Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Carla: Carla Paperback Launch by Mark Barry

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Review of Bobby's Dove by author Matthew Hamilton and Illustrator Cheryl Ramirez

5 out of 5 stars

Bobby’s Dove is a poem that is transferred to book form and is easily read to children or for children who are just learning to read. The book fits into any library: home, public or church.

Bobby’s Dove teaches children, in a warm and fun way, that God loves them. The pictures are warm and descriptive. Younger age children love to find the cat and the puppy which appears in most of the pictures. The rhythm of the poem is fun to read out loud.

The hero of the story, Bobby looks a tad different in some of the pictures as this is the illustrator’s first book but this one aspect does not distract from the story or the message and young readers will be too busy looking for the cat or puppy to notice!

The author, Matt Hamilton lives in Ft. Worth, Texas and is married with children. This is his first book dedicated lovingly to his children.

The Illustrator, Cheryl Ramirez, lives in Cisco, Texas and is married with children. She is currently working on a new book written by author Jennifer Hopkins titled Bobby Mac Mouse. It will be available to the public through Amazon on December 1, 2012.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of art degree from Texas State University in San Marcus, Texas.

Cheryl is the illustrator for children’s books, book cover designer, and operates wing feather books which are a small press for independent authors. If interested in her services you may contact her at the following links:




Monday, October 29, 2012

The Wizard's Cauldron: An Interview with Brenda Perlin

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Valley of Choice

It sneaked up on you and took you away from those you love
and also those hobbies such as skating and drawing that you once held a passion for
replacing them with families who are now broken and taken advantage of
it snickers as you find what was once open, are now closed doors

and you wonder why? what happened? and what are you going to do?
for those who love you, haven’t stopped loving you, but have tried time after time
dutifully and woefully listening to your words and somehow they knew
the valley of choice you built for yourself is deep, and the steep hill is yours to climb

you may think, because those you love aren’t close around, that you are alone now
but you are not, as Mom watches from a distance as you choose to walk your own way
Mom silently begs you to understand; it’s your lack of actions that she can’t allow
and her pain is like a two edged sword, because as your Mom, her desire is for you to stay

She prays good things for you, as she is willing you to fight for you
and yet the hold that has you is strong and fighting is not what you want
so Mom grieves in quiet despair, her heart in a state of sadness and blue
as she waits for you to decide to release the drug that makes you so nonchalant

Far away but never far in a Mom’s thoughts; she does not do what her heart wants
but with wisdom presiding, rescuing you is what you want but the last thing you need
when the words Mom hears you speak, brings small joy to her heart, but are words that only taunt
for it is, once again, only in speech and backed up not in deed

the Mom’s heart grieves for her son as her eyes fill with distraught tears
sadness clutches her as she watches her son stagger through the valley of choice
hoping that he knows that a Mom’s love for her son will never disappear
and in his ear, she speaks her love and hopes, in the quiet, he hears her voice

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Review of Paula Martins Fragrance of Violets

5 out of 5 stars

Spouting off words as teenagers can have long term affect as Jack and Abigail have found out. Ten years after the ending of a close friendship Jack comes back into Abigail’s life during a period of mourning for him. He is not looking for love but the long ago stirring can not be denied.

With problems of the village life ongoing, Jack offers a solution that will place Abigail in his life more often. Is he a fool to believe that Abigail can forgive him or her father? And that he is a man worthy of her trust?

Abigail came back home after experiencing a downfall in her career in London. The last person she thought she would meet up with is Jack and she didn’t expect to fall in love with him; but can she forgive him of the hurtful words said ten years prior? And when Jack keeps a secret, she is left hurting once again...
Among all of this, Abigail found the courage to confront one of greatest hurts she had ever experienced, the story had to be paused to shed a few tears for that situation acutely described to reach the readers core.

Being an American reader I smiled often as I came to the terminologies that are mostly used in the UK, leaving warm fuzzies in my heart and thankful that due to the e-world, more and more people are being linked in to different cultures and languages.

Once again, Author Paula Martin has penned another entertaining, easy reading and delightful story in Fragrance of Violets.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review of Underneath by Author Michael Cargill

4 out of 5 stars

Underneath is the first novel that I have read from this author and I found it an interesting read.

Underneath is a story that grabs your attention although it left me with the question "Where was this story headed?" Intrigued, I kept reading.

The story developed with an in depth look into the thoughts of Hugh, the man behind the erratic actions. He is the person who has the ability to charm with his looks and personality or to use and abuse those who he comes in contact with. Much of his actions are based off a person appearance, his reaction to them and their reaction to him. His mood swings are ignited by even the smallest of annoyances.

The story moves at a consistent speed, not slow and not fast, all the while developing the supporting characters as well. The worried mother, the two police officers, the teenagers looking about for a thrill, and the girls involved are all represented well by the author.

The manner in which the author brings the story to a conclusion demonstrates that the author put much effort and thought into this plot.

After finishing this book, I had to sit for a while and think about how I really felt about the story presented. It does take you to another level of thinking and wondering...What does the person you are in contact with at this moment really think underneath the exterior?

Book Review of Liturgy by Author Brian Bigelow

4 out of 5 Stars

Liturgy is a well written, short story which grabs the interest of the reader from the beginning. The two main characters are defined from the start with exceptional detailing of the plot.

I would have liked to see more development in the couple's past history which would make the intense anger in the present more plausible and bring the reader to a more empathetic state.

In addition, I love the ending of the book and that is all I am going to say about that.

As a vision for the future, it is of my humble opinion, that this author could easily make this the first story in an anthology in regards to the plight of Liturgy.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review of Kid Atomic by Author Mark Barry

4 out of 5 stars

Kid Atomic is a current day young adult fiction novel that has a very interesting plot.

I found the character development to be quite intricate and pulls the reader into the mind of several characters within the story.

Kevin's mom was one character that stood out. She had Kevin later in life and then became a single mother as he was still growing up. She is the epic model of a Mom.

Rachel is portrayed accurately as a young woman trying to find herself and her worth within herself and with her peers. With that being said, she makes mistakes in how to handle certain aspects of several relationships that leads to untimely discord.

Ricky is stability to Kevin. He is a friend of Kevin's who gets removed from his presence not by his own choice but due to a drastic measure; one that was mean for Ricky as well.

Lee is an antagonist that fulfills his role impeccably.

Overall this young adult fiction story is a good read with a plot that is believable and characters that are likable.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Book Review of The Illustrated Woman by Mark Barry

Author: Mark Barry
5 out of 5 stars

The Illustrated Woman has a unique plot that will capture your attention, hold it, make you angry, make you cry, make you desperate and it will make you fall in love. It will remove you from your present world and transport you into the life of a single mother who turned her back on the world her parents desired her to have and created her own.

This book is not for the shy or timid. It is graphic and realistic. It is emotionally open and evasive. It is good and evil. It is stimulating and abusive. It is life and broken dreams. It is enthralling and deceiving. It is truth and lies. It is honor and immoral. It is beauty and ignorance. It is love and selfishness. It is desire and hatred. It is commitment and it is fear. It is enlightenment and it is disillusionments. It is about second or even third chances and it is unforgivable. It is choices and it is consequences. It is maturity at its worst and it is immaturity at its best. It is a book that will make you think...about circumstances, choices and consequences.

Emily learns early on that choices are her choices to make, not her mom and nor her dad's, thus leading her astray from the life her parents were molding her into. Acceptance...of who she is, what she wanted, who she wanted was denied creating a void in her that was filled with pain due to the rejection of a stoutly proud man...her father.

Tyrone: Attractive. Lazy. User. Her obsession. Her destruction. Her love. Her destruction. Her everything. Her on again, off again.

Penny: Obedient. Cooperative. Happy. Her life. Her daughter. Her one constant.

The Clients: Pornographic. Solicitation. Lust. Her way of paying for her Illustration.

Enter Alan: Quiet. Shy. Reserved. Suffering. Attentive. Listener. Consistent. Eager. Accepting. In love with Emily. Her, not quite sure what.

The Illustration: Her future. Her history. Her dreams. Her failures. Her life in ink. One half, pure; One half, not so much.

The Choice: Tyrone, Alan. Alan, Tyrone. Her choice. Their choice.

The Illustrated Woman is to be read as entertainment only and should only be read by adults of maturity. The Illustrated Woman has extensive usage of curse words, references to drug usage, explicit sexual relations incorporating power exchange, sexually abusive scenes, BDSM references and intense anger scenes.

And...I could not put this book down


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review Changing the Future by Paula Martin

5 out of 5 stars

Erupting Conflict...

Changing the Future pulled you into the drama and conflict when assumptions, jealousy, and stubbornness entered the picture taking what could have been a totally different outcome and giving it a different one by default.

When two people are meant to be together sometimes it is the fate of life that brings them back together for a second chance to decide if the past will repeat itself or by their own admissions and choices they will change the future.

Once again, Paula has penned another enticing story full of richly developed characters with one of the best supporting characters that I have read in a very long time in Ralph. Ralph was very clearly defined, very likable and sensible and stayed true within his characterization throughout the book.

It is clear that Author Paula Martin has done her research well on volcanoes and has transferred that knowledge easily into the plot.The mechanics of the book – punctuation, point of view shifts, believable plot, action, drama, and progression- was very good, making this book an easy and delightful read.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review of Bargain Bride and Millionaire Groom by Lelani Black

5 of 5 stars:

Downloaded Bargain Bride and Millionaire Groom and within two hours I had it read, delighting in the feel-good feelings, lifted spirits, and with abounding hope that only a well thought out romance story could bring to a reader. For over two hours I forgot my reality as I entered theirs entertaining a wide range of emotions: dismayed, charmed, enchanted, discouraged, hopeful, frightful, arousal, relieved and contentment.

From the beginning, the story captured its essences in Maui, the mystery in the visit, the complications of greedy people in life and the yearnings of a woman and a man. The story didn't slow down at all as it traveled to Colorado and the Maui born and raised girl got a taste of the Colorado snow...and the iciness of jealousy.

Romance within a marriage; however, being a successful business man drove them apart when an event occurred that could destroy their lives forever...

The grammar, punctuation, cohesion, fluency, character portrayal, character depth, supporting characters and story continuity was excellent.

I am eagerly looking forward to reading more from this author!

Book Review The Descendant by Kelley Grealis

3 of 5 stars Disturbing

The beginning of this book was very interesting; the suspense, mystery and inexplicable reasons for what she was going through. I found the story well written from her view of struggling to figure out what was wrong with her.

After that point, I began to dislike the story. The lies and deception of certain characters who were introduced as "good" and were not. Some might find that irony likable in the story but as a personal preference, I did not.

However, I continued reading and my dislike of the story continued as the story was related in parallel to events in the Bible. Again, some might find that approach as new but it did not strike a good chord within me. I stopped reading at this point.

Overall, the book was well written, grammatically correct with dialogue that was smooth. It may be that you will enjoy this vampire story.

Review for The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Brimstone Forest (Volume 1) by Ngaire Elder

5 out of 5 Stars!

Refreshing!  October 11, 2012

Delightful, Charming, Adorable, Captivating, Enchanting, Refreshing....Need I really go on?

Cecilia, a ten year adventuress finds herself a friend while collaborating to escape and survive the many dangers of The Brimstone Forest.

I loved the references made in here to the snapdragons as it brings fond memories back of when my mom used to say "snapdragon" when she forgot something as I was growing up.

I loved the imagery presented by the author. The book was easy to read and I was easily able to relate to Cecilia!

This is a wonderful children's book which needs to grace the bookshelves in your home and read often to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Review of Bathsheba Dailey's The Unhidden Reflections of the Heart

Review of Bathsheba Dailey's The Unhidden Reflections of the Heart

5.0 out of 5 stars
Poetry that Grips Your Heart, October 5, 2012

Bathsheba Dailey sent me her book for free for an honest and objective review; It is truly a treasure to behold.

Bathsheba Dailey, in her book the Un-Hidden Reflections of My Heart, which is her second book published, is a poetry of non-equivalent beauty of prose reaching deep inside the heart and soul and expressed eloquently with pen and paper.
Although all of the poems are well thought and beautifully put together the following poems were my favorite: Un-Hidden Reflections of My Heart, Blessed, Arms of Comfort, Hearts Afire, Juke Box, One and Only Me, Forgiven, Hidden Misery, and Finally to See

Remembering Long Ago Days, A Left Alone Child, and Childhood Dreams gave me chills up and down me as I absorbed the words tragically penned.

Not only did I enjoy Tick Tock, Writer's Block, it had me laughing because I understood exactly what she penned!

Sample of her poetry:

An un-hidden reflection of
what once was stares back at
me through the the light of
dawn that can be seen from
the years that have passed be,
reflections that once were


Book Review by Paula Martin His Leading Lady

5.0 out of 5 stars                 Perfect              October 5, 2012

Paula Martins' book, His Leading Lady, in one word....Perfect.

It has everything that a romance novel should have: sexy male and female characters, humor, mystery, chemistry, antagonists, misunderstandings, pride, forgiveness, pain, joy, and reconciliations.

Never did the story slow down nor turned boring. It captivated from the start and held the captivation. The dialogue was smooth and the characters were portrayed very nicely. The story line itself was believable and I loved the idea of the main character being a twin and the twist in the story that was pulled off.

It is a story that leaves you rooting for love and angry with the very real and manipulative threat at the end. No spoilers....you will need to read to understand it.

My favorite two lines in the book are:
"If it's not what you want to do above anything else, it won't work for you."
"Och and remember sometimes real life can have a happy ending like a musical show."

Thank you Paula, for those two statements breathe life into people of the real world. I fell in love with your characters and will definitely be reading more of your books!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I thought it would be you

July 25, 2010

It was but a moment in time; and yet I believed it would be you
you held my hand and stole a piece of my heart
you spoke to me, saying what I wanted to hear; I believed in us – in you
and now my heart is breaking because once we were together but now we are apart

words spoken by you were only there for that moment in time
it is no pain to you as you walk away and I, well, I look through tears as I thought it would be you
to be by your side to laugh, to cry, to speak, to grow, to enjoy life together for a lifetime
but as you walk away you just say, can we remain friends? When inside, cry is all I do

words of love turned cold, distant and mean; when it isn't my love it wants anymore
acting as though we didn’t laugh, we didn’t cry, we didn’t speak, we didn’t grow, that we weren’t true
so today I wake and breathe and pray for night and at night pray for day and in each moment the pain I ignore until the memory of us fades away but once in a while I remember - I thought it would be you

Drifting By

In the presence of others
     yet separated from them...alone

The hurt filling the inside
     building the wall even higher

Sitting on a vacant log as a child
     watching the clouds drifting by

Revisiting the vacant log as a woman
     watching life drifting by

Being a dreamer both then and now
     even when dreams and the heart

In the presence of others
     yet separated from them...alone

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Review The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke

4.0 out of 5 stars stay with it, October 3, 2012

This story, to me, started off slow but I am glad I stuck with it. By the time it took off, it literally took off! This story took me into a journey that held my attention and captivated me with its vividness and mystery. It was a fairly quick read which surprised me too. And although there was a conclusion to this book you can find more adventures of Timmy in novellas already written.

Book Review Fabric by Jessica Bell

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, October 3, 2012

I enjoyed reading Fabric. Some of my favorite poems were Flesh, The Only One Standing and What You Found.

I found quite a few leaving me feeling good while others put chills down my back. There seemed to be a theme of darkness, suffering and death within the poetry.

My favorite lines are:
My words create shawls-
they cloak the crazies
on empty nights

I will be reading more of her poetry in the future.

Book Review Into the Flames by Wendy Steele

An easy read giving you a glimpse of this talented author, September 4, 2012

Wendy Steele has penned four stories demonstrating her proficiency, talent and vivid imagination. The stories are short and a quick read. Each one has delivers its own message in her unique style.
If I were to rate, in order, how I liked the stories it would be (1) Baptism Of Fire (2) Mirror Mirror (3) For the Love of a Beautiful Woman and (4) Hand in Glove.

Baptism of Fire I liked because of the story of personal tragedy...and having to face the consequences.
Mirror Mirror I liked due to the story being told about two friends.

For the Love of a Beautiful Woman was about pushing limits; what would you do or not do for love? Do you have limits? Really?

And Hand in Glove... well, it was too violent for me to enjoy.

I rated this book 4 stars only due to the story "Hand in Glove". If you are asking yourself if this book is worth reading then the answer is a simple and clear: Yes.

Book Review Turn Down the Heat by Wendy Steele

Very very good..., September 4, 2012

Wendy Steele has done it again...another set of short stories to portray her talent and imagination. A set of stories that will leave you smiling on the inside and out as she explores human nature and divine interventions.

To Have and To Hold....beautiful...enchanting...what dreams are made of and some dreams do come true.

The Search ... a mother's love sharing a painful experience with her child...but I won't be a spoiler to the end of this story!

A Baby of My Own is a likable story about influences from one generation to another. No need to say more because you will truly like this story and the message it carries.

My Friend, My Angel....a story of how a person's encouragement can mean the world to another.

Mum's the Word...I really enjoyed this story but can't tell you about it because...Mum's the Word!

Definitely a 5 star read waiting for your eyes and heart to devour it...

Book Review The Final Possession by A.M. Hunter

A Great Read!, July 1, 2011

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Very articulate and suspenseful. I am eagerly awaiting for her next book to arrive to the shelves!

Book Review Ripper, My Love by Glynis Smy

Charming and Splendid, May 10, 2012

Ahh to fall in love with a story - this is exactly what happened as I met Kitty, Sarah, Arthur, James and Patrick. Kitty is the woman you just love to love and Sarah is too! I even fell in love with Sally...and then heartbroken at her situation. Arthur, James and Patrick are all vying for the affections of Kitty leading to a story that grabs your attention, holds it and delivers the warm fuzzy feeling as you read the last words....Now, I can't say too much more because then I would ruin it but I do have to say this: It is a wonderful story written by a talented writer - Good Job Glynis Smy on your debut novel! And I am looking forward to reading "Maggie's Child" later this year after it is released!

Book Review Lust, Money & Murder Book 3 by Mike Wells

Interesting, July 30, 2012
As with the other reviewers, I am not much for series books; therefore, there was some gap in between reading part II and part III. However, I was able to pick up the storyline and follow the characters through the conclusion of this three part story. As with the previous two parts, the author did an exceptional job in keeping the characters true to form and keeping the action moving.

I highly recommend reading this book all the way through.

Book Review Bridging the Gaps by Kate Warren

Didn't want to stop reading!, August 5, 2012

Author Kate Warren has spun a tale that has believable characters that you will love to love and love to hate. Each person is portrayed true to form and it is within this portrayal that kept me turning pages to find out what is coming next. I found myself on a rollercoaster of emotions that left me empathizing with Ellen, Lanie, Stephanie, DJ, Matt and even Chloe.

This is a drama that captures all the emotions of divorce, life and death, endings and new beginnings. If you are deliberating on purchasing this book, I am here to tell you, you won't be disappointed as Author Kate Warren delivers a book worth reading!

Book Review Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

Disappointed, August 18, 2012

I tried...I really did try but I couldn't finish this book. The constant shifts in point of views left me working to read, the characters were not developed enough, the plot was repetitive.

I don't like writing bad reviews and contemplated not writing this one but felt that I should but I am going to stop at this point.

Book Review Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes

Action packed, August 18, 2012

The author put together a kidnapping plot that twisted and turned. The main characters were developed well. The story moved at a good pace and has a twist at "almost" the end that made the storyline come together and believable. I enjoyed the story!

Book Review To Serve & Protect by Staci Stallings

Unsatisfying, August 19, 2012

This is the first book I have read by this author as I like to expand my author list and I saw she had quite a following with the high reviews on this and her other books. Based on the cover, the title and the description, I had high hopes for this story and was eager to read it, yet I found it difficult to finish. With twelve books listed on Amazon by this author I was sure I would be in for a treat; however, the point of view shifts were frequent and too close together causing confusion, the story progressed slowly and at certain spots was repetitive as I found myself skimming pages and was left with an overall sense of dissatisfaction.

Book Review Destiny of Angels by Wendy Steele

Solid, October 2, 2012

Destiny of Angels is a thoughtful plot that engages the reader to realize their potential in influencing others. What advice/influence is given from one to another can open gateways to choices for the persons they encounter in their lifetime. Angel is the centerpiece of several relationships that she has been brought back into contact with after departing from them in high school.

Although fantasy or paranormal/occult fiction is usually not my genre, I found that the descriptiveness used by the author created vivid scenes and a strong presence of what is going on with each character both internally and externally.

There are many characters introduced in this book and the most impressive character to me is Jenny. Without going into details, she is faced with a very personal and difficult decision as she makes an important decision that affects not only herself but those around her. No spoilers here...you will have to read it to find out what decision that is and how it turns out.

Since this is usually not my genre as stated earlier, and even though the descriptiveness was well done, I really didn't get into the rituals that were described. However, if this is your type of genre, keep in mind it is well written and you will probably enjoy this part as it is obvious well thought, well developed writing.

With that being said the only thing I found difficult for me to read in this tale of influences/choices/consequences is the frequent shifts of point of views without any warning. Several times during the story the point of view shifts were clearly defined but in other parts it was not. In the areas of the story that is was not, this led to confusion until I was able to decipher that I had been taken into or continued from another situation with a different character.

Overall, I would have to say that this was an enjoyable read from a talented author and being the first book in a trilogy, I know that the others two to come will be just as, if not more, delightful.

Book Review Photo Finish by Terry Ambrose

Outstanding!, July 24, 2012

I have just finished reading Photo Finish and I absolutely fell in love with the strong, well-defined, very humanly portrayed characters. I found myself relating to the places mentioned in the book as I currently live on Oahu. I found myself laughing, being disturbed, mystified, and having "ah-ha" moments as the mystery unraveled. The suspense and action kept you motivated to know what was coming on the next page.

I don't want to give away this novel or the ending so I am going to end this review with this: Photo Finish is a well thought out mystery placed in a beautiful location with characters that will leave you with a sense of having new friends....for life. This story is a must read and I am looking forward to more of Terry Ambrose's future novels!

Book Review of Haole Wood by Dee DeTariso

Entertaining, October 1, 2012

An interesting story told from a beautiful location. The story goes into great detail about life on Maui and in spite of the circumstances that brought granddaughter and grandmother back together after years of separation, brings a sense of warmth to the story. The language barrier between the two does not stop the relationship from forming and growing as it seems the grandmother is able to pick up on what her granddaughter needs while the granddaughter has no idea what her grandmother is saying.

The romance and friendships that form shows well in this story as she is confronted with trying to find a way to prove her grandmother innocent of murder. However, this story seems to center more on the lifestyle of Maui than it does on allowing the reader to solve the mystery.

The four star rating instead of five star is due to some of the credibility of the storyline: without spoilers, the weather forecast incident, later the language barrier between grandmother/granddaughter is extreme, the start up and expansion of the business that went so well so quickly. However, I want to point out these are just things that struck me but DOES NOT take away from the story at all.

Overall, this is a very well written, entertaining story and I know this author is going to do well with this story and future ones to come.

Book Review of Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry

detailed, fast paced and believable story!, September 3, 2012

Hollywood Shakedown....

A fast paced novel that takes you into the very heart of human nature in regards to greed, laziness and love. What would you do when your life is on the line and you only have two weeks to produce results or die? What would you do if the one whom you love is in danger? What would you do if you were a person that most would consider a bum and a failure?

Meet Buddy and experience a two week rollercoaster trip into the madhouse and stress as he searches for the unknown manuscript....a script that will determine if he lives or dies.

The characters in this book are outstanding! The individuals involved here have personalities that are well defined and keeps you turning page after page. Not once was there a "slow" or "boring" spot.

Definitely a must read!

Book Review of Carla by Mark Barry

5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Unique...., August 18, 2012

Remember the scene in Forrest Gump where he is sitting on a bench waiting for a bus to go see his "Jenny" and he is telling his story as people come and go?

Well, I felt like I was in a pub, on a barstool, as he drank his ale and I, mine, and he spoke quietly as he told me his story about Carla and him. He spoke from his perspective and quite literally I was enamored. Being taken into the depths of his mind, thoughts, actions and reactions to situations real or perceived was an amazing and sometimes scary journey.

Scary....as in....I know that kind of feeling....kind of scary.

Carla is a beautiful person who has been projected to be exactly who she is: an open minded, busy, young, and attractive woman who knows her mind and also deals with her own set of insecurities giving Carla a mixture of attributes that makes an appeal to the reader.

Sharna is the dedicated friend to Carla and it is interesting to watch how she projects herself as Carla's protector when meeting John and then the development of their friendship with Carla being the vine that connects them.

John is an older man who struggles internally with each encounter - perceived or real - that occurs. He has come a full circle in his life and finally has an understanding of who and what he is; both the good and the bad. You will fall in love with John and then you will love to hate his actions or reactions. You will cheer for John but in the next breath you will berate him. You will definitely be able to relate to John at some point in the story!

And by the time you get to the ending....oh my... No spoiler here! You must read to find out; but, I promise you one thing, it won't be what you expect!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Seek...so you shall find...

Life is changing. Again.
                    At different stages of my life, and for others too without a doubt, defining words appear:
daughter, sister, friend,
                                        runner, basketball player, college girl, 
                                                                                                              wife, single mother, empty nester,

business leader, job hunter, in demand,
                                                                    single, girlfriend, ex-girlfriend,
                                                                                                                 ….and on goes the defining…

coping, changing,
                             learning, growing,
                                                             openness, closedness,
                                                                                                       introvert, extrovert,
                                                                                                                                   carefulness, abandonment,
laughter, pain,
                              acceptance, forgiveness, 
                                                                             beginnings, endings,
                                                                                                                       life, death
Do you identify? How do you define yourself as you face the day to day growth of life? Are you eager to face the different facets that present itself to you or do you shy away fearing failure or fearing success? At some point are you some of all and all of some….of both the positive and of the negative?
Do you die to live?
                                   or live to die?
                                                                     Do you love to hate?
                                                                                                           or hate to love?
Do you begin again?
                                    or never again?
These words may not make sense to you…but they make sense to me…as I am searching and knowing there must be others who are searching to…searching for what…smiling…that is the internal question which can only be answered by you.
some seek power, fame and fortune,
                                                                 some seek happiness, simplicity and internal rewards,
some seek material things, riches and social status

What are you seeking? Where is your quest leading you? And who are you leaving an impact on…
don't you know...it is not what you have at the end of your life that makes you successful...
    the houses
                     the cars
                                    the vacations
                                                         the things
no, it is the quality of life that has been led by you that will make you successful or not in others hearts and in some...their eyes.
The legacy left living on in others will be the one you implant each day - the normal, trival, mundane tasks - that you may think has no impact but will be remembered for a long time by those left behind.
            and you shall find....
                                                without seeking...
                                                                               you shall never find...
     the heart...
                          the meaning...
                                                    the purpose...
                                                                               so seek....
                                                                                                   so you shall find...