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A Personal Note

There are thousands of people who follow me through this blog and other forms of social media.

THANK YOU.

Some of you have followed me since the publication of my very first book, A Good Home. You and newer friends rejoiced with me when both it, and the sequel, An Honest House, were positively reviewed by critics and well received by book lovers. 

Book Cover final - AHH

 Then, when my first children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published, you helped make it an immediate bestseller through your purchases, posts, and reviews.

Blog Photo - Book Cover Myrtle the Purple Turtle

THANK YOU.

You haven’t only celebrated with me; you’ve also “accompanied” me to hospitals, commiserated when I pushed myself too hard and relapsed yet again, prayed for my husband when he was critically ill, and encouraged us on some of our worst days.

THANK YOU.

So you may be wondering what on earth has happened to the Cynthia Reyes you know. 

What happened to the woman who proudly wears her sister’s second-hand clothes, fails spectacularly at the domestic arts of cooking, baking and making Christmas arrangements, then writes ridiculous poems or other funny posts to make you laugh at her?

Blog Photo - Christmas Arrangement

And why the heck has she seemingly returned to somewhat-serious journalism in the last week or so? Writing about — of all things — a royal couple?

No, I haven’t gone off the deep end. Nor have I gone back to journalism, which some would say is the same thing. But about every two years or so, I find a story that fascinates me so much, I go through the pain and anxiety of researching and writing a whole blog series about it.

Such is the case with the story of the large and interesting international group which has been waging a fierce online defense of Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) against their detractors. That same group surprised onlookers recently by holding a very successful online event to aid charities associated with the couple.

Like Harry and Meghan, this group has the potential to do much good in the world — if they play their cards right. I have enjoyed watching them in action.

Now the series is almost complete, with only one final part to add.  I hope, whether you are a longtime follower or a new one, you will find it interesting.

If you don’t, bear with me, please. 

The Cynthia Reyes you know is still here — she has not “left the building”.  I’ll have personal and author news to share soon, and I look forward to reading your updates too.

My best wishes,

Cynthia.

 

 

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Myrtle Makes “The List”

The news today is that Myrtle has made “The List” — CQI Magazine’s list of must-read books. This is thrilling news indeed and we are very grateful.

At the end of the year, I also want to warmly acknowledge:

  • Reviewers and journalists who’ve shone a spotlight on Myrtle the Purple Turtle and helped make it a bestseller
  • Book-buyers who purchased a copy for their family, friends, local schools, libraries and charities — and some who sent me such delightful photos
  • Teachers who are using Myrtle to instil in their students the value of compassion, respect, self-acceptance and friendship 
  • Librarians who have bought copies of the book for their members
  • All of you who have supported my family and illustrator Jo Robinson along our unusual journey to publishing the story of Myrtle. That includes you — my blogging, Facebook and Twitter friends, who have cheered us on.

THANK YOU!

I wish you a healthy and rewarding new year.