I'm New Here. Is it Coincidence, or Fate?
by Gay Yellen
When two random and unrelated events combine to create something truly fun, it makes me wonder. How does this kind of luck happen? Is it just a coincidence? Or is it something more?
Weeks before that e-mail arrived, the new cover image for The Body Business, Book #1 in my Samantha Newman Mystery Series, was approved. Back then, only the designer, my publisher, and I knew what it looked like.
So, what were the chances that the book's cover featured a pair of red stilettos?
The book was released in July. This was the first shipment:
This kind of convergence always makes my ears tingle. Was a special alignment of heavenly bodies beaming down a message to me, whispering, Go for it?
Of course, the rational-thinking me knows that the planets don't care a fig about things like this. Yet my mind still wants to believe. Red stilettos. Has to be a sign, right?
Synchronicity, or serendipity? Who cares if it came on the tail of a comet or only by chance. I took the invitation as a good omen.
Therefore, I hereby declare this day of my first Stiletto Gang post to be Happy Happenstance Day. And I'm kicking up my killer red heels (metaphorically speaking) to celebrate the writer/colleagues and readers I hope to meet here.
As a book lover, I’m buoyed by a community of readers who enjoy books as much as I do. As an author, I’m grateful for the generosity of fellow writers. To Kathryn Lane, Saralyn Richard, and Debra Goldstein, thanks for welcoming me into the Stiletto family. I look forward to meeting more Gang members and getting to know our readers.
Happy happenstances, whether meaningful or trivial, deserve our gratitude, especially in these difficult days. Let’s count them among our blessings. And let's always stay open to new possibilities, heaven-sent, or otherwise.
Has a pleasant coincidence or a lucky chance in your life seemed like a message from the universe? Say hello and tell us about it!