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Shown Love Again at the Dentist’s Office!

Most people dread their dentist appointments but I usually don’t.

However if you read my post about six months ago, two hygienists told my regular hygienist that she had to read Masquerading Our Love.

So today, I went to the office with my nerves tangled in tiny knots.

Not terrible, but noticeable.

My face definitely lit up when my hygienist said she liked it. And it wasn’t the pity, “I liked it” and changes the subject but she asked when the next book was coming out so she can read it. She loved that it was set in South Florida.

Yeah! I wanted to do a Happy Dance, right there and then, but I didn’t.

Instead, I’ve decided to have a $0.99 sale.

You can follow me to stay tune for details.

And as always, try to show love to one another. One small act of kindness can do wonders for a person’s day!

 

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Stretched Nerves or Jumping Beans?

I’m finishing up with the last and final, I hope, edit of my novel before it’s handed off to formatting. And at the moment, I can’t decide if my nerves are stretching or if my stomach has jumping beans bouncing off its walls. It comes in spurts as I listen to the monotone voice on Word read two pages at a time.

Yikes, did my editor miss that typo? If he did, are there more? Or is it my eyes playing tricks on me. I double check the spelling as my ears listen to the slow, boring voice read on. And there go the nerves, pulled too thin.

Will the readers complain if they see a tiny typo or will their brain skip over it because the first and last letters are right? Oh, no the dreaded bad review because my editor and I missed a typo.

Should I postpone the release?

No!

It’s time to let this baby enter into the unknown world of readers and see how well it’s received. My friends and family say I’ve held on to this book too long and they’re right. Almost five years after I finished the first draft and thousands of hours working on it.

Yes, it’s time.

Besides NaNoWriMo 2016 is right around the corner and I haven’t figured out whose story to work on next. Jason? Sabrina? The antagonist, Dave? Or  the bus story?

Heck my first born entered college this August and I can’t decide, which one I dreaded releasing more to the world. He is in a safer environment than my book will be, so it seemed easier after a year of preparing for the final day we said, “Bye.” And he did come back for laundry day and brought a friend, who is the sweetest suite mate.

Hence the toss up between nervousness and excitement.

Fortunately, my to do list is reaching the stratosphere. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it sure feels like it, so sometimes it’s more like numbness that I’m feeling.

Until next time.

When maybe

                           I

                                 ….. WILL   (drum roll, please)

BE

PUBLISHED!

I bury my head back into my book, and yes, the nerves are stretched and the jumping beans ricocheted off the walls.

 

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In A World Full of Hate I Choose to See Love

In a world full of evil and hate I see love.

I see love

in the drops of rainwater dripping from the petals of a rose.

in the embrace of a mom with her newborn child; what unconditionally love.

in the arms of my true love, who accepts me for who I am, despite all my faults.

in the hugs of my children, because we love each other no matter what.

in the bloom of a flower placed in a vase by a loved one, because it represents love.

in the songs of the birds.

in the intertwined hands of an old married couple walking the track, because despite the hurt, suffering they have gone through they have chosen to stay together.

in my church, where all races, all ethnic groups are represented as they hold hands to pray for our country, because they love each other and want peace in the world .

in the soldier, who is thousands of miles away missing his family, but stands firm to guard our freedom.

in the trees, standing firm, providing us with shade on a sunny day or shielding us from a rain shower.

in the pastor, who guides the sheep sacrificing time away from his own family, because he loves.

in the majestic mountains, which tower thousands of feet above us.

in ocean’s waves, which can tower over us crashing against the shore or gently wash our tears away.

in the fluffy cumulus clouds, because we can stop and observe them moving fast or slow, across a blue or gray sky.

in the nimbus, dark-threatening  clouds, because even though they hide the sunshine and bring us needed rain to fill our reservoirs, our lakes, and our rivers so we can have living water.

in the hands of missionaries, who risk their lives to bring the truth to say many.

in the hearts of the Followers, who continue to worship despite their persecution.

in the bonds of sisters, who pray for each other despite not being related by blood.

in the bonds of friends, who choose to stay, encouraging the one whose  life is torn apart by a destroyed marriage.

in the donors, who give their child’s, spouse’s organs to save the life of another human being, while grieving their own loss.

in those who choose not to buy useless, worldly possessions they desire so that another may have water and food.

in those who rejoice in the joy of others, while struggling with their own problems.

in those who sacrifice their time to serve others.

in those who speak words of encouragement and love to those who are discouraged, downtrodden.

So despite the news filled with hate, with evil I will continue to see love in the world no matter how much hate is thrown our way. I will not stop believing that in the end, the love shown to us will overcome everything and transcend even our death.

Please choose love by continuing to show your own love to one another no matter what happens.

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Love – Valentines’ Day, The Day of Love

It’s Valentine’s day, so how could I not write about love.

Love, including the romantic one, is an emotion which transcends all races, religions, and, sometimes, even reason. Poets, authors, and songwriters attempt to capture the essence of love in their work, but it all boils down to feelings.

For romantic love, there are all those emotions which free butterflies in your stomach or drop rocks into it, which make the sweat glands in your palms overreact or slows down your breathing, which stops your heart beat or speeds it up, which prompts you to babble or become a mute. Yes, love is capable of all these actions and more.

This morning my creative musing came up with a love poem, so here is my feeble attempt.

 

Love

Laugh,  listen, learn with each other.

Observe, obsess, overreact together.

Venture, vie, vanquish for each other.

Enjoy, escape, entangle, enrich, entice together.

Rejoice because love can do all of these or just one of these.

 

Okay so I’m not a poet and had the hardest time with the Vs. The R is there because it needed a last line. I enjoyed writing this acrostic love poem, which I believe is what counts. Let me know if you hate it or like it.

Today I’m spending it with the love of my life and our children. And, of course, I’ll be writing about young love.

I encourage you not only to spend today with those you love, but to share a small part of your love with those you meet today. Greet everyone with a smile and enjoy the day we celebrate LOVE! You never know where a smile might lead to.

Happy Valentine’s Day from my heart to yours and Love Everyone!

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Writers and Bad Reviews

In the past five months I have given words of encouragements to fellow writers when they have received their first bad review. I thought I would share the last one (via text), so that I will be able to read these words of wisdom and remember that it’s okay to get those bad reviews.

“I know it’s hard to get a bad review, but remember not everyone is going to like your story, the plot, your characters, your writing, etc.. You need to look at the bigger picture and realize that one bad reviewer or two is not going to kill you. Pick yourself up from the floor, have some ice cream or an apple, and keep writing. Learn from what the reviewer said and try to take it as constructive criticism.

Now make sure you save this text and you can just copy, paste, and send whenever I get a bad review, because you know it’ll come whenever I finally publish my books. LOL!

[The second half is from a follow up text.]

I hope it made you feel better. And wasn’t it King who said you know you’re doing something right when you get bad reviews. He gets all types of bad reviews, but he makes $17M a year. Hmm, they can write all the bad reviews they want if you’re still making money. Look at the reviews for Stephanie Meyers, E.L. James, etc. there were some nasty ones. Okay, so now it’s two texts you have to send me. LOL”

Good luck fellow writers!

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