|Wendy Scott award winning writer of Fantasy & Children's Stories||
Angie thinks she has found the love of her life. All goes well until she starts getting phone calls from a sultry woman and realizes her man is cheating. She decides to take matters into her own hands and confront the two lovers. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
'A delightful tale brimming with hilarious escapades. If you've ever been disappointed by a Mr. Right turned oh-so-wrong then you'll sympathize with Angie's antics. A quick lunchtime or bedtime read.' RWISA Author Wendy Scott
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Announcing 1st Place Winner Novella in the 2019 TopShelf Book Awards -Tequila Rose Virginity Blues by Wendy Jayne
Tequila Rose may have met the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, she wakes up suffering from alcoholic amnesia and doesn’t remember anything about the night before. Tall, dark, and Jack may be the cure her jaded heart desperately needs, but Tequila’s wary as friends warn her that Jack hangs out with the local drug dealer. Thrust together at a Speed Dating event, their chemistry sizzles, but is Jack after a different kind of fix?
Other Awards for TRVB:
1st Place Runner Up in Rave Reviews Book Club's Alpha-Omega Short Story Writing Contest 2018.
Finalist The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK 2018 Adult Fiction.
1st Place Novella TopShelf Book Awards 2019.
Blue Treat Award 2019 Rave Reviews Book Club.
Other stories by Wendy Jayne:
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Our Xmas tradition - the dogs always get a bag of balls
Wishing you all a wonderful 2020!
Pleas welcome guest author and poet - D.L.Finn!
Thank you for having me on your blog for day five of the Just Her Poetry Spotlight Tour!
Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions. Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness. This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.
Excerpt from Just Her Poetry: THE EMOTIONS Those Feelings
SEASONS OF MONEY
Money flows into our lives much like the seasons.
There can be an abundance or a scarcity of the greenery.
Things can be growing—or withering on the vine.
It starts in spring as we carefully plant our crops.
They continue to grow under our watchful eye in summer.
Our labors rewarded as we sit around the table celebrating.
But fall also prepares us for the cold winter days ahead
When the chill blankets everything in ice and snow.
While we’re mindful of what was stored for winter months ahead,
We’re hopeful that spring will return in our seasons of money.
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D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.
D.L. Finn Links:
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D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.
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The Merest Loss by Steven Neil ISBN: 1788039718
‘A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.
When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet?
Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father?’
Historical Fiction and Victorian Historical Romance
From Steven Neil, the author of THE MEREST LOSS
A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.
The plot thickens
All seems lost in the relationship between Harriet Howard and Jem Mason, but an unexpected meeting, prompted from an unexpected source shifts the plot. In chapter seventeen of The Merest Loss Jean Mocquard emerges as an unlikely ally.
Everything is Risked
At La Marche, Tom and Jem walk the course to familiarise themselves with the layout of the track. The turf is a pristine, luxuriant green. Old turf. They find a figure of eight course, laid out on a broadly flat, meadowland site. The track goes right-handed, then left-handed, then right-handed again. The plain fences are tightly packed with birch. Unforgiving to a lazy jumper, thinks Tom. As well as the familiar fences found in England, there is a rail and ditch, a bullfinch, a bank, a water jump and a few sheep hurdles. Jem thinks it owes more to what might be encountered in a day’s hunting in Ireland, than an English steeplechase course. There is a complete absence of guide rails and only very occasional flags. It is a test of memory as well as bravery.
‘Should be a craic,’ says Tom.
‘If we don’t get dizzy first,’ says Jem.
Harriet and Mocquard arrive at one o’clock. The newly painted grandstand shines white in the sunlight and multicoloured pennants flutter overhead in the breeze. On the first floor, an elegant dining room, fitted out with crystal and damask, greets the opulently dressed racegoers. French and English voices mingle. Waiters glide between the tables. In a far corner, a bearded student sits at a piano and makes a passable attempt at some Chopin sonatas. Harriet picks at her food and twists at the end of her napkin. When the horses come into the parade ring for the first race the room empties, as everyone makes their way to view the runners and riders. The scene never fails to excite Harriet, but there is an added frisson today. Standing across the paddock, she sees Jem Mason and Tom Olliver, smiling and joking together. The afternoon passes in a blur of flashing jockey silks and the glint of gleaming thoroughbreds. Tom and Jem ride two winners each: Tom, all power and strength and driving finishes, whip high, roaring; Jem, almost lazy by comparison, long rein, squeezing the horses into the fences, his whip an ornament, patting the horses on the neck as they pass the winning post.
At the conclusion of the racing, Mocquard arranges an introduction to Lord Hertford, in his private box. He, in turn, introduces his jockeys to Harriet.
‘How lovely to see you again Tom. You must tell me all the gossip from home,’ she says.
‘I see you know each other. Do you know Mason as well?’
There are perhaps twenty-five people in the box, which has two balconies attached: one looking forward across the racecourse; one looking back at the stables and parade ring. Mocquard is adept at manoeuvring people around, making introductions here and there, turning this person to that; a deft pull at an elbow, a gentle hand in the small of the back. After a while, Jem and Harriet find themselves alone on the rear balcony. A door closes behind them.
‘We may not have another chance, Jem,’ she says. ‘I don’t want to live my life in complete regret. What do you want?’
‘I wish I knew.’
‘You wish you knew or you wish you could admit it?’
‘You know what I think but I don’t, is that it?’
‘No. I know what I think. I have no pride. But you are the mystery. Let me be clear. I would like us to be as we once were. I am prepared to risk a rebuttal. But I will have tried. Is it so hard to tell the truth? Walk towards me or walk away from me. But don’t stand and look at me. What is it to be?’
When the carriages are called, Mocquard leaves without Harriet. She and Jem are nowhere to be seen.
© Steven Neil
THE MEREST LOSS is available in paperback and eBook in the UK, US, France, Canada and Australia.
Follow Steven Neil on https://twitter.com/stevenneil12 for information on how to purchase the paperback through an independent bookseller in the UK.
Steven has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. He has been a bookmaker's clerk, bloodstock agent, racehorse breeder and management consultant amongst other professions in his varied career. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire, England. The Merest Loss is his debut novel.
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Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.
Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.
Memories and moments merge here
Today when I return to share
The glow of rainbows
Embers of emotional entreaties
And smoldering debris.
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Poetry develops perceptions; it liberates us from mundane, as dreams and reality merge here to provide inspiration to us.
ODE TO POETRY
Time stands still in your clique
Stream of consciousness flows faster
Solitude becomes sweeter
Silent soliloquies speak softly
Imagination soars in your company
Insights find a crystal clear channel
Enlightening moments ignite ideas
You add a calming color to them
Sunsets lend their hues to my words
Moon breathes life into them
Mesmerizing dawn dons divine light
When you visit my humble abode
You inspire me to look at the clouds
Creative fairies step out and smile
Somber thoughts spill out to greet you
You enthrall them when you meet
You enhance my inner voice
You absorb all my woes
You draw me out of my cocoon
You tell me to keep desires in tune
You are my perceptive mentor
I was delighted to discover you
Only you could direct me through streams
Thank you for giving shape my dreams.
© Balroop Singh
Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, a relaxed blogger and a doting grandma. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. Her poetry highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, the boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.
When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.
A self-published author, she is the poet of Sublime Shadows of Life, Emerging From Shadows and Timeless Echoes – her widely acclaimed poetry books. She has also written When Success Eludes, Emotional Truths Of Relationships, Allow Yourself to be a Better Person, her latest poetry book Moments We Love has just been released.
Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.
You can visit her blog at: https://balroop2013.wordpress.com
Connecting links: https://twitter.com/BalroopShado
Hi and “WELCOME” to
Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY
Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:
$5 Amazon Gift Card x 2
eBook Hexed: A Purr-fect Catastrophe (Paranormal Short Story) x 2
eBook Slimmer (Contemporary Romance Short Story x 2)
eBook Tequila Rose Virginity Blues (Contemporary Romance Short Story) x 1
eBook Feeders: Madeson Reid PI (Paranormal Short Story) x1
# of Winners for this stop: 8
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Recently, I was privileged to attend my first ever Romance Writers' Conference.
Ok, can't say too much, as what goes on at conference yada yada …
But seriously, my presence there was due to #RRBC's Alpha-Omega Short Story Challenge, as this encouraged me to explore new genres.
So I didn't feel like a fraud attending as I'd published some 'romance' stories!
3 FUN ROMANCE FACTS ABOUT WENDY
After many years together we decided to have an unwedded-bliss party.
Short Stories by Wendy Jayne
Once again, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of this post. Good luck on winning my giveaways! I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BLOCK PARTY!
Congratulations to the winners:
(2) $5 Amazon gift cards - Shirley Harris-Slaughter & D. L. Finn
(2) ebook copies of Hexed - Ted Berner & Yvette Calleiro
(2) ebook copies of Slimmer - Vashti Q & Cassidy Salem
(1) ebook copy of Tequila Rose - Forrest Stepnowski
(1) ebook copy of Madeson Reid - Lizzie Chantree
Please welcome #RWISA author John Fioravanti.
The REFLECTIONS Blog Tour
I’m grateful to my host of this fourth post of the REFLECTIONS TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules and the #RRBC Team who arranged it all!
Reflection 8 * What’s Your Style? Thriving or Surviving?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou
These words speak to me about Angelou’s attitude to life and the way she approached achieving her goals. From 1928 to 2014, in her celebrated life, as an author, civil rights activist and poet, Maya Angelou was a pioneer among African-American women and an inspiration to the world.
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Angelou suffered tragedy and personal trauma in her childhood. For five years, she refused to speak. She endured her private suffering in addition to the racial prejudice and hatred that was common for those who shared her heritage. In this context, consider carefully the words of this revered woman.
Angelou speaks about her objective as her ‘mission in life’. For many, this word conjures up religious overtones – which could have been her intention. She was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King who was assassinated on Angelou’s birthday – a day she refused to celebrate for the next thirty years. Within this framework, the rest of her statement becomes even more meaningful.
She did not intend to just survive, but rather to thrive; to live her life well – with energy and spirit. When you consider her many accomplishments, it is easy to picture an exuberant woman who packed every bit of living into her days. As I think about Angelou and the attitude to living that her life exemplifies, I consider the number of times I have responded, “I’m surviving”, when asked how I was doing. “I’m surviving?” Why not… “I’m thriving, thank you.”? Don’t I want to thrive?
I often joke to friends and family about my never-ending quest for life’s ‘easy button’. Countless television commercials, watched daily by millions, unashamedly promote the easy button. I know I have a fairly healthy work ethic, but the other part of thriving is enthusiasm. Am I working hard out of duty, or because I’m driven, when it could be with enthusiasm? These are tough questions – important questions.
Maya Angelou goes on to describe ‘how’ she intended to live her mission. She uses the phrase “with some passion”, bringing to mind barely controlled emotion and intense enthusiasm. For her, there was no easy button. Life is not about avoiding great effort; it involves tackling its challenges head on with all the energy one can muster.
She included the words “some compassion”. Maya Angelou knew pain and hardship in her own life, and she recognized and sympathized with the misfortunes and suffering of others. I know people who refuse to watch the television news broadcasts or read newspapers because “It’s all bad news. I don’t want to be depressed!” Point taken; bad news sells newspapers and television commercials, and is often upsetting. However, it can be a good thing if, seeing the suffering of others, whether in our own city or on the other side of the world, moves us to sympathy and, then, to action.
Angelou also speaks of living her life with “some humor” and “some style”. I often think about the expression “laughter is the best medicine”. I’ve experienced the truth of this in my own life when a good, hearty laugh raised my spirits and made me actually feel better – emotionally and physically. Deliberately adding humour to our days is a great thing. We all possess a ‘style’ in our daily living – a flair in our way of doing things. Does our way of living display dignity and respect, both for ourselves and for others? Does our ‘style’ draw others to us? Would we not accomplish more good in this world if we lived our lives with humour and style?
Introspection is a good thing. Asking oneself the tough questions, and demanding nothing but totally honest answers, is a must. However, we need to take the lessons we learn and get on with living – with great style and vigour!
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