Rhonda’s Blog

I’ve been fiddling around for awhile, trying this and that. I’ve finally completed my first book for Kindle “The Unexpected Love” which will be published under my maiden name Rhonda Cronkhite.

This book is special to me. I married the most popular, most handsome, and nicest boy around. At least George Woodworth was all of that, and more, to me. We dated for two years and were married for one year when he drowned while we were supposed to be having a barbecue. Our son was five weeks old. I’ve always been thankful for those three beautiful years, my proof that there is such a thing as ‘true love.’

My second husband, Don Tardif, died unexpectedly in 2011 and I struggled with letting myself grieve. I really didn’t want to go there…it hurts too much. I did what I call taking it in small doses. As I sat musing and refusing one day, I wondered what it would have been like if George and I had met at this point in our lives – certainly a more mature point. I’m silly, I know, but I’ll just tell you what I thought. That would mean he’d have been married to someone else all these years, and I didn’t like that thought one bit! I couldn’t have it both ways though, and I’m a dreamer. I pictured him knocking on my door one day and what it would be like. It didn’t take long for a story to start taking shape in my mind.

So that’s the story I wrote, how we’d be today. It’s told through the mature characters of Maggie LaHaye and Peter Weatherburn. George was so near perfect that he wouldn’t have had to change too much. But I’d certainly be different, not the dumb nit wit I was back then, walking around in George’s shadow, not using my own mind. Well, you’ll find out that Maggie LaHaye sure knows how to use her mind, and her tongue. She can actually be a brat sometimes, and no such notion would have ever crossed my mind back then.

You can find out more about the story at The Unexpected Love

new cover touched upI have a few other titles up my sleeve, but hopefully they won’t take so long to get finished. You can always check at Rhonda Cronkhite and see how my writing is coming along.

RhondaTardif.com will be my main website, leading to all my other sites.

My biggest online project will be Embracing Life’s Curveballs. I hope to have the site ready in a few months. I’ll be dealing with the curveballs that I have experience with, grief, bipolar disorder and paralysis (especially that of your child.)

I was quite young when I was hit with the first of these wicked balls, just twenty years old. I’ve learned how to persevere and come out stronger and I’d like to help others who are dealing with these tough issues. I’ve written a book on How To Embrace Your Life that I’ll be giving away. I’ll be writing a book on each of these three issues, interviewing people dealing with these things, and hosting webinars.

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September 29, 2014

I’ve taken a break from my writing. Sometimes life just gets in the way…especially when you’re a procrastinator like I am. I’ve decided it’s time to get back at it.

My dad lived with me for a few years and he passed away in June. I started a new day job in July, so that’s part of my excuse. I’m working at the new Sarah Tracy Center for women with addictions. I like helping people who have problems. I wonder why? It’s very interesting work.

I’ve edited and deleted and added and started all over again with my story until I’ve made it the best that I can make it. It’s a far better story than the forty pages I started out with three years ago. I’ve sent it to the hall of the critics and have humbly taken most of the advice given to me.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to use my own judgment on a couple of things. One is including a picture in the book. It is a work of fiction, but it is our story, told in a very real way, with most of the incidents actually happening. If I was reading the story, I’d want to know what the people looked like, so I’ve included a picture of George and me.

The other thing, I didn’t make them fight. 🙂 Not with themselves, or anyone else. Because they didn’t. I thought it would mar the story. I could have created more tension between Maggie and Peter’s daughter, Kendra, but I’m happy with it the way it is. So hopefully the readers are too.

I’m having a few people read the story, for feedback and reviews. One lady said she couldn’t put it down and it’s as good as Janette Oke’s. You know I didn’t believe that for an instant…I’ve read lots of Janette Oke and mine isn’t near that good. But I did enjoy the compliment. Another friend is reading it now…she was twelve or thirteen when George and I were dating. She said when she puts the book down, she feels like she’s in a twilight zone because it seems so real, and yet different. I was surprised when she said that our relationship had a huge impact on her back then as she watched it unfold. She had given me a little plastic key, probably from a bubble gum machine and said it was the key to George’s heart. I’ve kept it all these years. I asked her recently if she remembers it. She said she doesn’t really remember the key but what she does remember is how much I had his heart. That warmed my heart. I guess it feels good when someone else remembers it the way I do…a beautiful relationship.key georges heartI have some more work to do on my website and final editing, but I’m hoping to get it on Kindle in the next couple of months.

I’ll let you know when I get there.

All the best

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January 15, 2015

Finally! My book is on Kindle. It will take a few hours before it is available, but it’s a good feeling to finally get it finished.

Now I need to get it ready for CreateSpace, for those who would like to have a “real” book in their hands. And then, I’m making an audio for those who don’t want to be bothered reading or who like to listen as they drive.

It’s been a lot of hard work, but fun at the same time.

I hope you enjoy the story, and don’t disown me after you find out who I really am! I’ve decided that, as Maggie says, I really don’t care what anyone thinks anymore. I’m only going through life once and I’ve spent way too much time already being concerned about everyone else’s opinion.

March 17, 2015

One thing is for sure, no one ever said I wasn’t a procrastinator! Especially when things get tough. The first time around is quite often tough. I did get my book on kindle, but the images just wouldn’t do what they were supposed to do. I guess they were like me and had a mind of their own, but I finally got them under control. Thanks to the great support from KDP. I should have asked for help in the first place instead of looking all over the internet and trying to figure it out on my own.

Now, it’s back to CreateSpace.

If you’d like to have the kindle version, click right here and you’ll be able to make your purchase from Amazon.
The Unexpected Love An Old Fashioned Love Story

Stay tuned if you’re looking for a ‘real’ book to hold in your hands.

Do leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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