Timing is Everything by Alison R. Solomon (Plus an awesome giveaway!)

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Buzz Aldrin once said, “Timing is very important…I have been blessed to be in the right place at the right time.” He was responding to a question on how he ended up being one of the first people on the moon. He was undoubtedly lucky, but what if you’re not? What if someone is in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or they think they’re in the right place, but it turns out the timing couldn’t be worse? These are the dilemmas characters in my new novel, Timing Is Everything, are grappling with.

I suspect almost all of us have had the experience of feeling as if timing is screwing with our lives. I certainly have. Almost 20 years ago when my partner and I were trying to fost-adopt a child, we had an incredibly supportive caseworker who was doing our home study. We were the only lesbian couple in the agency and she believed we’d be great parents. A week before the home study was finished, we were informed that she was no longer working at the agency. (We never found out why.) The new caseworker procrastinated endlessly and even after we were certified, she never placed a child with us. At the time all I could think was, if only we’d joined that agency just a few months earlier everything would have been different.

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At the other end of the scale, I’ve also experienced perfect timing, even if it didn’t seem like it at the time. I came to the USA on a student visa, and then received a temporary work visa based on my job in a social work agency. Once I met my now-wife Carol, I was determined to stay in the USA, but how? I went to meet with an immigration lawyer and based on what I told him, he said the only way I’d get a green card was to marry a man. I returned to work and burst into tears, frustrated and scared. A colleague passing by my desk asked me why I was crying. I told her. She said she knew an immigration lawyer who was doing innovative work for a friend of hers and she believed that attorney could help me too. She was right. That lawyer did something completely unique and I became the first social worker ever to get my green card based on a national interest waiver – a category generally used for famous basketball players or wealthy businesspeople. If I hadn’t burst into tears at that moment, we’d never have had the conversation we did, and my whole life would have been different.

Wynn Larimer (who you might remember from Along Came the Rain) is putting out the trash late one night when a car smashes into her, injuring her so badly her entire livelihood is in jeopardy. Gabriella Luna (Gordy) is about to achieve permanent resident status in the USA when she’s accused of a felony crime. The timing couldn’t be worse—she’s terrified of being deported. The woman who wants to help both Wynn and Gordy is Kat Ayalon (who readers met in Devoted.) Wynn is Kat’s best friend and Gordy is Kat’s new love interest. But when the worlds of Wynn and Gordy collide, Kat doesn’t know how she can support both women, if helping one means selling out the other.

Timing really is everything—I planned on having this blog come out on release day, but I got so sick that by the time I contacted Jove to set up the date, all the blog spots were full until today. I have to believe there’s a reason for my bad timing, and I can’t wait to find out what it is!

Let me know about your timing fortunes and misfortunes and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Timing is Everything.


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Alison grew up in England and lived in Israel and Mexico before settling in the USA. Her debut novel Along Came the Rain was a Goldie finalist last year. She’s been published widely in academic textbooks, anthologies, professional journals, and newspapers on subjects including feminism, diversity and mental health. You can join her this summer at the National Women’s Music Festival where she’ll be providing two workshops on writing and publishing. When she’s not writing Alison can be found messing up her knees playing tennis, or planning a trip with her wife Carol, and their two rescue dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

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11 comments

  1. I can’t think of a single ‘major’ instance where timing was everything in my life. I was a catcher in softball (slow pitch mostly, but some fast) for years. I’m pretty good at catching a ball and just about anything else that’s falling or tossed my way. Catching is all about reaction and timing. I’ve made some pretty nice ‘saves’ over the years.

    I can think of a time where my timing was good but it took me 21 years to realize it. I joined the Army while I was still a senior in high school so I was in the ‘Delayed Entry’ program. I signed in early December but didn’t ship until just before Labor Day in September. Back in those days, Delayed Entry time counted towards retirement. They changed it midway through my military career – a mix of active duty, Active Guard and Reserve and traditional National Guard time. I figured I couldn’t retire from the Guard until September of 2005 when I would have 20 years in uniform. I was wrong. I retired at the end of the first week of December 2005, when my ‘points’ started for a new year, with TWENTY-ONE years of service. My timing as a 17-year-old had given me nearly a year of ‘service’ I never knew I had.

    BTW, don’t enter me to win the free copy…I bought the book when it came out. Loved it!

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  2. For me the most significant experience of “timing is everything” came back in 2009 when I got downsized out of my job of 30 years. I was devastated. It came as a complete surprise so I was not ready for it at all. When all the tears and anguish cleared I scheduled a bunch of physicals since our insurance would only carry over for a month. I scheduled a mammogram which I was very bad at scheduling regularly. As a result of these tests they discovered I had breast cancer but it had been caught in the very early stages. Because of family history I had a bi-lateral mastectomy done and it got all the cancer. I did not have to to any radiation or chemo. I can’t help but feel that if I hadn’t lost my job when I did I would not have had that mammogram done when I did. I can’t help but feel it was a life changing occurrence, in more ways than one.

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  3. I had recently stopped seeing a woman as she moved away. Heartbroken and with my University Degree ending, I made the decision to move to a new state. I had also been having issues with my family over my sexuality and combined with limited job prospects in the area, I moved to another state. The timing was prefect I meet someone else and we are still together almost 8 years later.

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  4. 2 days before my 30th birthday, I was on my way to see a friend who lived in the hills. It was back when mobile phones were still new and I had an expensive attaché style phone for my business. I packed up my van with left over food from Christmas, ( my birthday is 4 days after) and set off. A couple of kilometres down the road I noticed that everything was sitting ok except my phone which I usually secure with the seatbelt. I was about 10 mins from her place. So my decision was do I stop and secure or keep going. I didn’t stop and 5 mins from her place I was involved in a head on car crash. It was extremely serious and the potential to lose both my legs just to get me out was very real. Fortunately the doctor who arrived with the emergency vehicles convinced the emergency guys to wait until I was stabilised and they were able to extract me without removing my legs. Of course the damage to them was horrendous and I sustained internal injuries, so it was touch and go for a while. But I survived. After a year in and out of hospital I started my life again, still with my legs and not in a wheelchair. So much of my life would be different now if I had stopped and secured the phone, but,…. I don’t regret a thing. I have a great life. My wife to be and I will be married this March after 17 years together and our ten year old daughter will finally get to throw the petals that she has been wanting to since she was little. The accident focused me. I am a better person and I am grateful. 😀👍😊

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  5. Last year my wife and I made the difficult decision to sell our house of 20 years.
    My Dad had recently passed away, and my Mom was living alone in the north woods of Wisconsin. I am also disabled, and slowly getting worse, and our house was getting to be too difficult for me to get around in. So, my Mom offered to to have us move up north with her.
    There were so many things to be done to our house before we thought we could put it on the market.
    We decided to call a realtor, just to get an idea of what our house would sell for. We had no intention of putting it on the market yet. The realtor came over the next day to look at our house. After his walk through, he seemed pretty impressed, and said he would go work up the numbers right away. He called us later and asked us to come down to his office to look over the estimate he had worked up. The price he came up with was more than we had hoped. Nice. Then he told us that he has someone interested in our house already, and they wanted to see it the next day! Wow. We weren’t even ready to sell yet. As I said, we thought we had so much work to do on the house, but we agreed to let them see it.
    The next day we had a full price offer on our house, before it was even on the market, and we ended up not having to do any work at all!

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  6. My partner of ten years left me. In the midst of my heartbreak, my best friend mentioned that her HS sweetheart was coming for a visit after HER long time partner had left her. 25 years later my wife and I still laugh about how insistent we were that we didn’t want to be set up and we regularly thank said best friend for not believing us for a minute. Timing WAS everything

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