Happy Birthday, Cori!

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It bothered me when my middle sister, Cori decided she wanted to be a writer.  Writing was my thing and I was too immature to realize how flattering it should have been.  More than that, I hadn’t the insight to see how talented she was either.  I can only wonder what her gift might have developed into eventually.

Today would have been Cori’s 35th birthday.  I realized about a month ago that 35 was sort of the “magic” number for me in realizing my writing dreams.  And so, even though she’s not physically with us today, I thought Cori deserved to celebrate with her very first published work.  I can almost hear the nervous excitement of her giggling about finding her name on the cover of a book.

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Tiffani and Nikki had never been friends, though they’d known each other since kindergarten. When they’re forced to take cover with some of their classmates during a storm, they’ll discover that sometimes good friendships and first loves can be found when you least expect them.

You can get a copy of it both for ebook and in paperback:
AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE  |  iBOOKS  |  KOBO

 And if you have thoughts and comments, please feel free to leave them here, go to Cori’s Facebook Page or email her family at corielizabethhardin@gmail.com

about the authorCori was a giver – I can recall so many times that she would give away her own prized possessions to those she loved.

Cori was a lover – She had a heart bigger than Texas and was as loyal as they come.

Cori was a giggler – To this day I can still hear in my mind the sound of that rolling laughter. And she laughed often.

Cori was a toucher – It sometimes annoyed me that she was constantly hugging and touching and grabbing my hand. What I wouldn’t give for that today.

Cori was a writer – she barely had time to explore this talent that I know she clearly had, yet still I know that we’re blessed to have a few pieces that were snippets of the dreams within her heart.

October 9, 1980 to November 26, 1998

“We Keep Our Faith in Our Hearts” – C.E.H.

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Angela Cruz - October 9, 2015

Beautiful

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Tiffani Robbins Byrd - January 20, 2016

I have an original of this story in a red folder typed lovingly by Cori… Because of course she named one of the characters for me. She was an amazing person who was a peace maker, a dreamer, with a heart bigger than most! Happy Birthday sweet friend. She woud have been thrilled!
Tiffani

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