My Review for Erin Wade’s ‘Death Was Too Easy’

Good afternoon readers and friends and welcome. I want to thank author Jenny Frame for stopping by last week. Also thanks to all of you for your support.

Today, I have a special treat for you. A few months ago, I interviewed author Erin Wade and for those of you who missed it, you can click on the link below. Recently, I read her book, ‘Death Was Too Easy’, and today I’m reviewing it. I invite you to join in and participate in the comments.

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Erin Wade’s Interview

This story is brilliantly written. The main characters are Judith and Mandy and Angie. Along with them are Jordan and Rick, who play key roles.

Judith is a judge who is lonely.  She is a conservative who wants to restore justice.  However, she has a soft hidden side to her that she wishes to express. And it is no coincidence when Mandy enters her life that her maternal instincts emerge. But there is a price.

Angie is a teen who escaped an abusive relationship. I found her to be a great character because she is sweet and would never hurt anyone. You will find out more about her as you read along.

Like Judith, Mandy wants nothing more than to restore justice for the community. She is a lawyer who has dedicated herself to a life of service. She carries herself well and is respected. She is my definition of being ‘sharp.’ She fits her role perfectly.

Judith and Mandy experience love and romance in a sweet and passionate way. Mandy meets up with Jordan and the flirting begins. I love stories that have this aspect to them. The sensual scenes are described in such a way, that you can visualize without them being too graphic.

Mandy is charmed when a second interest, Rick comes into play. He is very persistent with a magnetic personality. He is smooth talking and did add good drama to the story.

In the midst of this is a mystery case, involving both Judith and Mandy. A twist pops up that will blow you away, so you’re going to need to pay attention. I was locked in as the story moved along. The plot kept me wondering throughout.

Some scenes described were graphic and shocking.  There is abusive action and I had to put the book down to catch my breath. Then another surprise to this deep story emerges, creating more spectacle. You are going to want to set aside about six hours to read this because you are not going to want to put it down once you start. Be prepared for the unexpected ending. Whew!

I have included an excerpt to get you started. Enjoy.

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Jordon drove to her office. She knew she wouldn’t be able to sleep. Thoughts of Mandy Kincaid were racing through her mind. She tried to ignore the scenes that continuously played behind her closed eyelids.

Mandy Kincaid wasn’t just beautiful; she was excruciatingly gorgeous. The feelings she stirred in Jordon were achingly painful. Her beauty fueled the fantasies of men and women.

Jordon changed into shorts and a light t-shirt. Five miles on the treadmill should send her into an exhausted sleep. She searched for the reason she had kissed Mandy. She was certain the attorney was straight. The shocked look on Mandy’s face haunted her. The last thing Jordon needed was to become involved with the prudish blonde, but it was the thing she most wanted. She thought about a line written by poet Sylvia Plath; I desire the things which will destroy me in the end. Plath committed suicide at age thirty.

Jordon was certain an entanglement with Mandy Kincaid would destroy them both.

Thank you for stopping by. Like I mentioned above, I’m encouraging book discussion in the comments. Stay tuned for next week when I will be speaking with author Kathy L. Salt. Her new book, ‘Out of Hand’ is now available.

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Meet Author Jenny Frame

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for coming by last week for my whale watching adventure. As promised, today I am presenting my interview with author Jenny Frame.  I am currently reading her book, ‘Unexpected,’ so stay tuned for my review in the upcoming weeks. Today Jenny will be sharing her life. Come meet this fabulous storyteller.

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Tell us about yourself.
I am from a little town just outside Glasgow, in Scotland called Motherwell. I live there with my partner Lou and our crazy standard poodle Barney. Lou and I have been together for 13 years and married for just under a month. We couldn’t be happier.

What inspired you to create ‘Unexpected?’
Well, I had often seen the idea, in films, and TV of a mother falling in love with the sperm donor to her child, and I thought what if it was two women? I think the idea of one character carrying the other’s baby is so intriguing in a romantic sense, and it just seemed to work perfectly as a premise.

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Where is the most remote place you’ve created for a character?
My upcoming novel, Huger For you has the characters going from Monte Carlo to Venice, to London, and finally to a castle on the very northern tip of Scotland. I think that’s about as remote as you can get. Just sheep, and trees for miles.

What is your favorite vegetarian dish?
Probably black bean chili. You can do so much with it. Serve it with rice, in burritos, in baked sweet potatoes. Delicious!

Let’s talk about your blog and share with the readers what you like to write about.
In my blog, I like to write about what inspired me to write, how I share some characteristics with the characters or wish I did. I also like to talk about the music that I listen to when I write. For every book, there’s always one theme tune that emerges from the book, and I like to share that. Plus some silly cooking stuff, and any book news.

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Jenny and LouHow has mediation improved your life?
I don’t do it as religiously as I used to. Life gets in the way sometimes. But I always know when I’m having one crisis or another, that it’s there waiting for me, and it always does help.

Which Star Wars saga do you like, the three originals or the latter ones and why?
Probably the originals because they remind me of my childhood. I like the new ones too though.

Would you ever want to take a ride on the Hogwarts Express?  Tell us about your journey.
Oh definitely. I would love to take my two nieces on it. They share a love of Harry Potter with me, and we’ve spent countless hours watching the films over and over. I don’t know about my girls, but I think the most exciting bit would be the sweet trolley. The chocolate frogs, and all the other sweeties.

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What is your favorite thing about Glasgow?
That my darlin’ Lou comes from there. She’s the best thing to come out of Glasgow.

Who is your favorite UK band? Have you seen them live? If so where?
It would probably be Queen. I was brought up on rock music like that, along with Rolling Stones, they would probably be my favourites. I’ve seen Rolling Stones play in Glasgow. It was amazing.

I think the greatest thing about seeing them live was being there with my Dad. He’d seen them once in Scotland back when the Stones were just starting out, and all these years later it meant a lot to share it with him.

Let’s give a shout out to your publisher, Bold Strokes Books. What would you like to say to them?
Bold Strokes Books have been wonderful to me from day one. They took a chance on me and gave me a wonderful editor to work with. Ruth Sternglantz couldn’t be more patient or kind and has helped me develop and become a much better writer. All the staff at BSB have been kind, and it’s a very supportive atmosphere between all the authors and staff. I couldn’t be happier.15th century estate

Where do you like to go to get out into nature?
I love to look at nature, but I’m sorry to say I’m not an outdoors sort of person. I’m an extreme introvert and prefer to watch nature through my window or through my iPad. One thing I adore is the sound of rain, maybe it’s the pessimist in me that likes it. I have rain apps on my iPhone so I can always have the rain with me.

Besides writing, what are some of your other favorite interests?
Lou and I love watching football. Our every weekend is centred around watching that on TV.motherwell-logo

What’s next for you?
Next up is Hunger For You out April 1st, then I continue the paranormal theme with ‘Soul Of The Pack,’ the second in the Wolfgang series. I finish off the year with the third in Royal Romance series, ‘Royal Court.’ It’s a busy year!

Me: I can’t wait until this comes out. Until then, I have an excerpt for you all to enjoy.

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Chapter One

Amelia Honey skipped upstairs from the cutting room of Grenville and Thrang bespoke tailors, one of the oldest on London’s Savile Row. Her stomach was doing flips with excitement, as it always did when she spent any precious time with Byron Debrek. Her lover’s international business commitments meant their time together was limited and unpredictable. That was the one and only thing that had troubled Amelia in the six months she had been dating Byron. She wasn’t reliable, and as much as Byron apologized for the cancelled dates and missed phone calls, it was hard when Amelia found herself at home alone on a Friday night, while other couples were spending the weekend together, having fun and binge-watching all the latest TV shows.

When Amelia reached the top of the stairs and saw Byron framed in the doorway by sunlight, holding a single long-stemmed rose in her hand, with the sexiest smile she had ever seen, she let her worries fall away. Life wasn’t perfect and she supposed that was part of Byron’s attraction. She was unpredictable and brought flash and glam into her formerly dull, grey life. None of that mattered now. They were going on holiday together for two weeks, and she would get Byron’s undivided attention. She guessed Byron had suggested a holiday to make up for all the missed dates and appointments.

As she walked towards Byron, Amelia purposefully put an extra roll to her hips and got a thrill when, as always, her lover’s eyes followed them intently. She felt powerful—she, Amelia Honey, a tailor, could keep the attention of the enigmatic, rich, stunningly good looking CEO of the Debrek banking group.

Byron took her hand and kissed it softly. “Miss Honey, you are beautiful as always. This is for you.”

She took the rose from Byron and inhaled its perfume. “Thank you.”

Amelia’s heart hammered in her chest when Byron’s lips touched her hand, and she inhaled the scents of the rose as well as Byron’s aftershave. It was astonishing how much her life had changed since she had measured Byron for a suit for the first time six months ago. Byron had been coming to Grenville and Thrang since before she’d joined the staff. Amelia’s Uncle Jaunty, the Grenville of Grenville and Thrang, had always dealt with Byron privately,  and Amelia had admired her from afar for a long time before her uncle had given her the opportunity to take an appointment with Byron. 

The appointment had been nerve-racking, scary, and exciting, all at the same time. They had a powerful chemistry from the very first, so much so that during their second meeting, Byron introduced her to some of the darker pleasures she had only fantasized about, here, on her workbench downstairs.

She had never felt so physically attracted to anyone in her life. When they were near each other, everyone else around them melted away and it took every shred of control Amelia had not to give in to their passion. She felt almost compelled to touch her or be touched. There was much more than passion, though—she was falling in love with Byron, and she hoped this time together could cement their feelings and Byron would give her some kind of commitment.

“Are you ready? Your carriage awaits,” Byron said.

Amelia smiled and lightly traced a fingernail down Byron’sinky blue tie with white polka dots. “I just have to see Uncle Jaunty first, then make sure Daisy has everything she needs, and then I’ll be ready.”

Daisy, her apprentice, was fresh out of fashion school and eager to fill in for Amelia while she was away.

She grasped Byron’s tie softly. “I like this tie by the way.”

“I have to keep you interested, Miss Honey. Why don’t I come with you? Your uncle and I can share a drink while you get ready to leave.”     

As they walked through the shop hand in hand, the staff and the customers averted their eyes. Byron seemed to have the ability to make people nervous or intimidated with just a look. Those looks made Amelia hot, excited, turned on, but never scared or intimidated. Byron had never given her any cause to be fearful—the opposite, in fact, she treated Amelia more like a fine piece of China, and sometimes Amelia really wanted to shake Byron up.

“Weren’t you supposed to phone me last night?” Amelia said as they walked to the back office.

“Ah…yes. I’m sorry. I was in Zurich, and a business meeting ran over. I thought it too late to telephone you after I got back to my hotel suite, but I promise to make up for it.”

Amelia stopped outside her uncle’s office door and looked at Byron carefully. There was a little voice, a little jealous voice that often questioned whether Byron was alone when she went back to her hotel rooms, as she travelled all over the world. As she looked into Byron’s eyes, all she could see was passion and, she hoped, love—but Byron had never said the words.

She raised up on tiptoe and pecked Byron on the lips, deciding to ignore the nagging voice. “I hope so, no more business talk. We’re going on holiday,” Amelia exclaimed.

She knocked on the door and entered to find her uncle working at his computer. He stood and smiled when he saw them.

“Byron, wonderful to see you again so soon.” Jaunty walked around the desk to shake Byron’s hand. Jaunty was tall and impeccably dressed, never seen without a suit, his trademark bow tie, and the ever-present tape measure hanging around his shoulders. 

“Good to see you looking so well, Jaunty. Is Simon well?” Byron said.

Jaunty put his arm around Amelia, and she immediately reciprocated, laying her head on his shoulder.

“Very well, thank you. I hear you are taking our little Amelia to Monaco. I hope you’ll take care of her.” 

“Uncle Jaunty, don’t. You know I can take care of my myself.” Amelia nudged her uncle. She was secretly pleased he was so protective and cared so much. At eighteen, she had run away from her highly conservative and religious parents to stay with her uncle and his partner Simon.

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She had always been forbidden from talking to or asking about her mother’s brother, but she did her research and secretly communicated with him, and eventually ran to London to get away from her suffocating home life—and to pursue her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. It was only natural that after graduating from the London School of Fashion, she came into her uncle’s business.

Byron placed her hand on her heart. “With my life. I promise you, Jaunty.”

Amelia kissed her uncle on the cheek and said, “I need to speak to Daisy and get my things. Why don’t you and Byron chat while I’m gone?”

“Of course, sweetie. Off you go.”

When Amelia went off to get her jacket and freshen up, Jaunty poured them a drink.

“Have you ever done this before, Byron?” Jaunty handed her a glass of whiskey.

“What do you mean? Go on holiday with a woman?” Byron asked.

Jaunty nodded.  Byron crossed her legs and took a sip of whiskey. “No, I’ve never even taken a holiday before, with or without a woman.”

Jaunty sat back behind his desk but seemed tense. “This must be serious for you then?”

“Jaunty, if you have something to say, then say it.”

Jaunty looked entirely uncomfortable talking this way to her, but she admired his strength for doing it.

“Byron, Amelia is like a daughter to me and Simon. She came to us hurt, alone, and with her confidence destroyed by my sister and brother-in-law. We got her through college and gave her a safe place to live.”

“I know that, Jaunty. I know she thinks of you and Simon as her fathers.”

“She’s not one of those streetwise women I’m sure you meet on the European business circuit and at your glamorous parties.”

“You don’t think I’m toying with her, do you? I know sometimes I have to cancel our dates but—” 

“You are my friend, Byron, and your father and I have been friends for years, and I know how difficult this kind of relationship will be for you and Amelia.”

The way Jaunty looked at him and the way he was speaking gave Byron pause to think he knew what she was, what her father was. She leaned forward and put her drink down on the desk.

“What do you mean?” Byron asked.

Jaunty got up and walked to the safe in the corner of the office. He spun the lock and the door opened with a creak. He riffled through some papers and then brought a photograph over to show her.

“This was taken on the first day I bought into the business after Albert Thrang died. Your father loaned me the money to buy the business.”

Byron nodded. “I know—my father said he trusted you implicitly. That’s why I came to you, Jaunty.” Byron had lived her life as a man through the centuries when running an international business as a woman would have been difficult. As time went by, and the culture changed, she felt able to come out as her true self, but she was always naturally more masculine than feminine and expressed herself that way both in her clothes and sexually. Jaunty, as her tailor, gave her the discretion she needed, and never blinked an eye as he measured her up for her suits, and found her to be wearing a strap-on. This was just who she was, and he’d always accepted it.

“I know why you came to me.” Jaunty showed her the picture and pointed at the tall man in the picture who looked so much like Byron, except for the artificially induced salt-and-pepper hair. 

“This was forty-seven years ago, and your father hasn’t aged a day.”

Normally her family didn’t keep up long-term friendships, so these difficulties didn’t arise. But Michal was very fond of Jaunty, so was Byron, and now she was falling for his niece. She had never planned on this relationship, but after the first taste of Amelia’s lips, she knew she could not turn her back on her, despite the many problems a relationship posed for someone like her, and despite vowing long ago to never ever care for a woman again.

Byron was reminded of that close friend from a long time ago who had prophesized that one day a young woman would come along and pierce her impenetrable heart. Byron had never believed it—until recently.

“I could never hurt her, and I would do anything to keep her safe, I can promise you that. This holiday is to work out what we can be together. I’ve never taken a chance like this, never let someone into my world like this.” 

Jaunty let out a breath. “You need to be so careful, Byron. My girl is head over heels for you.”

This should have sent her fleeing in fear—it always had done before if any women she slept with got too close—but Amelia was different. She was her girl, shining with goodness, and that goodness lit up the dark parts of her.

Byron’s hearing picked up the sound of Amelia’s heels on the wooden floors. “She’s coming. You don’t have anything to worry about, Jaunty. Amelia is safe with me.”

I want to thank Jenny for stopping by. ‘Hunger for You’ will be available on 01-April-18. Be sure to check out her links for more news.

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Be sure to stop by next week when I’ll be reviewing a sizzling book by Author Erin Wade. You don’t want to miss this one!

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Whale Watching 2018

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for visiting last week to meet author Graysen Morgen. Her book, ‘Castor Valley’ is out and is doing very well, so check it out. Thank you, Graysen.

This year keeps getting better and better. Two years ago we went whale watching on a stormy day and didn’t see any whales. This year we went again for a completely different experience.

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The sky was a bit hazy, but the sun shone on threw casting it’s inviting glow. The waters looked very inviting. Immediately when we got out of the car, I could smell the salty air. I inhaled deep and ingested all of the negative ions I could. There was no heavy mist in the air.

The boat was much larger than the one I remembered. Also, it wasn’t crowded, being on a Tuesday afternoon. We were supposed to go on the early boat, but we got caught in traffic on the I-405 and were delayed. Thankfully we were able to switch to the afternoon trip.

It was just the four of us, my two sister-in-laws, my wife, and myself. We boarded the boat and found a spot that had a spectacular open view of the water.

Author photo While we were still in the harbor, I saw a group of rowers rowing a long boat. I’ve only seen this on TV. I never expected to see this on a whale watching trip, but I find it interesting and give a big applaud to the rowers.

Rowers Very soon into the ride, we saw movement out on the waters. Then I saw the little fin and up emerged a dolphin. I have never seen dolphins live either. This was fascinating so I got up and went to another part of the boat. Here the fresh air hit my face as I leaned over the railing. Out in front of me were several dolphins swimming, some really near the boat. I was amazed. Then we saw a flock of pelicans dive down into the water and up again. This time no birds landed on the boat. The two pictures below were taken by Photographer Chelsea Mayer. See bottom for her website.

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Then the boat operator made an announcement that got everyone out of their seats – Whale sighting. I looked over the railing and I saw this big grey mass break the surface. Then about a minute later, it flapped its massive tail. We got to see this a few times and I was awed. This is so beautiful. I just love this next picture, which I thank my sister-in-law for taking.

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We saw some sea lions jump in and out of the waves. Their short tails would point up as they dove back into the waters. We saw more dolphins and another whale sighting later on and it was just as gorgeous as the first one. Again, I thank Photographer Chelsea Mayer for the below picture of the sea lion.

Legacy 1-16-18 1PM (5 of 23)The trip was amazing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to see such beauty. I felt feelings of bliss go through me as I watched the dolphins jump in and out of the water. It was spiritually moving for me and I felt one with everything. The below picture shows how serene the atmosphere was. I can’t wait to go again. If you’ve never been whale watching, I’m encouraging you to go experience it.

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Feel free to share your experiences in the comments.

Stay tuned for next week to meet author Jenny Frame author of ‘Unexpected’.

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Meet Author Graysen Morgen

Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank all of you who visited last week for my 2018 Goals blog. Today I have a special treat for you. Author Graysen Morgen  of Triplicity Publishing  is here to talk with us. This is an interview you want to read. She is amazing. Come see why.

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Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 18½ years, and we have a 7-year-old daughter. I went to the University of Florida, which is where I met my wife. I was a Lieutenant in the Navy, working as a flight deck officer on an aircraft carrier. I now spend my time writing books, sports writing for women’s pro soccer, and coaching youth soccer.

What is your book “Boone Creek” about?
Boone Creek is a western, set in Colorado in 1880. This story is the first in a series about an outlaw woman named Jessie Henry, who leaves her past behind to start anew. She winds up in a small, troubled town called Boone Creek, where after a mishap, she becomes the Town Marshall.

Me: Graysen’s new book, ‘Castor Valley’, is the second in this series and one that you’re going to want to read.

How did you feel the moment you saw your first book published?
I was overjoyed. I’d always loved reading, and once I’d started writing, it sort of took off. I’m still thrilled to see each new book get published. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
I don’t find as much time to read as I used to, but the last book I made time for was Scarlett. It’s a sequel to Gone With The Wind, by Alexandra Ripley.

How has your daughter been an inspiration for you? 
My daughter, Rylie, is my whole world. She looks up to me in so many ways and mimics everything I do. I try my best to be a good role model for her. She makes me a better person. When I first wrote Natural Instinct, my wife and I weren’t thinking of having any children, at least at that time. It’s funny, my daughter turned out very similar in character to the little girl in the book. I don’t write many children into my books, but each one has a piece of Rylie in it for sure, whether it’s when she was little, what she’s like now, or what I hope for her to be like as she gets older.

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What are your daughter’s creative activities?
She loves anything to do with art, and she’s actually written two books about animals, both of which she also illustrated. Plus, an avid reader and has a soaring imagination.

How has your family been supportive of your career?
My wife is the person who first told me I should write my own stories, instead of reading so many books, mostly because after reading a book, I’d tell her everything I would’ve done differently. J When I wrote a couple of stories, she pushed me to get them published. She’s been behind me from the very beginning. The rest of my family is very proud of what I have accomplished. Some of them have read every single book that has been published.

Can you explain more about “#Bekindchallenge”?
Be Kind Challenge is about random acts of kindness. There is so much power in a simple gesture. The challenge is a month of doing one kind thing every day.

What is the cutest thing your dogs do?
Remy and Roxy are Jack Russell Terriers who are just over a year old. They are littermate girls, and they run our lives! J They chase each other around the house, watch TV with our daughter, hang out in the office when I’m writing, you name it. I’d say the cutest thing is the way they are always together. The sleep in the oddest positions like yin/yang or on top of each other.

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Who are you rooting for in the next World Cup Soccer championship?
If it’s the World Cup, then I’m always rooting for the USA. I’m a fan of Canada, Australia, and England so I root for them if they’re not playing the USA.

Where is a good place to hang out with friends?
We do a lot of family stuff, so our hangout this past year was Disney World, literally every month. We have an oasis in our backyard, so hanging out at home is always nice.

What would be the perfect ‘stay-cation’ for you?
We pretty much have a stay-cation every weekend, but the perfect stay-cation for me would be some quiet time with absolutely nothing to do but read a novel or lie in the hammock by the pool.

What is your favorite time of year and why?
I love the holidays. There is just something magical about that time of year. We decorate inside and put up a full yard display outside with a lot of lights and wood cutouts that I make myself. I also look forward to the little bit of cold weather that we get in North Florida.

Would you ever want to co-write a book with another author?
Probably not. I believe all authors have a vision, and everyone’s vision is different.

What puts you in the zone when you are writing?
Music is my muse, so I listen to music when I write. It varies from classical to pop and everything in between.

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What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a romantic adventure/suspense story that involves British MI6. I’m really hoping to turn it into a series. It’s fun, thrilling, sexy, humorous, all the qualities that make for a good read.

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Yearly Goals 2018

Hello, Everyone! It’s great to see you all. First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by last week for my review of Blake Everstone’s, ‘Ominous Tales.’ It was great seeing you all.

It’s January again, which means long nights and short days. That doesn’t cut into my workday though, and I continue to work in the dark aka 5:00 p.m. Good news is the days are now getting longer and on 11-Mar-18 we will be back on daylight savings time. I have really been enjoying the new year so far and am looking forward to what’s next.2015-09-08 11.10.25This year I am setting goals as opposed to resolutions. These seem to fail for one reason or another. I have read goal lists that other people have shared and I saw for myself that they work. One of my FB friends does goals and she succeeds in meeting them. I am amazed at authors who do this because I believe in the practice.

I’ve made some 2018 goals that I’d like to share with you:

Workout Profile1.   Workout at the gym three times a week at a moderate speed.
2.   Keep drinking lots of water.
3.   Write more personal blogs.
4.   Keep reaching out to artists and authors.
5.   Submit a new manuscript to be published.
6.   Get my other WIP’s finished.
7.   Stay positive.
8.   Have get-togethers with friends and family.
9.   Go see live musical performances.
10. See a few live Dodger games.
11. Get out of town and take a short trip.Morro BayThat is my list so far. I’ll add more as the year goes on. I’m going to keep this blog and refer to it from time to time to see how I’m progressing. I understand that some are ongoing and my goal is to incorporate them into my schedule with ease.

In recent years, I’ve noticed a shift in my consciousness and I now feel that a lot of things that used to bother me I’ve let go.

Going to the gym used to be a chore for me, now I view it as a fun way to help maintain my physical health. Also, it has done wonders in such ways as stress reduction and increased energy. I am able to go now and set the cardio machine on a low level and get a nice workout. I just bring my water bottle and my phone and I’m in another world.Full SunLast weekend we helped out with a blanket drive for the homeless. We bagged up the blankets and took them to downtown LA to distribute. It was an eye-opening experience and one that I’m glad I helped out with. There were a lot of tents up on the sidewalks. It felt good to help out and to hear people tell me “God Bless.” I plan to do more work like this.

I believe in always being positive and I have seen results with this attitude. Very grounded and confident people are coming my way in greater numbers.  I have a lot of things to thank for my peaceful living.

Before I go, I’d like to include my excitement for the new baseball season. Only a few more weeks until Exhibition and then soon the 2018 regular season will begin. We are going all the way this year. Go Blue!Opening DayStay tuned for some other great news that I will be sharing with you in the weeks to come. Next week I will be featuring author Graysen Morgen. You are going to want to mark this one down and you will see why next week.

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My Review for Blake Everstone’s ‘Ominous Tales’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank all of you who visited last week for my review of Amy Dunne’s ‘Season’s Meetings.’ This week I am featuring my review of ‘Ominous Tales’ by author Blake Everstone. Come over and join us.Ominious Tales Cover‘Ominous Tales’ is an assortment of short stories and poetry.  Each story is introduced with a poem.  This is elegant. They gave me a sense of wonder. The rhymes are a real treat and are great fine literature.

Each short story has its own protagonist. I am listing three who really stood out. One is daring, sexy, and possessive, making the story very exciting. Another is passive aggressive closed-minded, and stoic. Her character created another type of drama that kept me on edge.

In one of the stories, the main player lives multiple personalities as a result of being molested during her childhood.  This story really blew my mind and is a brain teaser.  Plan to read this one slowly as it is fast paced and you don’t want to miss anything. This one is a must read.

I fell in love with a fantasy story that had a mythical character in it.  This took me to another world.  I’m a big fan of imagination so this one suited me perfectly.

All the tales have paranormal in them, giving them a weird factor in an embracing storyteller way. The author grabs your attention with the first poem which leads into the first story. The author really pays attention to the characters needs and fulfills them beautifully.

This book can be read altogether or story by story. I wouldn’t recommend putting a bookmark in the middle of an exciting plot. Plan to take this with you to work so that you can sneak in a story during your downtime. You will not be disappointed. If you liked this book as much as I do, let’s start a discussion in the comments. I want to hear what you all loved about this compilation.Ominious Tales CoverHere is an excerpt to get you started.

I rush to her! Preparing all my strength to lift her and carry her was redundant, because she feels as if she only weighs 25 pounds. Dainty within my hands, I wrap my arms around her and run. I can hear each step the beast takes behind us. I imagine it to be at least 400 lbs. worth of fierce viciousness. The ground seems to vibrate as it gets closer. I fear it will not be long before it pounces. My soul quivers with every snarl. My legs feel heavy and are keeping me from running as fast as I sense I need to be. Sweat dripping from my face lands on my frail passenger. She opens her eyes and peers up at me. Her expression exhibits her gratitude as she endearingly snuggles up against me. Hearing another growl and the proximity of it, she realizes that we are still in grave danger. As if she is pulling energy, or what is left of it, from the bottom of her toes and the top of her head and generating all of it towards her mouth, she lets out a deafening screech. As the energy leaves her body, her luminosity dims and she passes back out. Her ear-splitting shriek startles me. Just when I regained my composure, while still running, a large wolf appears. Then two more and before I know it, we were facing a line of wolves in front of us.

 

Thank you for joining us this week. Come stop by next week when I’ll be featuring a personal blog. Stay tuned as author Graysen Morgen will be joining us in two weeks to share about her new book, ‘Castor Valley’.

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Meet Artist Jennifer Lynn

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for stopping by. I want to give a big thanks to Amy Dunne, who’s book, ‘Season’s Meetings’, I reviewed. This week I am speaking with Artist and Chef, Jennifer Lynn. I am proud to introduce her to you.

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“Great spirits always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds”

– Albert Einstein

Tell us about yourself.
I’m a Jill-of-all-trades. I am predominantly a Chef and an Artist. I’m formally trained through college and university and I’m a papered chef and I’m a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. I’ve studied both trades for over 30 years. That study has taken me many places with the good fortune to meet many people around the world. I have an insane sense of humor. I live in the moment and worry very little about what others think of me. This gives me the freedom to create both food and art that people have not experienced before. I’m passionate and peaceful – if those two things can co-exist in one person I’m trying to ensure that’s possible. I meditate every morning, I work out every day, I eat well and I live well. Mind, spirt and body keep a person in a perpetual state of wellness.

Who or what influenced you to study the Culinary Arts?
I’ve had a passion for culinary my entire life. My Grandparents and my Mother were all amazingly talented cooks and bakers. I find though as I’m aging that I absolutely love baking more than anything. Yes, that means working out a lot more than before 🙂 Her professional influences are Massimo Capra, Chef John Higgins, Joanne Clayton, Jamie Kennedy, and the most influential for me Lynn Crawford – on her terms her way.

What vegan dish do you like to prepare?
I do a very large variety of vegan dishes but my favorite thing to make people, in an effort to help them understand that vegan food can be amazing, is my vegan apple pie. I love the looks on people’s faces when they’re eating it and an I announce it’s 100% vegan.

Apple PieWhere is a favorite place in nature that you like to visit?
Anywhere near water is my thing. I love to canoe and kayak and swim and just get out on the open water in a boat and fish or chill. I would love to learn how to be a better sailor so that investing in a nice boat would be worthwhile and then sail my way around the Mediterranean.

I understand you volunteer at The Soup Kitchen – Niagara Falls Community Outreach. How has the experience been and what do you like about it?
While I’m no longer active there and instead I’m working with a program to clothe and keep homeless people warm through the winter, I think volunteerism is essential to being a complete person. I believe that giving something back that isn’t about making money or improving your reputation among your peers is your way of paying society back for the many people who believe in you in your journey. It heightens your understanding of your own gratitude and how very necessary it is to always live a grateful life.

Who do you relate more to Edwina, Patsy, or Saffron from ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and why?
lol… Most people would say I’m slightly Eddy if they’ve known me my whole life in relation to my 20’s probably. I actually don’t drink a lot and I never do drugs so I would think their assumption is that I pretty much go through life with it really not getting to me. Minus the drugs and booze, I’ve always been a business owner and very motivated to be a success.

Do you feel that your passion for Go-Karts brings the inner-child in you out?
Ha-ha! Wherever did you find out that I’m speed demon? I actually have three speed passions, Go-Karts and Helicopters and Motorcycles. I love the rumble, the giggles, the rush, the vehicle in my complete control, the unknown variables of other people’s decisions and making quick sharp decisions that will keep me safe but allow me to pick up speed – sort of like working in a cruise ship kitchen ha-ha! I think because I don’t have a lot of outlets for stress other than working out and meditation, speed takes that last bit of angst I have and brings me back to center. I’m REALLY looking forward to the new track, the Super Mario track, that’s being constructed in Niagara Falls!!! (my home).

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Which lesfic authors do you follow? What book would you recommend and why?What an interesting question… I’m a huge Sappho fan and wish that more contemporary writers would dive into the amazing world of verse and poetry. Perhaps that’s my next pursuit. Too many of today’s lesbian fiction writers are following the same formulas and it gets a little Harlequin Romancy. However, one of my contemporary favorites is of course Dena Blake – I’m just in love with Racing Hearts. Another is J. Robin Whitley – Finding Home.

There are hundreds of lesfic writers out there pounding away every day on their craft. I suppose in my library I’ve shown a particular taste in style which would be Elizabeth Andre, Victoria Avilan, Gun Brooke who I actually first picked up because I love that pen name! ha! Beyond being in love with the way Judy Folger writes, I wish she would return to her blog – she pushed such fascinating topics.

Did you ever attend a New York Yankees game at the old Yankee Stadium before they moved? Who is your favorite Yankee and why?

Well I only see the Yankees in Canada when they come to the Skydome, aka Rogers Centre, to play against the  Toronto Blue Jays. I proudly and very unpopularly dawn my 50th anniversary Yankees hat and sit in a sea of blue cheering my pinstriped gladiators to victory. And, Derek Jeter – hands down was my favorite player for an all-around amazing athlete and example of profoundly good sportsmanship. In the current club I have yet to pick a new favorite.

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Do you listen to music when preparing meals? If so what are some of your favorites?

I listen to music all the time. Seriously. I listen from the time I start my day until the time I go to sleep. Music is my heartbeat. It inspires all of my various arts including my cooking. When cooking however, I tend to select the same genre of music for the food I’m preparing. So, if I’m making an extravagant Italian dish, I’ll be playing very old Italian folk from the 30’s or earlier.

Where is a place where you’ve always wanted to visit?
I’m dying to go to Brazil. I’ve been all round there but never there. The food, the people, the vistas, the music, the history, the passion for everything they are makes me want to just immerse myself in their culture for a good year. I’ve always wanted to go there but then the fire was fueled much more when Reaching for The Moon came out in 2013 – the story of Lota De Macedo Soares and Elizabeth Bishop. I have not stopped thinking about that country at least once a day since then.

Would you ever audition to be on Chopped on the Food Network?
No and actually I’ve been encouraged to at least go on Chopped Canada. I’ve been in competitions and I’ve also done quite a few fun black box events. But, I think when we take art and make it a competition we lose a lot of the real honest creative passion that goes into creating it.

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What was the last performance you saw?

I’m a Cirque Du Soleil fanatic. I saw Volta. As always it was thrilling. This story in particular – the story of walking your own path or developing your own style – really spoke to me. As always Cirque never lets me down.

What’s next for you?
Well my artistic endeavors are taking off greatly. I’ll be hanging in the Hub Gallery on Queen Street in Niagara Falls Canada shortly – this month. I also find myself working on various commissioned projects. It’s a bit of break from the culinary world but no less challenging and satisfying. It’s also been a lifelong pursuit of mine to be recognized as a fine artist. So, this means a great deal to me.

I want to thank Jennifer Lynn for stopping by. Do check out her links below for more about her. You can buy copies of her artwork. Also she does book covers, including author J. Robin Whitley, so check out her online print gallery. For more information regarding J. Robin Whitley, click on the link below the picture.

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Artist Page – all of my own custom artwork: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlynngallery/

Stay tuned next week as I will be featuring my review for author Blake Everstone’s ‘Ominous Tales.’

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My Review for Amy Dunne’s ‘Season’s Meetings’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Thank you so much for visiting last week. The blog meant a lot to me and thanks to all for liking it. This week I’m extending the holiday season with my book review for author Amy Dunne – ‘Season’s Meetings.’ As many of you know, Christmas is a favorite time of mine.

Season's Meetings cover“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

~ Jane Austen

The players of the story are Catherine and Holly, who go on an unplanned adventure together at a mutual person’s home, who happens to be Catherine’s only friend, Beth.

Catherine is a workaholic and uses her job to cover up an old love pain. However, she does outreach work to heal emotional scars. At the same time she is uptight and needs a release so she can enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. Her vibe is standoffish and she can’t relax at all.

“I’m sorry, Cat.”

“For what?” Catherine asked. Her palms grew sweaty and she blotted them on her trousers.

“I’ve tried to be reasonable with you. I’ve given it my best shot, but you’re right. I can’t change your mind. You’ve left me no choice.” Beth sighed dramatically. “I’ve got to use my secret weapon. I’m sorry.”

Holly is young, energetic and is starting out on her own. She is Beth’s cousin and was invited for the festivities. She keeps her life simple and it works for her.

I found Holly to be delightful and playful. Never did I sense negative feelings from her. Even in the worst of times, she still manages to be optimistic. Her character touched me.

A twist comes into the play putting the two women into danger. This got both of them to rethink their priorities and realize what is really important.  I was chilled as I read along.

There is a lot of suspense that kept me on edge. Also there is plenty of good drama between several of the characters. Maybe even a catfight. I felt the hairs on my neck standing up during these scenes. The interactions between the players flowed flawlessly.

And of course, there is romance in the story, which was tender and loving. Both of the women were equally involved and made a nice steamy scene, that gave me excitement. They were descriptive, but not over the top. I felt the love between them and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.

This book is sweet and I enjoyed it. It kept me in the Holiday spirit. The author is clear with her descriptions and atmosphere. It took me about five and a half hours to read and I would recommend carving out an afternoon where you can do just that. You are going to love how this story unfolds.

After I read the book, I got a chance to listen to the audible version. It is very smooth and easy to get into. The narrator voiced all the characters, creating a robust and rich experience. You will be very pleased.

Five Stars

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Excerpt 1

Catherine straightened her shirt with both hands. She disliked this part of her job but also happened to be rather good at it. “So, if we don’t dramatically increase our sales before the Christmas break, January’s going to be a bleak month. With the current economic situation I’m sure I don’t need to emphasise how difficult finding a new job is. If you want to still have a job in the New Year, you’ve got to sell more in the next two and a half weeks than you did for the whole of last month.”

Tom, a lanky man with thinning blond hair, raised his hand. Catherine nodded curtly, giving him permission to speak.

“Isn’t that basically a threat, Catherine?”

Catherine folded her arms and regarded him coolly. “No, Tom. It’s an honest prediction of what’s likely to happen. I’m not here to be nice, to be liked, or to tell you comforting little lies. I’m here to get results.”

“But it’s so close to Christmas,” Alice said in an infuriatingly nasally whiney tone. She was plump with grey hair and a bright red nose from her incessant nose blowing. Large novelty Christmas tree earrings hung from both earlobes. “What you’re asking is practically impossible.”

“What I’m asking is difficult, but not impossible,” Catherine said. Exasperated by the attitude and glares she was receiving, she tried to boost their morale. “If we follow the strategies and give our all, we can achieve our targets. We’ve a distinct advantage. While all the other departments and sale companies dramatically slow down and take their eye off the prize in the lead-up to Christmas, we can reap the benefits. Unfortunately, there are going to be some restrictions. From this moment on, no more annual leave requested before Christmas will be authorised—”.

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“Glad you see sense.” Catherine pulled out a chair from under the table. “I have another surprise.” 

“You do?” 

“Yes. I need you to sit down here, plug these earphones in, and close your eyes.” 

Holly looked confused but sat as requested. Catherine removed Holly’s plate to one side. When Catherine handed her the earphones, she hesitated and searched Catherine’s face. 

“Do you trust me?” Catherine asked, her heart beating a little bit faster. 

“Totally,” Holly said. She plugged her ears and clenched her eyes shut. 

Catherine quickly set up her tablet. The screen flashed, and when faces appeared she plugged the earphones in. 

Holly physically jumped from the sound. Her eyes flew open and she stared at the screen in disbelief. After three quick blinks, her hands shot to her mouth, and she let out a gasp. 

Catherine’s work was done for the time being, so she stepped away from the table. She watched Holly closely, storing everything to memory, especially the expressions and the few stray tears of what she hoped indicated joy. 

“Mum? Dad? Shit! How’s this even possible?” Holly asked. Listening to an answer Catherine  couldn’t hear, Holly nodded at the screen, and then looked over to her. Swallowing and clutching her chest, she mouthed the words, “thank you.” 

Catherine shot her a wink and left the kitchen, patting her thigh for Kimmy to follow her into the bedroom. Her plan for at least the next thirty minutes was to take Kimmy for a walk so Holly could have some privacy while talking with her family in Canada.

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I want to give you all a special thanks for joining us today. Also I’d like to send a thank you to Amy Dunne for creating this wonderful book. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be featuring Artist, Jen Chef.

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Holiday 2017 Blog

Good morning Everyone and welcome. First of all I want to thank all of you who visited last week for author Samantha Jacobey‘s blog blast. This week I’d like to reflect upon this year’s holiday season.Christmas 2017I just love this time of the year. We had an awesome Thanksgiving Day party and am feeling tons of gratitude. This year we stayed home for Christmas and had a few friends visit. We decorated the house with our tree. I usually put up the tree the day before Thanksgiving and throughout the season, I listen to Christmas music on the radio.

This summer we had to say good bye to one of our fur baby – Gila. I adopted Gila and her sister Pima, back in Jan 2004 when they were 7 months old. Both of them are polydactyl and have the cute hues of orange. Gila had a pale color and a triangular face. She would do all sorts of things such as give love bites on the nose. She will always carry a special place within our hearts.

IMG_2207For me, this time of year is really special. I feel different and am able to really embrace the concept of thanksgiving. I’m more in the giving mode. At my church each year they have a charity event where you pick cards off of the Christmas tree. It is for a child in need and I feel really good about buying them presents. This year we picked a young boy’s card. We plan to give to another child next year.

Another thing I did this year was buy blankets to distribute to the homeless. It gets really cold at night and I can’t imagine being outside without protection. It feels good knowing that several people are going to be warm.

This Christmas we went down to San Diego to visit the family. We had our party at a home that my brother-in-law was house-sitting. It was so nice to see everyone. A few members were not able to attend, but hopefully soon I’ll catch up with them.

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I love buying the family presents because they are so fun to shop for. This year we gave them pretty blankets, t-shirts, and gift cards, which they all loved. We showed up with bags full of wrapped gifts for everyone. I played Santa and distributed all of them. It was fun watching everyone unwrap their gifts. Like usual, I wore my Santa hat and Christmas boots.

The house had a hot-tub, so I of course, took a dip. Where else but in SoCal can you sit in a hot tub outside in late December. I want to thank the owners of the house for allowing us to use their house for our party. This meant a lot to me.

What I like about our family is that everyone respects each other and we always have happy gatherings. I am so grateful for that because I’ve heard horror stories about not so pleasant family gatherings. Since our family lives in different places in SoCal, we only get to see each other a few times a year. Thanks to social media I get to catch up with my niece who is always posting pictures.

Last Christmas, we went to Michigan to visit my family. I remember all the good times as a child going over to my aunt’s house and how warm it felt there. I wished I could see them more often, but we live over 3,000 miles away. It was a lot of fun and I got to see two of my cousins whom I haven’t seen since they were kids. I feel like I made two new friends that day. We have talked about another visit in 2018.

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We are planning on ringing in the New Year at home. At 9:00 p.m. we will call my mom in Michigan and wish her a Happy New Year. I am setting personal goals to help me grow spiritually in 2018. I am focusing on gratitude.

How about you?

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My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Good afternoon friends, and welcome. I want to thank Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge from last week for ‘Greetings from Janeland’. Thank you all who visited the post. Those who missed it can read it here.  ‘Greetings from Janeland’ post.

I just love this time of year, Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. For the past two years, I’ve been featuring Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series. This year it is the third installment, Christmas Carol. Although you don’t need to read the first two books, it is recommended. The author does a nice job of explaining some things that were in the pervious books. Here Candy and Gary are on another exciting adventure.

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At the end of the last installment, Gary, made a decision that put a twist in the story. Like always he is so huggable and very loving. I just love his gentle spirit. He gives people a sense of reassurance that is truthful and genuine. There is nothing that would turn him off from the beauty of life. He is the perfect vision of a caring family man.

“I’m still scared of losing you,” she reminded him as he set her back on her feet. “But I’m more afraid of not letting you be the man you were meant to be, and I could never live with myself if I took that away from you. Now, let’s go get dinner made and celebrate year number one, Mr. Ford.”

Candy is as loveable as ever. She is juggling her life right now between caring for her son, Daks, and her mom. I felt the pull she had between both of them. However never once does she compromise on their wants and needs.

She is the star of the story and her aura shines very brightly. I just adore the mother-son relationship she has with Daks. I applaud the author for creating him as this character will touch your heart tenderly.

A situation comes up that is unexpected and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It is priceless.

A blast from the past emerges and Gary finds himself working on a cold case. I applaud the author for including this. It added more depth to the story.

This story is short and took me about two hours to read. There is no course language or violence here. In fact this story is perfect to enjoy after a day of Christmas shopping or while you are waiting for the pie to bake in the oven. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas and that is what I love about Sam’s Christmas books.

Here is an excerpt from this sweet tale. Enjoy!

“Surprise,” Evelyne called as she entered her son’s home. It was Christmas eve, and they had arrived in town that morning to surprise their son and his family with gifts and holiday dinner.

“What are you doing here!” Candy squealed, throwing her arms around the taller woman for a hug. Realized the awkwardness in her mother-in-law’s stiff form, she released her, and settled for a less enthusiastic half-squeeze from Roger. “Did Gary know you were coming?”

“No, silly girl, that’s why it’s a surprise,” Eve informed her while removing her coat. Looking around, she wrinkled her nose and demanded, “Where is Gerald? It’s Christmas Eve, don’t tell me he’s working!”

“He’s,” Candy hesitated. “He’s at the hospital with Caroline and Ben. I think they are going to release Ben today, and they are going to help him get home and settled.”

“That Gary,” Roger shook his head with a chuckle. “He’s always been the natural hero, in every situation.”

“Yes,” Candy agreed.

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CHRISTMAS CAROL by Samantha Jacobey

Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

Candice Parker’s life has never been easy. Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?

Gerald Ford had always kept things simple. He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them. Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she?

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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