Happy Friday the 13th by @JoanReeves #mgtab

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Okay, let’s see a show of hands. Who is worried that Friday the 13th brings bad luck?Who’s superstitious?

Not Me

Let me step out from under this ladder where I’m petting a black cat and tell you that I’m not superstitious at all. However, I have a fondness for superstitions because my mother was unbelievably superstitious. I think this is because she was an only child born to a middle-aged couple. My grandparents were actually born in 1882, and my mother was the spoiled darling of them and their elderly siblings and friends.

I’ve always thought it was weird that I–a child of the volatile Sixties–had grandparents who were born just 17 years after the Civil War ended. My grandfather told me stories from his youth such as seeing Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Many people in that era were superstitious. When I helped my mother write her memoir in 2008, just 2 years before she passed, she wanted to include a chapter on Superstitions. I was amazed that there were so many bad luck omens that ruled peoples’ lives.

Excerpt from Memory Lane, My Mom’s Memoir

My mom’s memoir contains a long list of superstitions. Here are 13 for Friday the 13th.

  1. To drop a dish rag means you will have company.
  2. Telling your dreams before breakfast makes them come true.
  3. If you lay a coat on the bed, someone will die.
  4. If the palm of your right hand itches, you’ll shake hands with a stranger.
  5. If the palm of your left hand itches, you’ll receive money.
  6. A rooster crowing on the roost means a death.
  7. If your right eye itches, you’ll have good luck.
  8. If your left eye itches, you’ll have bad luck.
  9. If you give a knife to someone, you’ll cut your friendship in half.
  10. Spilling salt means a family quarrel.
  11. Find a penny, and you’ll have good luck.
  12. Sweep anything out of the house with a broom after dark, and you’ll have bad luck.
  13. Never sweep beneath someone’s feet or they’ll never marry.

So have a chuckle or two over superstitions and make Friday the 13th a day to have fun instead of anxiety. Better yet, chase away bad feelings with some feel-good romance novels like those in A CHRISTMAS SHE’LL REMEMBER. It will be a holiday collection YOU’LL remember. Get it today for the pre-release price of 99 cents. This set will publish on October 19.

About Joan Reeves

Joan is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. All her fiction have the underlying premise:  It’s never too late to live happily ever after.

Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a quiet house in the country where they grow wine grapes and fruit trees while battling gophers, skunks, coyotes, deer, and the occasional copperhead snake.

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Joan Reeves
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband. They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter. Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."  View website
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Joan Reeves

About Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband. They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter. Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."  View website

8 thoughts on “Happy Friday the 13th by @JoanReeves #mgtab

  1. The list of your mom’s superstitions is awesome–and the memoir sounds wonderful!

    In answer to your opening question . . . hand up tentatively, looking over shoulder, then quickly jerking it down again.

    I don’t want to be superstitious–and in many (most?) ways I’m not, but I am about certain things no matter how I try to fight it or rationalize it away. The biggest one is I hate to bring up seriousness illnesses in conversation (like cancer) for the fear doing so will bring it on. Absolutely ridiculous and I KNOW IT but a weird fear still lingers and churns in my gut when I do it.

    Anyway, fun topic (sort of, LOL, and eeeek!)–but I love your suggestion to “chase away bad feelings with some feel-good romance novels like those in A CHRISTMAS SHE’LL REMEMBER.” Excellent idea–and such a wonderful collection! I can’t wait for launch day. 🙂 🙂

    • I think they’re kind of fun. I like to think a lot of the superstitions began because a mom got tired of picking up after her husband and kids. “Hang your hat up. It’s bad luck to leave it on the bed.” Or, “Put that wet umbrella away, it’s bad luck to open it in the house.” *LOL*

    • You’re not the only one, Jacquie. Even though I think they’re ridiculous, my mom drummed them into my head so I have to make a conscious effort to avoid following those dictates. *g*

  2. Joan:

    What a history you have, and thank you for sharing it, about your mom and all. Loved reading about the superstitions, too. I’ll NEVER walk under a ladder but black cats don’t bother me. LOL! Best wishes with that honey of a boxed set, I’ll be looking forward to reading it!

    Hugs,
    Sue

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