My Review for SL Gape’s ‘Too Soon’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Recently I interviewed author SL Gape, who is part of the Triplicity Publishing family. Today I’m featuring my review for her book, ‘Too Soon,’ which debuted a short while ago. What got me first interested was the cover, since it features the beach, a favorite place of mine. In this story, the author takes the reader on a woman’s life changing journey. For those of you who missed the interview, you can take a look now.

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Brooke and Maria are the couple that their friends aspire to be and are very popular.  Their friends don’t know the inside story. At times, Maria doesn’t think through things and is acts immature. There is more about this character to be revealed that peaked my interest to continue on.

Brooke felt suffocated with this relationship and at times she appeared to be a bit co-dependent with some of her behavior. No one knows the level of pain she carries. My first impression of her was a stiff and burned out woman who was craving a deeper meaning to life.

Then there was the accident that changed their lives and suddenly Brooke is all alone. To cope she goes into a shell and allows her victim side to take control. She is lost without Maria and the author shows us her anger and despair. Thankfully, her trusted friends are there for her. At their insistence, she goes away on a short holiday at a beach far away.

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She changed and waited for their faces to appear. “Hey. So look at my view,” she said, turning the phone around to the sea. As she was turning her phone around she caught sight of ‘surfer girl’ in the log cabin next door to her. She nodded her head and raised her beer to Brooke, smiling softly. Brooke could feel herself get flustered. She quickly spoke into the phone, “Isn’t it gorgeous?” she said, trying her hardest to ignore the girl. Seemingly, her neighbour laid on the sofa reading her kindle.

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Brooke now has plenty of time to analyze things. Instead of sitting on the pity pot, she gets out and explores new interests and meets new people. It is here where she begins to show strength. Her emotions began to heal.

Mitch, needs to be mentioned here since he played a big role in her growth; his support was critical for the story. Although apart, his love for her was the reason she woke up each day. This man has true character and is strong without being macho. He respects Brooke and her sexual orientation, adding to his sincere personality. He never gave up on her.

The last person to be introduced is Chloe and it took me a moment to realize she is one of the players. Her washboard abs boasted her passion for surfing. She seemed a bit cocky for my taste. Yet I had to know more about her. Chloe tells it as it is and only the truth. A softer side of her is slowly revealed, making her alluring and mysterious. 

Brooke watched Chloe leave. Her long dark hair, wavy from the water, bouncing as she moved. 

The author shows us a real romance between Brooke and Chloe. I appreciate the buildup of the friendship. I found it to be really hot. I got to know them both and was able to see their bond. The sex is very tender and loving and will get your hormones going.

Although this story kept my interest throughout, I had to read some passages more than once for clarity. The narration contains some profanity. The scenes will make you feel as though you are there on the sidelines. This is not a quick read, and you’re going to want to make time to spend with it. The serenity of this place took me into another world. At the end of the story, I had a smile on my face and am recommending this for everyone. 

She walked to the end of the lounge and opened the blinds to reveal the patio doors. Opening them out onto her balcony, she took in the most spectacular sea views. Brooke sighed, and for the first time in nearly two weeks she realised it was a sigh of happiness. She couldn’t believe it. This was all completely perfect she thought.

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Four Stars!

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My Passion for Spring

Hello Friends. It is great to see you this morning. I want to thank you for stopping by last week to meet my author friend, Renee MacKenzie. Stay tuned as I’m reading her book ‘Pausing’ and will be posting my review soon. In the meanwhile I have kept myself busy reading some other really great Lesfic authors. Next week I’ll be reviewing SL Gape’s ‘Too Soon.’ For those of you who are new, I interviewed her back on 14-Mar-17.

‘Pausing’ review

SL Gape Interview

Opening Day

It’s that time of year again when my favorite sport of baseball starts.  This year we chose the third game because ticket prices were less expensive. It was a load of fun and this picture shows the view we had of the field from our seats.  We invited our Dodger buddies and were all excited.

The game had less action than other ones we’ve been to.  The score ended up being 3-1, Dodgers winning. For the past few years we’ve played the Opening Series against the San Diego Padres.  My nephew is a huge Padres fan so it’s fun to take him when they are playing the Dodgers. I love the aunt-nephew bond I have with him over baseball. We took him to Opening Day two years ago and had a blast.

I love Dodger Stadium.  Did you know it is the third oldest stadium still in use in Major League Baseball?  I’m so blessed that the owners are keeping up the venue because it is a very special place.  Nothing could replace it and it’s charm radiates. I’ve been coming since my first visit in ’04. Since then a lot has changed, including a new section out on the field. I’m happy now that they now offer healthy choices in the concessions. Prices are still high so we usually bring in a sub-sandwich.

I like to get there early so that I can watch the crews finish grooming the field. I love the fresh scent of cut grass. Many times they present a special event before the ceremonial first pitch. A few times they have asked the Airforce to give us an airshow in the sky. This was a real treat, not to mention very loud. On two occasions they featured young people performing. One was a group of kids doing a Martial Arts routine and another featuring a school cheer team.  It is great that the Dodger organization gives back to the community and shows it’s appreciation by having these before game events.

One time at a game we were sitting in the loge near 3rd base. A baseball came flying our way and went into the announcers booth. Then legend Vin Scully leans out and waves. That is a memory I’ll never forget.

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I have been a baseball fan since I was little.  Being from Detroit, I was a big Tiger’s fan and saw many games down at the former Tiger Stadium that used to sit at the corner of Michigan Ave and Trumbull in Detroit.  My memories will never leave me.  I remember one year I got my dad to take us to Opening Day.  Our seats were in the last row of the upper deck, and our view wasn’t as good as the one we had in the top picture.  Still it was fun, although we lost.  It was great to spend a weekday afternoon with my family.

I was at a game where Tiger Kirk Gibson hit the ball out of the park. That was spectacular and I’ll never forget it. This was the same field where he ran around the bases after the Tigers won the 1984 World Series. Some seem to forget that before he was a world champ Dodger, he was a Tiger for many years.

The joke of Tiger Stadium was that since there were so many poles in the stands, they were blocking the view for many patrons. I have sat there and I had to shift myself so that I could see each play. Still it was fun. Then there was the crowd who sat in the bleachers on the other side of the field and tossed around beachballs. I remember the days of 3.2 beer being sold as the only beer choice at Tiger Stadium.

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As long as I live, I will never forget the good times I had at that venue. Who cares that you had to park in a paid parking lot two blocks away or that the seats were hard. It was exciting walking in the front entrance and having the Tiger spirit all around me.

That spirit has never left me and I hold it close to my heart.  I love watching the games live as well as on TV. This August, the Dodgers are going to Detroit to play the Tigers at the new Comerica Park, that was erected at the turn of this century. I’ve only seen it on TV. The venue has real ‘stands’ at the far end of the field. I would love to take a short visit back so that I can enjoy the venue and feel the spirits of these two teams. A Justin Verlander – Clayton Kershaw game would be perfect. Both men are superb pitchers.

This season we will be going to more Dodger games. I believe this year it is going to be a ‘Blue’ victory.

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Meet Author Renee MacKenzie

Good Afternoon friends and welcome. Today author Renee MacKenzie has stopped by to chat. Her book, Pausing, is out and has people talking. I am currently reading the book, so you have to wait for my review. Come on in and meet this amazing woman.

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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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What is “Pausing” about?

Pausing is a love story. Pausing is about letting love happen, even if that love falls outside the boundaries you once thought mattered. Jordy Chapman, Emergency Service Coordinator at a mental health facility, is falling fast for the owner of Yeager’s Furniture, Keira Yeager. Jordy has a new zero-tolerance policy in her personal life for any kind of mental instability which is just fine, until she meets Keira.

What was your inspiration behind the book cover for “Pausing”?

Running and sushi were a big part of my life while writing Pausing and I let it spill over into the book itself. The silhouette of a runner just made sense for the cover. I’d like to give a big shout out to Nancy with Irish Dragon Designs for the wonderful cover. The colors are amazing, provocative.

Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  If so, did you receive any awards or recognition for your work?

I played with sappy love poems when I was in high school. Then while studying business administration at the community college in VA I took a creative writing class as an elective and was immediately hooked on short story writing. I had a few short stories published in the college literary magazine while I was there. I left college for many years and returned when I was in my 30s. This time I majored in Creative Writing at Augusta State University. I’d submitted to a small scholarship fund for that school and won it. I also had a few short stories and poems published in that university’s literary magazine.

Is there anyone or anything in your life who encourages you to write?  If so, tell us about it?

I am encouraged every day by so many people. My coworkers at Big Cypress National Preserve have been amazingly supportive, as have my friends and neighbors. One of the first people who encouraged me was my friend Pauline Rushton when I lived in Augusta, GA. She’s the one who encouraged me to submit to the writing scholarship, and was the first person to ever call me a ‘writer.’ She passed away in 2009, years before I’d published my first novel, and I often think about her and how much she encouraged me.

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Are you a traveler?  Where is your favorite vacation spot of all time?

Most of the traveling I do these days revolves around writing conferences or author reading events. So far, I’ve really loved Austin and Palm Springs. I don’t believe I’ve been to my all-time favorite spot yet. Maybe northern California after I go there in October? I’m dying to go to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Above all – Thank You. At the end of the day, it is all about the readers. Readers, both in the Lesfic community and my personal circle of friends, family, and neighbors, have been simply amazing.

Can you elaborate on what has worked for you that gets you into a creative zone?

Sometimes all it takes is a long walk with my dog, Sabrina, or a leisurely shower. Other times it comes down to staring at a blank wall (sometimes for hours) and letting my mind wander. If I am having trouble really getting into a character’s head, I put them in bed with their love interest. Nothing jump starts a story for me quite like a sex scene.

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Let’s give a shout out to Affinity Press books.  What would you like to say to them?

Thank you, Affinity, for taking a chance on me. Thanks for letting me tell my stories, my way. We always have a good time when we are together, but never lose sight of the fact that in the end, it’s all about telling our stories. We might be spread all over the globe, but when we get together it feels quite fluid and natural.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least favorite?

My favorite part of being a writer is making shit up and not getting in trouble for doing so. I also really enjoy research, and get quite hands-on when doing so. While writing Anywhere, Everywhere, I took python handling training multiple times so I would know exactly what Gwen felt when she held a python. When I was writing Pausing, I interviewed a friend’s husband, who held the job Jordy holds at a similar mental health facility. Even though I’d driven the Colonial Parkway in Virginia hundreds of times, while writing 23 Miles I drove it again, putting myself in Talia Lisher’s head while doing so.

My least favorite part is promotion. It’s hard to find the balance between effectively putting yourself and your work out there and being, well quite frankly, obnoxious about it. I’m not sure I’ve found that balance. Public readings were once the hardest part for me, but I’ve gotten much more comfortable with them. I still get nervous, but nothing like it was in the beginning.

Here’s a videotaped interview I did in Virginia shortly after 23 Miles, my novel that fictionalizes the real life Colonial Parkway murders of 1986:

Interview with Renee

Me: This is a must watch video.

Do you follow other Affinity Press authors?

I follow most of the writers with Affinity as much as time constraints will allow. I spend a lot of time with Ali Spooner thanks to our involvement together with Sappho’s Scribes of Florida. She’s an amazing writer. I have also spent quite a bit of time at conferences with Annette Mori and Jen Silver, both also great writers. We are very much like a family, even if we only see each other a few times a year. I love the Lone Star Lesfic Festival in Austin, and it’s extra great that so many of the Affinity family is there – JM Dragon, Erin O’Reilly, Nancy Kaufman, Alice Plough, Lacey Schmidt, Ali Spooner, Annette Mori, Del Robertson, and myself.

What is your favorite restaurant in Naples, FL?

My favorite restaurant in Naples is probably Sushi Thai – the one on Airport Pulling Road (best service and best outdoor area for my dog). My characters Jordy, Steph, and Keira spend a lot of time in Tokyo Inn in the novel Pausing, but that is on Marco Island, not in Naples.

Tell us something about your Alma Mater? Were you part of any clubs?

I went to high school at York High in Yorktown VA, but was too busy partying to be in any groups (or at least to remember if I was…). For college I went to two small schools (Thomas Nelson in Newport News, VA, and August State University in Augusta, GA) while working multiple jobs, so I didn’t do much with any clubs.

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Do you go to the beach often? Do you prefer sunrise or sunset visits? Why?

I live quite close to the beach but don’t go often. I prefer to spend my time in the swamp. My favorite beach is Tigertail on Marco Island. It is part lagoon and part gulf beach and has the most amazing birds. But whether it’s beach or swamp, I always have my camera with me.

I am a sunrise person all the way. I love mornings.

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What was the last movie that you saw in the theatre?  Did you love it or not and why?

The last movie I saw in a commercial (public) theater was Jurassic World, in July of 2015. It was okay. Before that, the last movie was Rent, ten years earlier. I’m not a big fan of movie theatres. We have a 21-seat theater, in our community clubhouse that I go to occasionally. The last movie there was The Secret Life of Pets.

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What is in the works for you?

I’m currently working on a sequel to Pausing, a dystopian romance, and a thriller. Jordy and Keira will join me for the still unnamed sequel, but the main characters will be minor ones from Pausing. I’ll be hanging out in a downtown Naples art gallery to get ready for this one. I’m 47k words into the dystopian romance, with at least two others planned in that series. And the thriller has been started but put aside for the others right now. That will be set in Big Cypress and include Gwen and PJ from Anywhere, Everywhere. Once upon a time I would never think about writing on more than one project at a time, but these days I can’t seem to help myself.

Here is an excerpt from Pausing.

I wonder if I could get some measurements.” Keira gave Jordy a hopeful look. “Some idea of the size of the furniture in there now?”

Jordy glanced around. “I need something to measure with.”

I have a tape measure,” Keira said. She pulled one out of her shoulder bag. “Never leave home without it,” she joked.

Jordy laughed. She liked this woman. But she also didn’t want her out in the dayroom. Not while it was occupied.

Donte was standing at the back of the room. Jordy waved him over.

Yeah, boss,” he said.

Give me a hand with something in the dayroom?”

“Sure.” He turned to Keira. “Hi, I’m Donte.”

I’m Keira,” she replied back.

Keira smiled at him, the smile Jordy couldn’t help thinking was warm and sweet and… whoa, really, Jord?

Keira, do you have paper and pen?” Jordy asked her.

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She nodded and retrieved that from her bag as well. That was when Jordy noticed the dainty ring on Keira’s right ring finger. The stones were arranged into a rainbow of colors. Now, this is interesting.

Can I see your cell phone?” Jordy asked.

Keira raised an eyebrow before pulling her phone from her bag as well.

Jordy took the phone from her and dialed her own cell number. She answered when it rang and then handed Keira’s phone back to her.

Jordy put her phone up to her face and said, “Can you hear me now?”

Keira laughed into hers. “Yes, I can hear you.”

Jordy and Donte went out into the dayroom and Jordy measured and told Keira the numbers via cell phone. Donte was mostly there to watch Jordy’s back. She couldn’t concentrate on measuring, talking to Keira on the phone, and being sufficiently aware of her surroundings all at the same time.

She’s pretty,” Donte said when no one else was close.

Yes, she is, and she’s also still on the phone,” Jordy answered.

Donte’s light brown skin started glowing red and Jordy laughed.

Keira asked for Jordy to measure the back wall in its entirety. Jordy did. Then they wrapped it up.

Jordy walked Keira out to the lobby.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for me today,” Keira said.

It’s the least I could do. Thank you for your generosity.” Jordy didn’t understand the feeling that washed over her then. Her mind started reeling; she desperately wanted to make an excuse to see her longer, or again, or something.

Keira smiled. “I will be in touch if I have any questions. It will probably be a few weeks before I get it all ready to be delivered.”

Will you be coming by on delivery day?” Jordy asked, knowing she must sound like a hopeful school girl with a blossoming crush.

Keira looked like she was considering that for the first time. “Well, I do believe I will.”

 

Let’s give a big thank you to Renee. For more about her, don’t forget to check out her links below, including her blog which you can follow.

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Meet Author Breanna Hughes

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today author Breanna Hughes is here to talk about her new book, A Fine Mess. For those of you who missed it, you can click on the link for my review. Come on in and join us.

My Review of ‘A Fine Mess’

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What is A Fine Mess about?

While picking up the pieces after a family tragedy, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Harper Foley tries to fix her relationship with her estranged sister, Emily, get closure on her relationship with her ex-fiancé, Finn, and sort through her confusing feelings for her best friend, Kiley, all while trying to come to terms with who she is. A twist on the traditional coming of age story, A Fine Mess is a story about navigating through the chaos and finding yourself among the wreckage.

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What was your inspiration behind the book cover for A Fine Mess?

I wanted to keep it simple. A girl and her guitar. The plot is obviously more complicated than that, but Harper’s one constant in her life is her music.

Was there anyone or anything in your life who encouraged you to write?   If so, what did they do?

When I was ten years old, my grandmother wrote me a letter on my birthday telling me what a great writer I was and that maybe that’s what I should be when I grew up. She had read a few things I had written for school, along with a letter I wrote to her and I guess she was impressed. I kept that letter close to me all these years. I lost her just a few years after she gave me that letter, but I still keep it with me and keep her in my heart. I ended up dedicating my book to her.

Can you elaborate on what has assisted you with your creativity?

What assisted me with this particular book was the fact that I wanted something that young LGBT women could read and relate to, especially those who are just coming out and figuring out who they are.

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How has your own music influenced your writing?

I started writing this book when I was travelling around different clubs in different cities trying to make it as a songwriter. It helped put me in the mindset of the lead character, Harper. I ended up including several of my own songs in the book. The lyrics to those songs really helped me form the story.

Did you name your book after your song, A Fine Mess, and why? 

Actually, I named the song after my book. I wanted to include some original lyrics in the book, so I wrote the song based on Harper’s relationship with her sister. I didn’t think I would turn it into an actual song, but I was really excited about the lyrics, so I created a melody for it. I kind of love that my novel-writing inspired my own song-writing.

Me: click on the link below to see Breanna perform her song.

Breanna Performing ‘A Fine Mess’

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Let’s give a shout out to TriPub books.  What would you like to say to them?

Without Triplicity, not only would I still be struggling to get this book published, but I definitely wouldn’t have the confidence in my writing that I have now. The fact that someone saw something special enough in A Fine Mess to publish it is a great feeling.

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What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least favorite?

The answer is the same for both questions: The reviews. I’ve had people say that the book is very relatable and that they had been through similar experiences. I love reading and hearing things like that. And then there’s the other side when people write what they hate about the book. That’s never fun to read. But in the end, all reviews help me to become a better writer.

Me: Everyone please leave a review when you finish a book. Authors really appreciate it.

On your FB page you liked Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. How did you like it? Which one is your favorite movie?

The first one will always be the best. My fiancee was actually the one who got me into those films and I’m glad she did. I love the character of Alice and how badass she is. The Final Chapter was a great way to end the franchise, but there were a lot of very glaring plot holes and changes from earlier films. It took me out of the film a bit, but it was still pretty awesome. It’s hard to complain about a film with a strong female lead.

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What video games are you into? 

Honestly, I’m not a gamer. I used to have Super Nintendo and loved Mario Kart. That’s the extent of my video gaming experience.

Being a SoCal girl, what is your favorite attraction and tell us a bit about it?

Pierce Brothers Cemetery in Westwood. My two favorite actresses are buried there: Dominique Dunne and Natalie Wood. A lot of other famous people are buried there. I’m really into old Hollywood, so I love visiting that place. Sometimes I go there to write, as well. It’s a beautiful, rather small cemetery surrounded by huge buildings and it’s really hard to find unless you know exactly where it is.

Who is your favorite Anaheim Angel?  Have you ever been to an Angels-Dodger’s baseball preseason rival game?  If so, how was it?

Current: Mike Trout. All Time: Toss-up between Wally Joyner, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson. I’ve definitely seen a few freeway series games. I will always root for the Angels first and foremost, but the Dodgers are a close second.

What is next in the works for you?

I’m working on a new book featuring a lesbian lead character. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear war, in a hidden away bunker. It has the lead character trying to find answers to what happened and solving the mystery behind the bunker and why she, along with everyone else there, happened to survive. There will be a featured romance in the book. It’ll be somewhat of a love triangle.

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I have included two excerpts from A Fine Mess:

Excerpt 1:

Sinking lower into the couch, Harper hesitated briefly before she picked up the phone and called the one person she had been avoiding. It only rang once before a voice answered on the other end.

“Oh, so NOW you wanna talk. I’ve called, left you messages, been waiting by the phone…but when it’s convenient for YOU, ‘Miss 2:30 in the morning’, then you suddenly wanna talk.” Kiley was still slightly hurt at Harper’s reluctance to speak to her, but she was trying to lighten the situation by gloating a bit.

Harper knew she was joking, but wasn’t exactly in the mood to play along.

“Kiley…”

“No, no. It’s fine,” Kiley dramatically interrupted. “It’s not like I have a life, or anything. I don’t need to spend my time thinking about how you’re mad at me and…”

“Emily’s home.”

There was nothing but silence on Kiley’s end until she could muster up one word. “What?”

“Emily. She came back.” Harper waited while the news sunk in for Kiley, then heard the words that pretty much could have gone without saying.

“I’ll be there in ten minutes.”

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Kiley contemplated for a moment. “So…where do you think she was all this time? I mean, what could she have been doing? How did she make money?”

Harper shook her head emphatically. “I don’t know. I don’t wanna know. I don’t wanna think about it.”

“I can’t even imagine what she’s been through. When you’re young, you never really have that goal of ‘I want to be a runaway and live life day to day not knowing when or if I’m going to eat again.’”

“Yeah, I guess that’s not really one of the options when people ask you what you want to be when you grow up.”

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“What did you want to be?”

“Me?” Harper chuckled to herself. “Oh man, I don’t think I wanna share that with you.”

“Why not,” asked Kiley.

“Because you make fun of me enough as it is.”

“Okay, now you have to tell me.”

“I know I do. I was just hoping to prolong it. Ugh, fine. There was a time when I was eight years old, for about three weeks, when I wanted to be a hooker.”

Kiley looked over at Harper. “Okay, are you taking notice of my blank stare? Details please, before I start laughing so hard, I can’t hear your explanation.”

 “Hey, it was before I knew what it actually entailed. My parents had rented ‘Pretty Woman’ and I just so happened to watch it while they were away and my babysitter cared more about talking to her boyfriend on the phone than actually watching Emily and me. So I watched it and I just loved how glamorous Julia Roberts was and wanted Richard Gere to pay me to hang out with him and…I really had no idea. My friend Amy was much more mature than me, and her older sister told her everything. So she set me straight on what exactly a hooker was. I really had no clue. So after that, I just decided I wanted to be an astronaut. I knew what that meant.”

Kiley sat staring at Harper, awestruck.

“Shut up,” said Harper.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Well, you were going to, so just don’t. There’s a reason eight-year-olds shouldn’t watch R-rated movies.”

“That’s for damn sure.”

A sudden flash of fear washed over Harper. It had been in the back of her mind ever since Emily left, but she never brought herself to actually consider the option. “You don’t think Emily ever…I mean. I know she needed money but she would never have…you know…”

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Meet Author SL Gape

Good morning Everyone and welcome.  Today author Louise Gape has stopped by to chat with us.  Her new book, ‘Too Soon’ is getting very positive reviews. I invite you to stop in and meet this amazing woman and get to know her.

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 “Live life to the full. We only get one chance at it!”

Louise Gape

 What is ‘Too Soon’ about?

‘Too soon’ is about Brooke a detective from Oxford, England who is currently off work from her job as a detective following a shooting. Her life is pretty much in turmoil with the exception of her boss/girlfriend; until Maria shatters her life and tells her she’s leaving her for their best friend and insisting Brooke leaves their home.

Brooke’s best friends Kate and Jo are there to back her and get her through everything and suggest getting away for a while. Alas, Brooke ends up in A holiday park in Anglesey.

Enter Chloe, driven, dynamic, spunky and finds it impossibly hard to not poke fun of the uptight Brooke at every opportunity. Brooke’s life slowly starts to unfold, revelations of the relationship becoming clear and each weekend spent with her new friend Chloe when she comes to spend time at her holiday home.

Their bond grows, but the uncertainty of all against them lingers as to whether it’s meant to be or whether it’s simply ‘Too Soon.’ 

It’s obvious by your book cover that you love the beach, tell us more why you chose it.

Creating my front cover is almost as exciting as writing for me. I have a tendency to envisage my cover prior to choosing the title. I knew I wanted it to be very surf orientated as that was the drive I got whilst writing Too Soon.  I love the beach, the sounds of the ocean, and the surf. I love that release and escape that it brings, as with writing. It’s completely my happy place, which is unfortunately the downside of living in the U.K. But I guess it makes me appreciate it all the more when I go on vacation. 

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Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  Have you received any awards or recognition for your work?

No I didn’t. I was very sports focussed in school. I love Shakespeare but I never did anything like this. In fact, I only started writing less than two years ago, by way of release and it resulted in this.  Which is completely surreal and strange to me, but I’m loving it no less.

Is there anyone or anything in your life who encouraged you to write?   What did they do?

I guess not. I did my first book as a way of avoiding having to face change that was going on in my professional life.  It began as a story I’d write on the numerous occasions I was living in hotels and away from home, and ended up being 100k words.  This in turn resulted in being offered a few publishing deals. After that I realised I loved it and … yeah, I guess I’m engrossed in it. The escapism of it is what captivates me. I love that.

Does your writing include aspects about you?

Yes, I think any writer subliminally includes elements of your life but it does frustrate me when people say “oh that’s such and such a person” I feel the need to redo it.  (This could be my friends thinking they’re funny though haha) But that’s my perfectionism I guess. I actively try to refrain, although my first book The Life of Riley, was very much about my life experience as a holiday rep. Which is a big thing in Europe and not so much in the US, but I spent 7 years doing the job and lived in Spain, Greece, Egypt, Lapland, Dom Rep and Bahamas so there was a lot of infusion from those experiences; not that it was about me per se. 

Have you ever had a fantasy come true?

Well I guess it depends in what the reference of fantasy is? If you mean a fantasy dream something I wished would happen then yes, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have many. If, however, you are referring to more of a ‘romantic’ fantasy then no not really.  I guess there are times when I’ve wanted something to happen and it has but I’m a complete romantic so I’d probably never see it as a fantasy happening as I’d probably never deem it as being impacting enough. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Can you elaborate on what has worked for you to generate creativity?

Can you elaborate on what has worked for you to generate creativity? I guess I hope they like my books.  It’s difficult for me as I’m very self-critical and nothing is good enough, throw into the mix the fact I’m new to this, don’t do this full time as a career and have never had any steer or direction, I can only go off what the readers think. And as I said I hope they like it and I hope I can sustain that enjoyment for them. In terms of creativity, I’m not so sure things really do just come to me and I run with it.  That can sometimes be difficult as at present I’m in the middle of writing three different, and very different novels, and dependant on what mood I’m when I sit down to write I’ll go to that book. It can sometimes get very confusing. I’m a complete home girl I’ve been and done the partying and I enjoy curling up with a glass of red, my candles and my laptop and that fires the creativity.

Where is the last place you traveled?  Can you tell us more about your adventure?

Cancun. One of my favourite places for a vacation. I’ve been every year for the last 5 years. I have a fairly stressful job so I’m very much about downloading as many books on my kindle as possible and laying in the pool with my margaritas and reading. Equally I tend to get a lot of inspiration overseas, so I managed to write 75% of Worlds Apart which is the book after Fight to the Top which will be out next month.  I love travelling whether it be a beach holiday or even just a visit to Anglesey. 

Do you follow any sports teams?  If so can you tell us a bit about your interest in them?

If so can you tell us a bit about your interest in them? I love Miami dolphins.  People often assume I’m in to football because I’m from the UK and London.  But personally, not my thing. My favourite thing is to go to Florida for Super Bowl and hit up a sports bar and watch Super Bowl with some wings and wine.  I love how embroiled everyone gets in it. I have spent a lot of time in Florida both work and pleasure and despite them never doing as well as I’d want (aside from this year) I still root for them.

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What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to travel and I do that frequently. I go to Jamaica in April and am super excited. Outside of that my favourite things are photography and cooking.  I love just driving off and finding awesome things to photograph but I’m not a fan of greenery so the UK is wasted on me.  However, getting up at 6/7am on a Saturday morning putting the radio on and cooking/prepping some Indian or Mexican food is my total happy place.

Have you seen the now syndicated English series Absolutely Fabulous?  Who do you relate to the most, Edwina, Patsy, or Saffron?

Yes of course I’m British haha. I’d love to say Saffy the well-mannered bright one; in actuality I’m probably more likened to Eddie the ditsy, uncoordinated drunk (for clarity I’m not a drunk).

What was the last musical performance you attended?

Wicked.  I bought it for an ex-girlfriend years ago, and we split up pre, but still went… Erm Slightly awkward. 

Can you give us a shout out about your hometown (or it can be the one you reside in now)?  What is a fun and interesting attraction to visit there?

I live in a village called Stockton Heath, Cheshire and it’s awesome. My local pub the Lion is very English where we all know each other and has the best sun trap looking out onto a bowls green. The village is very Mediterranean in summer which is difficult to not be coaxed into venturing out. I love it, I love how quaint it is and calls in a lot of people especially over the weekends. 

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?

Negativity. It appears everywhere, relationships, family, religion, money. I mean don’t get me wrong personally I’d get trump out and Obama back in (personal opinions sorry) but if you take negativity and focus on positivity then I genuinely believe the world would be a better place… I’m a romantic novelist though I guess I could be deemed as being unrealistic

Me:  Making a gratitude list each day is very helpful in achieving positivity.

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What types of service work have you participated in.  How was your experience?

I’m ashamed to say I don’t really get involved in too much.  I spend a lot of time either at work, writing with my nieces and nephews and my partners 101-year-old gran.

Me:  Wow.  This is so sweet. You know your loved ones appreciate this.

What is next in the works for you?

My next novel Fight to the Top is out next month. Triplicity Publishing already have Worlds Apart my novel after that and I’m currently in the process of writing some other material which will all be out later in the year.

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Here is an excerpt from Too Soon:

“So, you see a poor girl upset, sad and distressed and you make fun of her? This will be an amazing six weeks?” she said smiling a little.  She felt at ease already, and was glad of that fact.  “Now, please, mystery surf woman, it’s taken me forever and a day to get here, please show me where my room is?” she said seriously.  

She watched the woman lift her eyebrow smirking.  “The good news is, that’s your palace, princess” She pointed behind her. “In front of you, therefore, you park up here and you’re good to go” she said smiling and walking off.  She shouted behind her without even turning around “and FYI, the mystery surfer’s name, is Chloe.  In case you were wondering?” she said turning and disappearing off, surfboard in hand.  Brooke watched Chloe leave, her long dark hair, wavy from the water. 

At last, you have found your home, she thought.  She parked her car up and went to unlock the door, deciding not to move a single bag until she had opened and got into the right place.  After today’s traumas, she was clearly very pessimistic.  Luckily for Brooke, she was good. It was the right place and she was home free. Walking in, Brooke was amazed by the size of it. Regardless of the fact it was sold as a static and not a tourer, which she didn’t understand, she couldn’t help but assume it would be a small room with a bed, settee, fridge and mini oven in. And a toilet and sink in the corner.  It wasn’t like that though; it was a small house, a small flat. It had a full kitchen, a full lounge and dining room, a full two bedrooms and a full bathroom.  She was completely astounded. It was lovely and so cute.  She walked to the end of the lounge and opened the blinds to reveal the patio doors.  Opening them out onto her balcony, she took in the most spectacular sea views. Brooke sighed, and for the first time in nearly two weeks she realised it was a sigh of happiness, she couldn’t believe it, this was all completely perfect she thought. 

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#Flashback Friday – My review of Suzie Carr’s ‘The Dance.’

Good morning everyone and welcome.  With the arrival of author Suzie Carr’s new book, ‘Beneath Everything’, people are talking about it in a big way.  However I wanted to share with you my review of her book, ‘The Dance,’ originally published on 29-July-16.  This book comes from the author’s heart and is one that you don’t want to miss.  Come see why Suzie’s work is so popular.  Read on.  #FF.

Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you all.  Earlier this summer I finished Suzie Carr’s The Dance.  This book is the talk of the town so stop on by to see why.

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“You can tell a lot about a person by the way she dances,”  

Brooke from ‘The Dance’

Jacky is a dog whisperer who is very successful and loves her job.  Her family relations are strong and family comes first.  Jacky is sexually deprived which frustrates her.  Although she tries, she has little success.  She is quick to react and the tiger in her really emerges.  She is stubborn and does not back down very easily.   Despite this, she is a natural when it comes to the dogs and is able to get them to change their negative behavior.

A twist comes which totally changed the course of the story.   The author clearly describes Jacky’s frustration and her thoughts about her desire to turn back time to the place where she felt complete.  At the same time, she is forced to accept that some actions cannot be undone.

Brooke is a beekeeper who lives with her grandparents.  Her entire life is bees and it shows in her calm manner.  She hires Jacky because she cannot control her dog, a beautiful beagle who has been an asset to her life.  The tone of her voice is gentle, which reached out to me.  This character was an example of what a wise woman would be like, soft spoken, positive, and lives the life she wants the world to see.

Sophie is Jacky’s step daughter who lives with her.  She is very intelligent and grounded and mature for her age.  Her demeanor is very soft and peaceful.  A decision changes the course of her life, making her a strong young woman.  I was impressed by her determination for her long term vision.  Her fearlessness shows the reader that nothing is impossible.  It was beautiful watching this character develop.

However, Sophie is haunted by her past and ritualizes a strange memory that reminds her of why she is hurt.  Will she ever escape her pain?

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“Even her skin tickled as the light breeze blew in through the window, covering her in the romantic scent of a heartfelt high.”

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All of the characters are dynamic and complex.  The players are so well described that you get a sense that they are actual living people.  You will get into their heads and become aware of their desires and experiences.

The ‘mother-daughter’ relationship really takes hold right away.  The emotion that both characters share set the tone in these greatly written scenes.  It is easy to understand both sides to the story.  Both of them lead the reader along, wondering about the when.

Many times I was educated on certain facts as I was reading.  I picked up this book knowing nothing about bees and was actually a bit fearful of them.   Here the author goes into great detail about the experiences the characters had when around bees.  She visited a bee apiary for research, which is clearly seen in the story.  I applaud her for being brave and going for it.  Because of this, the characters are living the story instead of just playing along.  By the time I finished the book I had a much better understanding about bees. They add greatly to the story and the reader can see the affect they have on the characters.

The author offers many words of wisdom throughout the story that will enhance your reading experience.  You will feel your soul expand.

The author offers a sense of humor several times.    It will have you laughing.  The laughs are all in the right places and well thought out.

By the end of the story I felt like I had been on this incredible spiritual journey.  Suzie is a very passionate and positive storyteller who will grab your heart.  Plan your next free day for the ride and allow yourself to be swept away into the depths of your imagination.

Five Stars.

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Lynn

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My Review for KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’

Hello everyone. Today I have a special read for you. If you haven’t heard of KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’, listen up. This book is really exciting and rich in descriptions. The main players, Coby and Coy, radiate their own uniqueness. This is fine work and is worth checking out. Just the title itself drew me in. Read on!

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What really got me excited about this story was the location – Antarctica. I have always been intrigued by that continent and it was a treat to be able to virtually visit there through the eyes of the main characters. I got to see how they adjusted to a place that is completely dark for half of the year and be away from their loved ones.

My first impression of Coby was that she was shallow spiritually. She is estranged from her family, making life tougher for her. She has no one to bond with so naturally she accepts an brave opportunity to go work in Antarctica at the South Pole.

I picked up a macho vibe from Coby. The saddest thing is her lack of self love, meaning that she can’t admit she needs help. Instead she lets her resiliance take over. Deep inside she carries around an armor of surpressed emotions, including shame and fear, creating a tortured spirit.

A glitch in the system cancels Coby’s work assignment, changing the course of the story. As disappointed as she is, she doesn’t let it get her down. She instead humbles herself with her new job. This is a good move on her part and shows character growth. She grew on me and I felt my feelings changing. The reader will identify with her ambition to better herself.In the book Coby encounters situations that are helpful with forgiveness. I applaud the author for adding this necessary life tool. Through this she was able to explore new talents, including one she shares with me – cooking. This added depth to her character and I felt a bond with Coby.

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Coy is an adventurist and an optimist and is enthused about her upcoming assignment to Antarctica. She understands the job is temporary, but still she knows she will miss the close bond she has with her loved ones. She is a physicians assistant with a heart of gold.

A secret from her past hinders a critical part of her growth. These are touching scenes and ones that will open your heart.

Coy is strong and never gives up. While on her assignment, she is faced with a tough situation where there is no turning back. During specific memorable scenes, she fully expresses her emotions. Her frustrations and fear were clearly seen through my eyes. I could relate to her feelings and you will too.

Both women have their own opinions, adding good drama. Also the story moves at a steady pace and is easy to follow. The romance in the story is addicting and keeps you on your toes. Another plus for the story is the research the author did for the topics discussed. It is fun to learn new things.

Plan an afternoon so that you can fully enjoy the everything of this intriguing story.

Five Stars

 

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Here is an excerpt from ‘Blue Ice Landing’

With a long-debated beer in hand, Coby moved to a table near the dance floor. It was crowded with intertwined couples, swaying to a mix of fast and slow. This is not what you need to be doing, she told herself. She guzzled number two and ordered a third. If she didn’t watch it, she wouldn’t stop. Who knows, maybe she was already to that point. She chugged it down as her gaze fell to the pretty blonde in the corner. When the woman rested her head on her boyfriend’s shoulder, Coby’s thoughts hurled back to the bar. Dear God, she wanted. She wanted so much. She wanted, and she felt her need as if it were a gaping hole. She shook her head and guzzled. Why did she do this to herself?

 

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Out with the old, in with the new.

A lot has been happening here this year. First of all I want to thank of the authors whose books I reviewed. More reviews are on the way, so stay tuned. Also I want to thank all the people for all of their support. I couldn’t have done it all without you.  And a special thanks to author KA Moll for stopping by two weeks ago to chat.  For more on her interview see the link below:

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After much discussion, we finally decided to turn the back room of our garage into a bonus room. The room is about 300 square feet and is perfect for a baseball party. We held them in our living room that had limited seating. In here we can put in a few couches and maybe a recliner.

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Previously, this space was an ugly cheap looking workshop with the only window painted shut. There was no air circulation in there, creating a stale environment. We mostly stored unused items here. It was depressing to go in there and we rarely visited the room. We saw the potential, which is why we pursued the project.

The glass in the windows provided some light, but only part of the day. Before the ceiling and walls had been all paneling, creating a dark cave. There was an old doorway leading into the garage behind where the TV now sits.

On the day of demo I remember feeling as though a weight was being taken off my shoulders. No more dense space. The first to go was the makeshift corner workstation that was in another dark corner. Secondly, was the old ugly window as well as the glass French doors. Who ever thought of putting these types of doors in a this type of building, I don’t know. Instead we put a single door and an attractive window, adding a good amount of light to the room.

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The process took several weeks to complete.   Each day we’d go take a peek at the room and see the progress. It wasn’t until they patched the wall’s doorway that I began to see the finished result in my head. By the time the drywall was up, it was already a new room.

Above the room, we created attic space for additional storage. We now have pocket lights in the ceiling, casting an inviting vibe. Ideally, a wet bar would be nice, but at least we have a place for beverages. Maybe some day.

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Along one wall we created closet space. Eventually we’d like to convert one of them into a powder room. That would make the space ideal. For now it’s a great place to hide boxes. The barn doors add a rustic touch. We had considered pocket doors but I’m so glad we chose these instead. Now all we need to do is furnish it. A couple of couches and maybe a recliner would be really nice. Or if someone is getting rid of a billiards table, let me know.

 

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This is the finished outside of our once useless room. We plan to put a large plant in the corner to the right of the front door. We have also considered getting an awning to shield the front window from the intense summertime sun. We enjoy sitting outside throughout the year and this patio is one of the spots where we like to hang. Who would have thought that an old dusty room could be transformed into something as nice as this? I can totally see us with our friends in here rooting for the Dodgers. On the grill we’ll have the burgers and dogs.

We are very excited that our room is ready to be the party room. Baseball season is just around the corner too. Go Blue all the way 2017.

As I mentioned above, I’ve read some really good books this year, including KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’, an adventure that takes you to the far ends of the earth. This is one you don’t want to miss. I will be sharing my review for this book next week, so mark your calendars and tell your friends. I am looking for people to discuss her book.

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Impromtu Adventure

Hello everyone and welcome to you all. Recently things have been really busy for us. We were in a situation where we had to buy a new car. Both of us really like our old car, a Pontiac Vibe, a vehicle no longer being made. We pursued a few sites and found one that we liked on Car Fax. The only thing was that it was located up in Sacramento. This excited me because I love road trips. Thank goodness for ride services because in past times we would have had to rely on a cab or else park our car at the airport in short term parking and pay a heafty fee. It was an easy process and we got to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

At our terminal, they had us board the plane outside via a ramp. This was a first for me as I was expecting to walk through the raised walkway like we always do. Thank God the weather was cordial that morning.

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This time our plane ride went smoothly, without the hint of turbulence. It was nice being above the clouds, gazing at the sunlight out the window. On the descend, the clouds were so thick that you couldn’t see anything, but the color grey.   By now both of us were very excited and visualizing ourselves driving the new car.

We had to take a train to the other side of the airport to meet our Uber ride.   I’ve been up to Sacramento many times and at one time my wife briefly lived there. We got lucky with the weather since it has been raining and was supposed to rain last Saturday.   Instead we had partly cloudy and sunshine with a decent temperature. Usually it is cold and rainy up here during the winter months.

As Uber drove us, I felt a sense of deja vous. It turns out that the car dealer was located about 1 mile from where my wife used to live many years ago. Uber dropped us off at the dealer’s lot. We walked about 20 feet before we saw the car sitting up front, looking as bright as ever. We were both excited.

We got in the car and were off on our test drive, with the owner in the back. Soon after, however, we encountered a problem; the brakes pulled. This put us both on high alert, but I didn’t sense any danger. Nonetheless the owner took us to his repair place to get it checked out, saying safety was his number one concern for us. Turns out the emergency brake rear rotate needed attention.   He replaced the back brakes, pads, and rotars with new ones, no charge to us, while my wife and I enjoyed a nice cup of joe at a nearby Starbucks.

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Afterwards we continued with our test drive. We got onto the I-80. It was refreshing to travel at the posted speeds since back home you often times inch along the freeways, even when it isn’t rush hour. Also no one was running red lights, like I’ve seen occasionally down here. There was no congestion on the surface streets. I felt a sense of freedom being in the car.

Back at the dealership, he shaved more money off for us, making the deal even better. As we walked out to our new car, we agreed that this was the funniest test drive we’d ever been on.

Later we went for a drive around town.   The brakes were smooth as well as the ride. The first thing we noticed was that the roads up here isn’t congested like they are down in LA. It took us a moment to get used to it. It was fun driving by places that I’ve been to before and it brought back good memories. We settled on Del Taco for lunch, which, I’ve been to this location.

Later we drove back down to LA along the l-5. We were both pumped up, but stuck to the posted speeds. Since it was still daylight, we were able to see a lot of the countryside. Thankfully we encountered no bad weather. Along the way, we manage to get some homework done. All in all this was a fun adventure and I’m glad we did it.

Stay tuned for my next blog. I am reviewing Breanna Hughes’ A Fine Mess. You don’t want to miss this one. Be safe and have fun.

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My Review for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Eve’

 

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‘Christmas Eve’ is the sequel to ‘Christmas Candy.’ It is a new chapter in Candy Parker’s life. She is back with a brand new attitude. She and her family are living in the home of the fireman, Gary, who had rescued her mom, Lanelle, and young son, Dakota, from the fire that destroyed her home the year before.

They are getting married and Candy is scared. She fears that she won’t be able to offer him the life she believes he deserves. Their relationship is very evolved and the love for both people is deep. This guy is amazing in all aspects. Yet she is fixated on one thing about him.

Candy grew up in a single parent household and found that she needed to put forth a lot of effort and faith to get the things she wanted out of life. Nothing was handed to her. Her fear of having money is great, yet she wants to move forward with her life. I really felt she was ready to change.

Candy loves her family more than anything and is always there for them. Her son is the joy of her life and the author clearly shows it. There were a few touching mother-son scenes that may cause your eyes to tear. Mine did.

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“Her heart beating wildly inside her chest, Candy squeezed his hand. It’s ok, she steadied herself. They had rehearsed for this moment a few days before, but standing there, before his family, she found each breath a struggle. Her lips curled into a large grin, she waited as his fingers smoothed a few hairs out of her face.”

 

Samantha Jacobey – Christmas Eve

Candy also has to deal with Gary’s family as she is not comfortable with their ample lifestyle. She puts on a smile, her insides are shaking. Gary’s mother, Evelyn, is very controlling and not very accepting. He loves his mother, yet is now put in between the two women in his life. I found Evelyn to be annoying and at times I wanted to set her straight. This character was well thought out and the story shows it.

At the same time a secret from the past emerges, putting Candy in a difficult situation.   She is forced to deal with this at this time. Her frustration and fear were clearly felt, bringing empathy out in me.  One supporting character made me angry. This made the story even better and you’re going to have to read the book to find out more.

Candy has dreams, like all of us. What she wants more than anything is a loving home.   Deep inside, she is a strong woman. All she has to do is allow herself to grow.  The question is will love prevail.

The pace of the story is fast and can be read in an afternoon. The author included very clear descriptions and many times I felt like I was in the scene with the characters. The author also added a nice touch by naming all of the chapters.

I am waiting for the next chapter of Candy. If you like, you can read ‘Christmas Candy’ first. Here is an excerpt from this fine story:

Candy stared at the dress hanging on the back of her door. A creamy winter white made entirely of lace, it hung just below her knees when she had tried it on, and she knew that it was the one. Her veil a simple mesh that covered her face and topped her head with cream colored roses, she couldn’t wait to wear them.

As a girl, she had stopped dreaming of such things about the time her father died. She felt as if she had lived in a dark tunnel since that night, always running, trying to escape, but there had been no light at the end. Not until Gary came into her life, and even then she couldn’t see his light for so long; hadn’t wanted to see it.

Her fingers lightly caressing the lace skirt, she smiled. “We’re going to have a beautiful life,” she breathed. “Dreams really do come true.” Dropping the fabric, she packed her backpack and headed down stairs. She wanted to get to the school early and be ready for her last exam of the year.

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I am recommending this story for everyone who loves the end of the year holidays with some romantic drama.

 

Five Stars.

Until next time,

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