hours they enjoy together before she rebuffs his advances. Determined to keep him safe, she conceals her identity and walks away from a chance for love.
As Jax pursues answers that could get his family killed, his dreams come to life when Andrea unexpectedly returns to his arms. But as their passionate affair heats up, neither can foresee an old pain twisting into a looming threat.
As the odds stack up against them and danger lurks around every corner, Jax and Andrea must find a way to hold onto their budding romance if they have any chance of saving each other.
Reading a romance novel is like going on a relationship joy ride. The twists and turns, the slow points, the quickening of pace and heartbeat—the love story is a pleasure to be along for.
But I want to celebrate another relationship that shows up in romance novels: friendship. Now, there are a lot of great "friends to lovers" books, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m celebrating the best friendships in romance novels, the platonic network of side characters who help make the romance happen.
U.S. Navy SEAL Ashe "Kid Chaos" Wilder doesn’t do sedate, so packing a novel and namby-pamby sunscreen for a Caribbean vacation doesn’t float his boat. Instead, he’s going to ride down the world’s most dangerous road on a mountain bike through the treacherous Andes in the wilds of Bolivia. His now ex-girlfriend thinks that he is much too crazy for her, and, sadly Ashe hasn’t found the right woman to understand or tolerate his daredevil proclivities until he runs smack dab into Paige Sinclair. She’s not only as audacious as he is, but their chemistry is off the charts.
NCIS agent Paige Sinclair is undercover in La Paz, Bolivia. She’s been tasked with investigating one of the co-owners, a former CIA operator, of a tour company for his possible involvement in arms theft that left two MPs dead. When she meets Ashe, and sparks fly, she loses her head and has a thing with him, not expecting it would go anywhere, her job took up all her time. Except when the investigation heats up, she’s thrilled to have a well-trained Navy SEAL covering her back. As they join in battle to find the weapons and stop the bad guys from selling them to terrorists, those sparks turn into a flame that could heat up the Andes.
Miles of muscles. Cocky as a god. Alpha TROUBLE . . .
Jackson’s the best disaster a girl could run into.
Eight pack abs. Hang-on-baby biceps. Devil-may-care-panty-dropping grin.
Then he goes and saves me. Not once. But twice.
So an affair with Jackson was perfect. No strings. No complicated messes.
My protective walls would keep doing their job.
But turns out Jackson’s touch unraveled my orderly world from the inside out. Only as my walls come down, his go up.
Can my scars and his untethered life mesh?
Fire fuses some things and tears other things in half. But the heat’s got to get really hot to find out which will happen to us.
From the queen of smoking hot action adventure romance Jenna Gunn - an alpha rescuer first lover romance set in on the beautiful beaches of Outer Banks or North Carolina.. Full of unexpected twists, window-steaming heat, and a hero so tasty you’ll be sizzling for days. A full length book with a happy ever after that will send you dreaming.
If you haven’t had the chance to celebrate your best friend lately, you’re not alone. We are all missing our besties (especially right now) and probably just want to give them a big squeeze! Luckily, right around the corner is one of our favorite holidays - National Best Friends Day falls on June 8th.
We’ve curated ideas for how to celebrate together or apart this Best Friends Day to make sure you spend the day how you deserve – best friend style!