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.’
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.
She 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:
“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?”
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 theanswer 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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Arianna 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.
Here is an excerpt:
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.
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.
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.
How about you? What are you grateful for and what types of service work are you participating in this season?
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.
Today 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.
I’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.
Good afternoon Everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week and thank you, Erin Wade for the interview. Recently I read a few books, including Graysen Morgen’s ‘Mission Compromised.’ Today I am sharing my review of the story.
The story starts out in Fiji with its over-the-water bungalows and lush mountain ranges. There are a few points of view in the story with the first two debuting early in the plot. Lets’ meet them.
Natalia de la Faria Moreno is a beauty who radiates everywhere. Immediately I was drawn to her kind nature. She adores her father and mother. She is well traveled, having lived in many countries growing up. Very intelligent and has a deep care for things that are important to her, such as her conscious-being profession. I found her charming, including when she was on the emotional side. She is seductive and needy, but I wanted more of her.
Christian Garnier is another main character who travels to Fiji. It is spelled out clearly that she has trust issues and can’t tell the difference between a criminal or a saint. She is a private person and doesn’t openly share. The few times she did are priceless. She does have a soothing vibe and knows exactly what to say at the right time. Her dangerous lifestyle will give you goosebumps. She will keep you guessing the entire ride as well as surprised.
There is a third point of view, Collette. She is Christian’s ex-lover. She is brash and still holds onto a past pain. However, I feel they worked well together. You’ll see what I mean in the book.
A fourth point of view pops up later, which I feel is unnecessary.
One of the antagonists is so well described that he will give you the creeps right from the start. Even his name will make you shiver. You’ll see in the book the sleazy role he plays and how he operates.
There is hot steamy romance in the story which I will leave for the reader.
The author has good descriptions of the scenes and I love all the places the protagonists visit. She includes things like ‘salty air’ and ‘turquoise water’. She did research on the story locations and included some local attractions such as a cathedral in London, which made me feel like I was there. This adds beauty to the story and makes you want to read more.
The pace of the story starts out slow. There is an exciting twist that follows that will get you hooked. The author takes you on a roller coaster ride around the world, visiting several countries. It took me about six hours to read, so I would carve out some time to read. I am recommending this book for all who enjoy suspense and mystery. Be prepared for a sudden ending.
Here is an excerpt to get you started.
Natalia stood on the upper deck of the catamaran, feeling the salty air tinge her face as the boat raced across the turquoise water. It had been so long since she’d had the sun on her back and ocean water on her skin. Working as a Marine Conservationist, you’d think she spent most of her time around marine life and ocean water, but her job was managing the education workshops for teachers, as well as all of their educational tools. The reason she was going for her PhD was to become the Head of Education at the Oceanarium. Her goal in becoming a conservationist was to educate people on marine life and how to preserve it.
As the cat rolled over a wave, Natalia’s mind was elsewhere and she was thrown slightly off balance. She barely had time to react before someone steadied her. Natalia didn’t have to look twice, to tell the person with short, curly, dark hair and dark sunglasses, was female.
“Careful,” the woman said as she passed by, walking towards the port side from the bow without looking back.
Natalia’s focus went back to the island in front of them, growing larger as they became closer. She reached up, touching her pendant. “Thank you, Papai,” she whispered.
This is the second installment of the ‘Reverie Series.’ It starts out in Vienna, a place that has always been a city of wonder for me. I was excited this story was continuing because I just love the two main characters, Claire and Lana. This time it is told in the first person from two points of view. Like before, there is another quick twist. Then the story unfolds.
Claire is full of light and is seeking higher meaning. In the beginning, she doubts herself and comes across as insecure. I found her to be very real and as I read, I felt a deeper understanding of her. She embarks on a journey to a foreign country. I was impressed the author chose this magnificent place.
However, Claire comes off as a bit obsessed with things. She can be a bit antsy and some of her thoughts stirred up emotions in me, intensifying the plot. However, she is lovable and as I read, I couldn’t wait for her next words.
Claire’s brother, David is back and he plays a much bigger role in her life. The brother-sister bond really touched my heart and the author clearly expressed it.
Lana is very rational. She can get through most situations smoothly. She comes off as being patient and doesn’t allow her emotions to take over. She is firm with her language and she impressed me as being a lady. I loved these traits about her and they deepened her character to another level. She is very mysterious which intrigued me.
There were times I really felt for her because of her insecurities. She tends to follow the crowd and doesn’t like to step outside her boundaries. She is a well put together character.
The antagonist, Greg, is in the story. He is self-centered and only cares about having his trophy wife and his business. He overreacts, and his words caused me to tense up.
The flow of the story is smooth and carries throughout. The author takes the reader on a journey to different places in the world. The way they are described, you will feel like she is guiding you on a tour and the descriptions of the scenery are excellent. The author enlightened me with culture and history.
What I also like is the depth of character development. I know everyone’s secrets and can see inside their heads. I applaud the author for touching on a spiritual awakening. This left a lasting impression on me and I’m glad I was able to witness it.
The dynamics between the two main players can be rough at times, causing intense drama. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages.
The subtle flirting will excite you. The romance is very hot and tender.
The mother-daughter relations for one of the protagonists made me angry. In the book, you’ll see what I mean.
Be sure to carve out about five hours to read; you’re not going to want to miss anything. It may even give you another perspective on things, like it did me. I am recommending everyone to read this book. It is unlike any other book I’ve read.
Here is an excerpt to get you started on this amazing journey. Enjoy!
Hoping still to find my phone I decided to use both hands. To do this I had to let go of my luggage. My suitcase didn’t easily keep balance on its own and fell straight to the floor. I bent down to pick it up and immediately my bag tipped over spewing the entire contents across the floor. Oh, great! When will I stop being so clumsy? Luckily, I didn’t have many items inside. “Do you need help?” I heard a polite male voice. I felt embarrassed and looked up at the person offering to help and barely managed to pull together few words. “No, thank you, I am fine.” Due to my embarrassment, my answer was passed in a cold tone. He really didn’t deserve it. I looked for him again to apologize but he’d left already. I managed to pick up all my belongings and placed them safely back in my bag ensuring all in the vicinity were watching and having fun at my expense. I knew it was silly to think like that, but I couldn’t help it. Then my luggage fell off again. Shit! How awkward! I looked around and felt relieved nobody was watching. Okay, concentrate, please! I must pull myself together. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes to calm down. I opened them feeling silly at getting angry about what had just happened. In the next moment, I froze.
My eyes lay on a young girl. She was walking graciously towards me. My jaw dropped as my heart went into overdrive. It was just like in the cartoons, with Tom and Jerry. This thought brought a smile to my face but I controlled it. She looked phenomenal. It wasn’t the clothes. She was dressed in casual blue jeans, a navy shirt, and All-star. It was the way she walked and her figure that left me speechless. She was average height and she moved her nicely proportionate body so elegantly. She was slim with amazing curves that would turn many a man’s head. I so wished I’d a body like hers. I wished, even more, I could hold that body in my arms. Her hair, mmmmmm, her hair looked amazing. I smiled at the thought of running my fingers through that long red curly hair. What a girl! I thought. I fell in love instantly. I forgot my suitcase and I was staring up at her whilst she approached. She must surely have noticed that she’d caught my eye. I wasn’t trying to hide it. God, she looked sublime. I was even more enamored when I saw a nice grin on her face. I wasn’t prepared. My cheeks were blushing already due to the whole spill-the-bag thing but her smile made my blushing even worse. It was without any doubt the most beautiful smile I’d ever seen. I tried to smile back nicely, but instead managed only a sheepish grin, which in any case was too late. She’d moved forward. Maybe her smile wasn’t aimed at me. Perhaps if it was, it might have been just for consolation. What was I doing? Was I now imagining I’m getting signals from all the girls who look at me, just because I knew now for sure what my sexual orientation is?
Enough with the embarrassment and with the girls for the moment. It wasn’t easy though to forget this gorgeous girl with awesome long red hair. I looked around to see where she’d gone, but it was impossible to spot her anywhere. There will be another girl out there for me. And when I meet her, I will never let her go. So now, back to my plans.
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Hello Everyone and welcome. Thank you for visiting last week and meeting Novelist / Writer Victoria Avilan. It was a pleasure to see you all and I really appreciate your support. Also, I want to thank you for sharing the podcast interview I had with Suzie Carr on her Curvy Life podcast. Click below to view it.
Today I have asked author Nico J. Genes (Reverie Series) to guest on today’s blog. She also has a forthcoming book, Lessons in Life, which I helped beta read, debuting very soon. Nico is an artist who paints her pages clearly. Her books are full of mystery, drama, and romance and get’s you wondering. I invite you to find out more about Nico. Read on!
“If I have more than one life, I would definitely dedicate this one entirely to you.”
– Nico J. Genes, ‘Magnetic Reverie’
Tell us about yourself.
Recently I participated in a self-promotion seminar where they recommended to ask our friends what do they think about us. It was a funny exercise because my friends seemed to see a bigger and brighter picture of myself. I don’t lack self-confidence, I don’t have a big ego either, I am just a human being trying to make a difference through everything I do.
What is your book series, “The Reverie Series” about?
At first glance, it is a different kind of love story. “Magnetic Reverie” is about Lana, who is discovering her new sexuality by falling for Claire, the girl from her dreams, while being married to Greg. It starts with the struggle and mix of emotions between dreams and reality, it continues by seeing what thoughts are passing through Lana’s mind fighting the prejudices and also fearing how the world would judge her if she would decide to come out. But also it’s about decisions. Whom should she chose, Claire or Greg? “Reverie Girl” shows us also Claire’s point of view and some before and after. Overall, the series is full of emotions, sometimes sad, as real life it’s not always a fairytale, sometimes full of desire, as this is something natural when there is a strong chemistry between two people, it’s about remorse and trying to figure out what the best decision is, it is about forgiveness. The main message: love should not be judged.
Why did you choose India as a setting for part of your story?
Have you visited the Taj Mahal?: In the sequel, India plays an important role especially because of Claire’s acceptance of who she is and I found it the best by using the analogy among the diversity that is present over there. Yes, I have visited Taj Mahal and I was really impressed by it. You have to see it in reality. Actually, I have visited all the places I describe in my series and I just hope that I managed to make someone curious about seeing them in reality as they are all worth seeing.
Me: After reading this, I want to travel to these places.
Do you believe in love at the spiritual level?
Yes. My favorite movie is Café de Flore and I think this is the reason why I loved that movie so much. My trip to India made me start thinking about the spiritual life.
How would you describe your protagonist, from the series?
Lana is beautiful, smart, young, self-confident, sociable, it seems she has everything, except for a child. Claire, on the other hand, lacks self-confidence, she is gorgeous but she doesn’t see it; she had a tragic childhood, she doesn’t socialize, doesn’t trust many people, in many ways she is the opposite of Lana. But with all her imperfections she is more real than Lana, who tends to be superficial at times. Together though they bring the best of each other.
How do you compare writing short stories to full-length novels?
Two of my write-ups have been chosen to be included in the anthology of short stories and poetry called Limitless released as a charity project. I would say that the main difference is that when writing short stories you need to be more concise, choose every world a bit more carefully than in full-length novels. It depends though on the type of both. I also think that some writers prefer short over long and vice-versa, I am both. In full-length novels, I write as long as the story asks me too.
Why did you choose to be a writer?
I listened to my inner voice. It has allowed me to take a path to use my creativity and tell some unique stories. In the adult life, it started with the idea for another book that I am yet to write and then The Reverie’ series that I chose to write first. I liked the idea, I saw the message that I could bring it out there so I worked on the plot and really enjoyed writing it.
What is it like living in Croatia?Where would you take a friend to see the sites?
I was living in the south of Croatia, at the seaside, in the city of Šibenik and surroundings that are all mentioned in my series. Especially for those of us that don’t live by the sea, I think I can call it a dream come true (even when the weather conditions weren’t the most favorable :-)). I would definitely take my friends to see those exact places as they are beautiful.
What are some of your favorite places to visit in Europe?
I was born in Romania, I am living in Slovenia, I lived in Croatia and also traveled a lot. I think it is really hard to pick any favorite place in Europe or worldwide. They all have beauty in them. I know for me that wherever I am close to nature I feel the best, so that is my favorite place.
What is a favorite ethnic dish you like to create for friends and family?
Well, I don’t really cook much, and I am very picky regarding food, my friends and family know that 🙂 I do have a favorite dish. It is called eggplant salad. It’s typical Romanian and it must be prepared by my mother to have that special taste that I love.
Who is your favorite European musical artist? Have you seen them perform live?
I do like many artists, but now to placing them on the map I would have to mention Queen and The Cranberries, unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to see them live. I do like a lot Siddartha, Slovenian band and recently discovered the lovely Ditka, Slovenian singer and I have been to their concerts.
Which languages do you speak? How does it feel to be multi-lingual?
Instead of getting lost in translation is better than you know the languages from the countries you live in. Besides Romanian, my native language, I speak Slovenian, Croatian and English. I would love to improve my French and as Romanian, I would be very fast in mastering Italian and Spanish, but I didn’t find the time yet.
On your blog, you review books. What types of stories touch your heart?
I am first of all a romantic soul so I will always enjoy a love story. I do read through lots of genres and I appreciate the most those that give me an additional food for thought and expand my knowledge and views.
What do you like the most about reviewing other people’s books on your blog? I will be honest and say that until I became a published author I never wrote reviews for books, I never thought about it and it never happened that I came in contact with the author. Since then I started to post reviews on Goodreads and on the retailer’s platform. Recently I was thinking that I could do much more helping authors by posting the reviews also on my blog and share them on social media. I review known and less known authors/books and I love the most when I discover an amazing book that unfortunately didn’t get the luck to be seen by the right people so it can get the appraisal it deserves. I hope with the extra visibility on my blog these books will have a higher chance to be seen. There are many jewels out there.
“The human being that finds the most of happiness by relating and helping people around me making their life more satisfying and meaningful, by: offering a shoulder to cry on when in need, sharing happy moments together, everything to make a life better.”
Would you like to elaborate on the meaning of your quote?
This is a description from my page explaining shortly who am I and what is the purpose of my blog. Often in life family, friends, colleagues have told me that I am a good listener, I calm them down, I help them pass the crises, I help them grow, I inspire them, motivate them etc, so I thought why shouldn’t I expand that on a wider level, of course within my time limits and capacities. If people would only know what difference they could make by only smiling a bit more often or saying a nice word when needed, I am sure they would do it.
How do you view the ‘glass being half-full’ during challenging times and what do you do to stay positive?
It’s a constant challenge. Since I turned 21 I started seeing things differently, I decided at that moment (I don’t remember what made me change my mindset but I am glad I did) that I should try seeing a good side in everything, no matter how bad it is. Since then, even when I don’t see immediately any good reason I do see it later. Maybe it’s autosuggestion at times, either way, it helps.
What is next for you?
I am in the process prior to publishing my third book. This one will be in a different genre, a nontypical self-help/motivational/personal growth book. I am really thrilled about it and again I have to say that it is written with a message, actually through every story present inside I present a different message, overall they could all conclude in be a better human being, be positive, believe in yourself, accept yourself. I do have many other ideas, within lesfic and outside my debut genre, and I can’t wait to materialize them.
Good afternoon Everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by to meet author Tey Holden last week. I’ve had a change of plans and am going to present to you my blog tour for my book, ‘Awakened by Fate’. I can’t give you enough thanks for all your support. I really appreciate it. The tour will be going on until Jun-15-18.
Jackie is a woman living life according to her own rules. She’s married, but it’s the unspoken, open kind. She can have as many female lovers as she likes; she just can’t talk about them.
After a bizarre encounter turns her world upside down, things slowly begin to change. She finds herself in desperation as she searches for answers. What she discovers is nothing is delivered in a neatly wrapped box.
Now that everything has been brought out into the open, she finds she can’t run away from her truth anymore. With her new life, comes new responsibilities and a different outcome than what she was expecting.
Jackie isn’t alone in the story. She meets several new people who help her along her journey.
She did her best to blend in, walking around, drink in hand. Then she saw Holly. This time she wasn’t letting her get away, so she locked in on her.
Arching her eyebrow, Holly said, “So you’re back, I see. How would you like to go do something bad?”
Jackie felt her heart race like she was running a marathon. Her nipples hardened and her insides quivered. Smiling, she replied, “What did you have in mind?”
“Whatever you’d like.”
Jackie led her to the pool house. She imagined feeling the warmth of the woman’s smooth naked skin against hers.
They slipped into the darkness. The glow of the full moon provided their only light. Closing the door, Holly was suddenly all over her. “Are you ready for the ride of your life?” Holly asked.
Jackie barely got, “Oh, yes” out of her mouth when Holly’s mouth was upon hers. She worked her tongue into Jackie’s mouth and their tongues danced. Reaching behind Jackie, she unzipped her dress and gently moved it over her shoulders. It fell to the floor and Jackie kicked it away.
What Others are Saying:
I love reading and I especially love reading books where I am instantly captured by the characters and their storyline. I love that feeling of becoming one of the characters and I “fall in” the story and I am right there along-side them. That is what I encountered in this book.
~ Sylvia T. Santos
What I found fascinating is how this woman can be developing her spiritual side but still be so oblivious to her problems. This makes an interesting character study. I did like the ending, which answered some questions for me and left me feeling hopeful.
Lynn Lawler is a fiction writer, who writes stories greatly inspired by the LGBTQ community and her own experiences. Her novel, Awakened By Fate is a story about a woman in denial about her true potential who encounters a reality that opens her up to a new awareness; suddenly things she feared the most became her life.
Lynn has had a lifelong interest in writing and wrote short stories while in school. In college, she wrote an editorial that was published in The Detroit Free Press. It focused on the positives of children’s education in the sciences. She found this to be very inspiring and felt that people needed awareness to create an attraction for students to study these.
During her early adult years, Lynn went on a spiritual journey to Arizona seeking enlightenment. While there she got to experience some things that were life-changing. She first managed a vendor booth, selling nutritional supplements at an open market. Then, as one door closed another one opened. After this job ended the next day she started working at a produce department in Tempe, AZ. While working at the co-op, she educated people on sprouting as well as the health benefits of juicing. Lynn is vegan and has been vegetarian her whole adult life.
She also has work experience in Architectural design. She likes the creativity of this field, but her passion lies in writing.
Lynn started writing several years ago after she watched a documentary on the life of the 20th-century writer Willa Cather. At the same time, she experienced a loss that encouraged her to take this direction. After writing the initial outline and first draft, the author embraced a new awareness that changed the path of her life. The trials of Lynn’s life have only served as stepping stones to a brighter outlook and a stronger spirit.
Lynn has always been a fan of books with some of her favorite authors being Mary Higgins Clark and J.K. Rowling. She also loves reading the works of other LGBTQ authors such as Suzie Carr, KA Moll, and Amy Dunne. She enjoys material of the unknown, mysterious, and mystical.
Good afternoon Friends and welcome. Thank you for all your support last week. Things are going really well with my book, ‘Awakened by Fate’ and I couldn’t be happier. Today I am featuring an interview with author Tey Holden, The Addy and Karen series. Also at the bottom of the interview is an excerpt from the third book in the series, ‘One Little Bit.’ This will debut on Amazon in June 2018. Read on!
Tell us about yourself. I’m an extremely private person and would pretty much like to keep it that way. That is why there’s no picture of me. I’ve lived in many places, and have been exposed to different cultures. I can talk as much as I can write, endlessly! I’m always kidding and think of myself as a fun easy-going person. On the serious side, I’m the type of person who people come to for advice.
What are your books, Addy and Karen series, ‘Turning on a Dime’ and ‘New Quarters’ about? How would you describe your protagonist? The story is about being true to yourself, about not being afraid to live, and about embracing the changes that life brings. The characters in the story stepped out of the comfort zones and took the challenge that life offered knowing that the road ahead might be hard. In so doing, they faced a new future and found themselves and love.
People have asked me if the story is real, and whether I identify with either character. I think as writers we cannot separate ourselves from our experiences, lived or seen. So, I believe every book has a little bit of the author. And as to the whether the story is real or fictional, that is the true test of a good fiction author. I think that if a fictional story is so believable that the reader wonders if it’s real, the author must have covered all the elements of reality in such a way as to make the story credible, and that makes it a great story. So, for those of you who have asked about the veracity of the story, thank you so very much. I couldn’t possibly have gotten a better compliment.
How did you choose the cover for ‘Turning on a Dime’ and what does it mean to you? It’s symbolic. The road represents the road of life with its many twists and turns, never knowing what to expect around the next corner, and the changing of the leaves represents the constant changes that life brings.
What music do you like to listen to when you are writing? I don’t listen to music when I write. When I’m writing I’m fully focused on what I’m doing. I live through my characters, so I enjoy and suffer every happiness and pain they feel. Sometimes I laugh so much that I have to stop writing! Other times, it’s sadness that makes me stop. I’m very emotional.
Do you enjoy writing short stories? I do, although my tendency is to go long. I’ve actually written a few short stories in response to invitations from the Academy of Bards. Because they all involve the same characters, I’m thinking of either putting them together as a compendium of short stories or maybe I’ll make a book from them! We’ll see. That is one of many projects ahead.
Who has inspired your writing? No one. I wrote my first story as a challenge to myself to see if I could do such a thing. I was the first one surprised when I realized I had put together over 200 pages, and even more surprised when people liked it! I do have to thank the Academy of Bards, which is where I started to post my stories years ago, and the person who owns the server where the web page resides (she know who she is!). I think the Academy is a wonderful avenue, which has helped many authors to develop their talent. So, thank you very much!
Where do you go to get out into nature? I love visiting National Parks, and I also love going to the beach. Not a hiker, not a swimmer, just once person enjoying the beauty of the universe. I love sailing, as long as someone else pulls the ropes!
Do you have any hobbies that you are passionate about? Writing is my hobby. Writing fiction is liberating. The fictional world is a boundless universe where anything is possible. I don’t think there’s a greater freedom than that which can occur in the mind of a writer. If the sky is the limit, the creative mind is limitless.
What would you recommend for a wine drinker who wanted a taste of your local vino and why? Ah! Come to Virginia. Virginia wine has come a long way and there are plenty of good wineries and wines. Virginia is green and beautiful. The wineries are hidden among its mountains and to get to them you have to drive up a dirt road, or down a hill, maybe even across a brook. You might also see a fox or a hawk. It’s quaint countryside, it’s romantic, invigorating, and uplifting.
Where would you like to go for a dream vacation? Europe, all of it. I’d also like to see Argentina. I love to travel and enjoy every bit of it no matter where I go. I love ethnic cuisine and dry, red wines.
How do you view the glass as being half full during challenging times? I embrace life as a challenge. I’m a competitor, and I play to win.
What is next for you? Publishing the remaining three books in the Addy and Karen series, and then several other stories that I have in the works. When I’m on a roll writing, nothing stops me. I have easily written 100 pages in one day.
As of lately, I have not been able to dedicate much time to finish any of my half-written stories because I’ve been processing the books in the Addy and Karen series, and then there was Connection. For the followers of the Addy and Karen series, I will announce that there is a sixth book, half written somewhere in my mind and that it’s all a matter of putting it in writing. For those who read Connection, you might come across Wally in another story, which is planned for next year. Then, as I mentioned above, I have several other stories half written. So, lots more to come!
Be sure to check out Tey’s links for more information.
Now, as I promised, is the excerpt from the third book in the Addy and Karen series, ‘One Little Bit.’ Enjoy!
“Oh God, I remember once joking about you getting me pregnant, do you remember it? Years ago?”
“Will you be there every step of the way from selecting the sperm to the actual insemination, the pregnancy, the birth and the eighteen plus years it is going to take to raise this said child?”
Addy chuckled. “Yes, Ker, I will be there every inch of the way. I will actually inseminate you, if the doctor allows me. I also plan to be with you for the rest of my life, so yes. I will be there every single day, every step of the way.”
Karen leaned into Addy’s shoulder looking for comfort. “I agree to talk about this some more.”
“Okay, let’s continue to talk then.” Addy thought she was on a roll and didn’t want to let the ball drop.
“Now? Can’t we talk tomorrow, or over the course of the next few weeks?”
“Well, you are the one who says that we may be too old. If we keep waiting to even talk about it, it may come to be so. We are not getting any younger, you know? If we are going to consider this seriously, I think we should talk about it now.”
“I know your reasons for wanting the baby. And, I really don’t want to hear them again because you know how mad I get when you even bring up the subject, but I do have several subjects requiring discussion. First, this baby would be the product of one of my eggs and some man’s sperm, therefore what about genetics? Leaving that aside for a minute and going back to the baby, physically, and genetically you will have no contribution in the making of this child.” Here was the logical Karen, sticking her finger in the wound. “So, if your intention is for me to have some of you in this child, how do you see that happening? Moreover, because biologically there would be none of your DNA in that child, why don’t we just adopt, and that way I don’t have to go through, what will most certainly be, a nine-months of living hell for me?”
Addy remained pensive for like two minutes and, as if illuminated by some strange force, she knew exactly how to reply to win the argument. Karen Larsen you cannot beat what’s coming at you! This was the second time, in their relationship when she absolutely knew she had Karen beat. The first time was when she had convinced Karen to stay in Scotland.
Addy smiled. “Sit. I could be awhile here.” Karen sat expectantly thinking that there was no possible way that Addy could rebut this factual argument. However, her heart pounded because she knew Addy too well and knew that when she wanted, Addy could make hell freeze over. In the depth of her heart, she feared that this was about to happen.
“First, regarding the genetic concern, and to get rid of that point immediately, we are going to go to the best place for this, I don’t know where this place is, but if it’s in Timbuktu, that’s where we are going. I will make sure that we get the adequate referral to this very special, unique and most certainly expensive place. So, there will be no genetic risks taken in that regard. And, by the way, I do not care how much all of this might cost, no price would be too high to assure your safety, health, and our peace of mind.” She paused briefly for effect.
“Second, although biologically and genetically I will have no input whatsoever in the making of the baby, that baby will be my child for two reasons.”
Karen was captivated by Addy’s organized arguments. She should have known better than to put Addy on a defensive position. She had seen her more than once arguing a case and was always impressed. Addy was a master debater, words always poured out of her mouth with exact precision and logic. She listened attentively as Addy continued. “One, this child will be your child.” Addy pointed to her. “A child born of your womb, of your flesh and blood. Just because of that, I will adore it as I adore you. Two, I am going to love that child to its very core, and I am going to make sure that it takes something of me into him or her, so that when one day, years from now, you hear him or her talk, you will say ‘that’s something Addy would have said or would have done.’” She paused again and looked Karen straight in the eyes. “So, that child may not look one single bit like me, but I give you my word of honor, my solemn promise that our daughter or son will have as much of my spirit and personality as possible in him or her. I also promise you that I will stand by you every step of the way, and that I will be there to raise our child together, not only until he or she leaves our home, but until I have one breath of air left in me. This I promise you.”
As Addy eloquently spoke, she paced back and forth in front of Karen gesticulating with her arms, closing her fists for emphasis and letting her entire body speak loud and clear of her intentions. When she was done, she looked at Karen and realized that Karen was almost in tears. Addy stopped and knelt in front of her. “Sweetheart, what is it? What’s wrong?”
“All of a sudden, I see it.” Karen leaned into her and Addy hugged her.
“You see what?” Addy pulled out of the embrace to read her face.
“I see the child.”
Addy was stunned. Oh God! Addy was almost frightened that she had gone too far.“Ker? What do you see? Please, tell me?”
Karen spoke looking mesmerized into Addy’s eyes, as if she could see the image she was describing in Addy’s eyes. “I see a beautiful little girl. She smiles. Her smile is like a summer day. And she is happy. She feels loved, incredibly loved and when she looks at me, she has an expression on her face.” Karen’s eyes moved back and forth looking for words to describe the image she saw. “It’s not you, but it’s like an expression I’ve seen in your face, like when you open your eyes big and raise your eyebrows. It’s as if she copied your expression. And she speaks in a cute little voice and she says things you’d say.” Two tears dropped from Karen’s eyes.
Addy couldn’t comprehend this vision, but wasn’t this what she really wanted, another someone to love Karen, just like she did? By now Addy was almost in tears, but she couldn’t cry now, no, she had to take advantage of this moment and deliver her final punch. She hardly believed what was happening.
“Ker? I see her too. And I want our baby. I want a family for us, let’s have her.”
“Addy, I don’t really know if you comprehend the magnitude of what you ask of me. I am a lesbian who never thought of being pregnant, or having a child. If I do this, I will do it for love, for us, for my love of you.”
“I know, Ker, I know.”
Addy knelt in front of her and placed her head on Karen’s legs and cried. They embraced and kissed for what could have been hours.
“What if my being pregnant hurts our relationship? I have the feeling that I could be pretty crabby and nasty during those nine months, can you live with that?”
“The opposite could also be true, you know?”
“Ha! What? That I will love being pregnant?”
Addy chuckled. “I don’t think anyone loves being pregnant, Ker. Let’s get that clear. I meant that life can be as normal as ever, and you may not be crabby or nasty, but sweet and adorable.”
“Addypooh! You have got to be the most optimistic person in the world!”
“If that is true, then you are very lucky, I mean if you do get all crabby and nasty. I will have my usual smiley face.”
Karen pulled from their embrace and looked at her smiling just a bit. “That I believe to be true.”
Addy grinned. “Then what is there to worry about? I mean I have already survived your ranting, what could be worse?”
“Huh? What if I start blaming you every time I feel sick during the, well, you know?”
“I will take all the blame, like a good trooper, but then after the baby is born, just as well, I will want all the credit for all the happiness. How’s that?”
“You always win, Adriana Marcos, always!” She again laid her head against Addy’s chest and cuddled up with her. Addy took the throw on the sofa and covered them both.
“Haven’t we gone over this many times? We are both winners, baby, both of us.” She held Karen tight in her arms and kissed her forehead. “I love you, sweetheart.”
“If I go through with this madness, it will only prove that I definitely love you more.”
The next morning, Addy woke up first. This was unusual. Karen stirred in her sleep when Addy kissed her. “Gorgeous, do you want breakfast in bed?”
Karen chuckled, because most of the time this scenario played the other way around. “Um hum. What are you going to make?”
“Whatever you want, but you have to promise me that you won’t get up. I have some after breakfast activities planned. Pregnancy requires a lot of trials, you know?”
Karen smiled, as she stretched on the bed. “I need to go to the bathroom.”
“Go, but then back to bed.”
“Yes ma’am. Your sex slave will be right here waiting.” Addy smiled and took off for the kitchen.
She took forever, so Karen started to wonder. “Addy?”
From downstairs, Addy yelled. “Yeah? I’m still working on your culinary treat!”
“Okay!” Karen yelled from upstairs.
Addy brought breakfast on a serving tray and placed it on the bed. Karen sat up.
“I’m sorry it took me so long. You never take this long when you make breakfast.”
Karen looked at the food and chuckled. “That’s because I only bring you coffee and muffins or toast, but look at this! An omelet, bacon, toast, geez, and I’m not even pregnant yet!” Oh God! What am I saying?
When Karen finished eating, Addy removed the tray and crawled on the bed and over Karen. As she did her robe slid open revealing her breasts. “You take my breath away, Adriana Marcos.” Addy smiled, enchanted by the green eyes devouring her, and overtaken when she felt Karen’s strong, soft hands inside her robe pulling her down onto the warm body underneath hers.
If you like this excerpt, look for ‘One Little Bit’ in all Amazon markets coming in June 2018!
Hello Everyone and a big welcome to you. I want to thank Photographer, Laure Dherbécourt for stopping by to chat last week. Thank you who visited the site. I really appreciate your support. Today I am featuring two excerpts from my dynamic story, ‘Awakened by Fate.’ Read on and enjoy!
Later at home, Jackie began her night with a soak in the Jacuzzi and a glass of wine. With the sage incense burning, she lay back and allowed her mind to wander. Soon she fell into the rhythm of the rippling water. Within an instant her worries about work were out of her thoughts. The only thing that mattered was being in the here and now.
Her solitude was interrupted by the ring of her phone. Smiling, Jackie pressed the answer key.
“Hi Jackie, are you busy now?” Lisa asked.
“No, I’m just having a relaxing evening at home. And you?”
“Getting ready to get into my Jacuzzi.”
Jackie smiled to herself and replied, “Oh, wow! How’d you know I’m in mine?”
“Oh, it just came to me. Since everyone is out of the house, tonight would be a perfect night for a soak.” Pausing a moment, Lisa continued, “Anyway, I just called to tell you that next Thursday, my friend, Jen, has an art showing at the Illusion Gallery in West Hollywood. I was wondering if you’d like to go with me.”
Jackie’s eyes lit up. She and Kyle had been there years ago, and she really liked the art.
“Lisa, I’d love to go with you. What type of work does your friend do?”
“She is a contemporary artist who adds photographs to her work. If you would like, I can send you a link to her web site.”
Jackie rattled off her email address.
“Oh, I haven’t told you this yet.”
“For some time now I’ve been dabbling in some artwork myself. I do sculpture and would like to show you a piece that I just finished.”
Jackie felt herself tense up. Now she understood the image she had witnessed at Lauren’s party. Still she was baffled. “That would be great. I’d love to see your work.”
“All right. While you’re here I’ll show you something else I’ve been playing with.” Lisa then explained her love for African masks.
“This is so wonderful. Tell me more about your African safari vacation,” Jackie said.
Jackie and Lisa spoke for a little while.
Jackie shuddered. After a quick debate, she decided not to confide in her. After all she didn’t know Lisa very well and didn’t want to burden her with her problems.
“Listen, the reason for my call was that I wanted to know what you were doing next Thursday. If I’m not mistaken, don’t you have that day off?”
“Well, I was wondering if you’d like to come over and see my sculptures.”
Energetically, Jackie replied, “I’d love to come over and see your work. Recently a friend took me to an art gallery and they had one sculpture artist.
“I just love working with plaster. Sometimes I paint them. Tribal looks are my favorite. I have a picture of one that I recently sold that I’d like to show you.”
“I wished it was next Thursday already. I know I’m in for a real treat.”
“It’s a date then. How about around 6:00 p.m?”
After Jackie hung up the phone, she went to the kitchen and refilled her glass. Plopping on the couch, she thought about her vision she’d witnessed of Lisa.
I wonder if Lisa is going to hit the big time? Why else did this come to me?
“I know, why don’t I try a meditation and see if anything comes forward,” she said aloud.
It didn’t take her long to get relaxed, since she was already drunk. Closing her eyes, she began deep breathing. Soon the white glowing screen materialized. At first, all she saw were colored shapes. Then people started to materialize.
Suddenly, Jackie saw herself among the crowd. Loud voices and music were all around her, clear as day. The smell of beer and smoke filled the air. With awe in her eyes, Jackie looked amongst the people huddled in front of the Bowtie Club.
A group of people emerged from the bar and walked over to the curb. One person met eye contact with Jackie and gave her a strange look. Jackie looked away, not caring what it meant. Looking around, she recognized a woman whom she used to know down at the corner. Jackie moved in closer.
A chill crept up her legs, so she walked more briskly. Once at the corner, she met eye contact with her friend. However, the woman just kept talking like nothing at all. No matter how much Jackie waved, she could not get her attention. Disappointed, she turned to walk down the street. When she got to the corner, she turned and continued walking.
Out of nowhere came the loud barking of a large dog. Frantically, she bolted down the street as fast as she could. To her horror, the dog chased her!
I’ve got to get to safety, and fast too!
The next thing she knew, she was back in her living room and rubbing her legs, trying to get warm and out of breath. She tried to rationalize what had just happened and had no success. And then a dog reacted to her. Frightened, she left all the lights on and before she went to bed.