Lessons I Learned From My Heroines by Sheila Roberts – guest blog and giveaway

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Lessons I learned from my heroines
The three friends in my book SMALL CHANGE have problems. Money problems. Well, and love problems, too. These women have a lot to learn about money… and love. And in writing their stories I found there was a lot I could learn.

From Rachel I learned that parental guilt spending is not a healthy pursuit. Rachel is divorced and on a tight budget. Still, it’s so hard to say no when her kids ask for money or a treat. Her rotten ex-husband always seems to come up with money to make visits to him fun while here she is at home trying to make her salary and child support money stretch and feeling like a meanie every time she has to say no. Have you ever been motivated by parental guilt to spend money you shouldn’t? I think we all have at some time or other. But as I wrote Rachel’s story this truth was reinforced to me: love is about more than giving people things, it’s about what we give of ourselves, the time we spend and what we do together that really counts.

Tiffany is probably my favorite character. She’s a shopaholic, and I can identity with her more than I like to admit. Tiffany has trouble resisting a sale. And spending gives her a buzz. (Can anyone identify with that?) It also makes up for the void left in her life after she lost a baby. But all this spending isn’t helping the family budget. And it sure isn’t helping her relationship with her husband. Ah, it’s so easy to rationalize buying those goodies. I know. I can find a reason to buy anything. I know we’ll use this a lot … My closet needs updating … I’d be crazy not to get this while it’s on sale. I wonder where Tiffany got these ideas. Oh, yeah. Me. I’ve always been the queen of the rationalizers when it comes to spending money. But, as with Tiffany, my spending habits got out of control and I had to reel myself in. Tiffany is going to learn that a bargain is not a bargain if you can’t afford it. And that’s something I remind myself a lot these days.

From Jess I learned that a girl should never give up on her dreams. Jess’s whole life turns sideways when her husband’s job at the bank dries up. She never entered the work force before and even sticking a toe in the water is terrifying. But Jess finds a way to make a little extra money and make her dreams come true.

From all three women I learned that girlfriend power is the best tool for dealing with life’s problems. Just as my three characters banded together to help each other through their financial and romantic crises, my girlfriends and I have helped support each other in making life changes. It’s so much easier to resist pulling out your charge card and spending like you’re in Congress when you have a girlfriend alongside you asking, “Is this in your budget?”

One last thing my characters taught me: when you make enough small changes in your life they can add up to a big difference. We can set goals and achieve them, and the best way to get from here to there is one step at a time.

I hope, if you read this book and there are some life changes you need to make that Rachel, Tiffany, and Jess will inspire you to make the kind of lifestyle changes that will add up to a big difference.

About the Author:2_10 AuthorPicSheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children.

Writing since 1989, Sheila’s books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network, and her novel THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS has just been optioned for film. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

website: http://www.sheilasplace.com

find me on Facebook as Sheila Roberts, author

Twitter: _Sheila_Roberts

2_10 Cover_Small ChangeTake a trip to the charming little town of Heart Lake, and meet three best friends you’ll never forget. . . .

Rachel, Jessica, and Tiffany have major money problems. Tiffany’s whipped out the plastic one too many times, and now a mountain of debt has come crashing down on her. Jessica’s husband has lost his job, thrusting this longtime stay-at-home mom out into the cold, cruel workforce. And Rachel’s divorce transformed her from an upper-middle-class mom to a strapped-for-cash divorcée. So the three women start a financial support group called the Small Change Club—vowing to bring balance back to their checkbooks…and, in turn, their lives. Along the way they learn some valuable lessons—that friendship is an investment that keeps on growing and that sometimes love, like a loose coin, can be found in the most unexpected places…

“Roberts’s trademark humor and memorable characters wrestling with real-life issues add up to a novel that will make readers smile and wish for more.”—BookPage

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Comments

  1. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Interesting author bi~ kudos! Thx for sharing.

  2. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Forgot my email, lol
    ilookfamous@yahoo.com

  3. Thank you for hosting

  4. Oh my GOSH! I’m SUCH a tiffany. Shopaholic…um…yes. I’ve been fighting with my guy because we’re going to his sister’s wedding and to me, all I see is :new dress, new shoes, accessories! lol!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • I’m a bit of a Tiffany, too Andralynn. 🙂 But right now, with all the sales going on, this is a good time for shopping. I just scored a cashmere sweater last weekend for $25 and saved $100. Woohoo!

  5. What a great post, I can’t wait to read the book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  6. I like the sound of your characters!

  7. Interesting lessons

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Thanks for having me today!

  9. Carol Courreges says:

    LOL, I can relate to these characters on so many levels!

  10. Carol Courreges says:

    I can relate to these characters on so many levels ! LOL

  11. Margaret Dombrowski says:

    I have loved all your books and I look forward to reading them. Your stories stay with us. I just finished reading What She Wants. This was such a great story from the guys point of view!!

  12. Virginia Lloyd says:

    It is hard to resist grocery sales…the only way I can resist is just not go into town…getting someone else to pick up my milk and bread. Saying that, I just blew my budget at the grocery…rationalizing that I would not need to buy meats for a month or two…unless they have roasts ‘buy one get one for a penny’ again! Sighing…

  13. Sheila’s books are wonderful and can usually relate with at least one if not more characters. Love the “girlfriends” – don’t have enough GOOD ONES in my life. I like to believe I’m a spend-thrift – but always looking for that GREAT deal.

  14. cindy reifel says:

    Can’t wait to read Small Change.

  15. Laurie Kenny says:

    Very interesting !! I can relate to them So I buying the book today

  16. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    My biggest problem is coupons! I can’t resist using coupons, even if it’s something I don’t really need or may never use.

  17. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    My biggest problem is coupons! I can’t resist a coupon, whether it’s something I need or will use, or will never use. It drives my husband crazy!

  18. Crystal Napper says:

    Have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The nice thing about Sheila’s books is that I can always relate to the characters and they feel like friends.

  19. Jamie Steadman says:

    I love your books because I can relate to what some of your characters are going through.

  20. Great post!
    Small Change sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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