Down and Out

On Monday, October 4th, 2021, Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp all went down. Users were out of the social loop, unable to connect with friends or family on any or either of the apps they’d come to rely on, especially during a world-wide pandemic when we’re all encouraged to remain home, not travel, and limit our social outings to small groups of the same people.

Facebook, IG, and or Whatsapp is how many people stay connected with long-distance friends, and family members, people like my mom.

My mom is a senior who doesn’t own, and doesn’t want to own a smartphone, and incur its requisite expenses. A pensioner, she lives alone by choice, and has health problems that reduce her emotional and physical capacity for social outings; she’s come to rely on her tablet and Facebook to connect with me, her grandkids, and other family and friends when telephone chats are inconvenient. Besides, she loves the video feature in Messenger that permits her to see her loved ones while talking to them. So when the mighty giants of social media go dark, her world, like may other people’s worlds, gets a little dimmer. Mine does too, though I have options.

I own a smartphone. I can connect with friends, family members, and professional groups via text, or Zoom. But my readers … My darling readers…

My author page is hosted on Facebook. When Facebook face plants, it crashes my site with it. But friends, there’s a solution!

You don’t have to rely on Facebook to get your updates about me, or my books. Simply subscribe to my newsletter, and once a month I’ll send you a quick personal, and professional update. I also host contests, and or polls, share snippets of yet-to-be published works and other behind-the-scenes tidbits, and I alert readers when any of my books go on sale. Plus, subscribers get early peeks at new book covers, and chances to win new releases written by me, or by other authors.

So please, sign up below to join my Essential Romance newsletter and remain enlightened on all my essential romance news even if the mighty giants fall, never to get back up.


Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.

Thornton Wilder

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