An Honest 4 Star #BookReview of Planting the Seeds of Love #ASMSG #IARTG @OlgaNM7


Happy Friday everyone!

I’m over the moon because Olga Nunez Miret read and reviewed Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella on her blog:

She’s a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (not to mention an author, blogger and translator) and a discerning reader. When she says a book is good, believe it! She gave my latest release a solid four stars.

If you have a moment, please go over and take a look. While you’re there, please check out her blog and her books.

I cherish reviews, no matter the length, because I get to see what readers thought of my story. If you’ve read Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella, please take a few minutes and leave a review on either Amazon or Goodreads. I’d love to hear what you thought.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance about coming home and discovering where you belong, please check out Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella. It’s a short read and like Olga says, it might just tickle your fancy.

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Show Respect Even to People Who Don’t Deserve It #inspiration #respect #affirmations


I love this quote and it has really inspired me this morning!  Respect is something that everyone needs even though most don’t deserve it.  I try to show respect to everyone.  Why?  It has nothing to do with that person or what they have done.  It’s all about the Golden Rule.  I treat others with respect because that is how I would want to be treated in return.  It doesn’t matter to me what that person’s response is because my actions do not revolve around them.

Showing respect for all people is a reflection of your own character. 

Do you respect all people, no matter who they are?

Today, I ask that you make an effort to show respect to everyone you meet and/or interact with today.


Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth With These Ten #Books #amreading

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! It’s Black History Month and that means there’s a spotlight on people of color. Growing up, I loved Black History Month because I got to learn about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. People like Rosa Parks, who exhausted after a long day at work, refused to give up her seat on a bus and move to the back of the bus. Being a white girl, I didn’t experience racism but I could relate to Rosa Parks. I was a poor girl going to a middle-class school, constantly bullied and picked on. I empathized with the injustice of racism and Rosa’s story inspired me to stand up for what’s right.

So, in honor of Rosa Parks and all the unnamed heroes of our history, I’m spotlighting these ten fantastic books. Each book tells a different story, some fiction and the rest non-fiction. This month, go out of your comfort zone and read a book either written by or about a person of color. Expand your knowledge and immerse yourself in their experience.


1- Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins

Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.

“The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman’s voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review


2- I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett

The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons


Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball’s stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson’s own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues.


I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson’s early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school’s first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the “Noble Experiment”—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.


More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson’s life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.


Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.


3- A Strange and Bitter Fruit by Barry Davis

A chilly spring night in rural South Carolina at the tail end of Reconstruction, the murder of innocents. This is the setting for the initial chapter of the historical thriller, A Strange and Bitter Fruit.


Thomas “Tee” Powell, 15, manages to escape as his family is lynched. His father, Zeke, mother Hessie and young sisters Lannie and Effie were hung to teach the blacks of Aiken that voting is not the right of the former slaves, not anymore.


He is angry, but instead of wildly lashing out at the Klansmen that murdered his family, he runs away. After a disastrous detour to Tallahassee, Tee joins the Army and ends up in the West, at a remote Army outpost on the lip of the Black Hills. Here, he grows up and begins to accept responsibility for his life and for the lives of others. After six years, the past, in the form of two of the Klansmen, one now a U.S. Senator on a mission to sign a treaty with the Indians, confronts him.


He had buried his past deep, even changing his last name. Now, he has to confront it head on, starting with the two killers that entered his fort. Trained by the Army to kill, Tee emerges from his exile and takes revenge on those that committed the murder of his family, beginning with the two men. His purpose is now clear, he must take revenge, and he proceeds ruthlessly to do so. But revenge has its own cost, and Tee suffers that price. Many innocent people are killed, and he struggles with the guilt.


A Strange and Bitter Fruit is the story of revenge and its consequences. It is a story of violence and race, a true American story. The novel raises serious questions: Is there a limit on revenge? Is there an act so horrible that any response, no matter how vicious, is just?


A Strange and Bitter Fruit, although it takes place in the 19th Century, confronts the reader with many of the issues of race and violence that we continue to live with today.


4- Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes by Dave Jackson and Neta Jackson

Drawn from the lives of key Christians from the past and present, Heroes in Black History is an inspiring collection of forty-two exciting and educational readings that highlight African American Christians through a short biography and three true stories for each hero. Whether read together at family devotions or alone, Heroes in Black History is an ideal way to acquaint children ages six to twelve with historically important Christians while imparting valuable lessons. Featured heroes include Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, William Seymour, Thomas A. Dorsey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and many more. Includes brand-new material as well as content from previous Hero Tales editions.


5- The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith

A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

“A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover review of The New York Times Book Review

“Outrageously entertaining.” –USA Today

“James McBride delivers another tour de force” –Essence

“So imaginative, you’ll race to the finish.” –

“Wildly entertaining.”—4-star People lead review

“A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” – Washington Post


From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.


Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.


Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.


An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.


6- The Whip: a novel inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst by Karen Kondazian

2014 Readers Favorite- Gold Medal Prize -Winner Best Western Fiction

2013 International Book Award- first place -Winner Best Western Fiction,

2013 National Indie Excellence Award -first place-Best Western fiction

2013 Global Ebook Awards first place-Winner Best Historical Fiction

2012 USA Best Book Award- first place- Winner Best Western Fiction

First Place Goodreads Contest: “Best Book to be made into a Film”

“Top 12 Best Western Books”–Goodreads Contest


The Whip is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.


Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.


7- 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president.


With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.


8- Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill

Strange Fruit Volume I is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the nine illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. From the adventures of lawman Bass Reeves, to Henry “Box” Brown’s daring escape from slavery.


9- The Delta Sisters by Kayla Perrin

From Essence bestselling author Kayla Perrin comes the compelling story of three generations of African-American women—of their deepest secrets and most cherished lies.


The Grayson family is a pillar of the African-American community in New Orleans. But Sylvia Grayson, the matriarch, has deep secrets that she conceals beneath a veneer of propriety. She keeps a tight rein on her daughter, Olivia, and has the perfect life mapped out for her: go to college, join the Delta sorority, and marry the proper boy. After the town’s “bad girl” is found murdered one summer day in 1975, Sylvia pulls Olivia even closer. But when Olivia’s one last attempt at rebellion is subverted by her mother, Sylvia’s relentlessly tight hold shatters the ties between them.


Years later, Olivia’s own daughter, Rachelle, is trying to make her way in the world. Olivia does not want to make the same mistakes as her mother, nor does she want her daughter to repeat the errors Olivia made out of rebellion. Meanwhile, a killer is watching from the shadows, determined to bring the secrets of the past to light.


The Delta Sisters is a gripping, intimate portrait of what happens when these passionate women have to band together at last in the face of danger.


10- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers.


Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.


  • “[A] vivid story…. Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence.”—Booklist, starred review


What Black History Month book(s) do you recommend? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Competing with the Star by @KrystenLindsay #CoverReveal @yaboundtourspr

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#TBT: My First Blog Post #amwriting #blog

Today is Throwback Thursday all over social media and I thought it would be fun to share with you my first blog post.

I remember writing this blog post and feeling such fear. Fear of what? Fear of rejection, fear of people laughing at me, fear of the unknown. I know it’s funny now, after the hundreds of posts I’ve written since, but back then I was petrified.

I had a dream and I shared it with the world. Now, my dream is a reality and I’m dreaming bigger dreams.

My advice to all: never give up and believe in yourself.

Enjoy the walk down memory lane. Let me know what you think. :)
Posted on July 10, 2013 by MRS N, the Author

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When I was six years old, I wrote my very first story. It was only three sentences long but to me it was the start of my love of writing. I don’t even remember what I wrote but I remember the feelings it evoked. Pride, fear, elation and wonder filled my soul. It was better than any candy in the world! I was hooked!

As time went by, I learned how to be a better writer and storyteller. I loved taking an idea in my head and creating something out of it. Moreover, people enjoyed my stories and that was the best part.

When I graduated high school and went onto higher learning, people asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. First it was the guidance counselor. I replied simply that I wanted to become a writer. She wrinkled her nose at me and said that I better become a journalist instead.

I knew that being a journalist was realistic but it wasn’t me. I hated the news and my stomach turned at the mere sight of blood. So I told her that journalism wasn’t for me.

My family asked me and since I didn’t want to seem different, I replied, “Maybe a psychologist.” They seemed satisfied with that and I liked learning about how people click. I had been to a few in my teen years and they all seemed to be nice people with fancy cars and houses.

I was studying for finals one night and was feeling miserable. My soul was not happy and I knew that I needed to write. So, I started writing and two hours later, I had written a short story. I put it in my desk drawer and went to bed.

That night, I had a dream. I was in a bookstore and I was signing books. The people were so excited to meet me and I looked happy. One person after another said how much they loved my book and how they were making changes in their life to become better.

I woke up smiling and knew that one day I would be a writer. I didn’t know how or in what way but I was determined to become a writer.

Years have passed since that day and I have taken many detours. Many people thought that I would not become a writer and even tried to drive it out of me. It wasn’t practical and the failure rate was huge.

I searched inside myself and found that no matter what went on in my life, I always had my gift of writing. It got me through some very hard times and made me a better writer.

Today, I am so proud to call myself a writer and am writing my first book. I have always believed in myself and here I am, living my dream!!!

Thank you, Walt Disney, for inspiring me to dream!!!!

Run, Don’t Walk Toward Your Dream Life #inspiration #dreams



Every one of us has a dream life.  It could be retiring to an island paradise or traveling to Paris.  It could be writing a best selling novel or composing the next great symphony.  It could be climbing a famous mountain or being one with nature.  It could be getting married and having children.  It could be a dream career or not working at all.  No matter what it is, I encourage you to run towards your dream life.  Be confident.  Be the person you’ve always dreamt of being.

I am thrilled to say that I am living my dream life.  It started the day I first started writing, Princess of the Light, and it continues to this day. I’m proud to say I’ve published three books and writing my fourth.  With every step of the publishing process, I am having the time of my life! I love being an indie author and the total freedom it gives me.  Sure, it is hard work and sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed.  But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

What is your dream life?  What is it that tugs at your heart?  Whatever it is, go after it!  You will regret it if you don’t at least try.  It may seem impossible at first but trust me, with confidence and determination, your dream life will become possible!  Once you get a taste of it, you will crave more and dream bigger. :-)

Start today!  What are you waiting for?  You never know until you give it a go!

MRS N, the Author :-)

Halibut, Herring and You – Short Stories by @CarlaBillinghur #bookreview #SFF #zombies

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Title: Halibut, Herring and You – Short Stories

Author: Carla Billinghurst

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fairy Tales


Book Blurb:

A collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories from author and blogger Carla Billinghurst.

“Carla is one of my favourite as-yet-undiscovered writers.” Nike Sulway (Rupetta, The Bone Flute)

Sometimes dark, sometimes tragic and sometimes just hilarious, she brings you stories about our uneasy relationship with nature, about star-crossed lovers a long way from Earth and about the endless absurdities of life as a human.

“My favourite and beloved piece is Counting… it’s short, beautiful and it made me cry.” Sandra Hogan (

In a universe where the absurd slider control has been moved almost to maximum, Milton wants to live life as a penguin, the Zombie Apocalypse comes to Australia…and Transylvania…and to Cinderella’s night at the ball.

“By far the best Halloween story I’ve read. Brilliant stuff.” Jane Rawson (A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists)

And when it all gets too much, there is always The Emergency Cat.

“Just the right mix of absurdity, gore and humour. And a cat. Mostly the Cat.” – Damien Miller


My Review:

This is a fantastic collection of fairy tales, fantasy and science fiction short stories. Carla is a talented writer and her stories reminded me of Roald Dahl. I loved her take on the Zombie Apocalypse infiltrating the Australian Bush. Her fairy tales are modern yet a valuable lesson is hidden underneath fleshed out characters and outrageous circumstances. Here is my summary on each story:

Halibut, Herring and You – My favorite story in this collection. Take one penguin trying to fit in amongst us humans. I laughed so hard, I almost dropped my tablet.

The Usual Precautions I – The Australian Zombie Apocalypse – Imagine what the Zombie Apocalypse would look like out in the Australian Bush. Crikey, I can just hear Paul Hogan muttering about blood-thirsty crocs and other creatures. I loved the new spin on the zombie genre.

Rachel – A delightful cautionary tale for parents on what happens when you don’t listen to children. I cheered at the end.

Fire – A burning fire unveils unexpected results.

The Usual Precautions II – Zombies attack France. While I did cheer for the zombies a time or two, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Counting – A tale of counting. Reminded me of Lewis Carroll for some reason. Delightful.

Seven Hundred – The author mentioned this story was the result of re-reading The White Goddess by Robert Graves. I found it poetic and thought-provoking.

Counting Back – This is part two of Counting. A tad dark but brilliant.

The Usual Precautions III – Watch out, Cinderella, the zombies will eat you! I loved this and it’s my second favorite story.

Shopping – In the same vein as The Matrix and other futuristic tales, Shopping takes us into the future where aliens have taken over our retailers. I loved it for its main character and my favorite line was when the shopper paid in cash. gasp Shocking, but then that’s the same response I get nowadays.

The Usual Precautions IV – Dracula meets Zombies in this fun tale.

Lilies – A murder mystery that didn’t capture my attention like the other stories in this collection. It seemed out of place.

The Usual Precautions V – The hero of the Zombie Apocalypse arrives and yet is not prepared. A lesson is learned here and I liked the ending.

Nanny – Aliens in desperate need of a nanny go to great lengths to get one. A funny tale that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Emergency Cat – Move over Grumpy Cat, Emergency Cat is here. I loved this story and Marvel should look into this for a new line of comics.

The Youngest Serf – A fairy tale inspired by Sleeping Beauty and I enjoyed it.

The Usual Precautions VI – The final tale in the Zombie Apocalypse and it was very fulfilling.

The End of the Line – An inventive story that was originally a competition entry.


Favorite Character:

My favorite character was the penguin from Halibut, Herring and You. I love penguins and Carla did an amazing portraying a penguin with a sarcastic wit trying to make his way in a world over-crowded with humans. I want more!


My Rating:  4.5 stars


Buy it now:

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Author Biography:

I write about fitting in.

I write about how hard that is and how beautiful it can be.

I write about how we all need to fit in somewhere even if we don’t need the same things.

When I’m writing I want to have the same sort of dangerous fun that I can have improvising theatre.

I want readers to look up from my work and see the world around them in archetypal form: giants who can be brought down, sleepers who can be woken, magical helpers who can be seduced with crumbs and songs. I’m looking for the happy ending for our culture.

When I said I wasn’t sure how to live with my collection of auto-immune diseases, my husband, a painter, said write a story about someone who does.

Solutions to our difficulties can be that simple.

Of course it’s not that simple because I ended up writing a story about someone who wanted to be a penguin…


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To Pen Name or Not: That is the Question #amwriting #writingtips #writers

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One of the first questions a writer needs to answer is whether to choose their given name or create a pen name.  What is a pen name?  A pen name is a name invented by the author or publishing house.  Pen names have been around for hundreds of years.  Here are some famous pen names:

Ann Landers

Anne Rice

Anthony Burgess

C. S. Forester

Charles Moulton

Christopher Pike

Dr. Seuss

Ellery Queen

J. K. Rowling

Joseph Conrad

Lemony Snicket

Lewis Carroll

Mark Twain

Robert Jordan

Sidney Sheldon

Toni Morrison


There are several reasons why these famous people and many more take a pen name.  They range from being more marketable as a neutral name to wanting to become someone new.  As many of you know, N. N. Light is my pen name.  I chose it for many reasons.  Here are a couple:

– Privacy



-Flows off the tongue

I wanted to choose a pen name that had a nice ring to it and allowed me to keep my writing life separate from my private life.  I brainstormed with MR N and we came up with N. N. Light.

How did we come up with it?  Both of our names start with N and Light is simply who I am at the core.  :-) See… N. N. Light.

So you want to have a pen name too?  Here are few tips:

– Pick a name that is easy to say and something people can remember.  The worst thing is to have a pen name that no one can pronounce.

-Use initials if you want your gender to remain mysterious.

-Do a little research and make sure the name is not taken.  This is as easy as going onto Amazon and typing in your pen name.  If nothing comes up, chances are you are good to go.

-Try it out on your friends and family.  See what they think.

-Say it aloud several times.  Does it roll off the tongue?  You’ve got a winner!

-See what it looks like in print.  Create a mock book cover and see how it looks.

If you make the big plunge into pen names, I think you will find it fun!  If it works for famous authors, why can’t it work for you?

Have you decided on your author name?  What are some of your favorite pen names?  Let me know in the comments below!

I remain your steadfast yet mysterious MRS N or better known as…

N. N. Light

What is Freedom? #inspiration #kindness #motivation #freedom



 What is freedom?

Freedom is a very personal thing but when you get right down to it, freedom is having the ability to do what is needed. I love Pope John Paul II’s definition:

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the the right to do what we ought. 

So what does this mean? For me, it means we are all free to do what is right. The world is filled with injustices. From the homeless to bullying, we see people’s rights being taken advantage of. We have the freedom to uplift others, stand up and say, “This isn’t right”. We have the freedom to do what we ought, to do what we’re called to do.

But don’t I have the right to sit and do nothing, MRS N?

Sure you do but if you had the power to make a difference and didn’t use that power for good, that would be a shame.

I guess it comes back to embodying the Golden Rule. If you treat others like you would want to be treated and you see an injustice happening, would you want people to not stand up for you in your time of need?

Freedom is a powerful state of being and just imagine what the world would look like if we all banded together for the common good. No more hatred, war, fighting, bullying, abuse, hunger, etc.

You’re free… stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.


Old Shadows, New Murder by @sharonmcgr #BookPromo + #Giveaway

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Title- Old Shadows, New Murder

Author – Sharon McGregor

Genre- Cozy Mystery


Book Blurb-

Taylor Armstrong returns to her hometown to bury her Aunt Grace and soon finds herself uncovering old secrets. The town seems to have an unhealthy interest in whether Taylor is staying or leaving.  Her house is broken into-twice. Unexpected visitors begin to arrive, including her long-estranged father. Taylor enlists the help of her neighbor Edie and her Jack Russell Terrier, Tristan, to find answers, but new murders put her right in the centre of the action.  Sgt. Scott of the RCMP is doing his best to keep Taylor safe when old shadows part to reveal secrets long buried, but can he succeed against a single-minded killer?

Excerpt –

She put one foot on the next rung of the ladder, trying to slow her breathing. She didn’t want to hyperventilate. She could hear them, as though through a thick door, urging her on. She took another step. She could turn around now. She could turn around and say no she wouldn’t do it. It was the only sane thing to do. But she lifted her foot to climb down one rung and it seemed it moved upwards instead, all on its own. After all, they had done it. So could she. She just had to get through this. Then they would see. Then she would show them she could do anything they could.


Chapter Three

Just before eleven the next morning Taylor opened the wood and glass door marked Donovan Law Office and walked up the creaky steps to the old fashioned office on the second floor. Melvin Donovan was waiting for her and ushered her into the office, offering her coffee which she gladly accepted and a doughnut which she refused. Somehow wiping sugar glaze from your fingers and chin didn’t seem to fit her idea of listening to a will reading.

“We’re just waiting for Edie.” he said.  Taylor must have shown her surprise because he added ,”the other beneficiary.”

She had no time to ask questions as she heard footsteps and a moment later Edie was installed in the seat beside her.

Melvin Donovan laid out the simple terms of the will. Taylor was to inherit the house and any remaining assets except for the lot with the kennel.  That was left to Edie.  There would be no problems separating the properties as the lots held their own titles.

In ten minutes or less the meeting was over and Taylor and Edie came out into the bright sunshine of an autumn day.

“Walk with me?” asked Edie.

“Of course.” Edie only lived a block away from Aunt Grace’s house. “Why don’t you come in for tea?” she asked.

As Taylor fussed about the kitchen making tea and searching for packaged cookies, Edie suggested, “Top right cupboard are macaroons.”

“You must be wondering about the will,” she said.


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Author Biography-

Sharon McGregor is a west coast transplant from the Canadian prairies, on a mission to escape the cold. Her imagination and story weaving got its start when she was an only child living on a farm. She’s moved on from cowgirl dreams to romance and mystery, but hasn’t lost her love for horses. She writes humour, romance and cozies, sometimes a combination of all three.

When not writing or reading she is busy working in a shop she owns with her daughter, or walking the dogs along the ocean.

In spite of her attempts to escape winter, she loves watching her grandchildren at figure skating and hockey.

The main item not yet ticked on her bucket list is travel. She wants to set her foot on six continents-she’ll give Antarctica a pass, thank you.


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#AmWriting: Is Writing Fiction Easy as Most People Think #writingtips #ASMSG #IARTG

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I get asked a lot about the craft of writing and usually the first thing they ask is: What kind of writer are you?  Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I smile and reply, “I write fiction.”

They shrug and usually say, “Oh, that’s easy to do.”

Really? Have you done it???

I want to scream that at them but instead I just smile.  Most people, who are not writers, do not understand the process of writing.  They think it’s easy, like unpeeling a banana or taking out the garbage.  But in reality, it is one of the most difficult things a writer can do.  You’re creating a whole new world and you have to describe it with such detail that the reader will be sucked in.  You’re creating characters that have to appear real to the reader and yet, each character has to jump off of the page.

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When you are writing fiction, you are bypassing reality and it is a true shock to the system.  I remember when I was writing Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella, the characters filled my head and I would suddenly be inside the story.  I  watched television with MR N but then my vision would blur and I was transported into the scene I was working on earlier that day.  I became Sally and was feeling what she was feeling.  MR N would nudge me and I would shake my head to clear it.

Let me be perfectly clear, I love writing fiction and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The process of writing a novel is hard and many people just don’t get that.  So the next time someone asks you about your writing, be proud of writing fiction.  It’s hard work and can overtake you.  But the end result is truly a thing of beauty! :-)

Keep writing!

MRS N, the Author

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Take a Cue From Airplanes and Take Off Against the Wind #inspiration #motivation



Have you ever had one of those days when the whole world seems to be plotting against you? 

You oversleep, spill coffee on your suit, miss the bus/subway, get stuck in traffic, get to work late, computer blows up, etc.  The world is not your oyster on this day and you cry out in frustration, “WHY???”

I have had these days and so has everyone else.  It’s like the world is against you and you are alone in your suffering.  You are not alone; you only have shift your perspective.  We all will have days like this.

What do you do when this happens?

Me, I think about the mighty airplane. Airplanes are wonderful strong machines and they are the most popular mode of transportation these days.  They can take us anywhere in the world.  They are the ticket to a new life, a vacation, an oasis or a business meeting.  They are made from heavy durable materials and the coolest thing about them is that they have to take off against the wind.  Yes, against the wind!

We could learn a lot about dealing with life’s twists and turns from the airplane.  Life is an adventure and sometimes we don’t like what’s around the corner.  We cringe and curse at the world.  We say it’s too much to handle.  But I say, in order to overcome those misadventures, we need to soar above them.

So the next time the world throws you a curve ball, close your eyes and imagine yourself to be a 747 airplane.  Aim your aircraft against the wind and take off.  Soon you’ll be flying high in the sky and smiling once again! :-)

What do you do when the world gangs up on you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  If you liked this post, please share using the buttons below!


#BookReview ~ Notes From a Very Small Island #TuesdayBookBlog #Travel #Memoir



Title: Notes from a Very Small Island

Author: Anthony Stancomb

Genre: Travel Writing, Travel Memoir


Book Blurb:

Notes from a Very Small Island is the book for anyone wanting to read about life on a Croatian Island, or indeed anyone who is thinking about going to live a backwater.


A follow-up to the bestselling ‘Under a Croatian Sun’, it tells the story of a couple upping sticks and leaving their humdrum life in London for blue skies and café life on an island in Croatia.


In this latest book, the couple continue their attempts to fit in with the village community, but it’s not always easy, and more often than not their endeavours involve them in disaster. They to start up various projects, and find themselves battling with maddening ex-communist authorities as well as highly suspicious locals, but through this, they get to understand the crippling legacy that communism and the recent war have left in the lives of their new neighbours.


This is a book for anyone who has a house abroad – or who has ever dreamed of having one – and it is particularly a book for anyone who is thinking of embarking on a new life somewhere different.


Although the book is a light hearted account, it is also a heartfelt insight into a society trying to adjust the ways of the Western World.


My Review:

Have you always dreamt of moving to some exotic island and living like the locals? Think it’s all sunshine and roses? Not exactly… just ask Anthony and Ivana Stancomb. After falling in love with the island of Vis (off the coast of Croatia), they uprooted their life and belongings to live like the locals.

Told in vignettes, Anthony pulls back the curtain and reveals the truth behind living in Vis. From his voyage by ship (along with his lovely wife), worrying about whether their fragile belongings will make the trek in one piece to forming a cricket team to buying a boat in Italy to the unfriendly locals, you’ll have fun travelling and experiencing island life through the eyes of Anthony.

A few things I learned from reading this book:

  • Island life is not all that it’s cracked up to be
  • It’s hard to fit in, even if your parents were from there
  • Croatian history (both pre and post war)
  • Joining the EU is complicated and a necessary evil
  • Cricket (and other sports) is what bonds strangers together, especially on a small island.
  • Travelling and uprooting your life can have several detractors but at the end of the day, it’s a blessing

Anthony does a brilliant job telling stories and with each story, he made me feel like I was right there. I nodded, smiled, sighed and experienced what he did. If you love to travel and are thinking of moving to an exotic place, you’ll love this book. In the same vein as “A Year in Provence” and “In Tuscany”, you’ll get swept away in the romance, history and allure of Vis.


Favorite Character:

I loved the stories about Dario. We meet him on page one and he is interspersed throughout the book. He’s a lover of music and becomes the island’s only radio DJ.


Favorite Quote:

“One of life’s greatest delights is showing one’s discoveries to one’s friends and children.”


My Rating:  5 stars


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Author Biography:

Anthony Stancomb was educated at Wellington College, St Andrews University and the London School of Film.


He first worked in Feature films and on political documentaries, and this led to arranging a private mercy airlift operation to Biafra. After being shot down, he joined the BBC and later moved to ITV where he produced programmes on social issues and the arts.


In his mid-thirties he left television to set up his own company which promoted and sold British contemporary art to galleries abroad, and over the next twenty years, he created a worldwide network of art distribution that grew to have an annual turnover of £10 million.


Discovered the island of Vis in his fifties and realising that running a commercial global business was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, when the war ended, he sold the company and moved to the island with his wife.


His wife, Ivana, is the winner of the Woman of the Year Award for Literature (2000), and granddaughter of the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. They have two children who live in London, and they now divide their time in between Vis and Fulham.


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When an Author Makes Changes

Authors and Readers, what do you think of authors changing genres? Charles makes some very interesting points here.

My view is there’s nothing wrong with it. Authors need a change of pace and so do readers. :)


Legends of Windemere

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Not sure why I took that quote, but it might ring true.  Honestly, ‘change of pace’ ended up being pics of a band and porn.  ‘Change of style’ was all fashion and porn.  Let’s face it, people.  Every topic gets porn if you have Safe Search off, but that’s a topic for another day like Wednesday.

Crossing Bedlam is a deviation from the stuff I normally write.  Magic and monsters have been replaced by cars, guns, explosives, gangs, and real world locations.  Google Earth was my friend on this one, which isn’t a tool I’ve had to pull out for a Legends of Windemere book.  It’s a change of landscape and familiarity for all involved, which brings up the question of it will work.  How often do authors successfully change to another genre and avoid angering their fan base?

First, I will admit that I retained as much…

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Are You Following the Three R’s? #inspiration #stresstips #MondayBlogs

rejuvenate refresh and recover


We all work hard, pushing our bodies and our minds to the point of exhaustion.  Push our body/mind/spirit over the brink and a breakdown can occur.  The only true solution is to rejuvenate your soul.

January 2016 was a horrible start to the year for us. MR N had a horrible canker sore outbreak in his mouth that took more than three weeks to heal. He couldn’t eat without immense pain and we didn’t know what was wrong. It turned out he’s allergic to goat’s milk. My body decided to attack me in various places and the stress of it all was too much. Both of us felt like Job from the Bible and wanted nothing more than to just give up.

Have you ever had something happen to you that you just wanted to wave the white flag on life?  Have you lost a job, loved one, a home?  Have you had someone end a relationship and you felt totally lost?  Life is filled with disasters and they come when you least expect it.

When life gives you lemons, you need to rejuvenate your body/mind/soul.  How?  That is up to you.

For us, it was the last weekend in January.  We stayed inside, ate great food, listened to our favorite albums, worked on puzzles, watched movies and put our feet up on our solarium.   We centered ourselves and we allowed the weekend to recover, refresh and rejuvenate us.

A healthy you is one that has a healthy body, mind and soul.  When you start to feel unwell, take notice and then do whatever you need to do to rejuvenate your soul.  A rejuvenated soul is one that is ready to shine!

What do you do to rejuvenate yourself? Share in the comments below. 

Biological Response Team series @julieroweauthor is a Must-Read #romanticsuspense



Title: Deadly Strain

Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Military Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster.

Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak.

Sharp is Grace’s most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can’t watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain, the closer it gets to finding them.



The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man. —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Chapter One


“I’m so dead.” Dr. Grace Samuels stared at the chessboard. There was no hope. None. Not a single move left open to her.

Except for one.

She sighed, shook her head at the patience on her opponent’s face. “I concede.”

“Want to know where you went wrong?” he asked as he cleared the board. He set the pieces up again. Those big hands of his could bandage a wounded soldier, field strip a 9 mm and box her into checkmate with equal skill.

“I sat down in this chair,” she answered with a straight face. The mess hall was busy with soldiers, American and Afghan alike, either beginning their day or ending their night.

“No,” he said. “You played the board.”

Grace thought about it for a second, but it still didn’t make any sense. Then again, it was 0600 and she’d only been up for twenty minutes. “Huh?”

Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster looked at her earnestly. “You played the board,” he repeated. “You should have been playing the man.”

He winked and she had to fight not to roll her eyes. When she first met him she’d thought his flirting was for real, and had been worried she’d have to shut him down. She didn’t want to, because he was hilarious, but the impropriety couldn’t be ignored. Then, she discovered when he wasn’t on the job, he had a wicked sense of humor, and everyone was a target.

“Then I suppose I’ll have to study you.” She leaned forward and made a show of giving him a thorough once-over.

He grinned and spread his hands wide. “By all means, study me.”

Sharp was a big man, about six-two, and she’d guess he weighed about two hundred pounds. He flexed his biceps and waggled his eyebrows in response to her joke. Though he had brown hair, with a mustache and beard to match, he had the lightest blue eyes she’d ever seen—like looking into glacial ice.

Right now, those eyes were challenging her. She just wasn’t sure if it was regarding the game or something she didn’t want to talk about. At all.

Unfortunately, Sharp wasn’t going to leave it alone. The chess game should have warned her. They usually played poker.

She watched him reset the chessboard while, for the first time in a week, letting her mind go back to the moment she realized she was in trouble. On her way to her quarters late at night. They’d arrived at Forward Operating Base Bostick the week before, and she’d been introduced to the base commander, Colonel Marshall. He’d barely spoken to her. So why was he waiting for her outside her quarters with clenched fists and a face so blank she knew he was in the grip of a powerful emotion?

The colonel wasn’t known for any kind of emotion.

She stopped several feet away. “What are you doing here at this hour, sir?”

One corner of his upper lip lifted in a sneer and he snarled, “I wanted a private conversation.”

His words triggered every internal red flag she had. “I don’t understand.”

Marshall’s response was two words. One name. “Joseph Cranston.”

A name she wished she could forget. “You…knew him?”

Scorn turned his words into weapons. “He was my son.”

Oh God.


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Title: Lethal Game

Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Military Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.

Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.

With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.



Security is mostly a superstition ~ Helen Keller


Chapter One


It had taken him three airplanes and over twenty-six hours to travel more than seven thousand miles, and now he was going to have to kill someone.

Ten feet from his room in the Navy hotel at the American Naval base in Bahrain.

All Special Forces Communications Sergeant Connor Button wanted was to find a bed and crash for a few hours.

What he did not need was witnessing some idiot striking out with a hot blonde and not taking it well.

She’d just removed his hand from her waist.

The man put it on her shoulder and tried to bring her closer. “Aw, come on, sweetheart.”

She slid away, her voice clear across the short distance. “No.”

Okay, dude, time to retreat. Only, the guy didn’t. He grabbed her by the back of the neck, hard enough to make her gasp in pain, and leaned down, his mouth aimed for hers.

She slapped the moron, but he didn’t get that hint either, just grabbed her hand and twisted it behind her back.

Con had to make himself stand still for a second. One second, so he could throttle back the instinct to beat the stupid fuck to death.

Fine. His jaw flexed. He wouldn’t kill the asshole, but he could hurt him real bad.

Con dropped his duffel on the floor and stomped toward the woman and the moron whose arm he was about to break.

Into several pieces.

Small ones.

The stomping got the moron’s attention. He glanced up, saw Con coming and his eyes went wide. He let go of the woman so fast she wobbled off balance and fell to the floor. Con stopped to help her while the moron ran like a track star down the hall and around a corner.

Good call, asshole.

Con bent down and offered his hand to the woman. “Are you okay?”

Her head jerked up and she stared at him with eyes that didn’t miss a thing. She scooted away, leaving his hand hanging in the air, then stood. Her shoulders went back and her chin rose.

He almost smiled. She was so not interested in another man getting all up in her business. He’d make sure she was all right, then he’d back off.

“Ma’am, did he hurt you?”

“I’m fine,” she said, retreating a step.

Blue-green eyes stood out in a face framed by white-blond hair hanging in a sheet down to the middle of her back. She was also stacked, though she wasn’t showing it off. She was following military clothing requirements, wearing long pants and a collared shirt one size too big, buttoned up to her neck. An asshole had just tried to sexually assault her, but Con would bet a year’s pay that had he not come along, the moron would have had his hands full with a pissed-off female trying to smash his balls into paste.

He glanced down.

Her mouth was pressed into a thin angry line, but her hands were shaking.

For the first time in months something other than anger or despair slammed into him.

He knew just how she felt. Hyped up on adrenaline and looking for a target.

It surprised him so much he opened his mouth to make some inane comment or other to show her he was no threat, but she raised a hand to stop him.

She spoke a quick, firm “Thank you.” And then she was gone, inside the room closest to her. The click of the lock being engaged echoed down the hall.


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Viral Justice



Title: Viral Justice

Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Military Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

As a general’s daughter, Alicia Stone has fought twice as hard for everything she’s earned in the military. A Special Forces consultant with black belts in three martial arts, she’s as strong as her surname implies. No one dares call her Alicia—no one but Colonel Robert Maxmillian, head of the Biological Response Team.

With Alicia at his side, Max must lead the team into northern Iraq to investigate a virus—or is it a weapon?—killing the area’s population. Charged with guarding his body, she can’t help wanting his hands on her body. Max would be the perfect fling. But he demands more.

The heat builds between them, but danger quickly follows. As the two get closer to the source of the virus, they’ll have to risk their future to outsmart a scientist with nothing to lose.



There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. ~ Andre Gide


Chapter One


“They’re not going to agree with your plan, Colonel,” Alicia muttered as she stared at the group of military doctors standing several feet away.

Colonel Robert Maximillian, head of the US Army Biological Response Team bent closer to the tiny, curvy Sergeant Alicia Stone and had to clear his throat before asking, “What makes you say that?”

“Look at their body language,” she continued in that almost subvocal whisper. “They’ve closed ranks and you’re on the outside.”

He had to consciously hold himself still as he studied the group of men. Military doctors from five different countries. They were positioned in a tight circle, two with their backs to him, talking quietly. All of them stood at just a hair under attention. The faces he could see were set, eyes serious. Understandable. These were dangerous times, and their mutual enemy could be anyone, even someone in your own army.

Stone shifted and her shoulder brushed his arm.

His attraction to the sergeant was irrational and impossible. He wasn’t a fan of either.

“They’re having a simple conversation, Sergeant, nothing more.”

“I’ve been on the receiving end of that kind of conversation,” Stone said, her voice filled with enough acid to melt steel. “If they wanted to include you, they’d have left a space for you to step into, but they didn’t. They’ve already decided and they know you’re not going to like their decision.”

“That’s ridiculous.” He knew every man in the group and had earned their respect. “They’re professionals and they know I have new information for them.”

“It isn’t going to matter. Their minds are made up.” Stone’s voice was so sharp he stopped to really look at her.

“What happened?” he asked her.

“It’s not what happened, but what’s not going to happen that’s the problem, sir.”

“No.” He waved away the reference to the meeting they were about to attend. “I mean, with you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this angry before.”

“Me, angry?” she said with wide eyes that did nothing to hide the displeasure on the rest of her face. “I’m grateful, sir, to be the only female combat trainer for the Special Forces.” Her tone made it clear she was anything but grateful.

“Did you break another officer’s arm?” Four months ago, an asshole who’d thought he was some kind of martial arts expert had tried to intimidate Stone during a training session. She’d put him on the mats twice before he got angry and attacked for real, thinking she couldn’t handle an actual fight. She’d not only broken his arm, but two fingers of the opposite hand, as well.

The incident hadn’t ended there. The officer had accused her of assault, but with so many witnesses the charges against Stone had been thrown out, and he’d been charged with assault. Since then, however, at least two other officers had lodged formal complaints against her.

The old boys’ club, closing ranks.

“Nothing that would show up on an X-ray.” Her voice sounded bland. Something had gone very wrong.

If someone hurt her, he was going to find out and make their life miserable. “Is there anything I can do to help?”

She jerked, as if the question startled her. “Don’t argue with me if I tell you to do something.”

“Arguing with one’s bodyguard would be stupid. I try not to be an idiot more than twice a day. I reached my quota an hour ago.”

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Author Biography:

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes contemporary and historical medical romance, fun romantic suspense and military romance. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. You can find her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:


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Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight: From Italy With Love @JulesWake #books #bookreview

Welcome to the first Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight. It’s a special spotlight geared to books that I have read repeatedly and have a special place in my heart. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to From Italy With Love by Jules Wake. I love this book because it’s a fun, exciting and very British romance. But it’s more than just a romance; it deals with discovering who you are and what kind of life you’d like to lead. The heroine reminded me of myself and the author made me fall in love with Italy. A must-read! :) MRS N

From Italy


Title: From Italy With Love

Author: Jules Wake

Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction


‘This epic road-trip is full of glamour, romance and sizzling sexual tension, but at its heart is a truly heart-warming tale of self discovery – you’ll not want to miss a moment of it.’ – Chick Lit Love

Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.

Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.

But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…

My Review:

Laurie is a caterpillar making her way through life. She thinks she’s happy living with her boyfriend Robert and working at the library. She has everything in control and then her Uncle Miles dies. At the funeral, per Miles’ instruction, everyone is dressed in colorful clothing and having a great time. Laurie feels out of place and alone (even with Robert next to her).

At the reading of the will, she discovers she has inherited the ultra-rare Ferrari worth millions. What am I supposed to do with that, she wonders. It’s not like she can afford the insurance. Ahh, but there’s a catch. Uncle Miles has it arranged that he wants his beloved niece to go on a road-trip in the Ferrari across England, into France and end up at the Ferrari Museum in Italy. Just to make sure she’s safe, Uncle Miles insists on Cameron Matthews (who knows cars inside and out) to accompany her.

Thus starts the journey and like a scared jackrabbit, Laurie is timid and shy around Cam. They appear to be opposites but along the journey, Laurie emerges from her cocoon. Both Cam and Laurie are shocked by the attraction they feel and try to deny themselves.

Laurie discovers that life is more exciting than she imagined and with every obstacle, she emerges stronger. But when she has to choose between her old life and new life, which one will she choose?

Take a look at that gorgeous cover. It’s one of the reasons why I chose to review this book. It’s eye-catching and I can picture myself behind the wheel of that gorgeous Ferrari.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the writing (very British) and the characters are well-developed. I loved the sexual tension between Cam and Laurie. I loved how she transformed before my eyes. Life is all about discovering who you really are and never settling.

When reading this book, I got the same giddy feeling I did when I read Confessions of a Shopaholic for the first time. Jules Wake has a gift for weaving an entertaining romantic comedy filled with delightful fun characters. I highly recommend this book, especially if you love romance, cars, travelling and chick-lit!

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for a complimentary copy in order to review this fabulous book.

Favorite Character:

Laurie is my favorite character, hands down. I loved how timid she was in the beginning and the further they got from home, the more independent she became. Uncle Miles loved her feistiness and bravery; it just took her awhile to realize it.

My hope is that the author will write more stories about Laurie (or others like her). Such an endearing character. :)

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Are you a Kindness Superhero? #inspiration #kindness #RAOK



Anyone who reads this knows that I am a champion of Kindness!  You could call me Captain Kindness and I would wear a purple cape.  I would be a modern day superhero and would spread kindness throughout the world.

What is kindness?

Kindness is the act of doing something to help or aid someone without wanting/needing any recognition or reward.  It can come in many forms and deeds.  It is a character trait that is talked about in every religious/spiritual belief.

Think back to a time when you were the recipient of kindness.  It can be something small like someone holding the door open for you.  It can be something big like giving you shelter when you needed it most.  Remember how that made you feel.

Now think of a time when you were kind to someone.  Imagine the person’s reaction and then remember how great it made you feel.

It takes nothing to be kind and the end result will be life-changing!

Today and every day, look around and be kind to all those you meet.  Let us spread kindness around the world.  Together we will embrace the world in one giant kindness hug.  The world and the people in the world will be forever changed.

Let us all be Kindness Superheroes!!!


The Tale of the Wulks by V. K. Green is Epic Fantasy at its Best #bookreview #SFF #YA



Title: The Tale of the Wulks

Author: V. K. Green

Genre: Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Epic Fantasy


Book Blurb:

“Everyone has the potential to help the world with their skills while working within their limits.”

High in the mountains in California lives a race unnoticed by humankind known as the Wulks. A magical tribe, they are the guardians of our planet: ever vigilant, ever watchful, ever ready to take up arms against those who would attack Mother Earth. Among them is a young boy named Rilk. Socially awkward and different, his skills and mind are sharp nonetheless; when he sees his legendary warrior grandfather Manfield leaving the country with the Dragon Prince Englar, he knows an epic quest of life and death awaits.

The Dark Lord Vanko is coming to dominate earth and all of its inhabitants. Our planet’s protectors, led by the Dragon Prince, form a band of men, dwarfs, and elves to save us all. But the Dark Lord and his minions are powerful and through many adventures and death-defying battles, Englar and his followers lay on the brink of death. Now, Rilk must step forward to defeat a being with only one weakness: the Blade of Anglar.

Green takes us through this grand journey that puts the most unlikely hero of all to the ultimate test.

As thought-provoking as it is entertaining, The Tale of the Wulks will change the way you think as it rockets towards its climax.


My Review:

If you like epic fantasy with a strong hero, you have to read this book! In the same vein as Lord of the Rings, The Tale of the Wulks is the story of an unlikely hero with unique abilities and skills called to do what others cannot to save the world.

Rilk is a wulk, a magical race who protects the planet Earth. Wulks are unknown to humans and they’re our guardians. Rilk is a fifteen-year-old autistic wulk and the Dark Lord Vanko (a fire-breathing dragon) is hell-bent on taking over the world and everyone in it. Can Rilk and the group of wulks, elves, humans and dwarfs defeat the Dark Lord and his powerful minions or is Mother Earth doomed to fall?

Talk about a pulse-pounding edge of my seat read! The author does a brilliant job pacing the plot with intense action scenes, compelling characters while introducing an unlikely hero no one saw coming. I liked the fact that Rilk is scoffed at for being “not normal”. As teenagers, we all have felt like the outcast. Each person has a set of unique personality traits and abilities. Bringing this message across in an epic fantasy is not only necessary for the youth of today to read but their parents as well.

I was able to visualize everything that was going on and this author has the uncanny ability to transport the reader into the middle of the action. It was like watching a movie in 3-D. I loved it!

While the book is longer than I’m used to, the time flew by and I was sorry when it ended.

If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and other epic fantasy, you have to read The Tale of the Wulks. It’s a fantasy gem and Hollywood should snag this inventive story for the world to see!


Favorite Character:

Rilk. I loved how he’s the hero, even though everyone around him tells him he’s wrong and not normal. Negativity surrounds him yet he doesn’t let it deter him. Rilk is a great teen role-model for everyone.


Favorite Quote:

There were so many great lines, it’s too hard for me to pick just one. Read it for yourself.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography: V. K. Green is an autistic college freshman at the University of San Francisco majoring in History. He has performed at a high academic level with advanced diction, language, and social skills. Green is aware how society misunderstands those who have this condition and has decided to use fictional storytelling to demonstrate the reality of what autism is, and what those who have it are capable of achieving.


Currently, one person out of every eighty-eight people is autistic. It is no longer a condition that can be continually ignored and/or misunderstood. It is not a mental disorder like schizophrenia but rather a difference in how the brain functions.


In addition to striving for acceptance of autism, Green enjoys playing video games and watching TV shows like “Supernatural” and “CSI” in his free time. An avid reader and gatherer of knowledge, he spends most of his days writing, researching, and garnering information on a variety of topics – including but not limited to religion, Japanese manga, sci-fi movies, and foreign cultures.


His inspiration for the book comes from his love for J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga The Lord of the Rings. In his words “I wanted to create a work of fantasy as glorious as that!”


Green followed a relatively quick timeline, creating a complete first draft in around a year and a half all this while juggling school and extracurricular activities. It took him another two and a half years to edit the book to its present form. “I brainstormed the entire story before starting to write,” he reflected.


Green currently lives in Fremont, California, with his family.


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If You Were Me and Lived in Italy by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #IAN1 #kidlit



Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Italy: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World

Author: Carole P. Roman

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction, Italy


Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!


My Review:

Carole P. Roman is back with another fantastic book and this time she takes us to Italy. Starting with the history of Italy (Roman Empire), Carole shares historical facts as well as pronunciation. Then we get some quicks facts such as names, food, popular games, sports and sights such as the Coliseum. Concentrating on the city of Rome, I learned quite a bit.

The illustrations were superb and this time, full-color drawings accompanied photographs.

This book is perfect for parents, teachers, librarians and homeschoolers. Children of all ages will love this educational trip to Italy, courtesy of Carole P. Roman.


Favorite Quote: “Rome is often called the Eternal City and the Caput Mundi or the Capital of the World because of its influence on western civilization.”


My Rating:  5+ stars


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Author Biography:

Carole P. Roman’s is the award winning author of the nonfiction If You Were Me and Lived in… series of children’s books. The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in…France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca’s Reads and Children’s Reader’s View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.


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View the World (and People in it) Through Artist’s Eyes #inspiration #affirmation #compassion


Do you see people physically or by their heart/spirit?

The world is filled with beautiful people and things.  I am not talking about what is splashed across the magazines or the television/movie screen.  I am talking about everyday people who you pass on the street.

A compassionate heart and a kind spirit is more beautiful to me than all the good looks in the world.  A person who goes out into the world and sees the beauty in everything around them is truly beautiful.

If you see the world through different eyes, you will truly be blessed!  Everyone is beautiful and a masterpiece, even you!

Look at the world around you today through artist’s eyes and you will see how beautiful the world really is!


#CoverReveal WetWork, Episode 4 @CadenceDenton #RomanticSuspense #ASMSG #IARTG



Title: WetWork, Dark Man Case Files Episode 4

Author: Cadence Denton

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Dark Man is screwed. Captured by the Department hounds, he was handed over to the Medic as a sacrificial lamb—or lab rat. The brain surgery to turn him into the perfect killing machine (the emphasis on machine) has left him reeling. With his emotions disabled, DM has entered a very dark place. Scientific data claims that without the distraction of emotions, DM will be more focused, more productive—an assassin without a conscience. The problem is he won’t cooperate. He’s focused on finding one person: Angel.

Angel’s act first, think later attitude has gotten both her and DM’s identical twin brother, Damien, into a world of trouble. Her plan to rescue DM majorly blew up in her face. Taken captive by the Guild’s enemy—the super-secret Omicron—she has learned the true meaning of pain. Bearing both physical and mental scars, Angel joins forces with both friends and enemies to free DM.

From Houston to Bucharest, trouble follows DM and Angel. With attacks from every side, they must find a way to overcome their differences and come together or risk being torn apart.

Will DM and Angel survive? Read WetWork, Dark Man Case Files, Episode 4 for the exciting conclusion.




“Who am I?”


DM’s voice was a husky whisper. It did crazy things to her insides.


“I’m your future,” he said with the finality of a slammed door, not giving her time to reply before fencing her in against the scarred wooden bar with between his long, hard arms and thick, muscular thighs.


Her pulse kicked up, making her shiver like a spooked horse as he moved into her, invading her personal space. Spooked. That was an apt description. Everything about this dangerous man spooked her. He was imposing, standing over a foot taller than her five-foot four-inches with a shredded build that complemented his superior height. Not to mention the fact he possessed looks that would make any woman between the ages of 13 and 93 swoon. Truth was, just looking up into his smoldering gray gaze made her lightheaded, made her weak in the knees, and made her more than a little wet between the thighs. Truth was, she wanted nothing more than to follow this man to his bed. When he leaned in, his chiseled lips parting as they approached hers, her eyelids drooped. She stretched up in anticipation, tilting her head back, almost breathless to taste his lips, and felt…nothing.


Rusted metal flakes rained down coating her skin as Angel jerked awake. She’d been dreaming of DM, David Morace, the former crown prince of the Guild. Her lover.


Her wrists also awoke and began to bitterly complain of their abuse—being forced to support her weight and suffer the tight bonds of the handcuffs. Her shoulders also objected, stating they had taken more than their fair share of the load. Seeking relief, Angel pulled her feet under her and put weight on her legs. A high whistling gasp of misery escaped her lips. She had forgotten about Spider and his electric carving knife.  Almost she regretted contacting DM’s identical twin brother and the new Crown Prince of the Guild. Asking Damien for help in getting DM released from the Department’s creepy version of the Island of Doctor Moreau had been beyond foolhardy. How could she possibly rescue DM when she could do nothing to save herself?



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Author Biography:

I’m an odd mixture of one-part dreamer, one-part realist, and two parts stubborn—which can be a positive thing if you’re a writer. Not content to write in just one genre, I write dark paranormal romance, time travel, light science fiction, romantic comedy, and gritty romantic thrillers. Told you I was stubborn ( and a little crazy!). Besides, doing the same thing day after day is boring and we can all do with a little less of that, right?


Visit often for more information on all my series and upcoming projects. You may not find everything to your liking but you won’t be bored.


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Beachcomber Investigations #RomanticSuspense Series by @StephanieQueen #MFRWAuthor #books

 Stephanie Queen’s Beachcomber Investigations Series

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Title:  The Beachcombers

Author:  Stephanie Queen

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Prequel – Beachcomber Investigations Series
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise takes on a new partner for a kidnapping case, gorgeous Scotland Yard detective Shana George. Mistake? Maybe. The fireworks between them could get them killed before they have a chance to find the missing heiress–and whoever is behind the kidnapping.

Dane has been visiting his beach shack on Martha’s Vineyard to rest is weary body and soul for too many years and he’s particularly in need of a rest this summer. But his old special ops commander, now governor of Massachusetts, calls on him to save a missing heiress and family friend. She was scheduled to compete in a surfing competition and now she’s gone.

The governor also recruited an partner for Dane, perfect for going undercover as a surfer, the bikini bombshell and Scotland Yard detective Shana. Dane is skeptical until he realizes she has skills.

But as the case unfolds and the stakes ratchet up once they realize they’re dealing with human trafficers specializing in beautiful women, Dane is in trouble. He is far too attracted to everything about his partner–and far too distracted for their well being and their survival.

They need to find the heiress and stop the kidnap ring before they let their relationship compromise everything. Or is it too late?


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USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen

A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.


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Title:  Beachcomber Investigations

Author :  Stephanie Queen

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Book One
A romantic detective series novel
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise is desperate to recruit Shana George away from Scotland Yard to partner with him in his new venture, Beachcomber Investigations. She has impressive skills and if he’s honest, he needs her to keep him grounded. But most of all, Dane wants to keep Shana on the island of Martha’s Vineyard because he can’t get past his insane longing for her.

Shana’s boss David Young forces her to decide on the spot when he assigns an important case to Beachcomber Investigations. She chooses to partner with Dane, going with her gut–or more accurately her heart–rather than her brains. They may be good partners in crime-fighting, but they are all wrong for each other in every other way possible. He’s soulless and lost and likely has more wounds from his past than the bullet and knife scars scorching his body. But she’s crazy. About him.

Their big assignment is to protect Dane’s old special ops buddy, Acer. They need to find whoever paid a sniper to take a shot at Acer–before the sniper takes another shot and doesn’t miss.

Dane and Shana need to be on top of their game to keep Acer alive, and not on top of each other. But each of them is secretly worried whether that’s possible–and worried about what will happen if it’s not.


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Title:  Beachcomber Santa

Author:  Stephanie Queen

Genre:  Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Book 2

a Beachcomber Investigations Novella

Dane finds the perfect excuse to celebrate the holiday season with Shana when Jim the butcher hires Beachcomber Investigations to find the Missing grocery store bell-ringing Santa–Rusty Gates. The local cops may think Rusty took off with the money he collected for the church to give the needy, but his family wants to keep him out of jail. Dane and Shana need to find him–and the money before the church Christmas party in three days.

Meanwhile Dane wants more than a kiss under the mistletoe for Christmas from Shana, but when he realizes she’s homesick for Australia, will he let playing Santa at the church party go to his heart and give Shana her wish?


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Title:  Beachcomber Valentine

Author:  Stephanie Queen

Genre:  Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Beachcomber Valentine – a Beachcomber Investigations Novella
Ex military special ops legend Dane Blaise and ex Scotland Yard investigator, gorgeous Shana George, team up to find the long lost love of a mystery client.
But of course there’s more to this easy-money case than flirting with the dangers of romance and Cupid to rekindle an old flame.

Once Dane and Shana find out that the “lost love” is involved with an FBI sting–and involved with their best friend, state cop Captain Lynch, their suspicions kick into high gear.

Dane and Shana end up with far more than a dinner date on Valentine’s Day…



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Title:  Beachcomber Baby

Author:  Stephanie Queen

Genre:  Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Beachcomber Investigations series book 3
A romantic detective series

Dark and dangerous Dane and shamelessly sexy Shana team up like oil & water on a mission to save a baby while they wage a personal war of love & hate between them.
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise doesn’t like cases involving babies. In his experience, they always end bad. Really bad.

When Father Donahue hands Shana a baby and the mission is to find the baby’s mother, the ex-Scotland Yard detective can’t resist taking the case. Shana convinces Dane to help her, but he’ll only go so far.

Once they discover the priest dragged them into the tip of an iceberg full of trouble with an ex-Russian KGB operative turned-criminal and his comrades involved in a baby farm, things look bad. Really bad.

To keep Dane on the mission, Shana will need to uncover the secret of his terrible past baby case. Can she convince him to put aside his fears to save this baby–and save their partnership too?



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Title:  Beachcomber Trouble

Author:  Stephanie Queen

Genre:  Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Book 5 in the Beachcomber Investigations series


Out of the blue, ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise receives a CIA coded message for Trouble. It’s a call to action to help an old associate and friend of his—Oscar. He didn’t know that his young and gorgeous partner Shana George, ex-Scotland Yard detective, knew the CIA man too. Even though they both suspected Oscar’s CIA handler was not exactly trustworthy, they answered the call to help their friend.

But Dane had no idea that the trap was set and the trouble was about to get Big and Bad …


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Fill Your Life With Happiness #inspiration #happiness



Are you filled with happiness?

Happiness is something that every person yearns for.  No matter who they are or where they live in the world, everyone wants to be happy.  It transcends all barriers.  It doesn’t cost any money and yet is worth more money than the world banks hold.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Your life can be filled with happiness.  All it takes is a little planning. Write down everything that makes you happy. Every morning, as you’re getting ready for your day, read your happiness list and meditate over it. It’s as simple as that.

Happiness is one of the greatest life lessons there is.  When you are living your version of a happy life, you will be blessed and will be shining the Light within you!

Weave happiness throughout the tapestry of your life and be happy! 


All Aboard by @SamnaGhani #bookpromo #romance #MFRWAuthor

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Title:  All Aboard


Author: Samna Ghani


Genre: Romance



Book Blurb:

Violet Osborne, a successful lawyer and workaholic, had given up all hope of ever finding a man she could love and trust. Things change dramatically for her when she decides to go on a dream vacation to Europe. Her idealist romantic notions had made her believe that the right type of man did not exist … until she met the wrong type…. Or so she thought.

Reed Kendall, a handsome and dashing playboy never thought he would feel the need to settle down. Wealth and women came easy to him. His work was all he was really passionate about until he meets Violet. Seducing women had never been much of a challenge for him and he didn’t expect it to be any different with Violet… or so he thought.


Sparks fly as Reed and Violet try to resist each other… but some people are just too hard to resist.



“We still have twenty minutes,” Reed reminded her, his meaning obvious. But she wasn’t sure. Was he just flirting? Did he just want to get her into bed? That really wasn’t what she wanted. It wasn’t about sex for her. No doubt she wanted him. Every inch of her body desired him. But what she felt was beyond a sexual attraction. She wasn’t sure if they were both on the same page.


“I know,” she said breathlessly. She took a few steps backward and sat down on the sand. She wasn’t sure if she could trust herself. She found him so irresistible and she knew if he actually did kiss her, she would never have the self-control to stop him from going further. So the best move was to pull away and sit down so that there was absolutely no chance of touching each other.


Reed got her message. He sat down with her. They both stared at the sea. “I’m not Pierre,” he mumbled. “Or James.” Violet could see he was surprised that she hadn’t responded to his advances. She smiled internally. This must be a first for him, being rejected by a woman. If only he knew the real reason. It wasn’t that she didn’t want him. She did – more than anything. But she wanted him forever, not for a one-night stand and not for a good time during the cruise. It was all or nothing for her, as far as Reed was concerned. She couldn’t explain all this to him. That would mean providing him too much information about her feelings for him.


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Author Biography:

Samna Ghani is a romance novelist and works as the Regional Editor at She is the Co-Founder and an active member of the Mississauga Writers Group, Canada and is the editor of the group’s quarterly e-zine MWG Writes on Q. Her romance novels include All Aboard, ‘Tis But a Dream, One of Those Days, Protest of Love, Mirror of Love and Love around the Corner. You can connect with Samna on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon Google Plus and visit her blog


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