My Review for Victoria Avilan’s ‘The Art of Peeling an Orange.’

Good afternoon friends and a warm welcome to you. Thank you for stopping by last week. This week I’m presenting my review for Victoria Avilan’s ‘The Art of Peeling an Orange.’ This book has received some mixed reviews, but I feel after reading my review you are going to want to read this story. It has two points of view and is told from the third person perspective. Let’s meet our main players, Carly and Anna.

book coverMy life became an open book, and she was turning its pages. Through her fingers I discovered my body anew, saw it clearer than any mirror reflection would allow, from all angles, all at once.
Victoria Avilan The Art of Peeling an Orange

Carly is an artist and the author provides a lot of her lifestyle. I found it interesting what she chose as her blotting material. The way she paints is an art form in itself and I could visualize what she was working on. She likes to paint portraits and landscapes. She’s obsessed with the past and lives her world through Greek mythology, which is plentiful in the story. She is torn between two sides of her heart. One is love and the other is revenge.

Anna is the second player. She is colorblind and is very mysterious and very complex. Carly has an instant love-hate relationship with her. Anna’s vibe was smooth and calm. Never did she raise her voice. She is multilingual, and the author has her speak in these languages throughout the book. I felt that added a nice touch. Anna has the gift of being able to see through loved ones which I felt was beyond words. I learned more things about her as the story unfolded. I felt I was reading about a legend.

In addition, there are a few secondary characters I’d like to introduce, Juliette and Kyra.

Juliette is Anna’s ex-lover and is very much still into her. She does things in the story that will take your breath away as she is sneaky and sly. However, she adds good drama to the story and is a love interest for one of the secondary players.

Kyra is Carly’s sister and can’t be fooled. In fact, her presence makes anyone want to confess what they are hiding if they are indeed doing that. She is a good listener but does hold her own judgments.

The author provides scenes from Southern California and it was fun to read about places I’ve visited. It was exciting to go there in the book. Well done. It will draw you in. I was impressed with how she chose to include Monarch Butterflies in the story, as they are really magnificent insects.

It is easy reading and took me about 4 hours to read. I would recommend one sitting. The pace is moderate, and some scenes will get you tingling. Excitement rises as things unfold between Anna and Carly that you don’t want to miss. There is sex in the book, it is tasteful and hot, but not over the top. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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Here is an excerpt:

Background music played during dinner, an eclectic blend of Bach, Chopin and techno. Flora was clearing the table, about to serve the second course, when Zoe admired the lasagna and asked for the recipe.

“I cook in Italian,” Flora said, gathering the dirty dishes with Zoe’s help. “Never a recipe, only a lot of love.” She winked at Zoe—an unnatural expression for her pointy, grumpy face—and said, “I’ll write it down for you.”

When strands of Anna’s hair came undone, Robert asked permission to fix it, then did something amazing. He braided a long strand from her nape, looped it up and twisted it. Then he did another. He braided those together and weaved them to hold her hair back. It took only moments. It was brilliant and stylish, and Anna enjoyed being fussed with.

“Are you the Robert who threatens women with manicure scissors?” she asked.

“For fashion atrocities,” he said.

“You’re hired.”

Robert was beside himself. He took out his cellphone and started showing Anna photos of his work, both clothing and hair. I quickly came to her rescue and took the phone away from him, pretending to scroll through the photos while changing the subject of our conversation.

Anna picked up an orange and held it up to the light. A little tremor of her bandaged left hand gave away what I knew already. She couldn’t see even a sliver of her beloved fruit. Then she did her usual sexy peel, and all of them at the table stared, fascinated, having no idea what all of it really meant.

Anna’s longing for the orange, her dead hope of seeing its color—of seeing anything—transformed her moves into a sensual act. What a waste that she couldn’t see the effect of her actions. Kyra, Zoe and Robert were all transfixed by her hands. As was I.

That was the high point of the evening, before Kyra threw a monkey wrench into a perfect, spontaneous gathering.

Five Stars
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Thank you for stopping by and thank you Victoria for creating this great story. Stay tuned next week when I will be presenting something new.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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New Year Blessings

Good afternoon everyone and welcome. I hope you had as merry as a holiday season as I did. Today I want to share with you some things I’m visualizing for this year, 2019. I am not doing resolutions since I never stick to them. Instead, I’m focusing on goals. A big goal for me this year is to achieve inner peace and manifest abundance. These are things I work on each day. I am focusing on what is going right instead of what isn’t. I have a new outlook and I’m prepared for big positive things.
Christmas-2018.jpgI’m putting the last touches on my new story that will be published sometime this spring. I’m very excited and have spent years working on this. I will say that outlines really do the trick and helped me out immensely. It tells the story of a woman haunted by a past love while new love awaits her. She is in the midst of a long-unsolved mystery that will affect many people in her town.

I am also working on a new story this year I’ve already started. It is a lesfic and will have the protagonist go through something and come out stronger. There will be plenty of drama and romance for those who enjoy that.

This Christmas a wish came true; I had Christmas with my family in Michigan. I haven’t seen them in two years. I am grateful I got to see my mom this past September. It was fun to see my aunt and cousins. On Christmas day, I made a nice vegan meal for my wife and mom, including a pumpkin pie, a Shephard’s pie and perogies.
IMG_1409Also during our visit, we got to go to a place that was a big part of my growing up – Big Boy. It brought back memories of when my folks took us there as a kid and of me working there when I was in high school.

A big thing for me was getting through airport security. Usually, I’m a nervous wreck. This year it was different. The energy was different. I was able to see each employee as a child of God who has a family. As a result, I got friendlier service. I am grateful for that.

I am finding gratitude for most things today. I’m no longer viewing the glass as being half empty. I was grateful to be able to step in the snow and feel the crisp air on my face.

I’m experimenting with new recipes this year. Recently, I tackled a sauce that one of our favorite veggie restaurants serves. It is tofu based and is easy to prepare. I like to serve it over veggies and brown rice. It has been a hit in my household. This winter, I am going to make a veggie version of Irish Stew, complete with a bottle of O’Douls, which is a non-alcoholic beer. The traditional recipe uses beer like Guinness, but I wanted a lighter flavor and this N/A beer will provide it. I’m planning to serve this with rice.
IMG_0540This year, I plan to do more book reviews. I’m also starting back with my interviews, so if anyone wants to be a guest on my blog, contact me. I am looking for people to share their own gratitude for life. I want to thank everyone who I interviewed and did reviews for in 2018. I read a lot of really great books and had some great interviews. Stay tuned for authors like Victoria Avilan and Rachel Maldonado, whose books I’m reviewing soon. Also stay tuned for my upcoming guest blogs from Suzie Carr and Domina Alexandra.

I also want to thank everyone who helped make my book ‘Awakened by Fate‘ possible, This includes my publishing team, beta readers, and those who helped market it. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I really want to see people living in harmony with one another. I know of a lot of people who are working hard to make this a reality. I send out positive energy to everyone I meet. I’m doing my part to make a better place.

I want to hear from you. What are you looking for in this new year?

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Joy’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today I’m presenting my review for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Joy.’ The 4th book in the series. Candy and Gary are back for a new Christmas adventure. This time it’s a little different than the previous three Christmas’. A surprise happens at the firehouse where Gary works which will change things.

It is told from 2 points of view- Candy and Gary.

Candy is still a bit insecure around Gary’s affluent family and uses her studies to limit visitation. In this book, she has a lot of emotions over something new that comes into her life. Never been in her shoes, I can empathize with her. She shows strength while dealing with a sensitive issue. She is a perfectionist with most things. I found myself rooting for her as the story unfolded. She really wants a good Christmas this year as the past three have had unwanted drama. This year she opens her heart.

The family dynamics are interesting. They go deep, and I could clearly see the love between Candy and her son, Daks. Gary too had a strong fatherly demeanor.

Gary is his sweet gentle self. He is really good at calming his wife when she is feeling emotional. He doesn’t care what others think of him; he is his own person and goes out of his way to help others. He has a heart of gold and is very family oriented. I loved his strength in during the heart of an issue.

There is a sensitive subject in the story which caused discomfort for me. Be advised. You will see as you read along.

It is a cozy read that you can enjoy sitting in front of your fireplace. I read it in about 3 hours, so it is perfect for that snowy day. The pace is moderate. Although this is a stand-alone story, I would recommend reading the first three as they make references to events in them. I know you are going to love this read as much as I did.
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For my other reviews in the series, you can click the links below:

Christmas Candy Review

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https://lynnlawler.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/my-review-of-samantha-jacobeys-christmas-carol/

Here is an excerpt from Christmas Joy:

“Oh, Candy,” her mother squealed, unable to contain herself any longer. Fighting her way to her feet, Lanelle shuffled over, wrapping her arms around her only child. “I’m so proud of you,” she whispered against her ear, her forehead pressing against Candy’s.

“I know, mom,” Candy sighed. “I know that you all are, and I appreciate all the love and support each and every one of you has shown me. And next fall, I’ll be ready to dive back in, hopefully with some better results!”

Her confidence filling the room, the gathering cheered for her, with smiles and toast all around. Standing to tower over them, Gary wrapped both of the women in his massive arms, holding his bride against his broad chest.

“I sure do love you, kitten,” he confessed. “I’m glad you’ve decided not to give up.”

“I could never give up,” she giggled. “No matter how scary Christmas can be, I know now that I can face it. Especially now that I have found my Christmas Joy.”

Christmas Joy (Sweet Christmas Series Book 4)
 
Samantha Jacobey
 
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
 
Lavish Publishing
 
142 pages

 

 
Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.
Candice Parker married Gerald Ford on Christmas Eve two years ago following a massive blizzard. The year before that her family was left homeless when a fire burned their apartments to the ground. Fortunately, fireman Gary had been on call and led the team that rescued Lanelle and Dakota from the blaze.
Last year it all came to a head when Caroline joined their household as the nanny and housekeeper when she revealed the fire had been arson. Following the discovery, a sinister plot unfolded that almost killed them all.
To say Candy is dreading the arrival of this typically happy holiday would be an understatement.
However, she does have one thing going for her this year.

 

 

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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.

 

I want to thank all of you for stopping by today. I am wishing you all a very happy holiday season and I will see you again in 2019. May the best come to you always.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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Christmas Time

Hello Friends and welcome. Thank you for your visit two weeks ago when I posted my review of Suzie Carr‘s ‘The Curvy Side of Life.’ Since then things have been very busy for me and I didn’t realize how fast time really flies.

This is the time of the year when I’m feeling a lot of gratitude for what I have in my life. I do gratitude lists each day and I have found they keep me on track. Also, I’ve been doing daily writing on what is on my mind. This too has helped clear out things.

I am in the Christmas spirit and I listen to Chrismas music as I’m doing things around the house. We already put up our Christmas tree the day before Thanksgiving.

This year we are helping out others in need again. At church, we picked a little boy’s name off the Christmas tree and bought him gifts. It was a lot of fun buying him presents and I feel good knowing this lad is going to have a nice holiday. We got him some clothes and a toy. Also, we participated in a program to give toys to homeless children. I feel good knowing they will have something to play with while in transition.

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We are going to spend Christmas day doing something very special. A wish of mine came true and I’m elated. I will be making a nice meal, complete with my pumpkin pie, which I would like to share with you.

Pumpkin Pie filling recipe:

1 pie pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 oz applesauce
1 container medium firm tofu
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 – 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

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Prepare the pumpkin:
cut open squash and clean out the insides. You can use the seeds to bake.
put pieces face down in a dutch oven and cover
bake at 350 for 45 – 60 minutes or until soft.
Cool
If it is watery, you can strain the pumpkin.
peel the skin and put the pumpkin into a food processor and puree.
Add the rest of the filling ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pie crust:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cold vegetable oil such as grapeseed
1/2 cup + 1/2 Tbsp cold margarine
1/4 cup cold water

I usually put the cold ingredients in the freezer for about 15 minutes before using.

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Then cut in margarine.
In a separate bowl whisk oil and water. Then add to flour mixture.
Cover dough with plastic and let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Roll dough onto parchment paper so it doesn’t stick into a large circle. Then you can place the pie pan over it and flip it over so the pie crust is inside.

Fill the pie crust with the pie filling. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 45- 60 minutes. You should be able to insert a butter knife and have it come out clean when it is done.

You can top it with whipped cream if you choose.

IMG_1378This year we are having our Christmas party a few days after Christmas so that a few family members can be there. We haven’t seen them in years so it is going to be great to catch up with them. It is harder now since the young adults have their own schedules.

This season has been very special for us and we are doing what we can to pass the Christmas spirit on. This can be something like opening a door for someone whose arms are full with purchased items. Whatever it is, it is a big help to someone else and it is important we spread the love.

I have a lot to be thankful for and appreciate all of you. It feels good sharing each week. I want to thank everyone who left comments and reblogged my blog.

Thank you for visiting. Be sure to stop by next week when I’ll be featuring the fourth installment of the Christmas Candy series from Samantha Jacobey. You can read my reviews below.

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I want to wish you all a happy Christmas as well as a glorious holiday season this year.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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My Review of Anne Hagan’s ‘Loving Blue in Red States – ‘Sweetwater Texas’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my review for Domina Alexandra’s ‘I Belong With Her.’ It was a huge turnout. This week I am featuring my review for Anne Hagan’s ‘Loving Blue in Red States – Sweetwater Texas.’ This is a story you are going to fall in love with.

This story is about a master’s student / teacher, Emmie, who has a little son and lives with her mother in Texas. She is auditing a college class where she is writing her master’s thesis. She is family oriented, but is afraid of love and is blocking a past hurt that is affecting her now in the present. She tends to wear her insecurities on her sleeve.

I liked this protagonist and loved the interaction she had with her son. He is a sweet little boy. She has a kid side to her that I just adore.

Cass is a little bit on the feisty side and could have toned down her demeaner a bit. I really didn’t care for her in the beginning because she was brash and invasive.  As the story goes on, her character grew on me and I was able to see she really does have tender feelings. She is an excellent rancher and can rope a spooked horse and then calm him down. I thought that was another nice touch to the story.

The book is easy reading and can be read in about an hour and is perfect for an afternoon get-a-way. The dynamics between the two protagonists is priceless. It was a tug of war at time, but that is what made the story so fun. That is all I’m going to say so go get the book.
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Lucius looked around the nearly empty room. He noticed Cass lingering near her seat in the front. “Something I can help you with Miss?”

“Actually, I wanted a word with Ms. Warren.”

“I see.”

Lucius turned back to Emmie. “If you want to give me those forms, I can run them by the administration office tomorrow morning when I’m back here. They’re closed right now.”

Emmie leaned toward him. “I think that’s what she wants to talk about.” She tipped her head slightly toward Cass. “I can drop them off Thursday evening when I get here, if that’s all right?”

“I guess that’s fine. Don’t forget.”

“I won’t.”

“Ladies,” Lucius said, as he turned and stepped backwards to view them both. He tipped a couple of fingers to his head as he dipped it like he was doffing an imaginary cowboy hat.

Cass watched him leave before she approached. ”Sorry to hold you up.”

“No problem. How can I help you?”

“I think Professor Fox has taken quite a liking to you.”

“Pardon?”

“Don’t get offended. It’s just something I noticed, is all. I notice things. That’s my job.”

“Then you’ve missed quite a lot. The Professor is married and I’m…I’m not in the market for dates, flings or anything else of that sort.” If she only knew, Emmie thought.

“Whatever you say,” Cass said. “I didn’t come back here to argue with you.”

“Why did you come back here?”

Cass held up the release form, face out. “This. I need just a little bit more information before I become someone’s guinea pig.”

Emmie did her best to control her temper as she addressed the brash woman. “It’s not a requirement. You’re free to skip participating and just go on your way whenever I’m…well, whenever I’m doing the things I need to do with the class for my research.”

“Not very confident in yourself, are you, Emmie?” She said her name with added emphasis.

Emmie threw her hands up. “I thought you didn’t want to argue? Look, if that’s all, I really do need to get going. I have a little bit of a drive to get home and I have work to do yet this evening.”

“Abilene?” Cass asked, as Emmie gathered her things.

“Other direction. Other side of Sweetwater, here, out a little ways.”

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Five Stars

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Winter Hearts CoverThank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s book review. Anne has an announcement to make. She and twelve authors led by Amanda Radley aka A.E. Radley created a compilation of short romance holiday stories called ‘Winter Hearts.’All proceeds are going to two charities, Stonewall and the Trevor Project. You are going to want to read these stories as they will get you into the Christmas spirit. The collection is slotted to be released on November 16, 2018. Nothing beats a nice romance for this time of the year. You are going to fall in love with the authors. Come back next week when I’ll be presenting something new.

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Lynn
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My Review of Domina Alexandra’s ‘I Belong With Her’

Hello everyone and good afternoon. Thank you for stopping by last week. Today I’m featuring my review for author Domina Alexandra’s ‘I Belong with Her’. This is the author’s third book and is one you are going to want to read. Let’s meet our players, Arianna and Tejel.
Author Photo 3Arianna is a paramedic and new to Oregon. Being a transplant from LA, she is starting her new job. She is tough and knows how to stand up for herself. She is quick-study as well as fast and alert. She is finds herself in arguments over many things.

Tajel is another paramedic who is teamed up with Arianna by the station. She was partial raised by her aunt and uncle. She has a fine eye and appreciates little things.

She loves being a woman but doesn’t date. She doesn’t want to it to interfere with her rising career. At work, she isn’t afraid to show her colors, especially to those who undermine her. A family member is her boss at work, so you get to see two sides to her in this relationship.

It was interesting watching the two women bicker for control. Both are strong willed and want to have the final say. The tug of war reactions added drama to the story.

There is romance in the story. There is flirting that really spiced things up. You will love what they say to each other and the scenes are pretty graphic.

Some course language is peppered throughout the story but not enough to distract from it. Good descriptions of the work place. I got the feel of being there. The author took us on a call to save a man’s life. I got to watch as the two women worked on him. I got to see how hard the women work as well as how grueling a 24-hour shift can be. There is good drama that had me on the edge of my seat. Very well done. I know you are going to love this story as much as I did.
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Once I was done, I changed into a clean uniform and found Tajel waiting for me in our room. I paused in the doorway, waiting for Tajel to say whatever was on her mind. I could tell she was bothered.

Tajel was entirely rigid. Her eyes were focused on me. “I’m not weak.”

Did what I said earlier really upset her that much?

I took a step closer to her so that she could see my sincerity, if nothing else. I was bad at choosing the right words. I never meant to offend Tajel and I was desperate for her to know that.

“I know that you’re not. That’s why it’s all right for you to be honest with your feelings. I don’t think you are weak.” With another step, I nearly closed the gap between us. “I know what real weakness is, because I have been utterly weak for so long.”

Tajel shook her head. “You’re not weak.”

I maintained my seriousness. “Yes I am. Don’t lie for me.”

“You’re not weak at least, not right now.”

The kindness in her words soothed me more than she probably intended. The fact that she was being nice to me at all, especially after my third time slaughtering any chance at getting along with her, surprised me. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. Not really. Whether Tajel tried to or not, she wasn’t capable of holding a grudge.

“Thank you.” Before she could ask why I thanked her, I explained, “You put your life at risk and kept me from harm.”

“I probably should have done that for the patient instead.”

I pursed my lips, considering her observation, then smiled. “But you didn’t.”

Absentmindedly, I reached out to her, taking her hand into mine and squeezing it.

“And thank you for earlier. I heard what Manny said to you. After my behavior at the diner…”
Tajel accepted my apology for the third time, and I was beginning to think she enjoyed our arguments simply because she liked to see me squirm when I would finally apologize. Time slipped away from us. It was probably only a few seconds, but I realized I couldn’t handle the tension in our linked fingers. When I managed to pull away, I noticed her knuckles were bruised.

I took an ice pack from my medic kit that I kept in the bathroom and popped it to activate the ice. I wrapped the pack in a small towel and placed it over her hand.

“You should be more careful. We need these hands.”

Our eyes locked, and my heart raced as everything around us faded. A knock on our door made me leap away from Tajel and she gave me an amused grin. Yes, I’m pathetic.

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Five Stars.

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Lynn
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Fall and Halloween

Hello Everyone. Thank you for stopping by last week for my ‘Awakened by Fate‘ blog. It was a huge turnout and you are the best readers. I can’t thank you enough.IMG_1310IMG_1311

It is that time of year again when the colors change and the temperatures drop. No more triple digit weather this year. Now we are into fall and it is amazing. We finally had some long-awaited rain and now my backyard is happy. One thing I love about this time of year is Halloween. I have loved this holiday since I was a kid going out trick or treating each year around my childhood neighborhood. I remember in high school, I dressed up as the grim reaper complete with a tight-fitting rubber mask. It was funny how none of the other kids outside didn’t know who I was.

Our neighborhood has an elementary school on the next block and each year all the kids come pouring in to gather their treats. We get about 300 kids and it is a blast watching them walk up to the door in their costumes, coming to collect their treat. We usually have candy to pass out. We get all sorts of kids, including high school kids since we also live near a high school. We get kids dressed in Hogwarts uniforms which I feel is the cutest next to a little girl who was dressed up as a fairy. They are all polite and say thank you.

This year, we have decked out the house with our pumpkins and our lights, not mention the scary music we play. We keep our door open until about 9:00 p.m. or until our candy runs out. We have a big plastic pumpkin in which we fill to the brim with candy. I, of course, pick out a few pieces for myself, but the rest is for the kids. We love to carve our pumpkins and put a candle inside to make them into jack-o-lanterns. We also have pie pumpkins which will be made into either pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie.

Our neighbor has a big inflatable pumpkin in front of her house. She puts up balloons which she gives out to the children. It is great that my street is involved with this holiday as it is important to the kids, as I know from my own childhood.

Last year the World Series was on during that night, so of course, we had our tv on as we passed out the treats. One man showed up with his kids with a radio. He heard the sounds coming from our tv and asked how the game was going. It was fun talking to him briefly about the sport as I gave his kids candy.

This year the Dodgers are in it again, playing the Red Sox. This weekend they are at home at Dodger Stadium. I’m hoping for a huge win tonight. It has been a rollar coaster for me during this years post season. The Dodgers almost didn’t make get their division title or the National League Pennant. Whew!

It is now the beginning of the holiday season and for this year I’m focusing on gratitude and what I can do to be of service. We participate in an annual blanket drive for the homeless. We help out by bagging and tagging the blankets and taking them down to downtown Los Angeles to distribute to the people there. I’ll tell it is a rush helping them out and I got a lot of God Bless’s last year. I’m looking forward to this year’s drive.
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Pumpkin2How about you? What are you grateful for and what types of service work are you participating in this season?

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be featuring my review for Domina Alexandra‘s ‘ ‘I Belong With Her.’

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Lynn
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Thank you for your support!

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my reposting of Graysen Morgen‘s interview. It was a huge turnout and it was great seeing you all and meeting new people. I am very grateful for your interest and support. I couldn’t have done it without you. I wanted to personally thank many people who have been with me on this journey.

KA Moll, Graysen Morgen, Breanna Hughes, Laure Dherbécourt, Anne Hagen, Nico J. Genes, Domina Alexandra, Ethyl Barker, Alicia Joseph, Lara Estes, Jeri Estes, Jennifer Lynn, Lou Gape, Natasja Hellenthal, Erin Wade, Charli Whiskey.

There are many more people who have been supportive and I thank you as well. This part of my life has had many dips and peaks, right now I’m moving towards a peak and it feels good. It feels good doing my interviews and book reviews. I am planning to start up on interviews later on this year so stay tuned.
IMG_1312Today I wanted to touch upon gratitude. We all have things in our lives that we are grateful for and they can be big, small, or in-between. They all help us evolve along our spiritual paths. I am grateful for my life and for everyone who is part of it. My success includes you all. We are all one and it is important for us to support each other. My fan base includes people from all walks of life and all types of life purposes. I am grateful I am at a point in my life where I can reflect on all the good that is happening now.

Gratitude can come in all forms. It can happen at any time. When we give we are telling the universe thanks for our existance. We can give in all forms. My form of giving is in the form of writing. I love my book and my blogs. It feels good sharing my entries with you each week.

I would like to share with you a bit about my book, ‘Awakened by Fate.’ The reason why I chose the protagonist is that I wanted to show a woman’ who’s life is out of control and the reasons why. Her alcohol abuse is a big contributing factor and I wanted to show how it wasn’t working in her life. I chose her to be in a traditional relationship because I wanted to tell the world how trapped she felt in her own life. She gets married to fullfil a family duty. Her entire world is upside down and I reveal things about her that get her thinking about the path that is in her reach.

Mystical JackieI’ve been told she is a cheater by some readers. Yes she has outside relationships because her marriage is open. She seeks to the outside for pleasure because she can’t see into her own soul. This is what she needs to see first. In the real world these relationships are out there and can work, if the partners are honest with each other, which I’ve seen. Jackie’s addictive behaviour makes it easy for her to be a liar, not to others, but to herself.

I want the world to see what she has to go through so she can begin to value herself as a worthy woman. I believe she is capable of being in a monogamous relationship and that the right person is out there for her. She just needs to keep an open mind and heart.

I’m happy you have been sharing your thoughts with me about my book. I feel it has made me a stronger writer. I’m currently working on three projects, two of which are slotted to be released next year. Again I want to thank you for all your support.

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be presenting something new.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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#Flashback – Meet author Graysen Morgen

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my review of Breanna Hughes‘ ‘Stunted.’ Today I’m featuring a flashback of my interview with Graysen Morgen. Since then Graysen has been at work. Her book, ‘Mission Compromised‘ is doing very well and is a great read. You can read my review by clicking below:

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In addition, she has been creating a very special writing project which will be revealed soon. More yet, she has very good news to tell the world and we are all looking forward to meeting the newest addition to her family.

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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. 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.

Author Profile PictureTell 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.

Graysen and RylieWhat 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! 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.

 

Roxy and Remy

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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Click on her Amazon Author page to purchase Boone Creek and ‘Castor Valley’.

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Thank you for visiting by today. For more on Graysen, please check out her Fb page for new and exciting news. Be sure to visit next week when I’ll be presenting a new entry.

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Lynn
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My Review of Breanna’ Hughes’ ‘Stunted’

Good afternoon, Friends. Thank you for stopping by last week to read my promo for my book, ‘Awakened by Fate.’ Today I have another treat for you. Author Breanna Hughes has a new book out, ‘Stunted,’ that is doing very well and has been enjoyed by many. I want to share this with you as I too enjoyed it. Let’s meet our main players, Jessie and Elliot.

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Breanna Hughes

Jessie is a stunt person for films. She is a tough woman who isn’t afraid of anything, except intimacy. She doesn’t date because she doesn’t want to mess up her career. She is a dedicated woman and does what she can in all situations. She likes to take care of others and take charge when she can.

Elliot is an actor and is kind of shy. She’s grateful for her life and has a gentle tone. The writer makes you understand how Elliot is feeling. It will touch you and show you her naturally sweet side.

One part of the story shocks everyone. What happens next is beyond anything I can imagine. The pressure they endured was enormous and I applaud them for their bravery. I’m not sure how I would have handled the situation had I been in their shoes. This part of the story really created a lot of good drama, making the read even more exciting.

What got me excited about this story is the author takes the reader onto a movie set. I got to see the hard work the actors put into their craft as well as being under the spotlight all day long. The reader also gets to go on a motorcycle ride for a few scenes. This I enjoyed! The descriptions are perfectly laid out.

There is plenty of hot and tender sex in the book.

This book is a fast read and can be completed in a few hours. I would recommend reading it in one sitting. You are going to fall in love with Elliot and Jesse. This book met my expectations and I’m recommending it to everyone.

Five Stars.

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Here is an excerpt to get you started.

Jessie nodded as Hayley headed off to makeup. She took this moment to look around the set and noticed a dilapidated bridge they built specifically for the film. She smiled upon realizing this was the bridge she’d jump off of at some point today. First, they were filming combat scenes which was the easiest thing for Jessie; she could do it all. Her fight skills were second to none. After three years in the business, she was also quite good with knives, swords, gymnastics, and parkour. She had excellent stunt driving skills, knew how to handle a prop gun, and was particularly good at falling and landing. She had yet to find a height or apparatus she couldn’t wait to jump from. At 26-years-old, she was one of the most sought-after stunt women around.

After familiarizing herself with the set, she grabbed some water from one of the coolers and took a swig from the bottle as she watched what was going on in front of the camera. She swallowed hard when she noticed a beautiful blonde girl talking to the director. Her mouth hung open as she watched the girl going over some blocking. The blonde’s brow furrowed as she concentrated on repeating the movements the director showed her. She laughed. The sound traveled all the way to Jessie’s ears, filling her with something vaguely familiar, but she was too entranced to figure out what the feeling was.

Suddenly realizing how thirsty she was, she took another swig of water and watched as the blonde left the director to walk over to the designated makeup area. She cast a glance in Jessie’s direction. The blonde quirked an eyebrow and gave her a smile, as if catching Jessie staring at her. Jessie snapped out of it immediately and looked away. She’d never been caught off guard quite like that before and didn’t intend for it to happen again.

“Is that the legendary Jessie Knight?”

Jessie turned around and saw a familiar face walking up to her. The girl was dressed in dark jeans and a skin-tight red top.

“Kat! It’s good to see you again.” She pulled her into a hug.

“You too! I haven’t seen you since that race car project. What was that, like a year and a half ago?

“Yeah, I think so.”

“Wow, you look good. Who are you doubling for?”

“Hayley Carhart.” She looked around for Hayley, but didn’t see her.

“Oh yeah? How’s that going?”

“It’s good. She’s actually pretty cool.” Jessie tugged lightly at Kat’s hair. “Nice hair. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this blonde.”

“Hey, I’m a natural blonde. I just had to go a few shades lighter. Got to look the part when I’m doubling for Elliot Chase. You’ve heard of her, right?”

Jessie shrugged. “Can’t say I have.”

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Kat looked at her incredulously. “Why am I not surprised? I swear for someone who works so consistently in this industry, you really have no knowledge of it.”

“Hey, I have the knowledge I need. I know how to do my job.”

“Try reading a gossip magazine or watching Access Hollywood for once.”

“I get to know the people I double for really well. That’s enough for me. Hayley and I are at a place where we can actually joke with each other,” Jessie protested.

“Well, that’s better than the actress you doubled for on the race movie. You wouldn’t even talk to her unless it was work related. The poor girl was terrified of you.”

“I didn’t like the way she treated the crew. She was rude and demanding and disrespectful.”

Even though she worked with famous people on a daily basis, Jessie often made it clear she had no desire for fame herself. She wasn’t into the whole celebrity thing. She liked her life the way it was. Why bother adding the inconvenience of fame to it?

“Fair enough,” Kat relented.

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Doesn’t this sound like a book you’d want to read? I loved it and know you will too. Please leave Breanna a nice review. Reviews show the author the reader cares. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be presenting an interview.

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Lynn

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