The moment when life changes and nothing is the same…

Life can plod along without changing for a while (sometimes for a long while). Every day seems to repeat the previous one. And then you make a choice or something happens, and whamo everything changes. Not just circumstances, but your life. You. You are not the same person inside, you view the world through a different lens, you follow a different path. It’s like you went to bed one evening, and woke up the next morning in a different place.

Like road signs, these events mark when your life veered off in a different direction. When you look back years later you can zero in on them and say, yep, that’s when everything changed.

These occurrences can be planned, even ritualized, events such as a high school or college graduation, a marriage, or they can seemingly hit you when you’re unaware: a cancer diagnosis, the sudden death of loved one, the loss of a job.

They can be positive or negative events—AND have opposite results from what you expected or hoped would be the case. The marriage you entered into with such positive hopes turns out to be hell on earth. The painful divorce frees you to find your soul mate. Getting fired pushes you to start that business you’ve dreamed about but didn’t have the nerve to start. Surviving a serious illness brings you closer to family and friends.

In my own life, I know the moments that changed me from the inside out: the breakup of a relationship, getting married, going through major surgery, finding my bliss as an author.

Milestones-FinalOn February, 14, 2014, LazyDay Publishing will release Milestones, an anthology of short stories written by the seven authors of Coming to Terms. Each story in Milestones follows a couple practicing domestic discipline who go through a life-changing, relationship-altering moment.

My story, “Major Changes,” follows an army officer who returns from war expecting his marriage to be the same as when he left. But his absence has changed his wife.

Milestones…seven stories by seven authors in one volume

The First Submission by Anastasia Vitsky

Bred to uphold duty and tradition from the cradle, rising legal scholar Sori shrinks from marriage and assuming the role of disciplinarian. Temper pot Karie longs for freedom as a First Responder and scorns the fusty Sori. In this prequel to Becoming Clissine, Karie and Sori must choose their own happiness. Can they find love in an arranged marriage?

October Something by Jade Cary

As their tenth wedding anniversary approaches, Kate and Jack Barrington are signing divorce papers instead of exchanging tin. Desperate to save their marriage, Jack holds Kate hostage at their mountain retreat, where happiness once reigned supreme. Can they move through the bad times and find love once again?

Major Changes by Cara Bristol

Before her military husband left for Afghanistan, Cadence Simmons depended on Rahm’s love, guidance, and protection. But his service to his country forced her to become more independent and make decisions for herself. He’s home for good now and eager to resume where they left off. But Cadence isn’t quite sure she wants things exactly as they were before. Can a little domestic discipline help this loving couple through some major changes?

The Barn by Alta Hensley

Determined to convert an old barn into the home of her dreams, Paige Holland returns to her small town after twelve years. She finds herself face to face with the man she never forgot. The same man who shattered her heart in a million pieces. The same man she never wanted to see again, yet also the same man she so desperately missed. Connor McNeil…her first true love.

Making It ‘Write’ by Celeste Jones

Jill Carpenter is thrilled when her first spanking fiction novel is accepted for publication and a whole new life as a professional writer opens up for her. The only catch? Complying with her husband’s rules regarding absolute secrecy and privacy.

A Time to Heal by Sue Lyndon

Stephie’s cancer went into remission a year ago, but her husband, Marcus, still treats her like she’s breakable. They resume practicing domestic discipline, but Marcus has a hard time following through with punishments, leaving Stephie frustrated that it’s not the same as before her illness. Can they move past the fears that have built up between them to find the intimacy they lost?

Unmet Desire by Renee Rose

Watching his wife unravel as she faces infertility is as heartbreaking for Luis as it is for Claire, but the more he compassion he shows, the more she drifts away. Deciding to take a firm hand, he whisks her away to their mountain condo for a weekend boot camp to reaffirm their roles and reignite their passion for one another.

Watch for the release of Milestones on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014. 

What milestone event in your life have made you a different person and how? Post a comment…I’d love to hear from you.

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12 Responses to The moment when life changes and nothing is the same…

  1. Very excited about this release! Great write-up, Cara.

  2. Alta Hensley says:

    What a wonderful post. I loved it!

  3. Renee Rose says:

    Very thoughtful post and great intro to Milestones.
    Hmm, what are mine? Meeting my husband. Traveling alone for an extended period. The birth of my first child (second too, but the first changed our whole lifestyle). Becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner. The publication of my first spanking romance. The death of my mom.


  4. That post made me want to cry. I think you have to open with ‘everything is ok…’

    Nice intro though for the book. Congratulations to all of you.

  5. Great job, Cara! I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s stories.

    It is interesting to look back on those things which have such an impact on our lives, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. Also reminds me of that song “Thank God For Unanswered Prayers.” 🙂

  6. This sounds like a wonderful story. I think it will leave a mark with many readers.

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