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Beach House Memories

12917577This is the kind of book I wish I would have written.  I loved it and wanted to pass it on to you, though if you’re like me you have a massive ‘To Be Read’ pile.

News here is that I have a Western Historical out to Carina press. So in the wait stage for that one.  About finished with the first draft of a Romantic Suspense set in Sedona. And, restarted on a story I started a few years ago and dropped.  Going back and reading what I had written made me excited to work on it again.

So book review of Beach House Memories:

We recently purchased a condo in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  I’d never been there before we flew down to look at the unit and I love the area. This book is set on the Isles of Palms which is 95 miles from North Myrtle Beach so perfect timing for me to read it.

It opens with Lovie (Olivia Rutledge) again at her beloved beach cottage. She is an old lady and in the last stages of cancer. The story is designed like a sandwich with the first and last chapter in the present and the rest of the book mainly about the summer of 74 at the beach. A plus is the sub-plot where they study loggerhead turtles and the newly hatched babies. We saw some nesting spots when we were in Florida. These creatures are amazing.

Lovie finds love this summer and she truly finds herself. We all face crossroads in life. Some us face more than others, but  I think we all wonder what our life would have been if we had taken the other road.

As I read this story I thought that everyone over maybe 60 should read this book. Choices were made that changed the course of life, and in the end, if you believe in soul mates you can believe that these two will meet again.

Maybe it’s where I live, but I seem to be more aware of the life journey than I once was.  Here it’s 55 and older, and there have been a lot of changes on our street.  One couple downsizing to an apartment, another moving to a local assisted living, another choosing to move across the state to be closer to their daughter and they also chose assisted living.  One lady described it to me as turning to a new chapter.  This book made me look back and see more clearly the chapters of my own life story.

A recommended read for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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First Family

5509321Wow just finished this book and the only negative thing I can say is don’t start it if you have to be somewhere or do something. I couldn’t put it down.

I’m a big fan of David Baldacci’s stories and I think this is one of his best.  From the first when the daughter of the First Lady’s brother is kidnapped to the end when the plots come together it never slows down.

It might seem like a lot of plot twists but Baldacci does it so well you can’t help but be amazed at his imagination and storytelling skills.

Former Secret Service agents King and Maxwell are bigger then life when at the request of the First Lady they investigate the kidnapping that is off the charts and find horrendous secrets.

A father’s love propels the story as he spends his life avenging his daughter. The innocent pay a high price to bring a justice that he seeks.

I envy those of you that haven’t read First Family. You are in for some good reading.

 

 

 

Energy

imagesI don’t know if it’s age, the time of year, laziness or what, but I don’t seem to have a speck of energy. In fact, the picture on the left looks like I feel.

So what to do about it? I could just wait and maybe even enjoy the downtime but that doesn’t seem to be working. And there’s the risk of depression. I’m not prone to mood swings. I have, at least in the past, been able to ward them off, but why risk it.

So, a project. Ummm, maybe?  A trip, now I like that idea. A lot — but I’m already planning a get-away in May so guess that won’t work. Writing works but right now I’m just finishing a story and I’m in the process of putting together the submission packet.  I always have to work to stay motivated at this point in the process.

I did a little research about human energy and it’s a pretty complex subject so maybe I’ll just practice a little ‘mind-over-matter’.  Starting with the picture. What if you comb the hair, wash the face, brush the teeth and put on make-up. Better? For sure. Now sling on a feel-good outfit. No… not old stretched out sweats. But, nothing fancy either.  Feel better?

So going into these next few weeks and hoping for sunshine I’m going to get up and get dressed in the morning. And, I’m thinking spring house cleaning.  I always feel energized after a bout of activity. Maybe a trip or two or three out to the nursery.

I’m feeling better already.  What about you? What do you do to dig out of the winter blahs?   image

Ryan-Survival-600x960Survival is the first book in a new series, Earth Legacy. I just finished reading it and couldn’t put it down.  Think, of our world on the edge of extinction. It’s been one hundred years since the Great War where Earths magic was taken. Magic you might say, but magic is all around us. Again think, visualize spring when earth awakens with blooms that have lain dormant.  Now think, what if spring never comes. This is the world of Survival, a fantasy rich in emotion with characters you’ll remember and action that will keep you turning pages.

Earth is dying and Rianth Royan is the only one left that can free the healing magic that will save it and mankind. The story takes you through her journey of love, betrayal, hope, and courage.

If you enjoy stories like Divergent, and Hunger Games you won’t want to miss the Earth Legacy series.

Enlightenment, Earth Legacy book #2 is available for pre-order.  Can’t wait for my copy.

 

December Blog

25689512Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I love this time of year and what a fun way to end a year.  Only 10 more days until we see 2019.

Today is the first day of winter and we have been getting some nasty weather.  Twice, in as many days, we have lost power.  Not good, but at least it’s at night so I can go to bed with warm blankets and a good book.

Speaking of good books….  I found Noelle Adams with Bookbub. I’m not sure if Hired Bride was free or on sale but a definite find. I hadn’t read anything of Noelle Adams but have since purchased another book.

If you are an author you might want to note the excellent branding that Noelle has. I love marriage of convenience plots and it’s looking like that is the main plot points in her stories.  She also writes in series, but stand-alone books.  I get caught up in her characters so I know I will be picking up stories to follow her secondary characters.

Hired Bride is part of the Beaufort Brides series. There are 3 books in this series. I just started Part-Time Husband (Trophy Husbands) and I love it.

I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas Hallmark movies and the tag I’d attach to Noelle Adams books is “Hallmark story with heat”.  The stories are predictable and sweet but ….,  there certainly is an erotic element in them.  Of course, this is only the second one I’ve read so far and Part-Time Husband is hotter than Hired Bride so I may revise on the heat level as I read more.

Buy yourself a good book for Christmas. It’s a gift you’ll love.

November Blog

UnknownAlthough every day is a day to be thankful, this is Thanksgiving week for those of us who live in the States.  It isn’t as busy for me as it once was when we had the holiday dinner at our house and I spent the days leading up to it grocery shopping and cooking.  All around a full work schedule.  I remember one year when I had just started on the pies (around six in the evening) and all of a sudden I didn’t have any water.  We did have this amazing guy who had put in the well and he came right out.  He fixed the pump, thank heavens it wasn’t the well, though he worked until almost eleven o’clock.  He told us his wife was home baking pies for the homeless shelter.  What an exceptional family. Yes, I stayed up late, but how can you not remember and be thankful for people like these.

I took some time off from writing and I probably won’t be turning out as many books in the future. I love writing though, so I doubt that I’ll ever not have a story in progress.  What I don’t love is promoting and if you want to sell books you have to do it.  So, with the holidays here, and not promoting The Season Of Love last year, I decided to do a little research and found BookBub.  I love it. For one thing, it is as much a service to the reader as the author. Just my kind of marketing as reading is a big part of my life. And, sharing an author I’ve just found or a book I haven’t been able to put down isn’t ‘Marketing’ it’s forming a community to share the experience of a good story.

BookBub sends me out a list of ebook bargains every day.  Some are free. I had just picked up ‘Sold On Monday’ in paperback for $9.99 and it was on the list for  $2.99.  By the way, it is a really good story.   The bargains don’t last long I’ve gone in like a week later and the book was up to regular price but that isn’t a problem for me.  If you would like to join BookBub  click here. 

I made an author page and would love to have you follow me.  It’s a great place to share reading experiences.

Until next time, Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading.

 

 

 

The Season Of Love

cover500x700I love to write stories. Especially on days when words flow faster than I can type. What I don’t like is marketing. Maybe it’s because I was raised in an era where it was considered bad manners to ‘toot your own horn’. Or in more modern day terms proclaim your own success or accomplishments.  And yet now, to successfully sell something you have to market it. And more and more, that is expected of the author or an artist. Even successful stars are promoting their own movies. At least they are good, even great, at being in the public eye.

I finished “The Season Of Love” late last year. Too late to do much more than get it out there. So this year I’m going to try to educate myself on Marketing/Promoting.  The time is right for a Christmas Anthology, and this blog is hopefully the first in what I hope will be a successful promotion campaign.

The Season Of Love is a collection of five short stories.

Bahama Christmas – Alone on a Christmas cruise, Santa or maybe the Christmas Angel has a gift in store for Maddie

A Divorce for Christmas – It’s a gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped with a bow

The Age Of Love – Ariana, and Joel find meaning in Cougar Love

No Perfect Marriage – Separated parents need to provide a united front. Is the house big enough for both of them and can they live together until after the holidays?

Spontaneous Love – Perfect isn’t the way to a loving happy married life.

If you have suggestions on marketing I would love to hear from you in a comment or email me at LavadaDee@gmail.com  I’m thinking I can use all the help I can get.