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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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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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.

https://lynnlawler.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/my-review-for-samantha-jacobeys-christmas-eve/

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

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 Suzie Carr’s ‘The Curvy Side of Life’

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week. It was a huge turnout and I appreciate your support. This week I’m featuring my review for Suzie Carr’s ‘The Curvy Side of Life.’ Let’s meet our main players, Faith, Danielle, Martina, and Candace.
The Curvy Side of Life Cover“I think everything happens the way it’s supposed to and if we look close enough, we’ll find the beauty even in the darkest places.”

Suzie Carr, The Curvy Side of Life

Faith is the main player. She is a little insecure in the beginning due to her current living situation. She has a daughter, Bristol whom she adores. Bristol is shy and will only talk to two people who are close to her. The mother-daughter relationship is amazing, and you will love both as you read along.

Faith has had her own set of bad luck and is ready for something new. She is a bit shy and is very rational. She doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she gets busy like helping a neighbor. That was a nice touch to the story. She is cautious at trying new things, but once she dives in, she’s on fire and takes it to the races.

Danielle is Faith’s sister and is lonely after her husband passed years ago. She is a bit forward, yet loves her younger sister, Faith. Danielle wants the best for them and makes an offer to her that she can’t resist. Her persuasiveness does a number on her and you will see what I mean in the book. She is an entrepreneur and owns her own business, which part of the story is focused around.

Martina is Danielle’s sister-in-law and has an overbearing personality. She speaks her mind. Inside she is fearful and uses her bolstering personality to cover it up. This created a lot of drama for the story.

The things I admired about her were her optimism and confidence. She never doubts herself and attempts new things without a hitch. She has the aunt vibe with Danielle’s daughter, which is priceless.

Candace, aka the Yoga Goddess, is just that and I loved her vibe. She is a private person but boasts confidence in her manner. Her kindness is contagious, and she will go out of her way to help another. She has a way with sensitive people to make them feel comforted around her. You can’t help but be attracted to her.

The author deals with an issue that got my attention regarding Faith’s daughter, Bristol. I was glad she touched on this because this affects many people, including children. It was a heartening experience watching and I applaud the players who were involved. I love how the author does research for her stories. For one book she visited a bee apiary and this time it was learning about Salsa dancing as well as the Latin culture. Well done and this is something you will appreciate.

What I like about this story is the gentle and soft tone it has. I got a feeling of serenity as I read. It was like I was part of a sisterhood with the four women and one other woman. Each offered their own wisdom to the story. I felt like I was sitting on the patio with them with the lake in the background and the sun shining on my face. There are a few choice words, but they didn’t distract me from the story. Some of the scenes gave me the tingles.

This book is an easy read and can be read in a few hours. It is touching so you may want to have your tissue box handy. I am recommending it to everyone who wants a heartfelt story.
The Curvy Side of Life CoverHere is an excerpt:

That night, Faith dreamed of a forest. She walked through foggy air, passing by thick trees with double and triple trunks. Their branches swayed. The tree roots sat on top of the soil, creating giant mounds in the middle of the path.

Faith could no longer see what lay before her. Confused, she spun to find a new way, only everyway she turned, the tree roots blocked her. Then, one of the branches plucked her up, lifting her out of the forest and into the canopy. From there, she surveyed the vast lushness of the rolling green hills circling the deep, tangled woods. One giant nest of leaves, branches and knotty roots lay below her – an impassable stretch of land that imprisoned its captives. Free from its grip, she hung in the sky and examined the choices that extended beyond the impossible.

Then, the branch snapped and sent her tumbling back toward the nest. Within inches of hitting it, she awoke.

Despite the dream, when Faith opened her eyes the next morning, the sun took on a brighter shade. It lit up the room in a spectacular tone, highlighting the wicker chair near the window. Faith pictured herself sitting in the chair each morning, sipping delicious coffee as she read a book that took her down a trail of happiness. Under the rays of sunshine, peace would swaddle her. Worries of the mess back in Boston wouldn’t unnerve her. The crispness of her mood protected her from the hollowness of the future that only yesterday she had dreaded.

Overnight, the world lightened with a sunny lacquer. Her lungs filled with air that tasted fresh. Reenergized, she stretched and looked out the window at the side yard. From there, she could see the top of Candace’s roof. It peaked and sloped toward the green grass her body touched and sank into when practicing yoga.

Five Stars

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Thank you for stopping by today and great thanks to Suzie for creating this really amazing story. Be sure to pick up your copy today. I’m always looking for discussion. Next week I’ll be presenting another book review.

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Lynn
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Awakened by Fate

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. I hope you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. We went to visit our family and had a blast. It was great seeing everyone and I’m feeling a lot of gratitude. Things are going well and I wanted to share with you another promo for my book, ‘Awakened by Fate.’
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A lot goes into the making of a good book. In my case, it took several years. I am currently working on a few other manuscripts. Writing the story is the easy part. The hard part is editing and moving things around. I like to have the story in good shape before I send it off to the beta readers. Then they have their own notes I follow. You have to make sure everything ties together and there are no plot holes. It is easy to put in a minor character and then forget about them. That’s why it is so important to have an outline or two handy, to keep me on track.

Jackie is an interesting character in that she is so self-absorbed she doesn’t see what is going on around her. She thinks she’s doing a good job at work, at least until a rush comes in, then she doesn’t fare so well. She is walking along a path that leads to nowhere.

In the book, I go into greater details about her relationships with others. There is one woman that Jackie can’t upset. Out of jealousy and worried about losing her job, Jackie sets out to sabotage her new co-worker.
Mystical Jackie.jpgShe thinks she has her life in order, but can’t see the flaws in it at least she ignores the signs. A big disappointment happens and she still doesn’t see the truth.

It is interesting regarding Jackie’s choice of lovers, including one whom she got caught with. I chose for her to have a platonic relationship with her husband for this part of the story. He is gone a lot, but one has to wonder whether or not he is choosing to go on these assignments since their relationship draws out the worst in both of them.

Along the way, Jackie meets up with others who are able to be supportive of her as she goes through her change. Even still, she has her own ideas.

At the beginning of the story, Jackie has an estranged relationship with her family and has issues regarding them. Here she has a golden opportunity to clear up the tangled strands. But it isn’t easy and some things go unsaid that should be spoken.

I chose a complicated character because wanted her to have a bumpy ride before she realizes who she really is.

Here is another exciting excerpt from this story:

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“Welcome to the big league, Jackie.”

“You like the flyer?”

“Yes. Lisa is such a genius with her work. If it’s okay with you I’d like to take some of your flyers and post them around town and pass out at my next gig. What do you say?”

Smiling, Jackie said, “Sure.”

Giving her a hug, Trish said, “That’s my girl. Don’t be surprised when the phone calls start coming in. What do you say we spend some time tonight working on affirmations that you can post around your condo to remind you when you’re feeling off balance?”

Trish and Jackie's secret place

Jackie went to the office and returned with a pen and notebook. She and Trish stayed up to all hours of the night working. By the time they went to bed, Jackie passed out.

*

The gentle breeze brushed up against her cheek and the scent of pine and aspen was in the air. Looking around, Jackie saw that she was in a lush, breathtaking forest. The sun shone down through the trees, making the dew on the grass glisten. The wind whistled a soft song. In the distance, she saw a deer that turned to look at her. He stood still for a brief minute, but when she moved her hand, he turned and ran away.

She continued walking until she came to a small, grassy clearing. She lay down in the thick carpet and closed her eyes. For several minutes, she breathed in the clean, crisp air and allowed her mind to just wander. The sun felt warm, beating down on her face, and she allowed herself to soak up the rays.

The sound of a twig snapping caused her to freeze up. Panic overcame her as she sat up. Then in the distance, she saw two very tall women with long, flaxen, hair, sparkling blue eyes, and a healthy glow from their faces, standing next to a large aspen tree.

Jackie stood up and started walking towards them. They continued to stay put, as if they were waiting for her.

“Do I know you?”

The woman on the left replied, “Yes, you do. We have been with you on your current journey and are here to check in with you. How are you doing, Jackie?”

Puzzled, she looked hard at the two of them and thought. Then she spoke. “What do you mean by my current journey?”

“Your current incarnation. We are here to guide you as you walk through your life. You called us here at this time because you needed our assistance.”

“I’m at a loss here. Sorry.”

“You appear to be at a crossroads with several aspects in your life and are confused about which path to take. We cannot tell you which one to follow, but we can tell you that you will soon find the answer. You will need to go to a sacred place to receive it.”

Jackie replied in a huffy tone, “And where do I need to go to receive this message?”

“Ask Trish and she will take you there.”

“What do you mean ask Trish? What does she have to do with this?”

“Just trust what we are telling you. When you go to this place, go deep inside and the answer will come to you.”

A minute later, both women disappeared into the air and Jackie was left alone, standing in the forest. Without another thought she closed her eyes for a minute. When she opened them, she saw a fox sitting in the exact spot where the two women had been standing. Jackie stood there for several moments staring at the animal until he, too, disappeared.
Early in the morning on Kauai

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The second she woke, she wrote down what she remembered from her dream. Looking over, she saw a peaceful looking Trish lying next to her, breathing softly. Quietly, she stole out to the kitchen to make some coffee. The morning sun was inviting, so she went out on the balcony to absorb the rays of sunshine.

About twenty minutes later, Trish appeared in the doorway with a cup of joe in her hand. Smiling, she said, “You look radiant today.”

“Thanks.”

Trish sat down. Pointing at her notebook, she said, “Anything interesting come to you recently?”

“Oh, my. I had this weird dream last night,” she went into details of it.

Grasping her hands, Trish widened her eyes and said, “Hey, that is amazing! These two women are your spirit guides. It sounds like they want you to get out into nature. I know of a wonderful place that’s not too far away where we can go hiking sometime if you’re up for it. The best time to go is in the early morning when the sun is rising.”

“What do you think they are saying? I don’t get their secret.”

“I think I do.”

“And…,” Jackie said.

“You are definitely ready for this phase of your life. It sounds like the women want to show you something. Now that I think of it, I know of an even better place I can take you for a nature walk.”

“Is it far away?”

“Let me take care of the details.”

Around Trish’s neck was her fox medallion. Jackie’s heart skipped a beat. Trish looked down and smiled. Then she took it off and put it around Jackie’s neck and kissed it. “Allow good things to manifest.”

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Thank you for stopping by today and thanks so much for all your support with ‘Awakened by Fate.’ Be sure to stop by next week when I’ll be featuring my review for Suzie Carr‘s ‘The Curvy Side of Life.’

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Lynn
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Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my review of Anne Hagan‘s ‘Loving Blue in Red States – Sweetwater Texas.’ This week I’m touching on some things that are going on in my life.

Cover PhotoAs many of you know, this year, I published my book, ‘Awakened by Fate,’ the story of a woman forced to make sudden changes in her life after a night when she experiences a bizarre occurrence. Things she once hid from are suddenly out in the open, forcing her to deal with them. A complex character, I wanted to portray a strong woman who had to deal with many hurdles. Readers root for this character as the story unfolds. The woman may appear to be angry, but that is because she has to adjust to her new life. Underneath readers learn what comes out as a result of her spiritual awakening.

I have been hard at work with my two other manuscripts. One is about a woman who is hurting from a long-lost love as well as having to live in deep humiliation on a daily basis. She too goes through a transformation. The key question is will she ever find love again?

My other story is a fantasy story about two women who are forced into on an adventure to an undisclosed place to learn about a secret that will change the course of their lives. They too have to undergo changes and deal with issues. All of this will make them stronger women as they go after a challenge.

On the other side of things, I have been feeling a lot of gratitude. I have many things to be grateful for, my loving relationship with my wife, my health, and my friends and family. All of this has worked together to make my life stronger. I couldn’t have done it all without the help of my beloved friends, family, and readers. Gratitude is what keeps me going throughout all that has been going on in the world. I realize that outside of myself is a hurricane and I’m in the eye of it.

My wife and I are having a lot of fun this year buying Christmas gifts. Each year we participate in a program where we give gifts to a homeless child. It is fun going to the store and picking out little boy things. I can only imagine how he going to feel when he gets his gift bag at Christmas. I feel good knowing that he is going to have a special Christmas.
IMG_1311Next week is my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I like to put together a big dinner with all the trimmings. My favorite is my cranberry pierogies. Since I’m of Polish descent, naturally I would love this tasty dish. I make the dough and let it set. Then I roll it into thin slices the size of a four-inch circle. I put a teaspoon of cranberry sauce in it and fold it over it and pinch the edges shut. Now is the fun part – frying. I fry them until they are a light color on both sides. Now they just need to cool and they are ready to be eaten. I can’t wait until I make them next Thursday.

I am getting closer to reaching a writing goal. I will keep you posted about the release of my second book coming soon.

Be sure to stop by next week when I’ll be featuring something new.

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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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?

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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.

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Lynn

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