Looking at interesting holidays and celebrations is fun. I have often blogged about unusual or obscure holidays that coincide with my blog post days. May 27th this year finds two little-known but important holidays, World MS Day and National Senior and Health Fitness Day. These days aren’t always on the 27th, but on the last Wednesday of May. However, I’m not going to go into detail about them. If you are interested in learning more about them, you can click on the links.
Today I’d like to talk about May as National Bike Month. Here I am ready to take a ride.
I live near Tucson, Arizona, where they have the El Tour de Tucson, an annual bicycle race. I do not ride in this event. In fact, I don’t make as much use of my bike as I should, but there are many, many people in the area who ride daily. It is not unusual to see bicyclist riding in the numerous bike lanes around town.
What does bicycling have to do with writing or books? In my case, I’m working on a new novel, A LOVE TO CALL MINE, which is set in Massachusetts where they hold the Pan Massachusetts Challenge. It is a bike ride used to raise money for cancer research. My heroine, Heather Watson, is an oncology nurse, and she rides in this event in memory of her grandfather, who died from cancer.
I learned about the Pan Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) from a neighbor we had when we lived in Massachusetts. When she first participated in the event, she asked me to be one of her sponsors as she rode to honor her step-mother who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Last year she rode in memory of her brother who died from cancer. Millions of dollars have been raised for cancer research by the people who ride in the PMC.
Have you ever participated in a fundraising event? What was it for, and what did you do?
After serving six years in prison for the false charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Kurt Jansen must overcome a world of bitterness if he wants to start a new life. But his first priority is securing a restoration job to pay a private investigator to find the real killer and a lawyer to get his kids back.
Hiring a convicted wife-killer isn’t what kind-hearted Molly Finnerty bargains for as part of the prison ministry she supports. However, she begins to believe Kurt’s claim of innocence and gradually finds a great deal to like about him—perhaps more to like than she should.
Can they overcome the past and find forgiveness and love?